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Brands employ famous comedians to create subversive campaigns
Implications - In recent years, comedians have played a huge role in the public sphere, maintaining their roles in entertainment while increasingly penetrating fields less-related to their primary roles, like politics. The increased responsibility placed in the hands of these pop cultural icons has resulted in their growing credibility from a consumer perspective, a shift that brands are seeking to take advantage of. Companies are employing the subversive ways in which comedians approach any subject, which can translate across industries and manifest in many different ways. Allowing comedians to represent companies' products serves to create more authentic, credible connections between brands and their consumers. [More]
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23,847 Total Clicks
Jul 16 - Oct 17
This Quarter and Untested
Pop CultureMarketingCelebsHumor
At first elevated by exclusivity, tour merch is made readily available
Implications - As the obsession with tour merchandise continues, artists are creating extensive pop-ups and even partnering with traditional retailers in order to amp up distribution. In expanding the experience to include those not attending a particular event, such artists are providing fans with a means to communicate membership to a particular group in a meaningful, divergent way. [More]
SCORE 5.3
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95,414 Total Clicks
Jul 16 - Oct 16
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Consumers engage with content overseen by their favorite stars
Implications - An efficient means of engaging the pop culturally connected consumer, brands are turning to celebrities to create experience-focused offerings conceptualized by the stars themselves. Observed in sectors that range from mobile applications to art auctions, this progression speaks to a consumer desire to interact with authentic content curated by a perceived expert. This can also be seen as representational of the illusion of closeness and familiarity created by celebrity social media presences. [More]
SCORE 3.6
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98,712 Total Clicks
Mar 15 - Oct 15
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Pop CultureTechArt & DesignCelebs
Influencers expand their reach by creating platforms of their own
Implications - A social influencer is widely recognized as someone who has achieved fame by sharing original content on established social networks. As these self-created online personalities continue to expand their range, they are going above and beyond simply partnering with brands. In fact, they are going as far as developing or investing in social platforms of their own, encouraging others to create and share their own content in the process. Projects backed by social influencers will have both authenticity and legitimacy, giving them a higher chance of breaking through the noise. [More]
SCORE 4.3
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82,533 Total Clicks
Mar 15 - Aug 15
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The 6 Patterns of Opportunity & Top 18 Megatrends
Social influencers resonate with consumers through themes of self-improvement
Implications - Many bloggers, vloggers and social influencers have achieved recognition by tackling themes of self-improvement in their content, a subject that remains important even as they expand their scope. The brands and media outlets that are partnering with these creators understand the need for safe spaces to facilitate the exchange of advice, ideas and tips. The theme of personal betterment further reinforces the idea that young people favor more approachable role models. [More]
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81,672 Total Clicks
Mar 15 - Aug 15
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Subscription products are hand-chosen by experts and celebs for prestige
Implications - Heightening traditional subscription services, brands are turning to expert curation to infuse the experience with a sense of prestige. Offering products and services that are hand-picked by celebrities and experts in the field, brands are utilizing pop culture fandom to not only create buzz, but also to increase customization. [More]
SCORE 4.1
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212,711 Total Clicks
Mar 14 - Dec 15
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Pop CultureMarketingCelebsBranding
Everyday people are taking unconventional paths to fame
Implications - Today's information age has fostered a culture of over-sharing, and those who share best are able to circumvent traditional avenues to fame. Millennial entrepreneurs are turning to platforms like YouTube and Tumblr to boost their personal brand, as well as cultivate opportunities and partnerships with bigger names. Rather than a flash-in-the-pan fad, this shift signals the possibility of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between online personalities and top-tier brands. [More]
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147,820 Total Clicks
Nov 14 - Jun 15
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Trend Hunter Services
Mobile games indulge the consumer desire to celebrate pop cultural icons
Implications - Pop culture-inspired mobile games are a unique symbol of the evolving face of the gaming world. Symbolic of the consumer's inherent fascination with meme culture and the nature of fame, these mobile games provide a new archetype for the average gamer, which includes a more diverse range of people than ever before. [More]
SCORE 4.3
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117,049 Total Clicks
Dec 14 - Aug 16
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Men are taking a more active role in child-rearing
Implications - As the conversation on gender equality continues, men are willingly stepping into domestic child care roles. Masculinity has come to be redefined by fatherhood, with less importance placed on providing financially, and a greater emphasis placed on providing care. This lends to a new form of masculinity -- even outside of fatherhood -- based in nurturing and expressing. [More]
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47,919 Total Clicks
Jul 15 - Jun 17
This Year and Untested
Brands are embracing and heightening the selfie phenomenon to an art form
Implications - Rather than renouncing selfie culture, marketers and manufacturers are embracing it as a way to become more involved in the interests of consumers. Brands have elevated the selfie from a lowbrow form of social media narcissism and entertainment to an art form in its own right, using polished media campaigns, celebrity involvement and selfie-friendly camera tools. By adopting and marketing a specific of-the-moment phenomenon, companies are able to demonstrate a connection to youth culture. [More]
SCORE 4.7
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314,596 Total Clicks
May 14 - Jan 15
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