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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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Ethical Meat
Animal protein brands are highlighting ethical farming practices on packaging
Trend - Animal protein brands with CPGs are more heavily emphasizing ethical farming practices on product packaging. In addition to organic or cruelty-free labels, the ethically sourced label denotes a higher level of care given to the farmed animals, ensuring consumers of the brand's priorities and values.
Workshop Question - How could your brand incorporate ethical or sustainable practices into its business model to better connect with consumers?
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Canned Soap
Cosmetics brands are using aluminum cans to aid sustainability efforts
Trend - Self-care products are being offered in aluminum cans to enhance sustainability. Often coupled with refillable designs, these cans reduce packaging costs and are nearly infinitely recyclable. Additionally, the resilience of aluminum packaging simplifies shipping and logistics systems.
Workshop Question - How could your brand benefit from circular packaging materials, such as aluminum or paper?
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Kids Cosmetic
Makeup marketed toward Gen Alpha consumers is adapted as this demographic ages
Trend - To cater to the emerging Gen Alpha consumer, cosmetics companies are designing more sophisticated cosmetic lines. These products strike a balance between age-appropriate formulations and the high-end appearance favored by this demographic, influenced by trends on social media platforms.
Workshop Question - How can your brand cater to the evolving preferences of Gen Alpha as they become mature consumers?
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Sustainable De-Influencing
Brands launch campaigns that highlight the danger of overconsumption
Trend - On social media, especially platforms like TikTok, the "de-influencing" trend is gaining traction. This movement flips the script on traditional influencer marketing by encouraging users to critically analyze trending products and resist impulsive purchases. De-influencers often expose potential drawbacks of popular items, prompting a shift in consumer behavior. As this movement gains traction, brands are strategically engaging in de-influencing campaigns to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable practices.
Workshop Question - In an era marked by growing skepticism towards influencer-led consumerism, how can your brand authentically contribute to sustainable practices and engage customers in meaningful ways?
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Transparent Retail
Sustainable retailers highlight their initiatives and impact in-store
Trend - Sustainable stores and eco-friendly in-store initiatives are making the impact of their products clearer to their customers. These brands are using receipts, labels and displays to highlight production and sourcing processes--catering to the growing demand for transparency from businesses.
Workshop Question - How can your brand create trust with its customers via in-store experiences or initiatives?
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Sustainable Canadian Retail Expansions
Sustainable Canadian Retail Expansions
The Toronto Allbirds Brick-and-Mortar Store is Eco-Friendly
Sustainable lifestyle brand Allbirds is opening its first ever Toronto store, and second location in Canada on August 10th. Located in the heart of Yorkdale Shopping Centre retail complex, the store... MORE
Environmental Cost Receipts
Environmental Cost Receipts
ASKET's Impact Receipts Measure Water Usage, CO2 Emissions & More
Swedish clothing brand ASKET is tackling modern consumption habits by introducing The Impact Receipt, which provides customers with a detailed breakdown of the environmental cost associated with... MORE
Eco Big-Box Retailer Initiatives
Eco Big-Box Retailer Initiatives
The Target Zero Initiative Helps Shoppers Identify Sustainability
The Target Zero initiative is being launched by the brand as a way to help shoppers more easily locate the products that are in line with their sustainability goals when shopping either online or in-... MORE
Carbon-Conscious Oat Beverages
Carbon-Conscious Oat Beverages
These Vegan Beverages for Kids Label Their Carbon Footprint
Nude. and Mãe Terra Produtos Naturais e Orgânicos—two B Corp Certified companies—teamed up to create oat-based vegan beverages for kids with cartons that display carbon footprint information.... MORE
Environmental Impact Product Labels
Environmental Impact Product Labels
L'Oréal Product Impact Labeling Ranks the Brand's Products
The L’Oréal Product Impact Labeling is an educational initiative by the brand to help provide consumers with ample information related to how a product affects the environment. The labeling... MORE
Informed Restaurant
Restaurants are using AI forecasting tools to determine future menu items
Trend - Restaurants are using artificial intelligence (AI) analytics and forecasting tools to determine demand for each menu item. These tools use restaurant-specific and market-wide data to determine future-facing consumer interests, helping determine menu item creation and sales numbers.
Workshop Question - How could your company leverage its data with AI to improve its existing and upcoming services?
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Driven Loyalty
Brands are using social activism to drive consumer loyalty programs
Trend - Brands are integrating activism and charitable actions directly into business models and consumer loyalty programs. This helps consumers directly influence the amount of charitability from a business, making activist consumers more likely to frequently engage in these brands over others.
Workshop Question - How can your brand integrate activism and charitable actions into your consumer loyalty program to drive customer loyalty and differentiate from competitors?
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Automated Reachout
AI-powered companies offer tools that automate email and mobile outreach
Trend - Brands are launching platforms that automate media and customer outreach campaigns with AI. These platforms streamline lead detection, determine the optimal method to reach out, and send the message at an effective time. These enable AI marketing for brands without technical backgrounds.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage AI-powered marketing to free workers' time for more complex tasks?
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AI Advertisement
Startups are launching platforms that generate custom advertisements with AI
Trend - Startups are combining multiple artificial intelligence (AI)-based services into comprehensive platforms that generate custom advertisements. These use image, video, and text-generation to create entire marketing campaigns, streamlining the process for clients, and saving on time and budget.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage AI platforms to reduce annual costs while maintaining quality?
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Menstruation Merchandising
Brands are launching empowering products that destigmatize menstruation
Trend - Gen Z-focused brands are launching menstruation-inspired products and campaigns that uplift and empower women, aiming to destigmatize menstruation through wholesome branding and marketing. This helps younger women take more pride in their bodies and not resent the menstruation process.
Workshop Question - How could your brand reimagine its marketing for younger audiences?
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