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FuturistU > Lifestyle > Cracking the Leisure Code > Module 1 / 4

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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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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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?
5.8
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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?
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Activism Pop-Up
Pop-up experiences are framed around social causes
Trend - Attending pop-up experiences gives people a sense of "being in the know," and therefore creates a sense of community between attendees. Taking advantage of that, social and environmental causes are now using pop-ups to expand their reach, form supportive communities and educate people.
Workshop Question - How could your brand build a sense of community among customers?
7.7
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One-to-One Retail
Stores serve one customer at a time to give safe, ultra-custom experiences
Trend - The retail industry has seen a lot of transformation in light of the pandemic. One recent development is the growth of storefronts or services dedicated to limiting the shopping experience to two people: the retail worker and the customer. This is being executed virtually as well as in person and has the benefits of both safety and full personalization.
Workshop Question - How will you satisfy the opposing consumer need for experience and safety in the new normal?
4.7
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Travel Branding
Brands are embracing travel nostalgia in their marketing during COVID-19
Trend - As consumers are advised to avoid all non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, brands are looking to supplement the excitement of leaving the country through global flavors and travel-themed marketing.
Workshop Question - How can your brand harness pre-pandemic consumer nostalgia in its marketing?
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Smart Parking
Tech companies are striving to make the parking experience easier for consumers
Trend - Through the increasing incorporation of various technology—from robots to artificial intelligence—companies are launching tools that will assist individuals in finding and navigating parking spaces.
Workshop Question - How can your brand use technology to create a seamless experience for consumers?
6.1
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Accessible Package
More brands prioritize inclusive packaging for people with disabilities
Trend - Packaging that's easier to interact with for people with disabilities is increasingly common. Everything from food to cosmetic brands are prioritizing accessible packaging with products like beer cans labeled with braille and food product-detecting apps.
Workshop Question - In what areas is your brand not as inclusive or accessible as it could be?
4.3
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Crowdsourced Grocery
Consumers are contributing status updates to streamline shopping in COVID
Trend - Regardless of the stage society is in regarding COVID and the new normal, consumers are likely to want to reduce time spent in crowded public places. Brands in the grocery space are assisting with this by co-creating solutions with customers.
Workshop Question - Where can you make better use of your customers to develop clear solutions?
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Gen Z Creative
Gen Z consumers aim to develop skills outside of the traditional school system
Trend - Today's Gen Z consumers are increasingly turning to platforms, services and spaces that expand their worldviews and skills, but without the constraints of traditional schooling. Everything from photography programs to financial literacy courses allow them to better hone skills that they aren't often exposed to in the education system.
Workshop Question - How could your brand appeal to Gen Z's sense of creativity and personal expression?
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