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Score: 7.2
New and Warm Top 4 Examples: 12,523 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 15 - Dec 16
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Teens actively teach themselves life tips via quick online videos
Implications - One of the most self-taught generations to date, Gen Z in particular are demonstrating that the next evolution of maker culture lies in quick, bite-sized online videos that are easily digestible. As trust stays front of mind for digitally immersed teens, they begin seeking online tutorials and lifehacks crowdsourced from real people and relatable social media influencers when it comes to learning new tips and tricks. This proactive approach to self-help is in part a response to the shift away from overly detailed explanations towards highly visual and concise tutorials that make DIY less intimidating and also give room for freedom of experimentation and self-expression. [More]
Score: 6.2
Recent and Warm Top 4 Examples: 549 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Dec 16
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Teenage multitaskers seek short and share-worthy online video series
Implications - In order to engage the teenage digital native, online video turns to humorous, crowd-sourced and semi-educational content that requires minimal commitment from the viewer. With even shorter attention spans than their Millennial predecessors, Gen Z prefer shorter bursts of story-based media that they can play on their tablets while simultaneously texting their friends via the latest superphones and streaming a show on TV as background noise. Slightly subversive and snackable webseries are extremely sharable as they give viewers a chance to show off their media-prowess, in turn, generating a loyal teen following. [More]
Score: 6.5
Recent and Warm Top 4 Examples: 4,356 Total Clicks Date Range: Feb 15 - Dec 16
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Games increasingly infiltrate party culture to ease face to face socialization
Implications - As connectivity and conversation tend flow more easily via social media than in person for younger demographics, a rise in gamified party culture begins to emerge where Millennials are turning to board games to facilitate conversations. Indicative of a rise in social anxiety levels when it comes to real life socializing, face to face games that encourage sharing and interactivity with other players are rising in prominence at get-togethers as they particularly appeal to the tech-immersed youth demographic. [More]
Score: 6.8
This Week and Warm Top 4 Examples: 4,463 Total Clicks Date Range: May 15 - Dec 16
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Consumers are enticed by special edition designer sports equipment
Implications - A symptom of the cultural obsession with fitness, luxury fashion and streetwear brands generally limited to presenting apparel and accessories collections are launching limited edition takes on traditional sports equipment. In addition to reflecting the priorities of the modern consumer and the insistence to communicate this through one's possessions, this progression also highlights the symbolic curation of such objects as a means of coping with the fleeting nature of the digital world. [More]
Score: 7.2
This Week and Warm Top 5 Examples: 3,716 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 15 - Dec 16
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Protective parents utilize smart watches with caregiving technology
Implications - Not wanting to hinder the freedom nor risk the safety of their children, parents are opting to arm their offspring with connected timepieces that offer fun engagement while keeping a watchful eye on their whereabouts. Smart watches that connect to parent’s phones demonstrate a shift in younger parents entering the workforce who don’t necessarily have the resources for a babysitter on-call every day, while also being indicative of the natural progression of children’s toys toward technology integration that promote learning and self-reliance. [More]
Score: 6.1
This Week and Mild Top 6 Examples: 5,955 Total Clicks Date Range: Feb 15 - Dec 16
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Face-to-face games take on crude themes to grab attention and entertain
Implications - Despite their wholesome, family-oriented history, face-to-face games are taking on more daring, crude themes. Occurring in toys for intended for both adults and children, the popularity of this approach sheds light on consumers of all ages being open to barrier-crossing, unique products. [More]
Score: 3.8
This Week and Untested Top 4 Examples: 88 Total Clicks Date Range: Dec 16 - Dec 16
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YouTube challenges breathe life into classic and emerging face-to-face games
Implications - YouTubers have tremendous influence on their audiences, which has led to many collaborations between content creators and companies. Challenge videos, which see many YouTubers trying out the same task on film, have provided all sorts of companies, but especially game and toy companies, with entertaining, viral exposure that's more readily received than sponsored content. [More]
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Score: 5.9
This Week and Mild Top 5 Examples: 1,022 Total Clicks Date Range: Feb 16 - Dec 16
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Games take a step back to incorporate nostalgic elements from the past
Implications - Creating a sense of community within their fan base, video game developers are reusing familiar characters and themes of the past to spark emotional attachment amongst Millennial players. Reimagining highly recognizable characters from gamer’s adolescence increases brand engagement with new players as well as their core demographic base. This cyclical movement demonstrates a proclivity in the Millennial demographic to turn towards childhood nostalgia-inducing stimuli as a way to elevate their mood in times of stress or boredom. [More]
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Score: 6.4
This Week and Mild Top 5 Examples: 2,423 Total Clicks Date Range: Feb 16 - Dec 16
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Parents turn to skill-building games to showcase their children's intellect
Implications - As digital-savvy parents begin sharing the social media limelight with their children, they become careful of toy selection, opting for games that present an image of a highly intellectual child to the world. Rather than picking games for enjoyment alone, modern day parents feel the scrutiny of social media audiences and take every opportunity to show off their astute parenting skills through a shift towards skill-building and personal development games. [More]
Score: 7.2
This Week and Warm Top 5 Examples: 5,821 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 14 - Dec 16
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Millennial parents demonstrate a preference towards aesthetic playsets
Implications - Classic building block toy sets are being revamped with a design-conscious aesthetic to appeal to the growing market of Millennial parents. With an eye for aesthetically pleasing and minimalist design that fits in with their lifestyle aspirations, young parents are increasingly looking towards children’s toys that suit their own personal branding preferences. This movement towards modern architectural and artistic integration within toys speaks to a new demographic of parents not looking to compromise taste. [More]