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Youth Consumer Insights

Virtual Skill-Building
Virtual skill-building platforms are aimed at children
Trend - Brands are creating virtual services that help children learn various skills online. These platforms include everything from language-learning to virtual cooking camps--all of which prioritize skill-building in children.

Insight - The ongoing pandemic has made consumers even more present online than they were prior to the pandemic, and consumers all over the world have turned to the digital space in unprecedented numbers to work, consume content and learn new skills. These habits haven't just formed in adults--parents are looking for ways to keep their children engaged with various virtual platforms created for needs like education, skill-building, or entertainment.
Workshop Question - How is your brand responding to changed habits amidst the ongoing pandemic?
6.5
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Virtual Childcare
Platforms adjust their services to offer virtual childcare amid COVID-19
Trend - Virtual childcare has increased dramatically in the wake of COVID-19. These services include one-on-one and group sessions and typically span one hour. This emerging sector not only supports parents seeking free time but also employs caregivers unable to work amid social distancing regulations.

Insight - Parents working remotely while looking after their children are facing considerable challenges. With school closures and physical distancing regulations, the lack of in-person childcare has left many parents feeling overwhelmed. Without traditional, in-person support systems many would lean on during this phase of their life, parents are eager for an alternative to keep their children engaged and offer free time for parents to work, manage household chores, or have much-needed alone time.
Workshop Question - How can your brand support specific consumer needs during crisis?
4.8
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Kid Mask
Brands are launching campaigns to encourage kids to wear face masks when necessary
Trend - Many companies are debuting different products to engage kids on the topic of COVID-19 rules and encourage them to wear face masks when in public. This comes in the form of educational coloring books, face coverings that can be customized at home, and even mask-wearing plush toys.

Insight - Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the immediacy of wearing face masks at all times when in public is strongly asserted. Some parents, however, are finding it challenging to relate this importance to their children, and this problem is especially emulated as businesses reopen and kids go back to school. With their child's safety in mind, many consumers seek out solutions in the form of products that can engage, entertain, and encourage their offspring.
Workshop Question - How might your brand encourage little ones to honor COVID-19 restrictions?
7.1
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Kid Responsibility
Brands are launching products that empower children to be more responsible
Trend - Brands and designers are attempting to encourage children by teaching them manners and accountability. This comes in the form of products that track routines and chores, as well as sophisticated designs that are kid-friendly in functionality but boast grown-up aesthetics.

Insight - The government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions have caused many families to remain at home and in order to maintain peace, consumers are looking for ways to keep each other accountable in the house. This is especially pronounced within the child-parent relationship and adults are taking advantage of this time at home. They are engaging their kids in various activities that contribute to the child's overall character, whether it be pertaining to responsibility and maturity or simply something enriching like a new skill.
Workshop Question - How can your product/service be revamped to serve families?
5.9
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At-Home School
Brands are helping students recreate the school experience while learning remotely
Trend - Amid the pandemic, many students will be learning from home this school year and in an effort to mimic the traditional school experience, brands are launching products ranging from mobile at-home dorm rooms to at-home recess boxes. These products will help students of all ages recreate the traditional school or college experience.

Insight - The pandemic has restricted many Gen Z consumers from experiencing traditional milestones that many of their parents and siblings went through. While adjusting to the current situation, these demographics are looking for ways to recreate these traditional experiences in their homes. This helps maintain a sense of normalcy and allows them to cope with feelings of anxiety. These consumers will flock to brands that understand this need and offer safe alternatives to mimic these "missed" experiences.
Workshop Question - How can you help consumers cope with anxieties they face in a way that's authentic?
7
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Affordable Foodie
Brands are offering creative and cost-effective menu options, targeted at Gen Z
Trend - Food companies are attempting to cater to younger demographics by building menus that boast interesting experiences in affordable ways. Pertaining to cuisine, aesthetics, or both, the emphasis is placed on fresh, healthy, and local food, as well as on sharable plates.

Insight - Gen Z consumers are growing up in a cultural Zeitgeist that is defined by things like globalized diversity and the wellness movement. As a result, members of this demographic are showcasing an adventurous spirit, pertaining to the products and services they opt-in for. Given that many have not fully come into their buying power yet, Gen Z consumers are looking for affordability when considering an adventurous or health-focused experience.
Workshop Question - How can you revamp your product/service to be more affordable to Gen Z consumers?
6.9
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Farm Aesthetic
Consumers opt for the "cottagecore" lifestyle in an effort to dive into escapism
Trend - The "cottagecore" aesthetic has become increasingly popular among consumers. This demographic is opting to don simplified clothing like sun hats, draped muslin dresses, and peasant-inspired dresses. The cottagecore community is flourishing on social media with various influencers leading the subculture.

Insight - When things feel chaotic and out of control, consumers often revert back to what is comfortable and familiar. Due to an unstable political climate, eco-anxieties, and the adjustment to the "new normal" of COVID-19, many consumers are looking for a safe and comforting form of escape. This demographic is engaging in traditional American activities like knitting, baking, and crafting alongside their community to express tenderness, connection, and their yearning for a more idyllic life.
Workshop Question - How can your products or services reach consumers in search of escapism?
4.8
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Virtual Camps
Brands are recreating camp experiences from home for kids during the summer
Trend - Many of society's functions have come to a halt because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, affecting companies and consumers alike. As summer season comes, companies are swapping out summer camps for virtual experiences.

Insight - During times of high-stress, especially at a global scale, consumers are looking for a way to escape through safe experiences that recall natural routines. As summer comes, they are becoming more restless with mandatory physical distancing and restrictions. As a result, they turn to companies that offer virtual experiences that are reminiscent of normal life before the pandemic.
Workshop Question - How is your company adapting to changed policies and customer routines?
5.4
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Tween Connect
Brands are launching initiatives to help Gen Z stay social and mindful
Trend - Many brands are releasing various interactive and kid-friendly initiatives to highlight the importance of physical distancing during COVID-19. These launches have the objective to inform kids about the health pandemic, as well as to keep them connected with their friends.

Insight - Gen Z consumers are at an age where they are socially flourishing and as a result, many are finding it difficult to get accustomed to the need for physical distancing, often becoming restless at home. While some contemporary communication tools are not built for younger audiences, there is now a demand for accessible and kid-friendly activations that allow users to connect with their friends in creative and entertaining ways. Since these types of innovations allow Gen Z to be socially active while still maintaining a proper distance, such tools can often have a stress-relieving effect.
Workshop Question - How is your brand addressing consumer concerns in socially trying times?
5.6
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Gamified Stay-at-Home
To ease social distancing for kids, brands are launching & updating games
Trend - The COVID-19 pandemic has forced social distancing measures on many communities and brands are responding to the need to stay at home with enhanced gaming experiences for consumers. Typically geared toward kids, these games and activities help pass time, often in ways that are educational.

Insight - The need to socially distance and stay at home can be especially hard on kids who have a tendency to be restless when they feel bored and under-stimulated. Since this may be distracting to working parents, solutions that can effectively entertain a child during the pandemic are being prioritized. Parent are seeking out offerings that are accessible and don't require much supervision, with an emphasis on activities that inform children on the importance of social distancing.
Workshop Question - How might you gamify the stay-at-home experience?
6.7
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