|marketing to families with kids||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dahako (Dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 07:47:03 -0500|
Hi - I've heard the discussion about families with children before (how they perceive more risk and join late in development, if at all) and I'm not completely sure I agree. My husband and I have two kids, and when we got involved with Eno Commons a bit more than 2 years ago, we were the only household with small kids. Once we joined into the marketing effort, we were able to attract additional households with kids until we had to switch our marketing efforts to try to attract households without kids. We ended up with half our households "dependent-childed", for a total of about 20 kids under 9, and two teenagers. What I think is true is that households without children are more likely to have the time, money and energy to start a cohousing project in the first place. Then the old marketing adage that "like markets to like" kicks in. None of our households with small children had much risk aversion (certainly not compared to some of our all adult households), but many of them had been interested in us for a year or more before finding the *time* to come look us up. BTW, the design elements that particularly attracted the families with kids were the shared meals (read "more time"), on-site daycare (ditto) and the general support of the community. And we will allow any house color choice, but our builder insisted we come up with a limited palette. We hired a consultant (interior decorator turned architect) and got a very Southern palette that, now that it's up around us, looks pretty Charleston-y. (IMHO). Jessie Handforth Kome Eno Commons Cohousing Durham, NC Where we have all lots spoken for and all but three sales closed. Four households (all with kids, as it happens) have moved in and many more will be in before the winter holidays (we hope). We eat together regularly, sharing Saturday pancakes, Tuesday Pasta, Thursday eat-outs, and occasional Sunday soup. Eno Commons and our sibling community in Durham, Solterra, were open for the National Tour of Solar Homes this weekend. "Enoween" is coming up.
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