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FuturistU > Innovation & Change > The 18 Megatrends of the New Normal > Module 4 / 4

The 18 Megatrends & The Recharting

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Artificial Intelligence
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Capping off this course, Armida will speak to the Megatrends that are most relevent in the era of the Recharting. Which consumer behavior trends will form the future post-crisis, and why?

By the end of the 18 Megatrends of the New Normal course, you will be better equipped to navigate times of volatility in the future.
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Workshop Questions:
1. What technology is available to your company, and how could it be used for crisis support?
2. How could you make digital touch points with your customer more exciting?
3. What would your crisis relief messaging be if the end user crafted it themselves?
4. How can your brand provide fun and playfulness even in tough times?
5. How can you provide consumers with a dose of adventure and escapism?
6. What opportunities for personalization could be integrated into your brand?
7. How are you battling big-brand skepticism?
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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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Social Community
New social media platforms are launching with an emphasis on personal connections
Trend - Companies are opening new social media services with the intention of fostering more intimate connections between users. In a rebellion against social medias built around endless feeds, these platforms connect users with similar interests and have convenient public and private group chat systems.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its products or services are meeting the needs of its more niche consumer demographics?
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Inclusive Productivity
Inclusive management and productivity apps combat ageism in the workplace
Trend - Workplace management platforms are adapting to the varying needs of a multigenerational workforce--with UX, resources and tools that account for tech gaps between generations. These platforms ease processes and foster communication with the aim of achieving age-inclusive hiring and working environments.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better adapt to a multigenerational workforce with different strengths?
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Informed Restaurant
Restaurants are using AI forecasting tools to determine future menu items
Trend - Restaurants are using artificial intelligence (AI) analytics and forecasting tools to determine demand for each menu item. These tools use restaurant-specific and market-wide data to determine future-facing consumer interests, helping determine menu item creation and sales numbers.
Workshop Question - How could your company leverage its data with AI to improve its existing and upcoming services?
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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?
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Menstruation Merchandising
Brands are launching empowering products that destigmatize menstruation
Trend - Gen Z-focused brands are launching menstruation-inspired products and campaigns that uplift and empower women, aiming to destigmatize menstruation through wholesome branding and marketing. This helps younger women take more pride in their bodies and not resent the menstruation process.
Workshop Question - How could your brand reimagine its marketing for younger audiences?
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Inflation Relief
Brands are reducing and locking prices to help combat rising inflation rates
Trend - Restaurants and grocery stores are locking and reducing prices to show customers that they value affordability and accessibility. Rising inflation rates continue to affect even the most affordable fast-food restaurants. These price commitments help retain loyal customers as they face economic uncertainties.
Workshop Question - How is your industry maintaining customers during rising economic inflation?
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Shoppable Short
Shoppable short-form video content enhances digital shopping experiences
Trend - Shoppable short-form video content and ads are becoming increasingly prominent digital strategies among brands across industries. This content merges traditional ads with modern tech habits--offering customers more engaging and convenient forms of online shopping.
Workshop Question - How could your brand more effectively engage customers with its online experiences?
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LGBTQ+ Gaming
Developers are creating games that represent LGBTQ+ communities and stories
Trend - Game developers are addressing the issue of inadequate LGBTQ+ representation in gaming. These communities often feel unrepresented by games that center around straight, cisgender characters. Development studios are addressing this blindspot by promoting LGBTQ+ characters and stories in video games.
Workshop Question - How does your brand ensure diversity and equality in its services or products?
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Phygital Game
Traditional board and card-trading games are enhanced with digital elements
Trend - In order to better compete with online gaming, brands are releasing board and card-trading games that merge real-world and digital entertainment elements. Everything from connected game sets to NFT-based trading cards are bringing analog gaming into consumers' more contemporary preferences.
Workshop Question - How could your brand merge contemporary preferences with tradition?
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Escapist Marketing
Brand campaigns target Gen Z consumers with themes of escapism
Trend - Post-pandemic, brands are marketing to Gen Z with themes of escapism--depicting everything from adventurous travels in commercials, to branded games that are designed to feature playful escapist themes.
Workshop Question - How could your brand use escapism as a marketing theme?
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