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FuturistU > Marketing > Max Impact Marketing > Module 2 / 4

Hyperconnectivity

Instructor: Gil Haddi
Crowdsourcing
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As we touched on in our introduction, the constant connectivity most consumers have become accustomed to in their lives has shifted their expectations in terms of marketing trends and how they want to interact with brands. Within this module, we’ll dive into gamification techniques that appeal to the tech-savvy generation, including best practices for successfully gamified campaigns. We’ll also explore the emerging trends within biometric technology and how cutting-edge brands are tapping into consumer desires with increasing accuracy to create an emotional connection.

Finally, access to information is more important than ever before for today’s shoppers, especially when it comes to online shopping. Within our exploration of key marketing trends, we take a look at the 3 major challenges consumers face when completing their information gathering and how some of the biggest brands overcome those challenges.
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Workshop Question:
How are you taking advantage of consumer connectivity to enhance engagement?
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Featured Insights

Emotive Marketing
Brands tap into innate reactions of consumers to foster a greater connection
Implications - Focusing more on emotional components, brands are shifting their marketing and branding strategies to design imagery and aesthetics that speak more to innate consumer feelings, moods and reactions. Targeting not only how consumers feel, but their deepest fears, concerns and moments of happiness, brands are creating everything from short films to artistic campaigns as a way to tap into those innermost feelings of their consumers. Such emotional and abstract marketing tactics encourage consumers to move away from merely thinking about the product, and rather experience an emotional journey that they can immediately identify and relate with.
Workshop Question - In what way could you adapt your product or service offerings to convey a more emotional message to your consumer?
4.3
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Biometric Marketing
Biometric technology helps create a hyper-tailored brand experience
Implications - Biometric technology is evolving to offer more than just security solutions. Taking advantage of facial recognition and other biometric applications, marketers are using the technology to offer campaigns that engage consumers. Advertising efforts that depend on consumer participation are not only perceived as more meaningful; they also create a symbiotic relationship between brand and consumer.
Workshop Question - How can you leverage Big Data to offer your consumers a more personalized experience with your product or brand?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

AR Package
Brands incorporate augmented reality-based gaming into product packaging
Trend - Augmented reality functions in product packaging typically educate consumers on the product or business, but brands are now becoming more creative with packaging that incorporates AR-based games for customers to enjoy.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create more interactive digital experiences for its customers?
7.2
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Interactive Branding
Companies are making new products accessible with interactive experiences
Trend - Brands across various industries are finding new ways to introduce their products to consumers through interactive experiences and product workshops. These events make new products more accessible and less daunting to consumers as they provide product knowledge through hands-on learning.
Workshop Question - What resources can your company offer to increase brand and product knowledge?
7
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Happiness Hacking
Consumers turn to quick and easy solutions to boost their mood
Trend - The considerable stress that many North American consumers are dealing with has resulted in brands offering quick, simple solutions to boost consumers' moods. Products and services in this space include everything from happiness-focused apps to mood-boosting essential oil kits.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing customer wellness?
6.8
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Retail Finance
Banking apps are including online retail features and functions
Trend - Banking apps are becoming increasingly functional, now with extended features that allow people to shop (or sell) within the apps. These features help customers consolidate some of their lifestyle habits, merging banking and shopping to create simpler online experiences.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing convenience for its customer base?
5.6
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Marketed Wanderlust
Brands launch traveling campaigns to attract consumers as lockdowns lift
Trend - As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen worldwide, brands are enticing consumers to start traveling again through new campaigns. These marketing schemes emphasize adventure after many experienced over a year of restlessness.
Workshop Question - How can your brand offer services/products that meet consumers' desire for new experiences?
4.5
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Tech Privacy
Mainstream technology brands are prioritizing consumer's data privacy
Trend - Data privacy and control are at the forefront of many people's attention, and technology brands are now catering to consumers' desire for privacy when it comes to their personal information. As a result, these companies are changing their policies and launching new initiatives to help ensure this information is not unknowingly profited from.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better ensure privacy for its customers?
3.3
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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?
5.4
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Shoppable Room
Brands are utilizing virtual home experiences as a medium for retail
Trend - Companies are launching virtual home shopping experiences to market products during the COVID-19 era. These gamified platforms are engaging with playful interactivity and comfort aesthetics that entertain consumers and also allow for the visualization of a product in one's space.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an immersive retail experience for online environments.
6.6
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Virtual Lab
Virtual innovation labs let consumers test and design products remotely
Trend - Pre-pandemic, brands in a range of industries experimented with innovation labs where they could display and test their most innovative products and ideas with consumers. Now, they're doing the same but virtually--as retailers remain restricted with how they curate in-store experiences.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create distinct virtual experiences for customers?
6.3
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