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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]
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31,690 Total Clicks
Aug 16 - Oct 17
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MarketingBusinessCommercials
Alcohol brands are promoting safe consumption as a marketing strategy
Implications - The safe consumption of alcohol was once spearheaded by activists and only mentioned by alcohol brands in a perfunctory manner, but brands are now enthusiastically adopting this movement. Endorsing the safe consumption of alcohol may appear to be counterproductive from the alcohol brand's perspective, but from the perspective of the consumer the brand becomes more trustworthy, and reveals itself as able to accommodate more than the industry's niche target demographics of the past. Subverting the "more is more" trope that is so predominant in the alcohol industry serves to authenticate and amplify the brand's image. [More]
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42,310 Total Clicks
Dec 16 - Oct 17
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MarketingLifestyleHealthDrinking
Beverages are being offered with gradient color designs
Implications - No longer just limited to hair colors, the ombré fad is becoming apparent in the food and beverage industry as well. The use of gradient colors in beverages serves to offer the social media-friendly aesthetic that drive younger consumers' purchasing decisions, while offering a more refined image for QSRs to appeal to luxury-driven consumers. As food brands are now required to do more than just offer the promise of health in their products in order to stand out, these ombré beverages appeal to visually motivated consumers. [More]
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12,532 Total Clicks
Feb 17 - Oct 17
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B2B brands are creating more intimate connections with their clients
Implications - B2B brands are seeking closer connections with their clients, and are doing this through electronic gifting apps, service review platforms and more. These reformed ways of marketing go further than simply "targeting" clients, and instead seek to build close partnerships with them. This more intimate marketing strategy serves to build relationships, and is more likely to ensure brand loyalty. [More]
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32,006 Total Clicks
Apr 15 - Oct 17
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The 6 Patterns of Opportunity & Top 18 Megatrends
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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21,688 Total Clicks
Jul 16 - Oct 17
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Pop CultureMarketingCelebsHumor
Traditional fast food brands undergo redesigns to introduce health prioritization
Implications - Traditional fast food brands have undergone significant rebranding initiatives in recent years, with a major one being redesigning stores to offer an enhanced illusion of health. Working with more contemporary design elements, including neutral colors and minimalist aesthetics, these brands are diverging from the stark and gaudy store designs they have historically presented to consumers. By repositioning brand identity through art and design, these fast food chains are able to create more positive associations in consumers' minds, and give more credibility to their initiatives that promote "healthy" menu items. [More]
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47,679 Total Clicks
Sep 16 - Oct 17
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Brands are releasing candy products infused with various forms of cannabis
Implications - As the cannabis "lifestyle" industry continues to blossom in -- tandem with the medical marijuana industry -- brands are releasing various forms of candy that are infused with cannabis. Whether recreational or used for medical reasons, these items serve to either offer a new experience with these products for self-proclaimed aficionados, or make cannabis use more palatable in the eyes of consumers who are new to the industry. This uses the normalcy that candy products are usually associated with as a vehicle to bringn cannabis to a wide range of demographics. [More]
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64,490 Total Clicks
Oct 15 - Oct 17
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MarketingBusinessLifestyleFoodHealth
Trend Hunter Services
Brands in the food industry create immersive pop-ups for social causes
Implications - Food brands seeking to contribute to positive change in various areas are using pop-up marketing in order to do this. More than simply contributing to enhanced awareness, these spaces offer an interactive method of directly or indirectly engaging with these issues. This shift combines consumers' love for experiential marketing with their desire to interact with causes that align with their values, working to provide a well-rounded conscious consumption experience, without the lifestyle disruptions that being committed to these movements can sometimes cause. [More]
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103,400 Total Clicks
May 15 - Oct 17
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Pop culture fads and modern elements are being incorporated into board games
Implications - Board and card games are being reformatted with pop cultural elements and contemporary features that elevate them to suit the preferences of the average, modern day consumer. With diverse and ever-changing gaming options now available through tech, board game concepts have undergone a repositioning that celebrates them as an experience for the same consumers who seek out mobile games. This redesigning gives consumers the interactive gaming experiences they crave, while simultaneously distinguishing these products from the emphasis on tech as the medium in the gaming industry. [More]
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25,142 Total Clicks
May 17 - Oct 17
Recent and Warm
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Skincare brands leverage the power of ancient herbs to appeal to male consumers
Implications - Rooted in ancient tradition and culture, ayurvedic practices and ingredients are being integrated into everyday skincare products specifically targeting the male consumer. These superpower ingredients are favored by skincare brands to showcase the potency of their products, which is leveraged when marketing tot eh male demographic looking for products that simply work. The rise of ayurvedic elements within skincare demonstrates the impact of holistic wellness within modern consumer priorities. [More]
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8,917 Total Clicks
Aug 17 - Oct 17
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