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Intro to Opportunity Hunting

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
Innovation and strategic advantage hinge on the ability to anticipate trends and identify the next big thing. By casting a wide net and clustering ideas, you can filter through chaos to identify
patterns of opportunity.

This course breaks opportunity hunting into a number of key steps Trend Hunter has identified in our work on more than 10,000 custom trend projects and over 400,000 published articles.
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WFH Design
Work-from-home products are designed with aesthetics in mind
Trend - Now that work-from-home setups have become the norm, many consumers have settled into this new lifestyle. Now, brands are offering functional but design-friendly pieces that help people settle in to their home offices in the long-term.
Workshop Question - Which of its customers' lifestyle changes will your business continue to adapt to?
8.6
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Outdoor Offices
The ongoing pandemic has made outdoor workspaces more popular
Trend - Workplace flexibility has been a common topic of discussion after the the ongoing pandemic resulted in professionals working from home indefinitely. Now, businesses and employees are leaning into workplace flexibility with outdoor office spaces that balance productivity and function with comfort and convenience for workers.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing flexibility for its customers or employees?
7.9
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Modular Work
Home office systems with modular designs make spatial adaptation easier
Trend - Modular home office systems are becoming more popular as working from home has become the norm since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. These systems allow for consumers to build offices at home in ways that are simple and spatially functional.
Workshop Question - How is your brand catering to the long-term changes brought on by the pandemic?
6.6
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Rentable Furnishing
Rentable furniture platforms and services give customers more flexibility
Trend - Rentable furniture platforms and businesses are on the rise as brands look for ways to offer consumers affordable options to personalize their homes--for both functional and aesthetic-related purposes.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing flexibility and cost-accessibility for its customers?
6.8
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WFH Culture
Brands replicate office culture from home for their employees
Trend - In order to keep employees engaged as many companies enter a year of work-from-home setups, many are trying to replicate in-office rituals virtually. These include everything from coffee breaks to chat rooms that are mapped out to look like offices.
Workshop Question - How is your brand keeping employees engaged?
6.1
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Female-Focused Recovery
Brands are supporting female economic recovery in light of COVID-19
Trend - The COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately affected women economically as many traditionally female-oriented jobs–like retail and childcare–were forced to close. To support this demographic, brands are launching funding, courses, and platforms to help women more easily re-enter the workforce.
Workshop Question - How can your brand prioritize its diversity and inclusion efforts to support women and people of color?
2.7
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Alleviated Search
New platforms & initiatives are assisting job-seekers with accessibility
Trend - Recognizing the difficulty of finding a job and the intimidation that some consumers experience when reaching out to recruiters, brands are launching platforms and initiatives to help alleviate stressful formalities and facilitate a better connection with potential offers.
Workshop Question - How can your brand support consumers in their job-search?
3.8
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Activity
Freshness
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Increased Output
Video conferencing platforms are offering more service diversity to consumers
Trend - Brands are optimizing video conferencing platforms and tools to deliver increased effectiveness to users. These new features strengthen the experience by enabling increased and diverse output—from podcasts to digitized minutes.
Workshop Question - How can your brand increase the productivity of consumers at home?
3.4
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At-Desk Workout
During COVID-19, hybrid work and fitness solutions are growing in popularity
Trend - Aware that consumers are spending increased amounts of time at home at their desk, brands are emphasizing the availability of fitness and work solutions that will enable individuals to be more active during the day.
Workshop Question - How can your brand encourage consumers to be more active when working from home?
6.8
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Flexible Work
Employers are forced to be flexible as COVID-19 changes Millennial lifestyles
Trend - The ongoing pandemic has revealed in many workplaces that young employees' already-flexible mindset when it comes to work will likely be forever evolved. Brands and institutions are using that as an opportunity to make or offer long-term changes that better fit the Millennial expectation for flexible work.
Workshop Question - How is your brand adapting to changing values as the pandemic continues?
4
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