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FuturistU > Consumers > Consumer Behavior > Module 5 / 5

Consumers and Personal Brand

Instructor: Shelby Walsh
Social Media
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This final module in the consumer behavior course will explore how personal brand has become a 24/7 affair, how brands are successfully co-creating with their customers and how micro-influencers are driving authenticity. One of the key trends unpacked during this module is "Influencer Ubiquity" which details how consumers are curating their personal brands. It also explores thought-provoking examples from brands like Adidas who have increased awareness of new products and launches through the use of influencers.

It's not just micro-influencers or user-generated content that is making a splash when it comes to how people are behaving and their purchasing patterns, however. Celebrities are still playing an important role when it comes to shaping the preferences of consumers today; they're just using different platforms to connect, allowing them to strip down the layers between them and their fans. We'll look into how big names like Dwayne Johnson, Will Smith, and Selena Gomez have used visual platforms like IGTV and YouTube to reinvigorate their brand and provide inspiration on how your brand can provide a more effective platform for self-expression.
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Workshop Questions:
1. How can you provide a more effective platform for self-expression?
2. How can your brand become more authentic on social media?
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Influencer Ubiquity
The influencer industry is no longer limited to marketing and artistic spaces
Implications - From micro to pet influencers, the influencer industry is expanding to accommodate and transform a variety of spaces. With social media giving every individual the opportunity to make themselves "brandable," this shift directly correlates with the individualistic preferences that can be seen in any given group – reflecting both niche and broad consumer interests in a way that is inherently authentic.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage influencer popularity?
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Eco Organization
Apps help consumers prioritize eco-conscious fashion choices
Trend - With the fahion industry being an enormous contributor to worldwide pollution, some brands are releasing apps that help users make better choices when it comes to buying, repairing and generally extending the life cycles of their wardrobes.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing sustainability?
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Social Wellness
Social media wellness initiatives aim to counter some of its ill effects
Trend - As the negative impact of social media continues to be studied, businesses in this space are aiming to combat some of that bad press by prioritizing wellness initiatives and offering users resources that help them maintain their physical and/or mental health.
Workshop Question - How is your brand responding to criticism and customer feedback?
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Digital Boomerlennials
The concept of Baby Boomers acting similar to Millennials extends online
Trend - 'Boomerlennials' refers to the phenomenon of Baby Boomers displaying behaviors typically associated with younger generations. Though this was first evident in spaces such as wellness and travel, it has expanded into the social media space. As a result, the aging demographic is seeking online platforms suited to their needs.
Workshop Question - What needs to change about the way your brand connects with Baby Boomers?
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AR Holiday
Brands leverage augmented reality when advertising around the holidays
Trend - Brands are leveraging augmented reality technology to reach consumers at home for the holidays. These initiatives include product testing, demonstrations, and mixed reality portals to interact and engage with consumers.
Workshop Question - How can your brand interact and engage with consumers through technology?
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Adventurous Marketing
Brands are offering exclusive content to consumers through specialized apps
Trend - Brands are turning to content subscription services like OnlyFans to market their products during the stay-at-home era. While popular with creators and influencers, fashion brands, media publishers and others are just entering the game with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and more.
Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize a content subscription service?
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Influencer Housing
Designers are focusing on elevating the aesthetic & function of content houses
Trend - Content houses—also known as "collab houses"—are becoming increasingly popular amid young social media influencers. As a result, brands and designers are working on offering opportunities to this community through elevated, or even branded, experiences.
Workshop Question - How can your brand enhance the experience of influencers?
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Disappearing Chat
Social media sites are introducing features to delete user content and messages
Trend - As social media continues to be a primary tool in daily communication, apps are fighting to be the top choice for consumers' online chats. To appeal to consumers, these platforms are introducing new features that automatically erase messages and posts after a specified time, enabling online activity to be temporary.
Workshop Question - How can your brand cater to consumers' desire for privacy in your products or services?
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Social Scheduling
Calendar apps help people structure and organize their social lives
Trend - Much like there are calendars for organizing professional, personal, and even household tasks, brands are now offering platforms that are designed specifically to organize users' social lives.
Workshop Question - How is your brand creating balance in its customers lives?
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Content Matchmaking
Platforms that match content creators and brands are on the rise
Trend - Brands and agencies are opting-in for specialized platforms when looking to connect with content creators for a partnership. In doing so, companies are able to streamline the search for the right collaborator, especially in a world where the number of content creators is rapidly growing.
Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize content creators within your marketing strategy?
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Dance Marketing
Companies are leveraging social media dance popularity for marketing campaigns
Trend - Many companies are increasing their presence on video-based social media apps with popular viral dances. These companies are frequently using these platforms to launch marketing campaigns with dancing elements. Often times these campaigns will reward consumers for their participation with discounts.
Workshop Question - How can your organization foster engagement with users of social video apps?
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