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Score: 7.2
Recent and Warm Top 6 Examples: 6,361 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 15 - Mar 17
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Beauty brands partner with film releases to launch fantasy-themed collections
Implications - In the interest of appealing to adult fans beyond the scope of mere nostalgia, beauty brands are partnering with movie studios to collaborate on makeup and skincare ranges that pay homage to popular characters and visual themes from fantasy and fairy tale-inspired film releases without compromising product quality. This progression highlights the need for brands to think outside of the box by combining meaningful pop culture references and cutting edge product technology that will appeal to amateur experts. [More]
Score: 7.6
This Month and Warm Top 5 Examples: 6,020 Total Clicks Date Range: Feb 16 - Mar 17
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Food and beverage brands look to get in on sneaker culture
Implications - Channeling megatrends such as nostalgia and co-creation, food and beverage brands are partnering with sneaker designers in order to create limited edition kicks that pay homage to the brands' signature edible products. This unique shift highlights the power of creating exclusive products targeted at hyper-niche audiences in order to encourage brand fandom and generate organic buzz. [More]
Score: 5.9
This Quarter and Mild Top 5 Examples: 2,461 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - Feb 17
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Collectors are enticed by special design-led ticketing collaborations
Implications - While the phenomenon of collecting ephemera is rooted in the old world, recently, brands and institutions are collaborating to transform everyday paper tickets into treasured pieces of art. In addition to solidifying the social and cultural currency of such brands, this progression suggests a new collective nostalgia for printed matter in the digital age, and the opportunity for brands to insert themselves in this meaningful space. [More]
Score: 6.8
This Quarter and Warm Top 6 Examples: 8,971 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Jan 17
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Fast pizza brands launch experiential stunts in the hopes of going viral
Implications - In order to stay top of mind in an increasingly crowded meal delivery market, established pizza brands are launching increasingly competitive digital campaigns in the interest of generating buzz online. This progression highlights the expectation that all brands transition into content creators in order to build an organic following online, now key to brand loyalty and as a direct line of communication to customers. [More]
Score: 6.7
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 13,676 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: 5.4
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 700 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - 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: 5.7
This Year and Warm Top 6 Examples: 2,100 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 15 - Nov 16
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Consumers eschew choice for niche services with limited high-brow offerings
Implications - Economically speaking, streaming services can host a huge amount of content without incurring much extra cost. While a plethora of choice would seem like a boon for consumers, offering a limited selection selection of prestigious, sophisticated, and niche content is actually more appealing to consumers who take pride in their high-brow tastes. [More]
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Score: 6.2
This Year and Mild Top 6 Examples: 22,443 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 15 - Nov 16
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Upscale fashion collaborations feature old school cartoon favorites
Implications - Nostalgic fashion collaborations that feature cult cartoon favorites highlight the pervasive interest in narrative apparel that showcases several layers of a consumer's interests through cultural iconography. This shift demonstrates the inherent reach of unexpected collaborative collections in uniting consumer tribes that may not have previously overlapped, while it's also a reminder that such progressions play upon elements that appeal to consumers outside of the Millennial demographic. [More]
Score: 6.5
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 6,296 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 16 - Nov 16
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Brands use celebrity endorsements and exaggerated concepts to market headphones
Implications - Since 'Beats By Dre' became popularized a few years back, it seems that audio brands have become highly focused on stylizing their products. To do so, many have employed huge celebrities to be the face of their advertisements in hopes of enticing buyers who're are influenced by their actions. In addition, musicians like Will.i.am are creating their own products and promoting them by leveraging their industry expertise. This illustrates that, along with other tech accessories, buying headphones has become as much about status as it has about the quality of sound for many consumers. [More]
Score: 5.6
This Year and Mild Top 6 Examples: 3,717 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 15 - Nov 16
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Hip hop artists use their influence to propel largely unrelated ventures
Implications - Rappers are increasing their level of interaction among fans by appealing to them in spheres outside of music and merchandise. While some are using their fame to enter into other industries with an edge, others like Vince Staples aim to positively influence youth by taking part in educational efforts. In doing so, they appeal to a large demographic of people who look up to them and prompt them to focus their interests in a way that comes across as more genuine. [More]