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Romance Consumer Insights

Cannabis Romance
Cannabis branding is lending itself to romantic milestones and Valentine's Day
Trend - Building on the overall growth of the industry and popularity of CBD/THC, cannabis companies are pivoting their marketing strategies to actively include Valentine's Day festivities. Many are inviting romance-inspired branding and products to their collections.

Insight - Novelty is a driving force in the purchasing decisions of many consumers and this is especially true when they are buying something as a gift. In this space, individuals are building off of the receiver's niche interests or opting-in for something that symbolizes the relationship with them. As a result, consumers are prioritizing specific products that offer a degree of novelty, as well as aesthetics.
Workshop Question - How can your brand ease the gift-giving ritual during holidays like Valentine's Day?
7.8
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Dating Challenge
Dating app developers are setting challenges to enhance user experience
Trend - Either deployed as a marketing campaign or a new feature, developers of mobile dating applications are inserting more excitement into the browsing experience by introducing various challenge-based activations.

Insight - Contemporary consumers are constantly bombarded with new innovations and interesting opportunities in today's fast-paced environment and as a result, individuals often find themselves in the spirit of being adventurous and trying out something new. This creates a demand for the consistent rotation of exciting experiences that leave consumers not only entertained but also engaged in meaningful ways.

Workshop Question - How can your brand better engage consumers through challenges?
4.9
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Relationship Management
Couples therapy apps identify problems and provide personalized advice
Trend - In the interest of keeping divorce demography in the low numbers, companies release marriage counseling apps with assistive features -- from identifying problems in partner behavior and expectations to offering personalized advice and possible solutions. These tools are abundant, mobile and efficient, adding a layer of convenience.

Insight - When couples experience marital problems, solving these issues becomes a priority as divorce is generally an unfavorable outcome. However, many consumers find therapy either inaccessible due to financial issues or social stigma. Millennial consumers embrace digital platforms that provide solutions by offering cost-effective services and comfortable user experiences, ultimately accounting for accessibility.
Workshop Question - How could you offer omnipresent support for your customer base?
4.2
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Designer Contraception
Fashion brands promote safe sex with novelty condom-inspired offerings
Trend - Haute couture labels and celebrities are entering unlikely territory, producing branded contraceptives and collections that are inspired by the notion of safe sex. Whether it's through condoms or condom-inspired apparel, the launches instill a sense of curiosity in consumers.

Insight - Social media enables the curation of personal brands and many consumers attempt to introduce all facets of their personality through online platforms. Motivated in part by synchronizing physical and digital lifestyles, this move allows for users to be authentically themselves in both worlds. As sexuality is an inherent component of many consumers' personal brands, the topic is finding its place on social media. Novelty items that reference sexuality are perceived as tools of liberation that are shareable and get the point across.
Workshop Question - How can your brand align with the message of safe sex?
6.9
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Dietary Matchmaking
Brands are using food preferences to pair potential couples
Trend - Matchmaking apps and services are prioritizing users’ dietary habits and favorite foods in order to better curate potential romantic couplings. The emphasis being placed on pairings that are focused on niche commonalities highlights the consumer desire for more curated experiences from the lifestyle brands they engage with.

Insight - Consumers looking for love, or simply connections with others, are still finding gaps and challenges even despite the plethora of online platforms available. Lack of commonalities is driving consumers to look for solutions that take into account more specific or detailed traits and preferences. As a result, platforms that pair users based on more niche qualities like dietary habits offer a more curated and creative matchmaking opportunity.
Workshop Question - Consider how your brand could provide a more curated experience for your consumers.
5.4
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Smart Dating
The online dating industry touts smart tech to enhance accuracy
Trends - The popularity of online dating has resulted in brands’ prioritization of artificial intelligence functions and features that claim to analyze or enhance the effectiveness of people’s virtual dating habits.

Insight - The way Millennials and Gen Z form social connections is in large part online, and they're particularly drawn to platforms that facilitate and ease this process. This way, they're able to collaborate, communicate and form a variety of relationships with peers in a way that's comfortable and familiar.
Workshop Question - In what areas could AI enhance your brand’s products/services?
4.2
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Social Romance
Popular social media platforms adopt dating app features for consumer allure
Trend - Popular social platforms are expanding their services to include new features that are oriented toward those looking for love. Focused on convenience, these romance-driven integrations strive to deliver a seamless experience.

Insight - The Digital Revolution has caused consumers across generations to fully build and embrace online services and social media platforms. As individuals become more comfortable and deeper integrate themselves into the digital world, a demand is created for all-inclusive platforms that support all facets of one's lifestyle—both in the personal and professional sense. Emphasizing a need for convenience, users look for more cohesive experiences.
Workshop Question - How can you evolve your products or services to be more inclusive of consumer lifestyle habits like the desire to connect with others?
3
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Empowered Match-Making
Dating apps evolve to offer more empowering & thoughtful experiences
Implications - While online dating has become much more mainstream, fears around catfishing, insincerity, and ill intentions continue to circulate. As a means to give users more confidence, dating apps are turning to elements of empowerment and education to shine the spotlight more on the individual themselves as opposed to their potential romantic partner. From activations that focus on work-life balance to those that speak to female empowerment, these match-making services realize the importance of not only providing a potential partner but enlightening the user themselves to feel more appreciated, educated and enlightened.
Workshop Question - What can your brand to do make your consumers feel more empowered and enlightened?
4.2
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Singledom Celebration
Brands cater to single consumers in celebratory, lighthearted ways
Implications - As consumers push off marriage to a later age and the stigma of being single diminishes, brands are catering to single consumers explicitly with the same level of enthusiasm and acceptance often built into couple-focused offerings. The idea of having one's life reflected in the products and services they interact with is important to consumers, especially Gen Z and Millennial consumers, and this shift toward celebrating independence speaks to that expectation.
Workshop Question - Are the things that make your customer unique reflected in the product and service that you offer?
3.4
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Hyper-Personalized Matchmaking
Algorithms and AI technology guide users to their best match
Implications - While the proliferation of platforms like Tinder has contributed to more convenient, fast-paced methods of finding love, consumers are craving more, and as a result, personalized methods are emerging. From AI algorithms to DNA testing techniques, these solutions give users the chance to customize their matchmaking process, ensuring the results are more tailored to their individual, inherent needs. Showcasing the type of effort and lengths consumers are going to find their match, these examples also reflect a growing desire for customization in every single facet of their life.
Workshop Question - How could you potentially hyper-personalize your product or service offerings to create a more memorable experience for your consumer?
3.4
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