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FuturistU > Innovation & Change > Infectious Messaging > Module 2 / 4

Viral Creations

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
Trend Hunter was created in 2005, before YouTube and Facebook, nevertheless Twitter or Instagram. In the early days of social media and the blogosphere, those who were online felt like pioneers discovering how the Internet could take a message and amplify it to the world.

This module looks to early and recent examples of virality -- some awkwardly simple in today’s pace of change -- to glean lessons on how to ensure your brand truly connects with people.
Workshop Questions:
1. How can you better portray your product as best in class or apart from the pack?
2. What parts of your brand story most resonate with its customers and why?
Jeremy Gutsche Keynote Speaker

Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Inclusive Jewelry
Jewelry brands become more inclusive in their products and respresentation
Trend - The North American jewelry industry has historically been relatively exclusive, and in the past that's had an impact on its accessibility for some demographics. Now, more brands in this space are prioritizing inclusion--in everything from LGBTQ+ representation to inclusive internal hiring initiatives.
Workshop Question - How is your brand effectively aligning itself with the values of consumers?
8
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Disability Wellness
The wellness industry is becoming more inclusion-focused
Trend - The "wellness" industry, which encompasses innovative self-care practices that prioritize mental and physical health, is now offering products and services that are specifically designed for people with disabilities. This shift includes everything from intimacy toys to VR-based fitness programs that are designed for individuals who deal with accessibility issues.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing accessibility and inclusion?
7.5
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Accessible Self-Care
Self-care products use braille to accommodate people with visual impairments
Trend - As brands in a range of industries become more accessible, self-care products are accommodating people with visual impairments by using braille alongside printed labels. These inclusive products help people with blindness purchase and use these products without assistance.
Workshop Question - How is your brand authentically aligning itself with its customers values and needs?
6.2
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Viral Flavor
The CPG space borrows inspiration from TikTok trends
Trend - TikTok usage increased globally during the pandemic, fueling viral trends across many spaces, but especially in food. Companies in the CPG space are borrowing inspiration from these largely DIY food trends, offering products across categories in similar flavor profiles to hose seen on the social media site.
Workshop Question - How has TIkTok changed your industry? Your customer's expectations? Your brand?
7.1
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Multi Fragrance
Perfumes offer multiple benefits in order to enhance their appeal
Trend - Brands are being more creative with fragrances now, offering multiple functions in one product. Examples in this space include everything from perfumes with antibacterial formulas to hair perfumes that actually nourish hair.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing its product/service?
6.5
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Activism Pop-Up
Pop-up experiences are framed around social causes
Trend - Attending pop-up experiences gives people a sense of "being in the know," and therefore creates a sense of community between attendees. Taking advantage of that, social and environmental causes are now using pop-ups to expand their reach, form supportive communities and educate people.
Workshop Question - How could your brand build a sense of community among customers?
6.4
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Disappearing Chat
Social media sites are introducing features to delete user content and messages
Trend - As social media continues to be a primary tool in daily communication, apps are fighting to be the top choice for consumers' online chats. To appeal to consumers, these platforms are introducing new features that automatically erase messages and posts after a specified time, enabling online activity to be temporary.
Workshop Question - How can your brand cater to consumers' desire for privacy in your products or services?
2.4
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Virtual Contest
Virtual contests and giveaways help keep customers engaged from home
Trend - Brands are trying to maintain customer loyalty with virtual events that promise contests and giveaways where people can win free products. These include everything from wedding dress giveaways to online scavenger hunts.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize at-home customer engagement?
4
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Intimate Collections
Self-care collections are focusing on enhancing intimacy and sensuality
Trend - Brands in the sexual wellness space are offering modern collections that enhance self-care related to intimacy. These collections are designed to be used on their own or with a partner, and give people enhanced experiences.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize wellness for its customers?
6
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Experiential Addition
Retail brands make the store a destination post-Pandemic
Trend - Still betting on the experience economy, brands are launching retail initiatives that are seemingly unrelated to their products or services. These are solely designed to provide such a high level of surprise and delight to override concern for visiting public spaces. These activations are created with COVID-19 safety and hygiene guidelines in mind, yet also draw over-the-top inspiration from adjacent industries.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an experience that will fit into the COVID-19 climate.
6.7
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