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FuturistU > Demographics > Generational Chaos & Consequences > Module 5 / 5

Baby Boomer Chaos & Consequences

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Travel
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Our final Micro-Generations module highlights two groups within the Baby Boomer generation. There are many pre-existing perceptions of this generation, but what key differences are discovered when this group, originally spanning a 16-year age range, is split into two?

Known for redefining what it means to age, the Baby Boomers are, in many ways, the original Millennial. This past couple years of Chaos see this generation more online than ever in an attempt to retain a sense of connection. What has changed for this generation of individualists after two years of physical isolation, but digital connection?
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Workshop Questions:
1. How could you help your Boomer customer enjoy new experiences in this next phase of their lives?
2. What is one way your brand could better prepare for new definitions of what it means to age?
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Intergenerational Tech
Connecting family members virtually becomes easier post-pandemic
Trend - During the Crisis and Chaos phases of the pandemic, many consumers were hesitant to visit loved ones in person -- this was especially prevalent for the Baby Boomer demographic, who belonged to a higher-risk group. So the aging demographic turned to virtual options to adapt. It seems this practice of digital connectivity among family members will continue into the post-pandemic world.
Workshop Question - How could you better accommodate the Baby Boomer's newfound interest in technology?
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Decentralized Affiliate
New ecommerce apps enable everyday consumers to earn commissions
Trend - Tech companies are revolutionizing affiliate marketing by launching new shopping apps that break down traditional barriers. Platforms like Locker are leading the charge by ditching the follower-count and aesthetic requirements that often exclude potential affiliates. This inclusive approach opens the affiliate ecosystem to a wider range of consumers, empowering everyone to become a brand advocate and earn from their genuine endorsements.
Workshop Question - How can your brand empower everyday consumers to share genuine product recommendations?
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Social Community
New social media platforms are launching with an emphasis on personal connections
Trend - Companies are opening new social media services with the intention of fostering more intimate connections between users. In a rebellion against social medias built around endless feeds, these platforms connect users with similar interests and have convenient public and private group chat systems.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its products or services are meeting the needs of its more niche consumer demographics?
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AI Household
Day-to-day family organization is streamlined through new technologies
Trend - Familial organization, from delegating chores to appointment reminders, is simpler with AI technology. This shows the adoption of technologies typically used in the workplace to the home. This development will simplify the act of running a multigenerational household, which is especially attractive to working parents.
Workshop Question - How can brands leverage AI technology to address the increasing demands on working parents and multigenerational households in a way that simplifies day-to-day organization and enhances productivity?
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Inclusive Productivity
Inclusive management and productivity apps combat ageism in the workplace
Trend - Workplace management platforms are adapting to the varying needs of a multigenerational workforce--with UX, resources and tools that account for tech gaps between generations. These platforms ease processes and foster communication with the aim of achieving age-inclusive hiring and working environments.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better adapt to a multigenerational workforce with different strengths?
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Everyday Web3
Web3 is integrated into everyday routines
Trend - Though the introduction to Web3 has had a shaky start, it's adoption in everyday routines and business practices is showcasing the real impact of the decentralized web. Customer service, online shopping, and even health care are enhanced by Web3 services when they're seamlessly integrated.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make new tech more digestible for its customers?
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Focus Tech
Brands are creating products to help students concentrate
Trend - Brands are launching new focus-enhancing technology designed to help students better concentrate on their work in remote or hybrid learning environments. These products and features help immerse students in their school work, showcasing the benefits of technology in the classroom and eliminating procrastination and potential distractions from outside sources.
Workshop Question - How can your brand address the rapid changes that have influenced its industry?
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Sports Metaverse
Sports brands are launching web3 experiences for community engagement
Trend - Sports brands are entering the metaverse with web3 experiences such as virtual reality (VR) worlds, collectible NFTs, and online events. These services deepen community involvement in sports, providing a convenient and accessible way for fans to connect with athletes and each other.
Workshop Question - How could your industry make its customers feel more involved?
5.6
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Shoppable Short
Shoppable short-form video content enhances digital shopping experiences
Trend - Shoppable short-form video content and ads are becoming increasingly prominent digital strategies among brands across industries. This content merges traditional ads with modern tech habits--offering customers more engaging and convenient forms of online shopping.
Workshop Question - How could your brand more effectively engage customers with its online experiences?
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Wealth Accessibility
Gen X as a whole is more focused on building generational wealth
Trend - As a whole, Gen X is being very intentional about building generational wealth. This demographic is using family-centric investment and banking services to not just build wealth, but to establish financial literacy among family members.
Workshop Question - How can your brand prioritize accessibility in its area of expertise?
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Hybrid Event
Corporate and work-related events are made easier with hybrid programs
Trend - Though corporate events are back to being in-person, virtual attendance is still popular as it offers flexibility, accessibility and comfort for people not willing to travel. To prioritize experience, brands are releasing technologies and platforms that help enhance hybrid event experiences.
Workshop Question - How could your brand be more flexible in its offerings for employees or customers?
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