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Intro to Marketing in the Crisis of Authenticity

Instructor: Gil Haddi
Marketing in the Crisis of Authenticity
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We’ve all heard that today’s consumers value authenticity, but their trust in brand messaging has eroded over time as it becomes more difficult to sift through false advertising. Modes of communication that consumers have previously relied on, including peer reviews and unbiased influencers no longer seem to be sources of truth and integrity.

In this module, Trend Hunter’s SVP of Client Success, Gil Haddi, introduces the 3 biggest marketing tactics any brand can leverage in order to build trust in the eyes of the unsure consumer. Through the modules of Co-Branded Influence, Instant Gratification and AI Engagement, you will uncover ways to adjust brand messaging to adapt to the crisis of authenticity – and it’s a lot simpler than you may think.
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Inclusive Jewelry
Jewelry brands become more inclusive in their products and respresentation
Trend - The North American jewelry industry has historically been relatively exclusive, and in the past that's had an impact on its accessibility for some demographics. Now, more brands in this space are prioritizing inclusion--in everything from LGBTQ+ representation to inclusive internal hiring initiatives.
Workshop Question - How is your brand effectively aligning itself with the values of consumers?
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Multi Fragrance
Perfumes offer multiple benefits in order to enhance their appeal
Trend - Brands are being more creative with fragrances now, offering multiple functions in one product. Examples in this space include everything from perfumes with antibacterial formulas to hair perfumes that actually nourish hair.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing its product/service?
6.5
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Sustainable Sleep
Clothing brands release eco-friendly sleepwear collections
Trend - Sustainability is now being adapted by brands that offer sleepwear, with clothing options that are made from environmentally friendly materials. These products cater to consumers who are adapting their overall lifestyles to be more eco-friendly.
Workshop Question - How is your brand authenticlly prioritizing sustainability?
5.3
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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?
4.9
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Next Gen Water
Water brands are appealing to Gen Z through marketing and design
Trend - Gen Z consumers are poised to be the next new “crop” of consumers as they begin actively participating in the economy. As a result, brands in the water space are targeting this demographic with new initiatives that include self-care marketing, eco-friendly branding, and philanthropic initiatives.
Workshop Question - How can your brand pivot to meet these needs of Gen Z consumers?
4.7
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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?
5.2
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Specialty DTC
Consumers interested in specialty grocery goods do so through direct channels
Trend - Consumer groups with more disposable income, specifically Boomers and members of Generation X, have shown an increased interest in specialty grocery recently. Ordering these items through DTC channels allows access to these goods while adhering to the social distancing rules in many parts of the world.
Workshop Question - How can you position your product or service as more exclusive?
4.8
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Package Gaming
Brands offer gamified experiences through packaging
Trend - In order to create more engaging product experiences, food and beverage brands are offering customers gamified features on their product packaging. Items in this space include video games attached to candy packaging via QR codes, and games scanned from alcohol bottle caps.
Workshop Question - What kind of gamified experience could your brand attach to its packaging?
6.5
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Virtual Contest
Virtual contests and giveaways help keep customers engaged from home
Trend - Brands are trying to maintain customer loyalty with virtual events that promise contests and giveaways where people can win free products. These include everything from wedding dress giveaways to online scavenger hunts.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize at-home customer engagement?
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Neutral Beverage
Beverage brands prioritize carbon-neutral or negative production
Trend - Brands in the beverage space are re-shifting production processes to reduce their impact on the environment--aiming for carbon-neutral or negative outputs. Brands attempting this include everything from water to alcohol beverages.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing reducing its carbon output, or impact on the environment in general?
4.9
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