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Score: 6.7
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 13,673 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: 695 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: 2,099 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]
Score: 4
This Year and Untested Top 4 Examples: 694 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Oct 16
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Online video is elevated with instant editing apps
Implications - Though online video has disrupted the traditional entertainment industry, one key advantage of conventional media has been its higher quality. Instant editing services directly challenge this perception; these services enable high-end videos with very few steps. This democratizes creativity within the industry. [More]
Score: 4.5
This Year and Mild Top 5 Examples: 2,113 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 15 - Nov 16
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Video-based social media provides concise, hyper-shortened entertainment
Implications - The reasons why video-based social media poses a threat to traditional television run the gamut from their interactivity, to the creative freedom of independently made content. One of the least-discussed advantages of online video is its conciseness; this is being emphasized through micro-video platforms. This speaks to the short attention span of today's youth generation. [More]
Score: 5.2
This Year and Warm Top 6 Examples: 2,401 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 15 - Aug 16
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Social media and unscripted entertainment merge
Implications - Before YouTube, documentaries served as the way for consumers to receive more raw, authentic forms of entertainment. As video-based social media becomes a mainstream form of communication, a merge between the two worlds is natural. This accelerates the transparency and educational aspect of both forms of media, which are factors the modern consumer actively seeks. [More]
Score: 4.5
This Year and Mild Top 5 Examples: 853 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Aug 16
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As a step toward authenticity, organizations fund informative content
Implications - In the digital age, brands need to prioritize transparency while finding a way to engage consumers. Branded documentaries satisfy this need by pivoting away from pitching consumers and toward educating them. This desire for education has popularized documentaries among consumers in general, creating a great opportunity for brands to join the conversation. [More]
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Score: 5.3
This Year and Mild Top 6 Examples: 3,196 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Jun 16
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Films get translated into entire worlds with movie-themed amusement parks
Implications - Big global films are being translated into big-budget theme parks, boasting recreations of fantastical worlds -- some resting solely on the shoulders of a single entertainment franchise such as The Avengers. These experiences also boast unique cinematic experience that leverage VR and other sensory additions like smell and touch. Particularly in China, since the government lifted theme park bans in 2013, there is a lot of opportunity there for theme park growth as well as in Dubai as both have burgeoning tourism industries. [More]
Score: 4.7
This Year and Mild Top 5 Examples: 1,623 Total Clicks Date Range: Jun 16 - Jun 16
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Communal meetups between die-hard media fans become a pop culture mainstay
Implications - Entertainment is now very much a communal experience for young men -- especially within China. Moviegoers and gamers want to take their fandom to the next level by actively seeking out competitions, festivals and virtual platforms that allow them to interact and emotionally connect with those who have shared interests. These niche interests are embraced within their community, and members feel a sense of acceptance, achievement and greater purpose because of their network. [More]
Score: 5.7
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 2,800 Total Clicks Date Range: Apr 15 - Jun 16
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Brands adapt OTT offerings for the Chinese market
Implications - Marketers looking to build a brand in the Chinese entertainment market are increasingly opting to launch Over-The-Top streaming services that provide exclusive access to content in a form that coincides with media consumption habits in the region. In addition to highlighting how brands will need to adapt strategy to accurately reflect the needs and wants of Chinese consumers, this shift demonstrates the opportunity of marketing entertainment content as a means of introducing a larger brand vision. [More]