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The 4 Levels of Opportunity Hunting

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, artist, beureaucrat, or marketer, your goal probably involves creating something that “connects” with other human beings. However, your creativity and effectiveness are likely hindered by organizational structure, uncertainty, and unexploited opportunity.

To break free of these constraints, you need a trend-spotting toolkit. This module provides that toolkit; a sort of "plan of attack" that will help you filter through the noise and increase your likelihood of “connecting” new products and services with your customers.
Workshop Questions:
1. Looking back, what was one opportunity in your company's grasp that you wish you had taken advantage of?
2. Contrarily, what is one opportunity you feel you took full advantage of, and how could you replicate that opportunity-spotting process?
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Reskilling Workers
Brands help retrain out-of-work individuals amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Trend - In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and governments are launching free initiatives to connect out of work individuals with retraining opportunities to find new job opportunities. These include scholarships, digital courses, and seminars.
Workshop Question - How is your brand supporting struggling customers?
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Alleviated Search
New platforms & initiatives are assisting job-seekers with accessibility
Trend - Recognizing the difficulty of finding a job and the intimidation that some consumers experience when reaching out to recruiters, brands are launching platforms and initiatives to help alleviate stressful formalities and facilitate a better connection with potential offers.
Workshop Question - How can your brand support consumers in their job-search?
4.6
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Cosmetic Deliveries
Cosmetic brands are prioritizing fast and easy deliveries for customers
Trend - Brands in the cosmetic space are partnering up with--or creating their own--delivery services in order to appease customers and deliver online orders quickly and efficiently. These services include everything from same-day deliveries to dessert and makeup pairings.
Workshop Question - How could your brand elevate its online purchase journey?
6.2
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In-Mall Support
Brands are making it easier to support businesses located in shopping centers
Trend - The closure of in-store browsing and shopping in several regions due to COVID-19 has prompted shopper centers to create simplified solutions to help consumers shop locally. These include in-mall restaurant ordering platforms and mall-specific curbside apps.
Workshop Question - How can your brand make its products or services easier for consumers to support amid fluctuating shopping restrictions?
4.7
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In-Game Recruitment
Companies are using video games for a streamlined recruitment strategy
Trend - Videos games require certain skill sets and companies across various industries are recognizing the skills obtained through various games. They are leveraging this in recruitment strategies by partnering with game developers to find players who are aligned with the skills they're looking for.
Workshop Question - How can your company work with different industries to create new strategies to a common goal?
3.5
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Senior Renaissance
Brands are launching apps & activations that contribute to senior independence
Trend - Companies are debuting solutions that are geared toward connecting older demographics. Whether for the purpose of finding love or embarking on a new career path, these initiatives keep participants engaged and active.
Workshop Question - How might you connect and empower an older demographic?
2.6
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Digital Interview
Companies are developing digital platforms to make interviews more accessible
Trend - The hiring process can be tedious, and companies are developing platforms in the digital space that make virtual interviews simpler. These emerging mediums are increasingly relevant as many brands have turned almost entirely virtual in the way they conduct business.
Workshop Question - How can your company develop more accessible experiences for consumers?
2.7
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Discounted Class
Businesses offer free or discounted virtual classes amidst the COVID-19 outbreak
Trend - COVID-19 pandemic's global impact is vast and only in early stages, and one of the most significant changes has been the social distancing that people around the world are having to take part in. Some brands are trying to fill in the time for customers by offering free or discounted virtual classes that allow consumers to learn or sharpen skills as they stay at home.
Workshop Question - How is your brand empowering its customers and employees in this unstable time?
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Upcycled Cleaning
Cleaning products are offered in recycled or upcycled packaging
Trend - As brands related to the cleaning space take note of the environmental impact their industry has, multinational and small companies alike are focusing on how to reduce the harm they do to the environment. For some brands, packaging is becoming a huge focus, and recycled or upcycled packaging materials are the first step in creating more sustainable, reduced-waste products.
Workshop Question - How is your brand responding to the growing impact of climate change?
6.6
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Remote Culture
Companies utilize tech and services to be more inclusive toward remote employees
Trend - Work culture is important to companies as it creates a sense of belonging for employees, contributing to their wellbeing and loyalty. As remote workers and freelancers increase in numbers, many businesses search for ways to expand their culture beyond the constraints of the office building through technology and third-party services.
Workshop Question - What technology can you embrace in your business model to make remote employees feel more included?
4.9
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