500 Words: Dads get respect from …

Dads are getting some respect. Can you guess where from? Their wives? Their kids? Their bosses?  Naw, they already get lots of respect from those people.  (Well, maybe not from their kids, but that’s another blog.)

Dads are getting respect from marketers. That’s right, the same people who have profited for years portraying dads in commercials as incompetent can’t-change-a-diaper numbnuts. They’re studying research on family buying habits. They’ve discovered something they previously overlooked. Dads got game.

Dads are making more decisions about the family than ever before. They are even buying things for the family that they never bought before, like Huggies, baby food and fluffy animal toys.  We dads know the difference between a Gund and a Wubbanub.  (Look it up.)

Why does this make a difference to marketers? Mass marketing is over. When my father was an executive at ABC, the audience share for the network was huge. Now they feel lucky when their Nielsen score matches their shoe size.

As Seth Godin wrote in his blog:

The challenge of mass media was how to run …

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