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FuturistU > Lifestyle > Leisure & Play > Module 2 / 4

Play Through Resonance

Instructor: Courtney Scharf
Experiential Dining
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This module is focused on the human desire for resonance as it relates to current entertainment and lifestyle trends. Here, we discuss the current mental state of consumers today, with a particular focus on loneliness and how it’s impacting the leisure landscape.

Memes are one of the first topics we explore, with a particular focus on examples that focus on undermining the “highlight reel” or glamorization so often seen on social media. From there, we teach you about other forms of entertainment that break down barriers between people and help them feel more authentically connected, like vlogging and live-streaming.
Related Trend Report: Experiential Dining
Workshop Questions:
1. How are you connecting consumers to one another?
2. How could you better support the community surrounding your brand?
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Featured Insights

Aesthetic Exhibition
Galleries and museums adopt Instagram-worthy exhibits for mass appeal
Implications - As the experience economy continues to grow, typically traditional businesses and destinations are adapting as a means to gain exposure and engagement. Museums, galleries and exhibits are participating in this shift by collaborating with artists and holding exhibits that speak more to bold, share-worthy designs and aesthetics as opposed to simply cultural or historic significance. Catering to an Instagram-obsessed generation, these curated exhibits are not only exposing art to new generations, but they’re also changing the way art, culture and educational activities are perceived and experienced.
Workshop Question - What is the most traditional aspect of your business? What element of that could you adapt or reinvent to attract younger, experience-seeking consumers?
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Narrative Dining
Restaurants and brands are creating story-based dining experiences
Implications - Brands are modernizing the age-old ritual of storytelling during gatherings by curating preset narratives around the dining experiences they offer. These businesses are catering to the growing consumer desire for experiential points of distinction in their purchase decisions, while establishing a clear and intimate connection between customer and brand.
Workshop Question - How can your brand create more immersive and intimate connections with its customers?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Connected Park
Companies are leveraging app technology to enhance the park-goers' experiences
Trend - As the digital world becomes more readily available to consumers, parks across North America are using apps to enhance guests' experience. The mobile-connected technology provides additional information to park-goers for a more interactive visit.
Workshop Question - How can your company merge interactive digital and physical experiences?
4.4
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Metaverse Pop-Up
Metaverse-based or themed pop-up stores offer unique forms of engagement
Trend - Retailers are creating unique "pop-ups" within the metaverse, or in brick and mortar spaces that have adopted elements of the metaverse in their layouts and designs. These experiences offer a unique spin on a popular marketing technique.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create unique experiences for its customers in a post-pandemic world?
8.2
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Phygital Retail
Brands merge physical and digital worlds in retail spaces
Trend - Though digital elements in retail spaces aren't new, brands are now designing "phygital" in-store experiences from the ground-up. These stores offer a blend of experiences--the interaction of in-person retail, the convenience of e-commerce, and the novelty that's associated with tech-forward retail experiences.
Workshop Question - What kind of customer-focused experiences can your brand create?
7.6
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Interactive Branding
Companies are making new products accessible with interactive experiences
Trend - Brands across various industries are finding new ways to introduce their products to consumers through interactive experiences and product workshops. These events make new products more accessible and less daunting to consumers as they provide product knowledge through hands-on learning.
Workshop Question - What resources can your company offer to increase brand and product knowledge?
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Immersive Hosting
Brands offer at-home dining experiences with immersive elements
Trend - Brands and creators are offering (or conceptualizing) immersive at-home dining experiences with creative elements for people to better enjoy eating at home. Experiences include everything from TV screens that simulate food flavors to art-themed cooking tutorials.
Workshop Question - How is your brand adapting to pandemic-fueled consumer habits?
5.6
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NFT Exhibition
NFT art galleries are becoming more popular both digitally and in real spaces
Trend - The growing popularity of non-fungible tokens as a way to create and sell art has resulted in art galleries being centered around only NFTs. These spaces exist both virtually and within in-person exhibitions, and allow creatives to showcase their work as digital assets.
Workshop Question - In what ways could your brand explore getting involved in NFTs?
6.2
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AR Edu
Branded educational experiences use augmented reality to enhance engagement
Trend - Brands are using augmented reality-powered educational platforms and features that help them better engage with customers. The use of AR in educating customers helps brands enhance the product/service experience for users.
Workshop Question - How could your brand incorporate educational AR to better engage customers?
6.3
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Shoppable Room
Brands are utilizing virtual home experiences as a medium for retail
Trend - Companies are launching virtual home shopping experiences to market products during the COVID-19 era. These gamified platforms are engaging with playful interactivity and comfort aesthetics that entertain consumers and also allow for the visualization of a product in one's space.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an immersive retail experience for online environments.
6.6
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Drive-In Culinary
Drive-in culinary experiences are popular amidst pandemic restrictions
Trend - Food brands are offering consumers distinct and safe experiences by centering dining into drive-in formats. These dining experiences are being experimented with by everything from fast food chains to fine dining restaurants.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing both recreation and safety?
5.1
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