goodness in sharing…

Experience design for fun and profit: Follow the money (thoughts on who you should target/design for)

08.12.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Designing for your future audience…doesn’t always mean the next 17 year old. I actually think, designing for the boomers is more interesting. Because boomers actually need a tighter, more restrictive set of design rules that you can apply to solve the problem for….but that’s another blog post. Or, maybe it’s because I’ve now spent the 23rd time reloading the Roku/Netflix connecting for my father and I really want some interface designer to get on board and make it easy for everyone involved to “get” how to make everything work together. But I digress…

Back to Boomers vs. those young whipper-snappers. Why boomers? Well, from a business perspective – two studies that have come out that start to frame who’s money you should follow. One from Gallup, which asked these questions –

Are you feeling pretty good these days about the amount of money you have to spend, or not?
Did you worry yesterday that you spent too much money, or not?
Would you be able right now to make a major purchase, such as a car, appliance, or furniture, or pay for a significant home repair if you needed to?

Across all three questions, Boomers tracked the most confident, most willing to spend. On the other side of the coin, a recent study by Fluent (digital agency, glad they did the survey, thank you) found that -

According to the study, only 19% of the over 1,000 college kids polled felt they had the money to meet expenses while 79% are more cost-conscious now than they were a year ago.

This isn’t the only study that points to younger generations more concerned about money. And while this isn’t that only stat that we should consider in making a business decision, looking at where the power to spend is, I would start thinking about how to create design experiences that motivate an older audience.

Money alone is not the only thing to consider for what audience you should design for…in 2012 a Pew study found that over 30% of boomers own a smartphone and 80% of them are online. This is point towards a mix of adoption and the means to spend.

So while I’ve seen the push to ‘design for the young’ (I wonder if that’s because design for the young is because designers are younger so easier to be empathetic with the audience or they are young and fear the old audience because that is their future…) design for the old may be more profitable.

Hey, blog, how you been? +updates

08.02.2013 · Posted in Other - that thing called life

Whoa…this is my blog. Hey blog, long time no post.

So, life happens. Short version -

- Moved to Dallas, worked for Fleishmen-Hillard (as noted in previous post)
- Moved to Chicago, worked for Weber Shandwick
- Got engaged
- Now work SMITH

Now here is one irony moment for today. When I worked at PR agency and did social media strategy, I did not blog/tweet/etc. But now that I work at a digital agency I feel compelled to be active again in the blog/tweet/etc. world.

idk. while it all might be #10Kmfonatrain, it’s continues to be a pretty good ride.

Further down the road…

5 years…

…actually, not quite 5 years. In 2005 I joined Carmichael Lynch as a research specialist. Back then social media was a buzz word, Twitter still had the “track” feature and Facebook was just for college kids. Through the years I had the fortune to work with some great people to create some great work. The clients and people at CL are both top notch and will be missed. But this Friday will be my last day at Carmichael Lynch.

Next week I will be packing up my new car (I know, this still shocks some of my family/friends that I have a car) and will be heading South…to Dallas…yes, that’s Dallas, Texas. I know…here I was worried that I was moving to a non-snow state. But they just got 10 inches of snow there last week. So, I guess my new winter coat won’t go to waste after all. See, everything is going to be fine :)

In Dallas, I will be joining Matt Dickman at Fleishman-Hillard as Senior Vice President of Social Strategy. Though the decision to move South was a tough one, the opportunity to work with Matt and Fleishman-Hillard team/client roster was something that I could not pass up.

To my Minneapolis friends and family – you will be missed. Well, the -20 degree weather might not be missed but the art openings, soccer, broomball, board games, Irish pubs, beer tastings and Thanksgiving dinners will be.

Thank all over you for the laughs and great times over the last 5 years.

If you are ever in Dallas, much sure you stop by and say “howdy”.