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Market Focus Yoga Enthusiasts
August 1, 2005

Stretch Into a Healthy Market By Irene Cherkassky Americans are concerned with their health more than ever before. Not only are we struggling with the battle with bulge, but we're also trying to improve the overall quality of our daily lives. It's not surprising then that the practice of yoga, as a form of exercise and as a way to achieve well-being, steadily has gained popularity, particularly within the past decade. Yoga's Reach The number of yoga practitioners is growing by leaps and bounds. According to Yoga in America, a February 2005 study conducted by Yoga Journal, a consumer magazine serving yoga

TM0803_Market Focus, Pet Owners
August 1, 2003

By Alicia Orr Suman Ask a dog lover to name his family members and he'll likely include Fido along with his wife and kids. "That's the nature of the pet owner," says Geoff Walker, CEO of PetFoodDirect.com, an Internet seller of pet food and other pet products. Particularly when it comes to dogs and cats, pets are seen as part of the family, and as such, people want the best for their pets—from toys and treats to food and healthcare. Last year, the Pet Food Institute reported there were more than 75 million pet

Fitness Buffs
May 1, 2002

By Melissa Sepos She's the neighbor who gets up to run at 5:30 a.m., the mom who heads to kick-boxing class after dropping off the kids at school and the dad who plays in the basketball league from work. Fitness buffs are not just your garden-variety triathletes or Olympiads. Indeed, the fitness demographic is as diverse of a population as it is profitable. Last year several million consumers—about 30 percent of the U.S. adult population, according to statistics—spent more than $4 billion on exercise-related products. Who They Are Fitness buffs include people who regularly participate in recreational sports or exercise. Most tend

TM0101_Market Focus, Gardeners
April 1, 2001

Seed buyers represent good pickings for mailers of all sorts (735 words) By Dan Pastorius Every spring, gardeners turn up their soil for another year's worth of glorious flowers and vegetables. Indeed, an estimated 80 million Americans garden as a hobby, according to the Web site LandscapeUSA.com. With so many enthusiasts, is it any wonder the seed market can be lucrative? And the direct mail market for plant seeds is a strong one that enjoys high response rates, say industry experts. "People who love [plant] seeds love to shop by mail, so they're direct mail responsive to all kinds of different offers," says