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Many to Many

Big-brand skepticism creates a rise in P2P that takes the power out of the hands of 2 or 3 large companies per industry, and instead highlights a sense of community support through small businesses.
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Personalization
Small batch production technologies and more personalized media are creating an expectation for personalization.
Authenticity
Social media and a resistance to traditional advertising have created a desire for authenticity and reality.
Refill Retail
Refill products now make up entire stores to promote sustainable consumption
Trend - Brands are launching retail stores that offer a variety of household and personal care products through bulk dispensers. These stores claim to reduce environmental impact by allowing customers to refill containers and pay by weight, reducing reliance on potentially harmful packaging methods.

Insight - As consumers grow more aware of the environmental consequences of their purchases, they are gravitating towards stores that actively address the impact of consumerism. This trend has led to a rise in "refilleries," which focus on minimizing packaging waste, especially for frequently repurchased personal care products. By catering to the demand for reduced-impact retail stores, businesses can attract environmentally conscious consumers looking to reduce their ecological footprint.
Workshop Question - What steps can your brand take to minimize waste in product development and marketing?
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Dirty Sodas
Social media fuels the rise of cream-syrup spiked sodas and brands jump aboard
Trend - Dirty sodas, a mix of soda, cream, and flavored syrups, have surged in popularity thanks to TikTok. Originating in Utah, where many abstain from alcohol and coffee, these drinks have evolved into a national sensation. Chains like Swig and Sonic Drive-In have capitalized on this trend, offering various concoctions that combine soda with sweet cream and syrups.

Insight - Consumers are increasingly drawn to indulgent, customizable beverages that offer a playful escape from their daily routines. The rise of these unique concoctions reflects a desire for nostalgic, treat-like drinks that balance sweetness with a touch of novelty. This trend taps into the broader movement of experiential consumption, where the process of creating and sharing the drink is as enjoyable as drinking it.
Workshop Question - How can our brand create an experiential, customizable product that taps into consumers' desire for indulgence and novelty?
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Decentralized Affiliate
New ecommerce apps enable everyday consumers to earn commissions
Trend - Tech companies are revolutionizing affiliate marketing by launching new shopping apps that break down traditional barriers. Platforms like Locker are leading the charge by ditching the follower-count and aesthetic requirements that often exclude potential affiliates. This inclusive approach opens the affiliate ecosystem to a wider range of consumers, empowering everyone to become a brand advocate and earn from their genuine endorsements.

Insight - Today's consumers are savvier than ever. Traditional influencer endorsements, once a marketing mainstay, are losing their luster. Empowering everyday brand advocates fosters trust, engagement, and loyalty. As social commerce continues to evolve, the brands that embrace this democratization can potentially see more engaged consumers and higher long-term value from a more authentic, community-driven approach to marketing.
Workshop Question - How can your brand empower everyday consumers to share genuine product recommendations?
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Anonymous Support
Online mental health platforms enable anonymous peer-to-peer support structures
Trend - Brands are launching online mental health platforms that connect communities facing similar challenges. These platforms enable connections with peers who can relate to one another without judgment. The online community approach is always accessible, making it easy for users to gain support.

Insight - Younger consumers are facing several unique mental health issues due to growing up with the Covid-19 pandemic at pivotal times in their lives. These consumers' familiarity with online services, in part due to remote schooling and remote work, leads them to gravitate toward internet-based solutions for shopping, social interaction, and even healthcare. Healthcare providers are recognizing the online-first, social-focused motifs of Gen Z—in turn launching online mental health networks.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage the importance of online platforms when addressing the needs or wants of younger consumers?
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Blended Coffee
Fruit-infused coffee is gaining popularity with TikTok content creators
Trend - Social media creators are blending real fruits into coffee to add both flavor and nutritional value. These blended coffees are easy to create, offer a wide range of flavor options, and offer health benefits over traditional coffee. This trend is gaining popularity with consumers on TikTok.

