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Convergence

Convergence
To converge ideas is to channel the power of multiple ideas into one. This casts a wider net in terms of your idea's appeal.
Megatrends:
Co-creation
Brands, products, services and customers are increasingly co-creating an interdependent world.
Hybridization
Lines are blurring as business models, products and services merge to create unique concepts and experiences
Multisensation
Tech, AR, VR and interactive experiences are raising our expectations in the realms of entertainment, retail and even food.
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Squid ink goes mainstream as consumers are enticed by its healthful benefits
Implications - Having slowly worked its way into grocery store products and North American menu items in the last decade, squid ink-infused foods offer consumers a dramatic dining experience that also boasts unique health benefits. This shift speaks to the new customer expectations of food presentation in the social media era, as well as the interest in adding nutritional value to traditional dishes whenever possible. [More]
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18,741 Total Clicks
Jan 17 - 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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Path to purchase is simplified through credit-connected loyalty cards
Implications - Consumers are often looking for speed and convenience when it comes to their regular buying habits and therefore, are more likely to utilize a loyalty card that doesn’t involve too many steps. Some brands, particularly in industries where consumers make frequent purchases, are starting to offer straight-through loyalty cards that don’t ever need to be topped off after initial setup. By removing one extra step in the consumer’s path to purchase, these brands are encouraging increased loyalty with consumers and improving overall in-store experience. [More]
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12,542 Total Clicks
Oct 16 - Jul 17
This Week and Mild
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Iced coffee continues to ascend to gourmet status through a focus on texture
Implications - The rise of coffee culture has mimicked that of wine or craft beer, and so a natural next step in coffee's ascent to gourmet status is a focus on texture. Experimenting with the texture of iced coffee provides a multisensory experience that speaks to the experience-obsessed modern foodie. [More]
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24,105 Total Clicks
Apr 16 - Jul 17
This Week and Mild
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The 6 Patterns of Opportunity & Top 18 Megatrends
Children are empowered to be co-creators of their own experiences
Implications - With their penchant for self-taught skills and digital prowess, kids are savvier than ever, empowering them to take center stage at their own festivals and events where they can gain new knowledge and show off their creativity. Modern parents increasingly want their children to have an entrepreneurial mindset from a young age, resulting in a huge shift from play-focused family activities towards educational and empowering activities that encourage personal growth. [More]
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20,236 Total Clicks
Aug 16 - Jul 17
This Week and Untested
A new teaching strategy for sciences and tech is coincidental
Implications - One barrier to learning the STEAM practices is the lack of tangible outcome or incentive. Alleviating this, educational toys that treat the learning process as a means to a tangible end, such as building a robot or conducting an experiment, both attach a tangible prize and boost playtime engagement. This shows a less literal approach to gamification that focuses on personal satisfaction. [More]
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34,177 Total Clicks
Jan 17 - Jul 17
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Tech sciences are recognized as a necessity, making easier education necessary
Implications - Skills like coding and engineering are more in-demand in the digital age. Parents are preparing their children for this through educational toys, but education on STEM practices is useful for those of all ages. Subscription kits that teach STEM open education up to all ages while also enabling streamlined learning. [More]
SCORE 7.7
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26,039 Total Clicks
Aug 16 - Jul 17
This Week and Warm
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Lifestyle branding goes a step further in music with associated occasions
Implications - Music is closely tied to surrounding stimuli in that it represents an experience or specific occasion. Tapping into that, streaming platforms and music-related services are offering opportunities to enjoy music in a multitasking setting. This is especially attractive to Millennial consumers who would rather invest in an experience than a product. [More]
SCORE 7.3
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18,432 Total Clicks
Jun 17 - Jul 17
This Month and Warm
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Kids’ home furnishings emphasize wellness-focused play
Implications - Parents of the health and wellness movement are looking to curate creative spaces for their children that encourage physical activity and overall well-being. This shift in priorities indicates an opportunity for home decor brands as well as fitness brands to tap into the youth-centric health movement with a focus on aesthetics and play. [More]
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76,885 Total Clicks
Apr 16 - Jul 17
This Month and Mild
Superfood cocktails combine flavors of the moment from both worlds
Implications - Cocktails infused with superfood ingredients such as turmeric or charcoal entice consumers looking to indulge without abandoning their health and wellness goals. Highlighting the potential convergence seemingly oppositional drinking experiences, this shift also demonstrates the desire to enjoy the advantages of two very different things at the same time. [More]
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40,104 Total Clicks
May 16 - Jul 17
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