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Intro to Marketing in Times of Chaos

Instructor: Gil Haddi
Trend Hunter's SVP of Client Success, Gil Haddi, provides tactical tips for adapting any marketing strategy to times of uncertainty and chaos. Learn about the critical steps to take that will strengthen brand love, build consumer trust and set your brand up for success as you rechart your brand's future.

With so much widespread misinformation prevailing online, consumers have become more jaded and cynical than ever before. How can your brand messaging cut through the clutter and become that beacon of light and authenticity that modern consumers crave? How can you build lifelong consumer loyalty in an era of fickle preferences and fleeting attention spans?
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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?
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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?
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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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Comfort Commercial
Ad campaigns take on more positive and soothing themes
Trend - As the world gradually lifts pandemic-related restrictions, brands are increasingly prioritizing "wellness" to help ease people's lingering anxieties. This includes ad campaigns that focus on comforting and relaxing themes that offer a more positive outlook on the future than what has been seen in the last year.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing post-pandemic transitions?
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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?
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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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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?
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Geotarget Packaging
Brands are shedding light on local businesses through packaging initiatives
Trend - Some brands are leveraging marketing tactics to bring awareness to other local businesses and initiatives during the pandemic (which, so far, has proven to be a turbulent time for small businesses). This is done through unique packaging concepts such as QR codes that directly connect local businesses, recycling programs, and more.
Workshop Question - How can your brand practice corporate social responsibility through branding?
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3d Shopping
3d virtual shopping platforms aim to elevate the purchase journey
Trend - 3d visuals on e-commerce platforms are increasingly popular as consumers seek out more immersive forms of virtual retail. These aesthetics have the benefit of showing customers the products in a more realistic and all-encompassing way.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing its virtual shopping experience for customers?
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