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FuturistU > Marketing > Max Impact Marketing > Module 4 / 4

Lifestyle Engagement

Instructor: Gil Haddi
Future of Content
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We’re seeing a growing resistance towards traditional marketing in favor of a more authentic approach, putting a premium on consumer trust. In our third and final module, we’ll be diving into best practices for sharing your brand message in the most authentic way possible, building up trust and integrity with your consumers. From fake influencers to exposing uncommon truths, we explore several tactical ways for brands to avoid common pitfalls of inauthentic marketing.

Furthermore, to truly integrate into the consumer’s lifestyle, this module explores the importance of design branding and how to make your brand part of your consumer’s branding. We round out our third module with a look at interactive packaging and rebuilding consumer trust through brand rituals and packaging that satiates consumer desire for instant gratification.
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Workshop Question:
How does your brand integrate into your consumer's current lifestyle?
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Branded Merchandise
Brands outside the fashion industry dabble in apparel for exclusive launches
Implications - Brands are venturing into adjacent industries to create brand new products not typically associated with the brand’s heritage or legacy. As the hype for streetwear and concert merchandise becomes more mainstream, brands are taking note and getting into the game themselves. Creating their own distinct fashion lines and collaborating with actual designers, brands, most often in the food and beverage industry, are venturing outside their comfort zone in order to connect with consumers through products they can actually identify with. Such exclusive releases help redefine how these typically traditional brands are perceived, especially by younger audiences.
Workshop Question - What adjacent industries can your brand tap into as a way to create exclusive experiences for your consumer?
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NFC Engagement
Brands increase engagement with consumers by integrating NFC tags into packaging
Implications - With brands across the board developing more visually interesting and appealing packaging, standing out on the shelf is more competitive than ever. To address this, brands are turning to NFC technology in order to engage consumers with interactive digital content. Moving beyond the practical security and inventory-related applications of NFC tags, this approach gives companies a chance to more deeply connect to consumers.
Workshop Question - How could you leverage technology to more deeply connect with your consumer?
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Content Certainty
In the era of 'fake news,' consumers seek out trust-forward alternative outlets
Implications - The Internet has democratized the gathering of information, but it's also granted almost anyone the ability to create content. This creates a lack of trust for all news sources. For the Millennial generation, there is an extra level of mistrust surrounding large news outlets that can only be alleviated by way of alternative outlets that lead with accountability.
Workshop Question - What could come off disingenuous about your product or brand, and how are you closing that information gap?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Accessible Snack
More brands in food retail prioritize accessible packaging
Trend - Accessible packaging and branding has become a priority for some brands in the food industry. Now, more businesses are designing food packaging that's easily accessed by people with disabilities--with everything from the incorporation of braille to easier-to-open lids.
Workshop Question - How could your brand be more accessible for underserved communities?
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AR Package
Brands incorporate augmented reality-based gaming into product packaging
Trend - Augmented reality functions in product packaging typically educate consumers on the product or business, but brands are now becoming more creative with packaging that incorporates AR-based games for customers to enjoy.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create more interactive digital experiences for its customers?
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Single Use-Reduction
In-store refill stations are no longer specific to personal care
Trend - As brands look to become more eco-friendly, in-store refill stations are one way they're shifting toward sustainability. This shift includes everything from coffee refill stations to supermarket skincare refills.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing sustainability?
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Apparel Home
Clothing brands expand their portfolio with the addition of home good products
Trend - Popular brands in the fashion space are expanding their portfolios to include home goods. These range from decor, bedding, dishware, and furniture that are available at accessible price points.
Workshop Question - How can your brand expand its products or services to meet consumer needs?
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Package Gaming
Brands offer gamified experiences through packaging
Trend - In order to create more engaging product experiences, food and beverage brands are offering customers gamified features on their product packaging. Items in this space include video games attached to candy packaging via QR codes, and games scanned from alcohol bottle caps.
Workshop Question - What kind of gamified experience could your brand attach to its packaging?
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Geotarget Packaging
Brands are shedding light on local businesses through packaging initiatives
Trend - Some brands are leveraging marketing tactics to bring awareness to other local businesses and initiatives during the pandemic (which, so far, has proven to be a turbulent time for small businesses). This is done through unique packaging concepts such as QR codes that directly connect local businesses, recycling programs, and more.
Workshop Question - How can your brand practice corporate social responsibility through branding?
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Blockchain Transparency
Alcohol brands are introducing blockchain technology to packaging designs
Trend - In a bid to verify the authenticity of a product, as well as to increase transparency between the brand and its consumers, alcohol companies are incorporating blockchain technology into the experience. Through scanning a code on a bottle, closure, or label, consumers can access a ledger with information about the product, its quality, how it was manufactured, and so on.
Workshop Question - How might you strengthen the transparency between your brand and consumers?
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3d Shopping
3d virtual shopping platforms aim to elevate the purchase journey
Trend - 3d visuals on e-commerce platforms are increasingly popular as consumers seek out more immersive forms of virtual retail. These aesthetics have the benefit of showing customers the products in a more realistic and all-encompassing way.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing its virtual shopping experience for customers?
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