Insight - Social media has a strong influence on younger gen Z and millennial consumers. These consumers are much more likely to be drawn to, and participate in, trends on media platforms, particularly when the trends are low-effort and high-reward. Two of the largest categories of trends on these platforms are food and wellness. When these two categories overlap and satisfy the consumer desire for low-effort, high-reward practices, they become part of users' daily rituals beyond social media.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create high-benefit products or services for younger audiences, noting that low-investment products receive notably more interest?
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P2P Return
E-commerce marketplaces are facilitating direct peer-to-peer returns for efficiency
Trend - E-commerce networks are implementing peer-to-peer (P2P) returns networks that directly connect returned products to consumers purchasing used or previously-owned products. These systems save on items being shipped twice, saving both money and environmental impact for the parties involved.

Insight - As more and more consumers choose to shop online rather than in brick and mortar stores, various costs amount for businesses, including shipping, RMA costs, and the cost of off-setting environmental impacts. On the other hand, consumers who shop online do not want these costs placed onto them and desire more affordable prices than in-stores. In an effort to reconcile these various costs without additionally charging consumers, businesses are turning to third-party solutions.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage peer-to-peer systems to improve aspects of its business?
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Driven Loyalty
Brands are using social activism to drive consumer loyalty programs
Trend - Brands are integrating activism and charitable actions directly into business models and consumer loyalty programs. This helps consumers directly influence the amount of charitability from a business, making activist consumers more likely to frequently engage in these brands over others.

Insight - Voting with the dollar is a popular concept in North America. Consumers value brands that are transparent, authentic, and have a positive impact on the world. Some interact exclusively with these brands, while others prefer to do so when possible. Of the brands that engage in charity work, consumers prefer those that demonstrate their values with tangible actions. These consumers are more loyal to brands that integrate activism directly into the core business model.
Workshop Question - How can your brand integrate activism and charitable actions into your consumer loyalty program to drive customer loyalty and differentiate from competitors?
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Consumer Marketplace
Brands are launching first-party storefronts to connect consumers to others
Trend - Brands across multiple industries are launching consumer-to-business-to-consumer (C2B2C) storefronts. C2B2C offers consumers discounts on products and enables consumers to sell unwanted products while the business handles transactions and verifies the quality of listed items.

Insight - When consumers no longer require products, whether it be clothing, technology, or furniture, they often turn to third-party marketplaces for all-purpose listings. However, these marketplaces pose various risks, causing some users to be wary of misleading products and scam attempts. Some consumers desire streamlined ways to liquidate older goods safely and securely, while others desire quality goods at discounted prices. Brands are responding by launching first-party C2B2C marketplaces.
Workshop Question - How might your brand benefit from connecting its consumers via an online marketplace or forum?
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DIY Cheese
Consumers are creating their own cheese-inspired recipes with personalizations
Trend - Users on various social media pages are sharing simplistic, personalizable pasta recipes with cheese as a base. These recipes are accessible enough for any user to join the trend and versatile enough for each content creator to add their own touch to the viral dishes.

Insight - One of the main attractions to food and home cooking is that it brings people together. One evergreen desire for modern consumers is interpersonal connection. People enjoy cooking with their families, friends, and even strangers. When people find breakthroughs or believe strongly in a dish, they take to the internet to share it with others worldwide. These recipes become viral due to a consumer desire for connection and interaction with content creators and other users.
Workshop Question - How can your brand incorporate a sense of community and personalization into its products or services to create a connection with consumers and increase social sharing?
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Upgradeable Tech
Brands are launching tech products designed to be upgraded and repaired by users
Trend - Brands are launching technology products designed to be upgraded by the end-user. This includes laptops, smartphones, and gaming devices. This reduces manufacturing costs and consumer costs by allowing brands to sell single components at lower prices, instead of completely new devices to users who want upgrades.

Insight - Consumers are increasingly familiar with technology due to the pandemic and the younger generations growing up surrounded by devices. These consumers often repair and upgrade their own products rather than seek help from repair businesses as a cost-saving measure. As a direct result of this, these consumers are drawn to products designed to be opened and repaired. This creates a demand for businesses to sell individual components and products designed to be opened and modified, with a focus on products not as commonly designed to be repairable and upgradable, such as phones or laptops.
Workshop Question - How can your brand reduce costs by creating product for the younger tech-familiar generations that can be easily upgraded and modified?
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