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FuturistU > Consumers > Unpacking Consumer Behavior > Module 5 / 5

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Instructor: Shelby Walsh
Millennial Lifestyle
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Sustainable business practices are top of mind with consumers today. This module focuses on the tension between a highly engineered future that relies heavily on technology and a future that harkens back to more natural, traditional ways of living life.


Via Trend Hunter’s 3 billion views of data, we’ll explore growth opportunities when it comes to differentiating your brand, leveraging scarcity and leaning into nostalgia and sustainability. By focusing on examples in the food and beverage space, we’ll also uncover key shifts when it comes to expectations surrounding personalization and convenience.
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Workshop Questions:
1. How can your brand personalize an experience to help consumers better understand the world they live in and themselves?
2. Which of your products, services, or experiences has the most global appeal and why?
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Featured Insights

Alternative Gym
The traditional gym space is revamped with unlikely alternative exercises
Trend - With alternative exercises becoming increasingly popular, traditional gym spaces are also transforming with unlikely beauty, mental, or fitness-related specialties. This comes as brands try to entice consumers with experimental experiences while helping them achieve their physical goals or those related to mindfulness.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an retail space that functions as a unique alternative to the current products/services your brand offers.
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Custom Astrology
Brands take inspiration from the astrology-minded tendencies of consumers
Trend - An increased interest in traditional and New-Age astrological practices is seen among Millennials and Gen Z. As a result, more brands from varied industries are referencing these spiritual practices. These spaces and products cater to the direct interests and experiential preferences of younger generations.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an astrology-themed product, service or experience that your brand could offer its younger customers.
5.6
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K-Pop Expansion
K-Pop fandom expands into branded products & merchandise across various categories
Trend - As K-pop continues to receive recognition overseas, popularity over these international music sensations are resonating in unexpected brand collaborations and product lines. Capitalizing on the influence of the music and the fan bases of the individual idols themselves, brands in fashion and cosmetic spaces are tapping into this cultural phenomenon.
Workshop Question - What cultural phenomenon could your brand tap into to better showcase your awareness of global trends?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Kids Cosmetic
Makeup marketed toward Gen Alpha consumers is adapted as this demographic ages
Trend - To cater to the emerging Gen Alpha consumer, cosmetics companies are designing more sophisticated cosmetic lines. These products strike a balance between age-appropriate formulations and the high-end appearance favored by this demographic, influenced by trends on social media platforms.
Workshop Question - How can your brand cater to the evolving preferences of Gen Alpha as they become mature consumers?
8.1
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Luxury Infancy
Luxury skincare brands are entering the baby skincare space with organic products
Trend - Brands are launching luxury and designer skincare collections for newborns and infants. These products have easy-to-understand, short ingredient lists for safety and transparency. Brands position these products as better solutions for ensuring the healthy development of babies.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage the growing demand for premium products and services in the baby care space?
6.9
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Ergonomic Ritual
Brands are redesigning products around comfortable consumption routines
Trend - Brands are redesigning the packaging and pack-ins of consumables, such as food and beauty products, to be quicker and easier to use. The redesigns include adding handles or resealable lids, based on how consumers interact with the products. This reduces friction during the consumption ritual.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its products or services are as frictionless to use as possible?
7.7
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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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Circular Pivot
Longstanding brands turn to refillable products to appeal to the modern consumer
Trend - Established brands in cosmetics and F&B are using the demand for sustainability as an opportunity for customer retention. Evolving into circular busines models with reusable packaging and refills offer lower costs and promise a sustainable purchase, while increasing the chance of repurchase.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better evolve with the needs of the modern consumer?
7.3
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K-pop NFT
K-pop groups are launching branded NFTs and digital experiences for fans
Trend - Within the K-pop industry, NFTs and metaverse activations are being utilized to offer unique digital items such as merchandise, photocards, and audio files. With K-pop NFTs, holders can possess exclusive ownership of digital items of their favorite idol, which can be traded or kept as a collectible.
Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize digital assets to increase consumer engagement?
3.4
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Sports Metaverse
Sports brands are launching web3 experiences for community engagement
Trend - Sports brands are entering the metaverse with web3 experiences such as virtual reality (VR) worlds, collectible NFTs, and online events. These services deepen community involvement in sports, providing a convenient and accessible way for fans to connect with athletes and each other.
Workshop Question - How could your industry make its customers feel more involved?
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Sustainable Subscriptions
Subscriptions for lifestyle products are now prioritizing sustainability
Trend - Brands are curating lifestyle-related subscription boxes that feature eco-friendly products. These products help consumers act on their desire to make small but impactful lifestyle changes to live more sustainably.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make sustainability more accessible for its customers?
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