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FuturistU > Innovation & Change > The 18 Megatrends of the New Normal > Module 1 / 4

Intro to the 18 Megatrends of the New Normal

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Hear from Trend Hunter's Chief Content Officer, Armida Ascano, in this course on the 18 Megatrends of the New Normal. You may be familiar with Trend Hunter's 18 Megatrends Matrix; this time, Armida will deep-dive this framework through the lens of the phases of Crisis, Chaos and Recharting. The goal is to help better map which Megatrends are most relevant in times of uncertainty.
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Nostalgic Collectible
Brands re-release or reference iconic 90s' toys for nostalgic consumers
Trend - The current 90s revival in pop culture has extended to toys that were once central in the childhoods of Millennials and Gen X. Brands are now re-releasing classic 90s toys, or using them as inspiration in new products—evoking nostalgia while still appealing to young consumers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create stronger emotional connections with customers through its products or campaigns?
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Gen Z Investing
Investing for young Gen Z consumers is made easier with apps and communities
Trend - Gen Z is entering a new world of fintech, and banking apps, community platforms and services are being designed to help them navigate investing in the modern age. These platforms ensure that young consumers are able to set themselves up for the future in today's changing financial landscape.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize customer education and support?
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Maternal Community
Virtual communities for new mothers offer support and empathy
Trend - Motherhood comes with its set of challenges, and there are now digital platforms that help new mothers navigate their new roles, and receive support from their peers. These virtual communities help prevent some of the stressors that come with being a new parent.
Workshop Question - What kind of virtual community could your brand create?
5.1
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All-Natural Nootropics
Brands are optimizing nootropic drinks with free-from formulas & packaging
Trend - Brands are looking to cater to wellness-minded consumers with new, free-from, and plant-based nootropic beverages. Besides the absence of sugar, caffeine, and synthetics, companies are making these drinks available in modern and minimalist packaging.
Workshop Question - How can your brands better support consumers in their day-to-day?
5.6
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Reskilling Workers
Brands help retrain out-of-work individuals amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Trend - In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and governments are launching free initiatives to connect out of work individuals with retraining opportunities to find new job opportunities. These include scholarships, digital courses, and seminars.
Workshop Question - How is your brand supporting struggling customers?
2.8
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Smart Factory
Manufacturing tech is increasing productivity, efficiency, and customer experience
Trend - Brands have relied on robotic assistance to expedite processes in manufacturing facilities and many are taking it one step further with artificial intelligence, IoT, and other tech innovations. As a result, companies are increasing convenience, efficiency, and customer satisfaction while keeping costs down.
Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize smart tech to enhance manufacturing?
5.1
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Audio-Only
Audio-only apps offer new forms of social media and content interactions
Trend - What was recently considered "old fashioned" is being made new again--audio-based communication and engagement with content are being revamped with audio-only options that take the pressure off virtual communication, or allow people to multitask while engaging with content that typically includes videos.
Workshop Question - How can your brand offer consumers alternatives to their entrenched habits?
3.6
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Podcast Tool
Brands help small podcasters create and market their podcasts
Trend - The continued popularity of podcasts on streaming platforms has resulted in more consumers trying to enter this space and start their own podcasts. Tools that help edit and advertise podcasts empower average consumers to enter this space, which has largely been taken over by well-known voices.
Workshop Question - How could your brand help empower customers?
2.5
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Dating Wellness
Brands offer beneficial services relating to dating
Trend - Brands are addressing the pressures and effort of dating by offering wellness-related solutions that give people more confidence in their dating abilities. Services include how-to guides and dating wellness workshops.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing customer experiences?
4.3
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Food Hacks
DIY viral food trends fuel a need for customizable kits and menu items
Trend - In light of viral "food hacks" on social media, brands in this space -- typically within QSR -- are offering kits, menu items, and campaigns suggesting consumers take a creative spin on their orders. This is an offshoot of the "secret menu" approach that was popular in recent years, tweaked for a generation that requires more creativity.
Workshop Question - How can your brand be more of an "insider" to Internet subcultures?
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