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Microtrends : the small forces behind tomorrow's big changes
Mark Penn and E. Kinney Zalesne
Adult Nonfiction HB3505 .P44 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

From "Soccer Moms," the legendary swing voters of the mid-1990s, to "Late-Breaking Gays" such as former Gov. Games McGreevey (out at age 47), Burson-Marsteller CEO (and campaign adviser to Sen. Hillary Clinton) Penn delves into the ever-splintering societal subsets with which Americans are increasingly identifying, and what they mean. For instance, because of "Extreme Commuters," people who travel more than 90 minutes each way to work, carmakers must come up with ever more luxury seat features, and "fast food restaurants are coming out with whole meals that fit in cup holders." In a chapter titled "Archery Moms?", Penn reports on the "Niching of Sports": much to the consternation of Major League Baseball, "we don?t like sports less, we just like little sports more." The net result of all this "niching" is "greater individual satisfaction"; as Penn notes, "not one of the fastest-growing sports in America... depends substantially on teamwork." Penn draws similar lessons in areas of business, culture, technology, diet, politics and education (among other areas), reporting on 70 groups ("Impressionable Elites," "Caffeine Crazies," "Neglected Dads," "Unisexuals," "America?s Home-Schooled") while remaining energetic and entertaining throughout. Culture buffs, retailers and especially businesspeople for whom "small is the new big" will value this exercise in nano-sociology. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

A former pollster for President Clinton and a public relations CEO (Burson-Marsteller), Penn depicts a fracturing world in which people use the Internet to follow their interests and desires and find others like them. If a fraction of one percent of a population has a common interest, then identifying that interest can mean capturing millions of customers or voters, a la the "soccer moms" Penn detected and labeled in his work for Clinton. Having done extensive research in polls and statistical sources (all of it meticulously cited in endnotes), Penn, with former White House fellow Zalesne, presents 75 niche markets in all areas of modern life and describes service needs and marketing opportunities for each group (e.g., "single women by choice"). Many essays contain an "International Picture" sidebar explaining the relevance of a trend beyond the United States. Penn is at his best basing arguments on the numbers he adores and less convincing when his proof consists of anecdotal evidence and examples from popular culture. Sometimes he contradicts himself, which is to be expected in a book presenting the United States as a hundred Americas. Recommended for public libraries.-Heidi Senior, Univ. of Portland Lib., OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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