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Trillion-Dollars Moms: Marketing to a New Generation of Mothers Hardcover – March 1, 2005
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" they show entrepreneurs how to mine todays mother lode with the help of original consumer research, experiential insights, case studies " -- Entrepreneur, July 2005 issue
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Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT
Founder and Chief Mommy Vlogger, [...]
Author: Mommy Confidence: 8 Easy Steps to Reclaiming Balance, Motivation, and Your Inner Diva
How can you think like a mom if you're not a mom? You can't, unless you're willing to research.
That's where Bailey and Ulman's book comes in. They've done all the work for you. From cover to cover, you'll read hundreds of case studies and research examples that prove the authors' expertise in the field of marketing to mothers.
If you're a 50-year-old male executive sitting in a high-rise boardroom designing a marketing plan, you have no idea what the buzz is among moms on the playground. Word-of-mouth can spread news about a product like wildfire.
I can't say enough great things about this book! I was completely fascinated with their studies of generational differences. There are four generations of mothers out shopping today: Silver Birds (born between 1935-1945); Baby Boomers (1946-1964); Gen X (1964-1976); and Gen Y (1977-1994). The older generations are grandmothers out shopping for their children and grandchildren, while the newest wave of moms are just entering their child-bearing years.
The authors write, "Although it is true that all moms are women, not all women are moms, and expecting to connect with a mom as you speak to her only as a woman is a well-documented misnomer...By ignoring her role as a mother and just speaking to her as a woman, you are essentially subtracting from the equation the role that she values most." In a nutshell.
The book explores each generation's way of thinking and shares the interesting discovery that it's not the mother's age that links her thinking to her peers; it's her child's age. So, you could have a Boomer mom and an X generation mom with kids the same age, and they'll have more in common than peers without children or with kids in a different age group. I've found this to be true in my own life, and it made sense seeing this fact in print.
What's the one thing that moms really want? Read the book. If your product can meet that need, you'll more likely win her over. How has technology changed the shopping experience for moms? The authors won't just tell you -- they'll SHOW you through detailed case studies.
Bailey and Ulman will also share their views on why certain products do well in the mom market and why others fail. They describe several successful marketing campaigns, as well as some doozies. For example, Ziplock bags realized what a struggle it is for moms to pack up snacks for their kids when they're on the go, and they designed a marketing strategy to show mothers they understood. It's like the authors say, "If you want to think like a mom, you have to walk in her shoes."
The biggest take-away I got from the book is that mothers today value information more than any other time period. The average mom reads 4.1 magazines a month, so this is where we're getting a lot of information. Products that meet women's needs for information will have the best advantage in the marketplace. And this increases the value of good public relations over traditional advertising.
I'd recommend this book to anyone. It's fun to read through, but it's definitely a great reference tool to keep nearby. Bailey is CEO of her full-service marketing firm, BSM Media, and Ulman is principal of the Haystack Group, a communications and consumer research consultancy. Most importantly, they know how to think like moms because they ARE moms!
--Reviewed by Heather Lynn Ivester, "Mom 2 Mom Connection" columnist
As the world changes rapidly, Moms are changing with it and leading the way. The differences in how Boomer, Gen X, and Gen Y Moms respond to marketing in today's multi-channel, multimedia environment are significant. Maria provides a landscape for you to design marketing strategies to best connect with Moms.