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Score: 4.5
This Quarter and Mild Top 4 Examples: 345 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 15 - Mar 16
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Small-scale entertainment entices viewers with accessibility and shareability
Implications - Though attention spans are getting shorter, consumers remain emotionally connected through social platforms such as Twitter, which are engineered to foster connection in an easily digestible form. The same is becoming true of entertainment, wherein consumers are turning to shorter episodic content that offers the same emotional high as full-fledged network programming, while being easier to access and share. The progression points to the condensation of length, but not of quality, when it comes to entertainment. [More]
Score: 6.5
This Quarter and Warm Top 4 Examples: 1,921 Total Clicks Date Range: Jun 15 - Mar 16
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Consumers turn to entertainment-focused education online
Implications - As consumers continue to seek advice, education and information online, they are more frequently abandoning traditional outlets in favor of fringe media. Coupling entertainment with knowledge and expanded skill sets, this online content feels more relevant to a younger audience that's bucking convention and searching for authenticity. [More]
Score: 6.4
This Quarter and Warm Top 4 Examples: 1,127 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - Mar 16
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Video content allows creators to experiment with personal branding
Implications - Social media has revolutionized the marketing landscape in recent years, with online video content emerging as an integral way to reach consumers. Specifically, brands and individual celebrities are adopting digital platforms, such as Snapchat or YouTube, to diverge from their normal offering and established branding. Consumers not only love the abbreviated nature of new media; they also enjoy the ability and capacity to see familiar faces and brands in brand-new contexts. [More]
Score: 7.4
This Quarter and Warm Top 4 Examples: 2,792 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 15 - Mar 16
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Content creators turn to sophisticated tools to improve their personal brand
Implications - As user-generated content continues to grow in size and scope, many influencers are upgrading the quality of the tools they use to make videos. Whether it's outsourcing video editing to on-demand service providers, or purchasing higher-quality applications, this progression signals that content creation is becoming a viable investment and long-term career. [More]
Score: 5.1
This Year and Mild Top 4 Examples: 6,033 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 14 - Dec 15
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Design-focused products contain subtle references to gaming culture
Implications - Upscale products that subtly make reference to gaming culture are emerging as conservative mode of self-expression for adults. Whether a fashion statement or piece of home decor, such offerings pair contemporary design language with gaming icons and imagery. This shift speaks to the aging Gen X and Millennial populations who want to differentiate themselves from youth culture with more high-end products. [More]
Score: 7.5
This Year and Hot Top 4 Examples: 7,830 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Dec 15
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Gift-giving is influenced by pop culture and fast fashion
Implications - Rather than sticking to timeless gifts, modern consumers are opting for pop cultural sentiments adapted for holiday appeal. This shift indicates that consumers aren't looking for items to hold onto, but instead, items that help them advertise that they are in-the-know when it comes to web culture. Gifts of these nature indicate the importance of collective cultural moments, and influence the rate of product development. [More]
Score: 5.4
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 2,922 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 14 - Sep 15
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Apps that enable broadcasting of user screens illuminate community gaming
Implications - Platforms and applications that allow users to broadcast their video game play are becoming a viable alternative to traditional advertising and the next level of community gaming. Sometimes bundled with live chat capabilities, this unique feature allows for the re-positioning of gamers as entertainers, which in turn speaks to the progression to "prosumers," consumers who actively produce content in addition to interacting with it. [More]
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Score: 4.6
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 1,433 Total Clicks Date Range: May 15 - Sep 15
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Brands relate to consumers by referencing a pervasive digital culture
Implications - Whether playfully referencing selfie culture or advocating for periods of digital detox, brands are increasingly referencing the pervasiveness of web culture in television advertising spots. This strategy reflects back to consumers what is important to them in the evolving digital world, such as finding a place and purpose in the participatory culture of social networking. [More]
Score: 6.2
This Year and Hot Top 4 Examples: 5,881 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 15 - Jul 15
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Brands reach out to consumers through YouTube influencers
Implications - In teaming up with YouTube influencers, brands are able to leverage these audiences through the creation of sponsored webisodes and other entertaining content. Whether livestreamed or video-on-demand, such partnerships serve as a covert marketing campaign on the part of the brand that seeks to appear accessible. [More]
Score: 5.1
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 6,378 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 14 - Jun 15
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Everyday people are taking unconventional paths to fame
Implications - Today's information age has fostered a culture of over-sharing, and those who share best are able to circumvent traditional avenues to fame. Millennial entrepreneurs are turning to platforms like YouTube and Tumblr to boost their personal brand, as well as cultivate opportunities and partnerships with bigger names. Rather than a flash-in-the-pan fad, this shift signals the possibility of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between online personalities and top-tier brands. [More]