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Charity Consumer Insights

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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Web3 Empowerment
Organizations make Web3 more inclusive for Hispanic & Latin American populations
Trend - Organizations are launching new Web3 campaigns, tools, courses, and products that are specifically geared toward Hispanic and Latin American populations. The majority of these initiatives have been founded in an effort to make Web3 more accessible and inclusive for both these groups.

Insight - Hispanic communities, as well as Latin American populations more broadly, face difficult and uneven barriers when entering the world of Web3. In the US, challenges include a lack of community funding and unequal Internet access. In Latin America, interested parties are held back by weaker tech infrastructure and fewer educational opportunities. To lessen these barriers, organizations are introducing Web3 initiatives dedicated to supporting these groups.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make its products or services more accessible and inclusive for all racial and ethnic groups?
5.8
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Unified Bar
Bars are taking initiatives to bring communities together and support those in need
Trend - Bars are using their platforms as community establishments for social outreach. The companies are creating more inclusive environments through in-house initiatives and branded donations for worthy causes.

Insight - Throughout the pandemic, North Americans who were given the opportunity to work safely from home have had more time for introspection, leading to a greater appreciation of the sense of community and social interactions. As these consumers look inward and reassess their values, they expect companies to do the same. In response to this social change, businesses are increasing their community involvement to create a more inclusive environment for customers.
Workshop Question - How can your company improve its social outreach?
3.7
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Ethical Metaverse
Companies are bringing social good campaigns to the metaverse
Trend - Companies across various industries are taking to the metaverse to spread awareness of ongoing societal issues in the physical world. These initiatives have been expressed through NFTs, metaverse avatars, and social services that encourage users to continue supporting humanitarian efforts.

Insight - The metaverse has allowed users to engage in new methods of communication that hone in on technological advancements. In a bid to reach virtual audiences, humanitarian and philanthropic organizations are communicating their efforts using the newly available technology. This brings real-world issues to the platform's forefront, making it accessible to metaverse users who subscribe to social activism.
Workshop Question - How can your company better communicate in the metaverse?
5.4
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Convenience Support
Convenience retailers offer free meals to support local school children
Trend - Convenience retailers in Britain are showing their commitment to communities by stepping in to provide free school meals for local school children in need amid the holiday season. The initiative has grown nationwide, with many of these businesses registering on a dedicated online map to be more accessible for parents in need.

Insight - The global pandemic has caused a lot of economic strain as employees are laid off and business owners struggle to make a profit. As a result, many rely on government aid to support themselves and their families, however, when this aid is not enough, many consumers look locally for support. Consumers feel a sense of kinship to the local businesses they have been frequenting for years, and find some relief when these companies step up to help them during difficult times.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage a sense of community and support its consumers amid difficult times?
1.7
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Emergency Meal
Organizations and brands are assisting food banks to meet demand during COVID-19
Trend - Many brands and not-for-profit organizations in North America are joining forces to provide food banks with much-needed supplies and workers during COVID-19. These initiatives introduce some security in meeting the demand for meals, which has significantly increased as the pandemic continues.

Insight - The levels of food insecurity in communities has exponentially increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a demand for more support from the government and brands who are perceived to have the resource capacity to help. While for some consumers, this is a chance to alleviate financial strain from losing their jobs, for others—this becomes an opportunity to help and feel needed during uncertain times.
Workshop Question - How can your brand help in alleviating issues such as food insecurity?
2.9
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Mixed-Reality Charity
Companies are engaging consumers with AR and VR-powered relief efforts
Trend - Ongoing relief efforts are being launched to ease some of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many brands and organizations are opting for immersive technology—particularly augmented reality and virtual reality—to capture the attention of consumers.

Insight - The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global sense of unity as people around the world are connected by similar disruptions to everyday life. Motivated by a sense of empathy and a desire to overcome a shared obstacle, individuals are feeling disposed toward donating to community relief efforts. Since many consumers are predominantly spending their time online, the demand for charitable initiatives is paired with a desire for a gamified experience.
Workshop Question - How might your brand advocate for relief efforts amid a crisis?
3.6
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Co-Created Benefit
Brands and creatives are working on collaborations for COVID-19 relief
Trend - Brands are collaborating with other brands, creative professionals, and even their fans to co-design unique products. These projects are launched as relief efforts for independent businesses and individuals who have been strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Insight - Consumers are experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown and those in a position to help are looking for accessible ways to do so. As a result, many are opting for products and initiatives that are launched as relief efforts for independent businesses, essential workers, and communities who have been severely impacted. In doing so, consumers feel more at ease as they have contributed to solving a problem brought on by this uncertain time.
Workshop Question - How might your brand orchestrate relief efforts for a community in need?
4.1
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Charity Skin
Developers are launching thematic skins to raise funds for philanthropic causes
Trend - In the gaming category, a 'skin' refers to the outfit of a character. It promotes a more customizable and immersive experience by placing emphasis on aesthetics. With the popularity of skins in mind, developers are creating outfits and characters that will raise awareness and funds for different charities.

Insight - Consumers look to give in accessible ways and are often much more receptive to initiatives that offer something small in return. The tie of shoppable objects to fundraising efforts allows individuals to feel justified about their purchase as they are able to get what they want, but are also assured that their money will go toward supporting a good cause.
Workshop Question - How could your brand appeal to the interests of consumers to raise awareness?
2.4
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Lighthearted Altruism
Campaigns focused on inclusiveness take on a more casual tone
Trend - Brands and organizations looking to signify a commitment to diversity are doing so with marketing campaigns that have an unexpectedly light and sometimes even sarcastic tone to them. This stands in stark contrast to the typically serious and emotion-driven style that's come to be characteristic of this content.

Insight - Consumers, especially those who are immediately impacted by diversity efforts, are accustomed to messaging around inclusiveness that has a very serious and intense tone that's effective at eliciting an emotional response, but not necessarily resulting in meaningful change. As a result, there's a craving for more frank and honest communication around important topics like diversity.
Workshop Question - What are some ways your brand could approach a serious topic with a respectful but radically honest approach?
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