The Vision Council’s Eyecessorize Releases Fashion Eyewear Trend Kit 2017

Alexandria, VA (February, 2017) - The Vision Council’s Eyecessorize fashion eyewear campaign will release its spring/summer 2017 trend kit to hundreds of fashion and lifestyle editors nationwide. The digital kit will include an online booklet prominently featuring member product from members of The Vision Council, including men’s and women’s … [Read more...]

The Name Game: The Value Of Celebrity Marketing

Celebrity Couture 'Lines' are a growing category in business and it is big business. You see many more brand 'ambassadors' or 'creative consultants', 'celebrity endorsed' products than ever. You have seen every A,B and C celebrity #hashtagging products. In fact companies are leaving TV ads for targeted marketing with social media, spending more … [Read more...]

2020 OnSite: An Emerging Business Model

CHICAGO, IL  2020 On-site, the only company bringing state-of-the-art mobile vision centers on-site to businesses expanded to Chicago, enabling employees to get a comprehensive eye exam at their place of work in 15 minutes. 2020 On-site is headquartered in Boston, where it serves 300+ corporate clients including Wayfair, Microsoft, Ocean Spray, … [Read more...]

12 Lessons We Learned From Warby Parker

I think the best thing about the Luxottica- Essilor deal is just maybe we can get over the Warby Parker Stories. I think that Warby Parker in general has been good for the optical industry.  (Shoot me now!) When they started in 2010 they were disruptors and because of them and other disruptors, eyecare professionals had to change. That is not a bad … [Read more...]

Eyecare-Eyewear Trends: Flat Fee Pricing

Flat Fees have been around for years. In the days of yore flat fees were usually equated with Discounters and Frame and Lens packages from $29.95. There seems to be a resurgence in the concept among eyecare professionals. The premise is 'Getting rid of the middleman' and or having 'honest prices.' On top of the flat fee out of the 223 listed, 12 … [Read more...]

To Do: Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

At the end of each year we revisit over 1000 websites to update our information. I don't even want to tell you how many bad websites there are. Even if the website is decent, you can't read it on a mobile phone, what is the point of having the website? If you don't do anything else, update your website until it is mobile friendly. Eye … [Read more...]

Store Within A Store Merchandising Trends 2017

What is a store within a store or shop within shop concept? You may not realize this but you see them all the time: Gas stations with mini-marts, Grocery Stores with Starbucks and Panda Express. Bookstores with coffee shops. You also see them in department stores, whole sections that are devoted to one brand. This is called the store within the … [Read more...]

National Optometric Association and Transitions Optical Publish Insights from “Multicultural Millennial Matters”

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., December, 2016 – The National Optometric Association (NOA) and Transitions Optical Inc. have released an educational paper titled “Eyes on Millennials: The Most Culturally Diverse Generation" that summarizes highlights from a “Multicultural Millennial Matters” panel that took place during the NOA’s 2016 Annual Convention in … [Read more...]

40 Smart Glasses For 2017

By our estimation there are over 80 Smart Glasses available on the market today. Many of these are available now or you can pre-order from their websites, Facebook or Amazon. Over 50 of these smart glasses are being crowd-sourced and the majority of those crowd sourced have made their funding goals. Most are probably dreaming of the day to … [Read more...]

Lens Wars: Lenses Only Online

While everyone is freaking out about mobile eye exams, online eyewear and Donald Trump, several companies have quietly gone after the online lens business. Optical lenses have become a little pricey. By the time you add in your coatings, fashion and performance options, all of sudden you have a $1,000 pair of lenses. Add in your frames and whatnot … [Read more...]

How People Are Using Pinterest

This is an interesting discussion on how to use Pinterest. We use it like a file cabinets with over 120 different boards. I noticed that eyewear designers use is a inspiration boards and to tell a story about what interests them. Brand Building, product showcasing are all a part of who and what Pinterest is. Apparently others use to to tell … [Read more...]

The Future of Eyecare And RFID

You may have heard the term RFID before and now you might be thinking what does this have to do with eyecare? A lot as it happens. RFID is 'Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. A tag can be read from up to several feet away and does not need to … [Read more...]

Hubble Contacts Raises $7.2 Million

Who is Hubble Contacts? Another start up subscription contact lens company has just raised $7.2 Million in seed money to bring affordable contact lens to the consumer door. Hubble Contacts wants to maintain relationships with eyecare professionals and is building an Eye Exam Network with doctors. Hubble is NOT the first Subscription … [Read more...]

Marketing For American Made Matters Day

American Made Matters, is an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, They are holding their annual American Made Matters Day on November 19. This is an official 'holiday' in Pennsylvania and Colorado with resolutions before other states. The purpose of this day/ event is for consumers to … [Read more...]

Is 1-800-Contacts Opening Their First Brick And Mortar Stores?

Is 1-800-Contacts going the road of Warby Parker? A new store concept 'powered by 1-800-Contacts' just opened their first Eyewear store called Lumen Optical in Kildeer, Illinois. We don't think this is a Warby Parker, Want-to-Be, just the latest retail venture (i.e. branding) by Luxottica who bought 1-800-Contacts in 2014. Interesting … [Read more...]