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Brands demonstrate authenticity via unscripted marketing campaigns
Implications - In the age of authenticity, many brands are setting aside traditional forms of advertising, with carefully controlled presentations, in favor of completely candid reactionary videos. Contrary to many misconceptions about younger consumers being immune to marketing, Millennial and Gen Z consumers are looking to align themselves with brands who appear genuine, which then serve to enhance their own personal branding. Adopting a more conversational tone with the use of real people and authentic interactions, brands are beginning to speak to younger consumers on their level. [More]
SCORE 6.9
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128,933 Total Clicks
May 17 - Nov 17
This Quarter and Mild
MarketingBrandingCommercials
Video ads create dramatic narratives to engage consumers
Implications - Utilizing the drama, intrigue and plot techniques often associated with feature films and binge-worthy TV shows, commercials are ramping up production value to capture the hearts and minds of consumers. By engaging consumer's emotions and piquing their curiosity, advertisers are generating excitement around featured brands through association, keeping intrigued consumers coming back for more. Episodic style marketing also serves to present products and brands more organically to the consumer, mimicking the method of casual product placement. [More]
SCORE 6.2
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23,658 Total Clicks
Oct 17 - Nov 17
This Quarter and Mild
MarketingCommercials
Tutorial-style home decor videos capture the attention of young adults
Implications - Looking for ways to entertain and engage Millennials who have become jaded towards traditional marketing outlets, furniture and decor brands are adapting their message in easy-to-digest and fun to watch formats. With Millennial consumers already accustomed to the instant gratification of an online tutorial when pursuing new skills and areas of interest, they are much more responsive to brands that are integrating this style into their marketing campaigns and creating organic conversations rather than telling them what to buy. [More]
SCORE 5.6
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43,809 Total Clicks
Jul 16 - Nov 17
This Quarter and Mild
Brands are choosing to limit the obvious branding in their commercials
Implications - Companies are limiting the branding in their commercials to offer more authentic ads that come across as less sales-focused. This new form of video marketing gives consumers the opportunity to engage with the material being presented, in a way that offers some of the same sensory features that more immersive forms of marketing allow – combining experiential techniques with a traditional platform. This functions as a "best of both worlds" scenario in which consumers are more likely to appreciate what is being presented, while brands are able to benefit from both the large reach of commercials, and the enjoyment that experiential marketing offers consumers. [More]
SCORE 5.4
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34,463 Total Clicks
Aug 16 - Oct 17
This Quarter and Untested
MarketingBusinessCommercials
The 6 Patterns of Opportunity & Top 18 Megatrends
Brands overthrow consumer perceptions that higher costs mean higher quality
Implications - Brands that are known to be more affordable are using various advertising platforms to intentionally deceive consumers into believing they are consuming products that are much more expensive than they already are. More than exposing the associations consumers often make that expensive and minimally branded products are higher in quality, these campaigns push to subvert those notions. This shift allows for brands that are associated with cheaper products or services to push past negative assumptions about the quality of their products, and reframe consumers' perspective – while still holding on to their consumer base and core values. [More]
SCORE 8.5
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92,659 Total Clicks
Jul 16 - Oct 17
This Quarter and Warm
MarketingBusinessCommercials
Advertisements engage in dialogue with outspoken customers
Implications - With the majority of word of mouth and social engagement around a brand's image being spread by a handful of key individuals, marketing strategies are being refocused to speak directly to the consumers who have the loudest voices. By bringing everyone in on the dialogue with specific customers, brands can overcome strained relationships with past customers while strengthening ties with current and future consumers. Branching off from the growing influencer marketing campaigns that mostly feature online superstars, brands are adapting to the fact that even the most common consumer carries social influence. [More]
SCORE 5.3
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30,417 Total Clicks
Feb 17 - Aug 17
This Year and Mild
Brands demonstrate understanding of the complex emotions around fatherhood
Implications - Taking a more genuine stance on marketing to men, brands are winning back the trust and loyalty of male viewers by acknowledging their humanity, rather than enforcing the overplayed macho stereotype. Particularly when taking into account new fathers and all of the complexities this new stage in life entails, male-targeted marketing is starting to take on a much more personable approach, demonstrating empathy and understanding that resonates with the modern male demographic. [More]
SCORE 5.6
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54,576 Total Clicks
Aug 16 - Jun 17
This Year and Untested
MarketingLifestyleLifeCommercials
Trend Hunter Services
Marketing evolves to accommodate a post demographic approach
Implications - Through the democratization of information in the digital age, consumers are less inclined to be oversimplified and categorized by traditional demographics. With the rise of individualism and demand for representation, there’s an increasing need for marketers to avoid boxing consumers into demographic segmentations based on limiting factors like age, gender, economic status, sexuality or race. Though this psychographic approach has been employed internally for some time, it is only now being integrated explicitly into branding and product. [More]
SCORE 6.6
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77,002 Total Clicks
Sep 16 - May 17
This Year and Warm
MarketingLifestyleBrandingCommercials
Ads appeal to young parents through sentimental family narratives
Implications - Beginning to encounter the unique challenges and uncertainties that come along with entering parenthood, many Millennials are finding solace in sentimental narratives of family. Particularly as today’s model of the modern family sees dramatic shifts away from norms of the past, brands look to pull on the heartstrings of young parents through emotional stories of family tradition. [More]
SCORE 4.2
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35,072 Total Clicks
Feb 16 - Jan 17
This Year and Mild
MarketingLifestyleLifeCommercials
Brands use celebrity endorsements and exaggerated concepts to market headphones
Implications - Since 'Beats By Dre' became popularized a few years back, it seems that audio brands have become highly focused on stylizing their products. To do so, many have employed huge celebrities to be the face of their advertisements in hopes of enticing buyers who're are influenced by their actions. In addition, musicians like Will.i.am are creating their own products and promoting them by leveraging their industry expertise. This illustrates that, along with other tech accessories, buying headphones has become as much about status as it has about the quality of sound for many consumers. [More]
SCORE 5.6
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44,002 Total Clicks
Sep 16 - Nov 16
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