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Intro to The Psychological Drivers of Leisure

Instructor: Courtney Scharf
Cracking the Leisure Code
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In this module, Chief Client Officer Courtney Scharf walks you through some of the key components that will contribute to the future of leisure.

Though the world of leisure can be broad and all-consuming, this module has a key focus on the role human psychology is playing in peoples’ entertainment choices both today and in the future. After all, what people do in their spare time tells them nearly everything you need to know about them as consumers.
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Home Ramen
At-home ramen kits help the flavors and ingredients of freshly made ramen
Trend - The growing popularity of the dynamic Japanese noodle dish ramen in North America has resulted in brands curating specialty kits that allow customers in the region to make these dishes at home.
Workshop Question - How could your brand take cues from international trends?
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Metaverse Fashion
The fashion industry is experimenting with the metaverse
Trend - Known to be one of the most forward-thinking industries, high-fashion is now experimenting with the metaverse and its artistic implications. Metaverse-based fashion shows and showings are becoming more popular as businesses in the industry see how they can brand themselves in virtual spaces.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better look to the future for present-day inspiration?
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Appified Recovery
Brands use the virtual space to help users with post-workout recovery
Trend - Fitness brands are increasingly prioritizing post-workout recovery for consumers as part of their new approach to be more holistic in how they address customer health. Now, they're using apps to aid this process along, with examples including custom muscle-stimulating routines to wearables that suggest recovery days.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing holistic health approaches for its customers?
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Alt Curation
Brands, artists and influencers offer distinct forms of curation
Trend - Brands and influencers are curating special collections for customers. This new form of curation is less about selling specific products or services and more about directing customers or viewers to new forms of marketing.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing authentic interactions with its customers?
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Resocializing Initiatives
Brands launch campaigns helping people adjust to post-pandemic life
Trend - Brands are launching new initiatives designed to support the transition back to "normal." These range from reminding individuals of dining etiquette to tips on helpful hygiene practices to re-instate.
Workshop Question - How can your brand support consumers' transition to post-pandemic life?
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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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Contactless Test
No-contact in-store testers become more popular amidst COVID-19
Trend - When it comes to consumers sampling products in-store, brands have been limited in what they can allow customers to do due to hygiene protocols and regulations. Thus, contactless tester innovations have become more popular, allowing customers to sample products while ensuring their safety.
Workshop Question - What health and safety protocols will your brand continue to enact post-COVID?
6.7
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Accessible Hygiene
Brands are designing personal care and hygiene items to be more inclusive
Trend - Mainstream brands in the personal care space are designing their products to be more accessible for those with disabilities. These include shampoos, deodorants, and toothbrushes designed to be used by individuals with different abilities or dexterities.
Workshop Question - How can your brand increase your inclusivity and accessibility efforts?
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Augmented Salon
Brands are launching salons that are enhanced by AR technology
Trend - Beauty brands have been experimenting with beauty try-on technology for some time, but AR technologies are now sophisticated enough to use in salons reliably. Rather than solely relying on verbal communication, the software in the augmented salons helps both clients and hairdressers visualize the available options for styling, cutting, and coloring.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage augmented reality to enhance consumer satisfaction?
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Waste-Free Gift
Brands are trying to make the gifting process more eco-friendly
Trend - Waste-free gifting is on the rise as people look for ways to reduce their impact on the environment while still taking part in the rituals and traditions they're accustomed to. Brands are helping this process with sustainable and waste-free packaging solutions.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing eco-consciousness?
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