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Acceleration

Acceleration
A way of thinking rooted in moving upward and onward; Acceleration is the act of deliberate advancement.
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Artificial Intelligence
We are entering a transformative new era, denoted by an exponential growth in data, robotics and intelligence.
Catalyzation
Brands have taken a role of accelerating the personal development of consumers.
Prosumerism
From user-generated content to maker culture, today’s consumers are content creators and experts.
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Social media-incorporated polling has emerging implications in market research
Implications - With brands often finding it difficult to conduct effective surveys due to low user response, some are turning to social media polling systems in order to better engage with what consumers want, particularly Millennials and Gen Z. Though not a replacement for comprehensive research programs, these social media-friendly polling systems allow brands to make small but impactful decisions based on the popularity of specific products/services they offer.

Homework Question - Conceptualize a simple social media polling campaign that your brand could use to its advantage. [More]

SCORE 5.3
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14,883 Total Clicks
Oct 17 - Dec 18
This Week and Untested
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Products designed to help consumers sleep are positioned as luxury goods
Implications - Moving away from more utilitarian or strictly health value propositions, products designed to help consumers sleep are taking on more luxurious positioning. Speaking to the general shift to wellness as an aspirational goal, this shift aligns with consumers' willingness to spend on products that help them feel cared for.

Homework Question - How could you better integrate lifestyle aspirations into your product or service's positioning? [More]

SCORE 7.1
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53,634 Total Clicks
Mar 18 - Dec 18
This Week and Warm
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Banking processes are made more secure through emerging biometric systems
Implications - Addressing consumer concerns around security and a need for convenience, financial institutions are rolling out and experimenting with emerging biometric security measures. Though somewhat unconventional, this more advanced approach to protection speaks to the way in which biometric technology will likely play a growing role in the future of security.

Homework Question - What is your customers' biggest concern when it comes to your brand? Brainstorm a concept solution that would perfectly solve that issue. [More]

SCORE 6.4
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24,507 Total Clicks
Nov 17 - Dec 18
This Week and Mild
TechLifestyleLifeCredit Crunch
Campaigns and products specific to transgender people are rising in prominence
Implications - Large brands are increasingly highlighting the trials, triumphs and activism of transgender communities in their products, services and campaigns. Where once trans people were largely included in the mainstream under umbrella campaigns related to the LGBT+ community as a whole, brands are now realizing the importance of singling out the unique experiences of the individuals they are trying to cater to.

Homework Question - How could your brand take a more nuanced approach to inclusion both internally and in the demographics it is trying to reach? [More]

SCORE 6.2
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85,459 Total Clicks
Jan 17 - Dec 18
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Brands incorporate shoppable VR campaigns into their marketing tactics
Implications - Combining the in-person purchase journey with the comfort of ordering from home, retailers are incorporating shoppable VR ads and videos into their campaigns. For the most part, these unique campaigns are testing the functionality and potential of purchasing via virtual reality, all the while catering to consumers seeking the trial and error elements of in-person shopping, with the convenience associated with online shopping.

Homework Question - Conceptualize a shoppable VR platform that your customers could use in their homes. [More]

SCORE 7.8
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57,220 Total Clicks
Apr 17 - Dec 18
This Week and Warm
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Augmented reality is incorporated into travel-related apps to enhance experience
Implications - The incorporation of augmented reality into travel-based apps is enhancing travelers' experiences in everything from airport navigation to city exploration. This form of bettering travel experiences benefits consumers by both gamifying the travel experience, and enhancing its educational value.

Homework Question - Conceptualize how your brand could incorporate AR into its product, service or purchase journey. [More]

SCORE 7.8
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42,485 Total Clicks
May 17 - Dec 18
This Week and Warm
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Brands make a point about modern day technology addictions
Implications - Some tech-related consumption habits have been a rising concern globally – as the prevalent use of smartphones has many, including those in the industry, concerned about widespread tech addictions. Though apps that aim to limit excess smartphone use are prevalent, brands and institutions are now creating programs that aim to mitigate such addictions, or at least some of the consequences associated with them. These programs are more common as conversations around "self-care" increasingly include taking time away from the digital world.

Homework Question - How could your brand help its customers or employees "unplug" temporarily? [More]

SCORE 5.6
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31,079 Total Clicks
Jul 16 - Dec 18
This Month and Untested
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Trend Hunter Services
Technology has allowed for the transformation of how we give and receive empathy
Implications - The use of tech in enhancing the way empathy is given or received–whether via robots, virtual reality, apps, or websites–is on the rise. In an age where mental illness and empathetic care is being prioritized more than ever, these technologies enhance human relationships and give people the tools they require to effectively give and/or receive empathy.

Homework Question - Where do you see the prioritization of empathy fitting into your brand's products, services, or processes? [More]

SCORE 5.6
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25,175 Total Clicks
Dec 17 - Dec 18
This Month and Mild
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Physical forms or methods of storing cryptocurrencies are on the rise
Implications - The use of tactile representations of cryptocurrencies are on the rise as more consumers learn about and turn to this form of digital currency. Cryptocurrencies' representation in the format of wearables, wallets and coins caters to consumers who are more comfortable using this currency in more familiar items, enhancing the perception of security.

Homework Question - How could your brand leverage cryptocurrencies? [More]

SCORE 7.5
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23,734 Total Clicks
Apr 15 - Dec 18
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Fitness-focused wearables uplevel their capabilities to give feedback
Implications - Consumers have been using wearables to track their everyday and fitness activities for some time now, but more recently, the degree of involvement these products are capable of is increasing. Thanks to developments in technology, wearable products are able to give more meaningful feedback and tailored coaching on workouts, providing a more personalized experience.

Homework Question - How well does your brand leverage technology in order to help consumers reach their goals? [More]

SCORE 8.7
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55,254 Total Clicks
May 18 - Dec 18
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