Consumers Are Everywhere—Forgetting That Will Get Us Nowhere

I had no idea how ridiculously accurate “Portlandia” was until I moved to the Pacific Northwest.

So do marketers account for the regional differences that still exist in our country? Should they?

I once had a client that operated a business with multiple locations around the country. While the national clients were always looking for economies of scale from our work (i.e., run the same campaign everywhere to save money), the regional marketing directors always insisted that what worked in Chicago wouldn’t work in Louisiana or Kansas. It didn’t matter that from an age/income perspective, the customers were similar.

It’s the subject of my new column on Talent Zoo, which will be on the home page early next week.

About Dan Goldgeier

Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for Dan published the best of his columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.