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July 27, 2005


Michele Miller

You read my mind, Holly - caught Brand Autopsy's post just before stepping on a plane to CA this afternoon. My first take was "Great!" then was surprised to see that the marketing heads are still narrow-minded enough to think that one persona is enough.

Looks like we have to wake them up a bit, eh? :-) More from me on this via email tonight, after meetings here in Thousand Oaks.

I'm loving your blog - great stuff!

Dan Gordon

But clearly, Ann Taylor isn't doing too badly. The one persona thing is working for them. Sometimes focusing small means winning big, rather then potentially sending a mixed message to their audience on who they cater for.

Marketing isn't about including everyone all the time, its about carving out a niche. The other "personas" you talk about can go find stores that cater just for them, thats the beauty of the market we find ourselves in today as consumers.


Do you have an RSS feed for your blog?

Spike Jones

Great post, Holly. You're right, it's a step in the right direction, but they need to be careful that they don't take a brief success and try to make it all things to all people. I don't understand this growing trend in many industries that has marketers thinking, "We did great in that narrow sliver of the market, so let's take that idea, flatten it out and try to appeal to the masses. Boy howdy, we'll all be rich!"

So sad.

It'll be interesting to see what happens to Ann.

Keep up the great writing.

Mary Schmidt

Well, as you note it's a step in the right direction. But, I've got a sneaking suspicion that this is so much marketing hoo-ha. The reality will be more nice, but nothing special clothes. And, I say that as an Ann Taylor customer...but I also shop at Target - and get basics such as the little tops for much, much cheaper (and same quality) at Tarzhee.


Glad to have found your site. I'm a former marketer - I stay at home with my two kids, I'm 35 and I shop at Ann Taylor Loft hee hee! I love it when I fit a target demographic so well ;)

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