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Esports NFTs
Esports organizations are using NFTs to drive consumer engagement
Trend - Established and emerging esports entertainment companies are using blockchain technology to better engage consumers and fans. The companies utilize NFT collections to offer exclusive experiences, such as invite-only parties, NFT-holder lounges, and conferences where the organizations listen to their most dedicated fans. This aims to increase engagement while rewarding dedicated communities.

Insight - Consumers in the realm of esports are often loyal to certain teams, companies, or brands. As a result of this, fans are seeking new ways to immerse themselves in the world of esports and support their favorite entities beyond viewing tournaments and wearing branded apparel. Leveraging blockchain technology provides these very opportunities to interested consumers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand utilize NFT technology to reward and engage consumers?
6.3
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Metaverse Dating
Dating apps are establishing themselves within the VR metaverse
Trend - Dating apps are transforming their platforms to accommodate virtual reality users in the metaverse. Companies are letting users attach their metaverse avatars to their profiles for a new VR-based iteration of dating.

Insight - The metaverse world is creating parallels with the physical world as brands increasingly adapt their services to Web3. As consumers become more invested in the digital space, they seek to fulfill aspects of their real lives through their virtual personas. Based on these consumer demands, companies are transforming their platforms to accommodate VR interactions.
Workshop Question - How is your company adapting to the metaverse?
7.8
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Metaverse Expansion
Tech brands are investing in developing and perfecting metaverse experiences
Trend - The term “metaverse” refers to a virtual reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment, as well as with one another. Tech companies are racing to develop the potential of these digital spaces, with emphasis on social life, culture, and brand presence.

Insight - The incredible speed at which technology is evolving is resulting in an uptick of digital services, pertaining both to aesthetic, as well as functional experiences. Led by curiosity, excitement, and a desire to be entertained, many individuals are spending increased amounts of time on the Internet. Whether it involves developing their personal brand, entrepreneurial project, socializing, or play, consumer expectations are informing a demand for increased immersion.
Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize future metaverse opportunities?
6.1
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Cannabis Influencer
Influencer culture is adapting with the growing use of cannabis
Trend - As the cannabis industry continues to grow due to legalization in some areas in recent years, so does the community around it. Influencer culture is breaching into this space, as individuals use the digital platform to engage with an audience about the topic of cannabis.

Insight - Due to their mass digital consumption in today's era, consumers familiarize themselves with products and services by searching for reviews online. They often trust peer reviews more than advertisements. Specifically, Millennial and Gen Z demographics are likely to engage with digital reviews from real-life sources. This is especially true regarding newer products and industries such as cannabis.
Workshop Question - How can your brand maximize your online platform?
4.4
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Virtual Creative
Creative brands and collectives are staying connected and inspired digitally
Trend - The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how people interact on a daily basis and when in-person experiences and events are unavailable--artists, collectives, and brands turn to interactive virtual events to keep consumers inspired and engaged. This not only proves to be entertaining for audiences, but it also gives creatives a chance to express and market themselves.

Insight - When unable to experience something in person, consumers turn to the digital space for entertainment and inspiration. The accessibility that the Internet and different digital communication tools provides has the potential to comfort consumers, allowing them to feel less isolated. This results in a tightly knit and diverse community, where everyone feels comfortable to express themselves and connect with one another.
Workshop Question - What type of virtual experience is suitable for your brand?
5.6
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Mixed-Reality 5G
Brands are experimenting with AI, VR & AR tech in the 5G platform
Trend - As artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality are rapidly progressing, the 4G network struggles to meet bandwidth requirements. If VR and AR applications continue to evolve, developers will require a more substantial network that is faster, consistent and has lower latency. As 5G connectivity is expected to deliver these elements, companies are beginning to test the potential of mixed-reality tech in this environment.

Insight - Millenials and Gen Z are excited about the innovations that are ahead and mixed-reality tech has been a pivotal point for them as it has provided opportunities for new forms of entertainment through interactivity. As time progresses, users expect better service and new developments. The 4G platform, however, has limited processing capabilities and as more users flood the platform, that becomes an issue. Because of this, users are interested in what 5G connectivity has to offer to enable the next stages of VR, AI, and AR.
Workshop Question - How might you use 5G to enhance the experience of your product or service?
6.7
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Immersive Podcast
Audio-only entertainment extends its reach by adding multisensory elements
Implications - Podcasts have grown in popularity recently, however their reach is still limited due to consumers' preference for multimedia entertainment. Immersive podcasts show progress in this regard. These visual, social, or even physical enhancements to the podcast-listening experience show an increased appetite for entertainment that focuses on storytelling.
Workshop Question - How can your product or service reconnect with the basics of your industry?
2.9
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Diplomatic Media
Consumers seek non-partisan resources for news information
Implications - As the war on fake news rages, media platforms are earning the trust of dubious consumers by changing the game and providing multiple perspectives rather than promoting a single message. Inundated with free access to media, consumers are becoming more open to varying opinions and realizing that there is always more than one side to the story. Through offering multiple angles to the news within one resource, media outlets can engage their readers on a much more authentic level, increasing brand trust through transparency.
Workshop Question - What type of stance does your brand take when it comes to socio-political matters? How can you adapt this to better foster brand trust?
3.7
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Advantageous Subversion
Celebs spin unflattering memes into alternative revenue streams
Implications - Rather than acknowledging internet jokes made at their own expense outright, several savvy celebrities are spinning such situations by producing licensed merchandise of their own, a move that above all else, helps them reaffirm their agency. This intriguing shift demonstrates the potential opportunity to convey authenticity by re-channeling seemingly negative commentary into a moment of humurous self-deprecation between the brand and fans.
Workshop Question - What is consumers' most despised aspect of your brand? How could you present that as a positive?
3.6
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Viral Play
Purposely bizarre board game concepts capture the attention of teen consumers
Implications - The accessibility of resources like Kickstarter have made the toy market a crowded one. In response to this, both larger companies as well as more entrepreneurial teams are releasing board games focused around highly unusual concepts more likely to go viral than their more traditional counterparts. This appeals to consumers in search of more unique products to reflect their individualism, while tapping into a sense of nostalgia via analog play.
Workshop Question - What is an aspect of your brand or product that has the most potential to go viral?
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