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Intro to Leisure & Play

Instructor: Courtney Scharf
Leisure & Play
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In this module, Trend Hunter's Chief Client Officer, Courtney Scharf, will introduce you to our framework on the future of entertainment. Using the 18 Megatrends Matrix, she identifies three key consumer desires and drivers that are changing the world of entertainment as we know it today.

Using a focus on human psychology and what consumers feel like they're missing today, this approach to the leisure category will not only deepen your understanding of how consumers want to be entertained but also what they want from their lives in general.
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Rewarded Sustainability
Brands and institutions create reward programs for eco-friendly habits
Trend - Businesses and institutions are increasingly incentivizing sustainable consumer habits with programs that reward them when they make eco-conscious decisions. These programs are linked to everything from recycling to shopping.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make sustainable consumption easier for its customers?
7.2
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Ethical Search
Ethical search engines help consumers streamline conscientious purchases
Trend - As consumers become more conscious of the impact of their purchases, search engines that search for products that are made sustainably, or from brands that align with their personal values, are becoming more popular.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make conscientious shopping easier for its customers?
6.6
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Gesture Kiosk
Gesture-controlled interfaces use hand-tracking technology to reduce health risks
Trend - Retail and entertainment industries are opting for gesture-controlled kiosk interfaces to enhance the user experience without contact-related health and safety risks. Hand-tracking technology registers the user's movement to allow touchless screen navigations.
Workshop Question - How will your brand continue to adapt to consumers' pandemic-induced lifestyle changes?
6.4
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Affordable Milestone
Traditional milestones are made accessible for the post-pandemic Millennial
Trend - Conventional adult milestones, such as buying a home or having children, are more difficult for the Millennial generation to achieve than ever due to the financial situation post-pandemic. Apps and services that make these milestones more accessible provide consolation and compromise.
Workshop Question - How can you better assist your Millennial customer in achieving their goals?
5.2
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In-Store Refill
In-store refill stations for personal care brands are becoming more popular
Trend - With more personal care businesses marketing their brands' "refillable product" business models, some brands are making the process of refilling products much easier with in-store refill stations that cut out the need to mail back empty packaging before receiving refills.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing sustainability?
6.4
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Virtual Changing
Virtual fitting rooms are growing in popularity amidst the pandemic
Trend - Virtual fitting rooms are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to in-person fitting rooms, particularly as the ongoing pandemic has put restrictions on in-person shopping. Now, consumers are able to see how clothing may look on them without having to worry about hygiene or being inconvenienced.
Workshop Question - What long-term pandemic-related changes could your brand better adapt to?
6.7
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Seafood Sustainability
Direct-to-consumer seafood deliveries prioritize sustainable practices
Trend - D2C seafood deliveries are increasingly coming from sources that prioritize sustainable and ethical fishing practices that reduce their impact on the environment. These delivery services allow consumers to bypass third-party retailers that may not be transparent about their sourcing.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing transparency to strengthen customers' trust?
4.8
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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.
6.5
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Gender Neutral Toy
Traditionally gendered kid's toys are being marketed without gender in mind
Trend - Toy brands are releasing gender-neutral versions of toys that were once typically marketed to one gender or another--in response to changing social norms and understandings of gender in North America in-particular.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better cater to consumers' increasingly progressive ideals?
5.5
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Integrated Furnishing
Pet-friendly features are integrated into home furnishings
Trend - Home design brands are adapting to the needs of pet owners with furnishings that are made for human use, but that have pet-friendly features that allow for animal use too. These include everything from seating solutions to entertainment units.
Workshop Question - How is your brand adjusting to its customers' lifestyles?
7.2
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