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Farewell Boomers – Travel Changes for Ever

November 24, 2013

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Music: Slow Dirge

I am a Baby Boomer. Born in 1953. I vividly remember the day on November 23rd 1963 when my headmaster – Fr McHugh came into the breakfast room at my Boarding School and told us what had happened in Dallas the day before. Most of us were too young to know the impact but the whole school (we were Catholics) were horrified that someone who was so well known would be assassinated in such a callous manner. At Mass that day prayers were said for Jackie, Caroline and John and the American People.

And now the passing of the torch from the generation that this event – in so many ways – defined, to the new generation. Yes it’s time for the Boomers to leave the stage. We have had a good run. My g-g-generation has had the power to control the market for consumerism. We defined the video experience. We have now raised children. We Made love, not war and we Turned on, tuned in, dropped out and we then dropped in again. Now Peyton Place has been replaced by Game of Thrones. We settled into becoming the amazing consumer engine. We found personal peace. We worried about the planet and did nothing about it. And we travelled… oh how we travelled.

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Growing up I was a very lucky person. I had been round the world by the time I was 4. Visited countries and seen things most people could only dream about. I still do it… must have been part of the gene pool that I inherited.

Henry Harteveldt and his team at HudsonCrossing have done it again coming up with a defining report on the handing of the torch from Boomers to Millenials. You MUST read this.

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So dear friends – its been a GREAT ride. As my peers head off into the sunset – we will be very important – we just wont define how the world buys travel. I have a WHOLE LOT of learning to do and I promise to do the best I can to provide you with these insights

 

Thanks for reading

Cheers

Timothy

Social Media is it the sustaining or introduction of your brand? A reflection on Social Media and our lives.

November 14, 2013

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Normally I am not one to focus on branding. But I am fascinated by brands in today’s ADHD world. I constantly ask myself whether brands are relevant in a world of on-demand always on information resources.

Personally I find a sense of irritation at the way in which the big access points of my life keep trying to mold me to their ways. The AGFA world (Apple Google Facebook Amazon) each is telling me – many non- too subtly – that I have to do things their way. And no-one seems to bat an eyelid at that. So I was very interested to see this recent piece by eMarketer on the manner in which Social media weaves its way through our lives, not that we didn’t know already.

But for me the most telling piece was the end paragraph. I would like to quote verbatim…

“Once they become loyal customers of a particular brand, it would seem natural that consumers who engage with brands on social networks would significantly prefer to use this channel to keep in touch with them. But this is not the case. Fifty-five percent of social network users reported they typically keep in touch by visiting brands’ websites—the top method of staying connected to a brand. A slightly lower share— 52%— said they commonly visit social network pages as a way of staying in touch with their favorite brands. “

And perhaps this is a reflection of the mixed way we all approach Social Media. Older folks like me still like Social Media as a way of keeping in touch with people in whom we share past experiences. Millenials are in many cases eschewing Facebook because they have better things to do with their lives in creating the experiences that will in turn define their lives. And that is part of Life’s rich tapestry.
 
Our brands are not just marketeers’ inventions but today in many cases we have created our own brands. We should just take care not to mess it up.
 
Cheers