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Intro to Megatrends

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Megatrends
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Every major or minor shift in a given industry can be traced back to evolving consumer desires. To understand where your opportunities lie, you need an understanding of what your customer truly wants and why. The 18 Megatrends matrix unpacks consumer desire using Trend Hunter's Patterns of Opportunity as a base.

Our Chief Insights Officer, Armida Ascano, will guide you through the methodology of the 18 Megatrends, what each of them means, and how to effectively use them. If you're looking to implement more consumer-centricity into your product or service, this course is perfect for you.
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Finance Bot
Generative AI is being used to simplify financial planning and literacy
Trend - Artificial intelligence is being used improve financial literacy and planning tools--compiling relevant information communicated in a way that's accessible to users. These AI assistants create a more customized and accessible experience than automated customer service tech allows.
Workshop Question - How could AI help your brand better communicate with its customers or users?
5.8
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Megatrends
P2P Return
E-commerce marketplaces are facilitating direct peer-to-peer returns for efficiency
Trend - E-commerce networks are implementing peer-to-peer (P2P) returns networks that directly connect returned products to consumers purchasing used or previously-owned products. These systems save on items being shipped twice, saving both money and environmental impact for the parties involved.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage peer-to-peer systems to improve aspects of its business?
5.6
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Megatrends
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?
7.4
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Megatrends
Table Payment
Companies are releasing POS devices with convenient technological enhancements
Trend - Companies are upgrading Point of Sale (POS) systems with contemporary technology for use in restaurants or food service establishments. These upgrades include self-ordering capabilities, small-scale designs, and anti-overspending tools.
Workshop Question - How can your brand enhance its customer service through personalized offerings?
5.2
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Custom Chatbot
Brands are launching services that enable fast creation of personalized chatbots
Trend - Businesses offer tools enabling clients to build fully-functional chatbots quickly. These bots are trained on custom datasets, making them suitable for internal, consumer-facing, or consulting purposes. Businesses across numerous industries can benefit from personalized low-cost chatbots.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage personalized chatbot technology to enhance customer service or streamline workflow?
6.2
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AI Support
Businesses are incorporating AI chatbots for instant customer service at scale
Trend - Businesses are moving customer service units toward artificial intelligence. AI chatbots for customer service have complete knowledge of any trained dataset, and can deliver instant answers to any related question to any number of customers at a time. This scalability saves money for the business and time for the consumer.
Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize trained AI chatbots to improve the online shopping experience, or post-sale support experience, for customers?
6.6
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Megatrends
Communicative Delivery
Customer service is made easier with communicative delivery platforms
Trend - B2B delivery platforms are prioritizing communication to enhance the delivery process for businesses and their customers. This approach ensures frequent updates and quick responses using both automation and reps--balancing efficiency with a more "human" approach to customer service.
Workshop Question - In what areas could your brand improve its customer service experience to build trust and brand loyalty?
5.8
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Activity
Freshness
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Megatrends
Dine-In Tech
Technology to improve the dining experience through guest insights is on the rise
Trend - The restaurant and QSR industries are bouncing back from the Pandemic by better gathering insights on what consumers care about. Technologies dedicated to listening to and implementing suggestions for improving the dining experience are increasing in popularity. This can be done by gathering data on ordering platforms, surveys, and more.
Workshop Question - How could you better bridge the gap between your various guests' often opposing needs?
4.7
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Megatrends
SMS Support
Text-based customer support services prioritize convenience and quick communication
Trend - Traditional forms of customer support like going in-store or calling in and being put on hold are slowly being pushed aside for more modern, convenient options. Now, SMS-based customer support programs offer quicker service that requires less patience from both parties.
Workshop Question - How could your brand reduce friction in the customer service journey?
3.4
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Metaverse Support
The customer service experience will become more immersive through the metaverse
Trend - As the metaverse expands, customer service in the metaverse is becoming a recognized innovation that can create more valuable support experiences. Brands in this space are already finding ways to better engage with customers that foster mutual empathy and more efficient processes.
Workshop Question - How could your brand use the metaverse to enhance its customer support services?
4.3
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