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Score: 7.1
New and Warm Top 5 Examples: 3,929 Total Clicks Date Range: Apr 16 - Apr 17
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Food and beverage sees a shift in focus towards aesthetics over taste
Implications - In the modern age of Instagram-driven behavior, the photo-worthiness of food is more important than ever before and, in some cases, is starting to take precedence over culinary legitimacy. In order to attract the niche but insatiable demographic of younger consumers on the hunt for their next shareable moment, QSR brands are starting to adopt multi-hued offerings that tend to prioritize aesthetic innovation over flavor enhancement. [More]
Score: 4.9
This Quarter and Mild Top 4 Examples: 566 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 16 - Feb 17
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Social media-driven movements surpass aesthetics and permeate ways of living
Implications - In the days before social media, big movements in pop culture were mostly centered around tangible items, such as clothing or music. The age of social media, however, places a focus on the whole lifestyle of the consumer, paving the way for niche movements based in a 360-degree way of life. [More]
Score: 7.3
This Year and Warm Top 6 Examples: 6,820 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 16 - Jan 17
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Professional camera equipment becomes specialized mobile accessories
Implications - With the increase of video bloggers and social media influencers turning their visual platforms into full-time careers, there is an increasing demand for accessible high tech camera equipment that can be taken on the go. Professional quality lenses, stabilizers and mounts are being reformatted as portable phone and camera attachments that can be easily carried around, ready to be whipped out at a moment’s notice. This shift towards minimized equipment denotes a desire for more niche products that perform specialized tasks rather than heavy duty do-it-all machinery. [More]
Score: 6.6
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 13,766 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: 5.5
This Year and Warm Top 5 Examples: 1,042 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 16 - Nov 16
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Festive flavors break from the traditional dinner occasion
Implications - The traditional holiday meal typically is seen as a dinner occasion, however festive flavors are becoming more present as social media puts holiday excitement in overdrive. The ability to gather a large group of people around one common interest proves a great tool in accelerating action. [More]
Score: 7.2
This Year and Warm Top 6 Examples: 11,108 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Nov 16
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Hospitality brands are enhancing word of mouth through social media
Implications - With many Millennial consumers viewing shareability as a main selling point when investing in experiences, forward-thinking hospitality brands are introducing amenities and features centered on such types of engagement, whether in the form of communal accommodations or social media-enabled stays. This progression demonstrates that with the service and hospitality industry facing ongoing disruption, more established brands are tasked with investing in the overall value of experiences offered in order to appeal to Millennials and other hard to reach demographics. [More]
Score: 5.3
This Year and Mild Top 5 Examples: 4,222 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Nov 16
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Brands commodify the process of mobilization and promoting social justice
Implications - As discourses concerning the protection of civil rights, preserving human dignity and empowering the vulnerable are increasingly at the forefront of various world issues, it is crucial that people have platforms available to them that allow them to mobilize and advocate for the causes they are passionate about. The commodification of activism allows for consumers to interact with social change in a way that is peaceful, informative and accessible. [More]
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Score: 5.6
This Year and Mild Top 6 Examples: 3,448 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 15 - Nov 16
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LGBT people connect with their community by way of focused digital services
Implications - Although much of the population has evolved to become more accommodating of LGBT people, many still face challenges in finding acceptance or expressing themselves without fear of repercussion. In order to combat this, many brands, organizations and individuals have gone digital with their efforts. With this, LGBT people are able to enjoy a safe space, gain confidence, get advice and even take part in important events like Pride parades through VR and online social interaction. [More]
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Score: 5.4
This Year and Warm Top 6 Examples: 3,141 Total Clicks Date Range: Jun 15 - Sep 16
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Parents turn to vlogs and social platforms for helpful everyday tips
Implications - Whether pre-planning for parenthood or learning as they go, Millennial parents are turning to media platforms and online tutorials as a source for parenting tips. Seeking a more realistic and authentic go-to guide, consumers are opting for podcasts and blogs as a means to get a more unfiltered view of what it’s like to be a parent. This speaks to a need for more social forms of parenting, but also the importance of unfiltered sources of media. [More]
Score: 5.3
This Year and Mild Top 6 Examples: 10,764 Total Clicks Date Range: Apr 14 - Sep 16
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A sub-segment of foodies looks to hyper-indulge in a conscious way
Implications - Though eating indulgently is sometimes seen as a result of lack of food education, foodie consumers who see indulgence as an earned right approach not only consume calorie-laden food, but more extreme versions than their non-self aware counterparts. This points to a new form of health movement that is less aspirational and more lighthearted. [More]