Women make the vast majority of health and nutrition purchasing decisions, and they are much more likely to be the primary caregiver of children and elderly family members.1 It just makes sense for health and nutrition brands to understand how, why, and where they search for information.
Many health and wellness marketers lump all women into one huge category, making sweeping generalizations about their habits. Some of these stereotypes are particularly presumptive, such as, “Women want to be part of a club,” “Women make more emotional purchasing decisions than men,” or “Just make it pink.”
As a woman, an athlete and a marketing professional, I’m here to tell you there are dozens of categories of female consumers in the fitness industry alone. From Millenials to Baby Boomers, serious athletes to moms who are trying to shed a few pounds, outdoor enthusiasts to Soul Cycle enthusiasts: Women are not of one mind.
Out with the old, in with the new is the mantra when branding today’s Health and Nutrition products. That’s because a whole new generation of shoppers are changing the rules.
There was a time when the Baby Boomer generation dictated what was on store shelves, but today, the biggest influencers in the food markets seem to be the Millennials. I happen to be one of the nearly 80 million Millennials (also known as Gen Y) born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. I definitely agree that there is a difference between how we shop and the more traditional way Baby Boomers shop.
Here are 5 things Health and Nutrition Marketers should know about the buying habits of Millennials:
With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the United States, demand for anti-aging products has nowhere to go but up. Most baby boomers believe that with the right products they can and will stay perpetually young, so even if you don’t solely market your health nutrition brand as an anti-aging solution, you would be missing an opportunity by ignoring this messaging completely. Let’s look at some of the ways in which anti-aging messaging can benefit your health nutrition brand: Continue reading →
Don’t overlook a big opportunity based on misconceptions
Marketing health and wellness products to the boomer generation may seem like a no-brainer. They are proactive consumers who are motivated to do what it takes to stay active and vibrant as long as possible. They also have a lot of spending power—over $1 trillion annually. Continue reading →