It’s taken some time, but society and marketers are finally letting go of the typical dad stereotypes of the 20th Century and realizing that attitudes toward parenting have greatly shifted over the past 30 years. A new study sought to break dads out of a one-size-fits-all box and categorize different male parenting strategies, methods and techniques into 6 categories:
Two million. That’s 2,000,000! The number of stay at home dads in the U.S.* That is a pretty hefty number for advertisers to leave out of their marketing strategy – or worse yet, belittle or make fun of over two million dads in their ad campaigns! …but not anymore! Continue reading →
It’s refreshing to see that marketers are quickly realizing that dads (especially those that stay at home and do the majority of shopping and household decision making) are a huge, upcoming market potential. Sure, some of the ads that dis dads are funny, but they also border on insulting. It is all in good fun, but when you see, hear or read something enough, it starts to become reality — like when advertisers depict dads as child rearing disasters. But not anymore!
It has taken three generations of anti-smoking campaigns to finally make smoking uncool. My son (age 7) asks, “why would someone do that? It seems kind of stupid.” I laugh and think to myself, “what a different world it was in the 70’s and 80’s when I grew up.” Smoking was cool back then. Movie stars did it. Rock stars did it. The “cool” kids did it. Then, finally, something sunk in. Why would you voluntarily inhale burning leaves? After all, people in house fires are sent to the emergency room with “smoke inhalation” and could potentially die! So after many years of anti-smoking campaigns on TV, in ads, at school, kids are FINALLY getting it. Smoking is stupid and doesn’t make sense. Until now…enter the e-cig.