Millennials are frequently featured in news headlines and seem to be the target of many marketing campaigns. While this group—defined by birth years between the early 1980s and early 2000s—is an interesting group to study, advertisers cannot lose sight of another important group—Baby Boomers. These Boomers, born in the roughly 20 year period following World War II, make up 28% of the population and are vitally important to our economy. Currently, Baby Boomers annual spending is $2.3 trillion and 70% of this is discretionary income. Advertisers would do well to acknowledge that baby boomers are tech savvy and curious by nature. Advertisers can take advantage of this by targeting Baby Boomers through not only traditional media but also through various digital platforms.
Advertising to Millennials, the generation born between 1980s and early 2000, is not the same as advertising to Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964. According to recent studies, Millennials seek out brands that support and align with their values. In addition, Millennials also want to create a personal connection with the brand. Nike, for example, is known around the globe; and its message, “Just Do It,” is universal, making the brand relatable to everyone. So, it’s natural to see so many Millennials drawn to Nike’s products.
The year is flying by here at New West! First, there was the Super Bowl, and now we’re headed into March Madness! Both the Super Bowl and March Madness create a lot of buzz this time of year; but how is this buzz created? Well, since the Super Bowl has come and gone, let’s talk March Madness!
Why is graphic design so important? I asked myself that same question while sitting in my office. I thought about it for nearly ten minutes and I had the bright idea of asking every employee at New West. Here’s what a few of them said:
2014 has been referred to by several media outlets as “the year of the #hashtag.” The hashtag originated through Twitter, but its use has expanded to include multiple social media platforms. Since its introduction, the hashtag has become an instrumental piece for social activism movements that may have otherwise been lost in all the clutter of the daily news. The Occupy Wall Street protests provided a good example of this in 2011 – by creating a hashtag, groups in cities across the country were able to organize and protest as part of the larger movement. We’ve seen this trend grow exponentially throughout the last few years, particularly with the addition of Twitter’s “trending topics.”
One of the most rewarding and fun projects we’ve worked on recently is creating a new brand of milk. That’s right – milk. What makes this brand different?
Until now, when you bought milk in a Kentucky supermarket, you didn’t know what farms it came from, and you might not know where it was processed. There’s a chance that it was produced on a Kentucky dairy farm, and there’s a chance it was processed in Kentucky. However, most likely it traveled hundreds of miles through other states before it made its way to your supermarket.
Home to the first commercial vineyard in the United States and once producer of more than half the nation’s grape and wine output, Kentucky is now reclaiming its proud heritage and rebuilding a wine industry ready to take its place among the world’s best.
New West is currently in production of a spot for the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information, part of a coordinated push with the Kentucky Health Information Exchange. Knowing Kentucky’s love of basketball, we’ve created our own team and coach to deliver the message “know your stats!”
LOLcats. More cowbell. The Old Spice guy. Double rainbow. They’ve all been huge hits on the Internet over the past few years. But just because folks find an Internet link worth sharing doesn’t necessarily mean the content has enduring value.
If you’re like me, you laughed out loud at the video of a talking dog that likes bacon and sent it on to a friend. I know at least some of you did, because more than 140 million people have watched it. Still, I probably don’t need to tell you that number is dwarfed by Psy’s ridiculously catchy (annoying?) “Gangnam Style” video, with over 1.6billion views.
Here are some shots from a commercial shoot we did this week about a new Kentucky Wine app that’s nearing completion. Keep your eyes open for the new spot. We’ll let you know when the app is ready.
And if you’re wondering about the gnomes, don’t worry: It’ll all make sense when you see the commercial.