Tribalism
Individuality has been democratized, and consumers don't want to be categorized by age, gender, or other traditional demographics. They prefer allegiant tribes bonded by common interests or principles.
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Gamification
The application of game dynamics to real-world problems results in a world that’s more competitive and engaging.
Experience
In a world abundant with ‘stuff,’ experience becomes a more important currency and life priority.
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Music is added to interactive packaging to tap into the customer lifestyle
Implications - In the age of social media, there is a premium placed on "lifestyle brands." Achieving this status means becoming fully consumercentric in that even consumer behavior unrelated to a brand's particular category must be taken into consideration. This is the strategy behind music-related interactivity integrated into CPG packaging. [More]
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34,908 Total Clicks
Jun 16 - Jul 17
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Consumers form meaningful connections around local cannabis culture
Implications - Given the nature of consumers in congregating around local brands, many cannabis-focused businesses are becoming community centers as customers naturally form around emerging institutions. This shift speaks to the desire for experiences that lend themselves to the cultivation of offline connections in order to offset the effects of the majority of individuals spending so much time online, as well as specifically highlighting the implications of something like cannabis legislation in disrupting behavioral norms. [More]
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26,414 Total Clicks
Jan 17 - Jul 17
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Brands create events for STEM novices to learn and play
Implications - Though STEM toys are increasing in popularity, the act of learning something new, even during playtime, can be intimidating. Brands are alleviating the intimidation factor by creating safe spaces and events for STEM novices to experiment and learn as a community. This adds an element of companionship to a notoriously technical topic. [More]
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44,952 Total Clicks
Sep 16 - Jul 17
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Brand products become retrofitted as contactless reward systems
Implications - Harnessing the rise of contactless payment, brands are turning their physical products into payment cards as a way to thank consumers for their loyalty. Incorporating contactless chips into surprising items lends a sense of playfulness and encourages engagement from consumers who need to buy the product in order to redeem their rewards. Turning brand merchandise into a loyalty program not only creates a sense of exclusivity, but as contactless forms of payment become more commonplace, consumers will be anticipating brands to adapt to their desire for convenience. [More]
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35,969 Total Clicks
Feb 17 - Jul 17
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With its symbolism now preceding it, coffee becomes a canvas for viral fads
Implications - Highlighting the ubiquitous nature of coffee as a symbol of social interaction and much more, the experience of coffee consumption has become a space for innovation that also provides a unique view into the current cultural collective consciousness at any given moment. This progression demonstrates the new context of coffee as a gourmet food experience rather than a commodity, a transition that can be observed taking place currently in other adjacent categories such as cannabis. [More]
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27,517 Total Clicks
Feb 17 - Jul 17
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Film-branded toys use their familiarity to boost education within STEM
Implications - Though a fairly new development within the toy industry, STEM as a form of educational play is expanding, moving into larger toy brands by way of film-branded pieces. This is a positive development as the familiarity of these characters creates engagement with kids who don't find learning fun. [More]
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65,809 Total Clicks
Sep 16 - Jul 17
This Week and Warm
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Skincare brands are positioning anti-aging products to target younger markets
Implications - Through playful branding, sophisticated skincare formulas are being repositioned to appeal to the Millennial crowd. Considered the generation that sparked the self-care movement, many Millennials pride themselves on having elaborate skincare rituals that are highly informed by digital media and online forums. Brands are leveraging this momentum to promote preventative anti-aging products to this younger demographic that is both highly concerned and highly educated about its health and wellness. [More]
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40,752 Total Clicks
Jul 16 - Jul 17
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Food brands aim to align themselves with youth culture through novelty products
Implications - Food brands are attempting to embed themselves in youth culture by creating clever branded merchandise that emphasizes the experience of consumption. Tying into the role of material objects as "props" in the attention economy, this progression highlights the new opportunity for brands to engage consumers through novel, lifestyle-driven aesthetics in order to cultivate a community of fans. [More]
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26,813 Total Clicks
Dec 16 - Jul 17
This Month and Mild
Pop CultureMarketingLifestyleFood
Foods become college specific to boost Instagrammability with the younger consumer
Implications - Shareability is a purchasing factor for the younger demographic, which ties into whether or not the product or service fits into their personal brand. The creation of Instagram-friendly foods that tie to the collegiate lifestyle satisfy these points. They also boost a sense of pride and create an opportunity to connect with a students' tribe of like-minded individuals. [More]
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30,337 Total Clicks
Oct 16 - Jul 17
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Gin brands engage consumers with inspired events and activations
Implications - Gin brands are hosting creative activations and workshops that serve as both an opportunity for both brand awareness and product education. This progression highlights the importance of brand touchpoints in helping consumers bridge the gap between aspirational marketing and actual product adoption. [More]
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68,897 Total Clicks
May 17 - Jul 17
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