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Authenticity

The scope of communication has transformed what it means to be self aware. There is a premium placed on genuineness that has consumers expecting more transparency and connection.
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Personalization
Small batch production technologies and more personalized media are creating an expectation for personalization.
Many to Many
A mass proliferation of sellers and media creators has shifted the world to a many-to-many economy.
At-Home Editorial
Photoshoots at home are being prioritized by brands in the fashion industry
Trend - Many fashion brands and magazines are continuing their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic with creative photoshoots that are staged at home. This venture, which is heavy on the DIY aesthetic, depicts models and even employees of the label or magazine in their personal quarters.

Insight - The economic restrictions that were imposed by many governments during the COVID-19 outbreak are putting a halt to the operation of businesses across industries. Still in full effect in some countries, consumers are eager to experience a sense of normalcy by seeking out ways to engage with activities and content that were previously available to them pre-pandemic. This does not only afford individuals some comfort, but also serves as a form of entertainment and connection.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an at-home campaign that will work for your brand.
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New School
School-related campaigns and services adjust in light of the ongoing pandemic
Trend - Back-to-school campaigning is looking a little different this year, with brands recognizing the impact that COVID-19 will have on students' ability to actually attend school in-person. Campaigns and services related to back-to-school are taking on new forms to accommodate this change.

Insight - The COVID-19 pandemic continues its impact on the world, and while restrictions have loosened in North America, people are still facing limitations in what they can and can't do--even in essential services like education. Consumers who understand the ongoing local risks are drawn to brands that are able to adapt their products and services in a way that prioritizes safety.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better adapt with safety in mind, despite loosened restrictions?
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Hyperpigmentation Centric
Cosmetic brands target skin concerns among people with darker skin tones
Trend - Black and people of color tend to have specific skin concerns, including hyperpigmentation that comes as a result of excess melanin production from acne or sun damage. These concerns are being targeted by some cosmetic and skincare brands, with products that are specifically formulated to suit darker skin tones.

Insight - Despite the different needs of people with lighter and darker skin tones, in North America the former is typically served while people with the latter skin tones have to make do with formulations that aren't designed for them specifically. This is changing as black-owned businesses offer more targeted products, and black and POC consumers demand that their specific concerns are also addressed by the market. The success of this hyper-specific targeting can be observed in the precedents set by brands that are leading the way in diverse representation in the cosmetic space.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better address the needs of a more diverse group of consumers?
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Brainy Beauty
Scientists are emerging as a new sector of micro-influencers in the beauty industry
Trend - A new type of influencer is emerging, one with a smaller reach but more engaged listeners: 'beauty science' influencers. These podcasters—who are trained cosmetics chemists with experience in the industry—are helping consumers sort fact from fiction and fighting misinformation in the beauty industry.

Insight - Since the expansion of the internet and the ease at which information can be shared, consumers no longer trust the vague claims household brand names make about skin improvement at face value. This demographic is doing its own research and are looking to experts in the field to give them reliable skincare recommendations. Not only are these experts more credible due to their education, but are deemed as trustworthy since they aren't affiliated with a certain brand.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage the scientific community's reach when targeting your consumers?
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Everyday Ambassador
Brands employ everyday people as ambassadors of their products and services
Trend - Brands are increasingly recruiting young ambassadors outside the realm of celebrities and influencers in order to have more accurate and relatable representation for their products and services.

Insight - The age of celebrity and influencer is being reassessed as young consumers become more critical of the role these individuals and institutions play in the social and economic issues that are becoming top-of-mind for many. The privilege and lack of accountability that's often flaunted by celebrity culture is being criticized more as people look to have representation in media, entertainment and marketing that's less aspirational. As consumers become more educated on regional and global issues, the role of the celebrity has come into question for its lack of accessibility.
Workshop Question - How could your brand offer more relatable and accurate representation in its campaigns?
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Melanin Care
Black-owned skincare brands offer SPF protection for people with darker skin tones
Trend - As sun protection becomes an increasingly important aspect of the skincare industry, Black-owned brands are offering products that are designed to suit the skin tones of Black people, and other people of color. The white casts and consistencies of traditional sunscreen formulas have left a gap in the market for people with dark skin tones, and Black-owned brands are addressing that.

Insight - The influence that Black people have had on the cosmetic industry has been vast, particularly in the trends that are so popular today. While they're often the drivers for popular aesthetic trends, Black people have long been underrepresented and under-served when it comes to the actual products and services that brands offer. Thus, these individuals have long turned to Black-owned businesses that have more knowledge and expertise in addressing their specific needs, or to brands that actually employ the expertise of Black people in order to meet their needs.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create more representation internally, so that it's addressing the needs of more consumers?
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Methane Decrease
Start-ups & researchers are proposing ways to decrease methane production in cows
Trend - When cattle digest their food, methane is produced and released into the atmosphere in the form of "cow burps." Since methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is more harmful than carbon dioxide, companies and scientists are looking for ways to inhibit methane production. While some aim to do this by tweaking the cow's microbiome, others attempt to succeed through cow feed supplements.

Insight - Consumers are increasingly concerned about the climate change implications of meat production and consumption and as a result, a demand arises for more mindful agricultural practices and lifestyle diets. This comes as many become more informed on environmental issues and expand their advocacy to include not just individual consumption habits but also larger production practices. In this way, people seek to motivate sustainable change on a grander level.
Workshop Question - What steps can you take to make the agricultural facet of your business more sustainable?
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Ad Realism
Commercials portray the everyday lives of consumers
Trend - Brands in a range of industries are using their video advertisements to depict more realistic and relatable interpretations of consumers' everyday lifestyles, rather than depicting aspirational ones.

Insight - As the world contends with a pandemic, economic inequality, and social and political issues both regional and global, consumers are less concerned with the privilege that's associated with the luxury lifestyles that many brands have aimed to depict. The various injustices around the world that are being brought into focus are creating a disdain among consumers for the abuse of power and wealth gaps that currently exist around the world. Thus, they're are less interested in luxury and privilege, and more drawn to brands that are realistic in their depictions of consumer lifestyles.
Workshop Question - How is your brand being authentic rather than aspirational?
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QSR Sanitation
QSR companies are creating sanitation initiatives promoting consumer safety
Trend - QSR businesses are highlighting new sanitation initiatives to make consumers feel better as locations reopen after the initial outbreak of COVID-19. These initiatives are being highlighted through marketing campaigns, as well as novel branding, which combine to quell the concerns of consumers.

Insight - As lockdown measures are being eased, many consumers are beginning to venture to physical stores. However, these same consumers want to be sure that these companies are taking safety and sanitation seriously. Lingering anxiety from months of lockdowns and/or restrictions have left consumers more careful as they go about their lives. If safety and sanitation messaging can be successfully conveyed through branding, companies could increase market share.
Workshop Question - How can your company emphasize consumer safety?
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Ageless Campaign
Clothing brands ensure adequate age representation in their campaigns
Trend - The fashion industry's long history of exclusion is slowly being addressed, and brands in this space are now increasingly addressing age discrimination or exclusion by including models of all ages in their campaigns.

Insight - Today's consumer now expects a more authentic form of marketing, in which the many facets of their appearances and identities are represented. Rather than appreciating the traditional, aspirational marketing that they were once accustomed to, consumers are now looking for real world applications and representation in the brands they choose to purchase from. These individuals are drawn to companies that understand and reflect the needs and identities of their target audiences.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better represent the diversity of its target audiences?
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