Outsource Obsession

Consumers flock to services that outsource even rudimentary tasks

Implications - Anything consumers can do to automate an aspect of daily life is being coveted, which is supported by the rise of outsource services for everything from laundry to texting. As work schedules continue to become more hectic, consumers will likely opt for convenience, even at a price, in everyday life.
SCORE: 5.2
Warm Top 6 Examples: 14,871 Total Clicks Feb 14 - Oct 14
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Consumer Insight Topics: TechMobile
Outsourced Handcrafted Products - Made By Gurus Lets You Pick Someone to Make Your Handmade Goods
SCORE: 6.2
V. Hot 7,264 Clicks Pub: Oct 8, 14
Outsourced Handcrafted Products
Made By Gurus Lets You Pick Someone to Make Your Handmade Goods
If you are looking for handmade goods created by skilled craftspeople, this Dutch startup allows you to make requests for personalized products. Similar to Etsy, Made By Gurus is perfect for... [More]
Outsourced Apology Services - Japan's Apology Agencies Help You Tell Someone You're Sorry
SCORE: 5.9
Warm 2,727 Clicks Pub: Sep 3, 14
Outsourced Apology Services
Japan's Apology Agencies Help You Tell Someone You're Sorry
Sometimes it’s just not easy to tell someone you’re sorry, and if there’s no way you can find the right words on your own, if you’re in Japan, it’s possible to get... [More]
Crowdsourced Chore Completers - This Butler Service Calls Other Helpers to Take Care of Your Tasks
SCORE: 5.4
Warm 1,872 Clicks Pub: Sep 24, 14
Crowdsourced Chore Completers
This Butler Service Calls Other Helpers to Take Care of Your Tasks
This crowdsourced butler service brings together a variety of helpers to ensure every task you need done gets finished. Alfred is an on demand option that calls on a variety of other services to... [More]
Design Tweaks Outsourcing - Swiftly Will Take on Your Company's Small Design Jobs in Under an Hour
SCORE: 5.3
Mild 1,231 Clicks Pub: Sep 24, 14
Design Tweaks Outsourcing
Swiftly Will Take on Your Company's Small Design Jobs in Under an Hour
If you are looking to outsource small design jobs, Swiftly is definitely the service you want to check out. For only $19—$11 if you order in bulk—you can get design tweaks made quickly.... [More]
Automatic Girlfriend-Texting Apps - The BroApp Will Text Your Girlfriend For You
SCORE: 4.3
Mild 1,171 Clicks Pub: Feb 27, 14
Automatic Girlfriend-Texting Apps
The BroApp Will Text Your Girlfriend For You
BroApp is an app that will text your girlfriend so that you can spend more time your dude friends. The virtual wingman is designed to “outsource relationships,” letting guys specify the... [More]
Outsourced Messaging Apps - Miranda July's Somebody App Lets a Stranger Deliver Bad News for You
SCORE: 3.9
Mild 606 Clicks Pub: Aug 29, 14
Outsourced Messaging Apps
Miranda July's Somebody App Lets a Stranger Deliver Bad News for You
Sometimes there’s just not a good way to deliver bad news, which is what makes Miranda July’s ‘Somebody’ app great if you’re too chicken to act as the bearer of bad news.... [More]