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FuturistU > Tactics > The 18 Megatrends > Module 3 / 7

The Reduction Megatrends

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Convenience Culture
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This course's Reduction module explores the Instant Entrepreneurship, Curation and Simplicity megatrends. Reduction is a pattern that leverages the strength of omission. It encompasses trends such as subscription boxes or crowdsourcing.

Reduction taps into the consumer desire for independence, ease of use, and streamlining. With this in mind, Armida walks through case studies of the Acceleration Megatrends from the tech industry, small businesses, and even a niche library in Japan.
Related Trend Report: Convenience Culture
Workshop Questions:
1. Is your company prepared for small businesses entering its space?
2. How can you use curation to make your customers' lives easier?
3. What could you do to help simplify consumers' lives?
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Featured Insights

Minimalist Grocer
Small grocery brands prioritize curated goods in minimalist displays
Implications - Small grocers shift their approach to design by creating spaces that prioritize minimalism and quality, whereas the traditional approach to grocery design focuses on overstocking to overwhelm consumers. This shift takes into account the paradox of choice, in which consumers experience paralysis when it comes to making decisions when options are many. The use of minimalist displays and curated options serves consumers seeking a quick yet experience-driven shopping experience.
Workshop Question - How can our brand avoid the paradox of choice when it comes to consumer purchase decisions?
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Productionized Prodigy
The high capabilities of Gen Z are maximized through services and products
Implications - Where the Millennial generation had teen entrepreneurs, Generation Z has child prodigies. This is due to the increased accessibility and range of information, which in turn breeds a highly competent generation of children and tweens who are redefining the idea of what kids are capable of. Products and services that aid in this natural sense of entrepreneurship among children ensure Generation Z reaches their full potential.
Workshop Question - How can you aid consumers in channeling their existing capabilities?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Gen Alpha Creativity
Brands incentivize children to develop skills outside of the internet
Trend - Brands are introducing new experiences to foster the creative growth of Generation Alpha consumers. These experiences promote hands-on engagement with the physical world, encourage real-time social interactions, and inspire exploration of their surroundings without using digital devices.
Workshop Question - How can your brand engage with its target audience beyond digital campaigns?
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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?
7.9
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Expanded Palate
Kids' food manufacturers are using globalized recipes to expand palates early
Trend - Kid and baby food manufacturers in North America are expanding recipes to include globalized flavors. These globally-inspired recipes expose youth to more foods and flavors early on, thus expanding their familiar palate. Children raised with expanded palates more often eat healthy, balanced diets.
Workshop Question - How can your brand incorporate globalized flavors into its products to provide a more diverse range of options?
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AI Intro
Generative AI is introduced to children through engaging toys and products
Trend - Like other STEM subjects, generative AI is being introduced to children at a young age. These toys and kid-friendly experiences help children gain a fundamental understanding of AI via conversation, collaborative storytelling, and/or play.
Workshop Question - How could your brand simplify its use of AI to add the most value for customers?
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Kid Metaverse
Brands use the metaverse to create immersive experiences for kids
Trend - Brands are creating immersive metaverse experiences specifically for kids, offering engagement that's both educational and entertaining. These metaverse-based experiences exist across a range of industries that kids might take an interest in--from sports to toys.
Workshop Question - Which unexplored avenues for engagement could your brand work on?
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Culinary Content
Instructional cooking activities become more popular among parents and children
Trend - Culinary brands are fostering more involved interactions in the home with instructional cooking content that is easy for kids to enjoy and follow along to, while having them learn a useful skill and creating engaging experiences between family members.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better adapt to changing lifestyle habits?
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Subscription Grocer
Grocery subscription services help users access limited or affordable items
Trend - The pandemic fueled online grocery orders, and it made way for an increase in grocery subscription services that consumers can use to have food items delivered to them on a consistent basis. These services typically provide access to more affordable and/or limited products.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize accessibility in its product offerings?
4.4
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Mindful Entrepreneurship
Brands release programs that help users learn about and build businesses
Trend - Between competitive markets and economic instability, entrepreneurship has become more challenging for the average consumer to take on. Programs that help users learn about and navigate the process of building a business (or aspects of it) are becoming popular among aspiring entrepreneurs.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better support employees or customers in their personal pursuits?
3.3
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Community Banking
Banking platforms and spaces are prioritizing social engagement and community
Trend - Some banking and investing services are prioritizing community-based, social experiences that help clients pool resources, get more information, and/or create a sense of comfort and familiarity with financial services.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make its product/service more accessible for its customers?
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