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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

Digital Stay
Hotel brands use digital immersions to elevate guest experience
Trend - Hotels are increasingly incorporating digital experiences to elevate guest stays,. Brands are offering experiences like AR dining, themed in-room voice assistants, contactless service and personalized playlists for guests' stays.
Workshop Question - What digital experiences could your brand integrate into its customer journey?
6.3
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Branded Overnight
Pop culture-inspired rentals provide consumers with unique short-term stays
Trend - Pop culture-themed rentals are being offered on select home rental platforms. These accommodations allow fans to immerse themselves in the world of their favorite movies, TV shows, or music by staying in settings reminiscent of aspects associated with beloved characters or celebrities.
Workshop Question - How can your brand appeal to pop culture enthusiasts through branding and collaboration?
7.1
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Everyday Web3
Web3 is integrated into everyday routines
Trend - Though the introduction to Web3 has had a shaky start, it's adoption in everyday routines and business practices is showcasing the real impact of the decentralized web. Customer service, online shopping, and even health care are enhanced by Web3 services when they're seamlessly integrated.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make new tech more digestible for its customers?
7.8
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Eco Event
Tech-based solutions are making event planning more sustainable
Trend - As environmental protection becomes more important to consumers, tech-based solutions are being used to bring sustainability to the events industry. Hybrid virtual events and app-based audience reward systems show both the micro and macro ways brands in this space are reducing their impact.
Workshop Question - How is your brand keeping up with the values and lifestyles of its customers--whether those are environmental, social, or economic?
5.7
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AI Gallery
Art curators are hosting galleries focused on displaying artifically-created works
Trend - As artificial intelligence (AI)-based art generators become more mainstream, galleries and curators are adapting by showcasing notable AI artworks from prompt writers. These exhibitions showcase the potential of AI art while allowing galleries to gauge customer reception of generated works.
Workshop Question - How could your industry leverage AI for more innovative campaigns, products and/or services?
6.8
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Blockchain Nostalgia
Brands release retro NFTs to draw in specific demographics
Trend - Brands are using blockchain tech as a way to bring nostalgic products and aesthetics into consumers' contemporary tech habits. Everything from retro art to classic children's books are being adapted into NFT formats that balance both novelty and nostalgia.
Workshop Question - How could your brand use modern tech to channel nostalgia?
5.3
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In-Car XR
Auto brands are reimagining the in-car experience with VR & AR-enabled infotainment
Trend - Automative brands are leveraging augmented reality, virtual reality, and IoT technologies to launch new immersive infotainment systems. These systems' applications range from holographic navigation tools and digitized windshields to in-car VR games for passengers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better meet consumers' expectations for digitally integrated experiences?
6.4
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QSR Metaverse
Fast food chains are creating experiences within the metaverse
Trend - As brands across a range of industries experiment with products, services and marketing in the metaverse, QSRs are also getting involved. Fast food restaurant brands are now creating virtual experiences and NFTs in order to stay up-to-date with Web3 innovations.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better engage its customers virtually?
6
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Musical Bottle
Augmented reality scans on beverage bottles and packaging offer musical experiences
Trend - Brands using AR elements on product packaging is a popular way to offer product information and even game-based interactions, and now beverage brands are using this technology to create musical experiences with their products.
Workshop Question - How could your brand seamlessly integrate interactive elements into its product experience?
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