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Future of Branding - Social Demographic Trend Insight on the New Marketplace


A free report from Culture of Future on how western consumption models have shifted and how brands today can align with the continually reinventing end buyer.

A free report from Culture of Future on how western consumption models have shifted and how brands today can align with the continually reinventing end buyer.

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  • 1. Insights: ! Social 
 Publication!Culture of Future has captured influential western demographic trends driving consumption to date, showing how the marketplace is shifting radically into an exciting opportunity-scape for brands.!
  • 2. Contents! The challenge and tension for brands today! The biggest Macro Trends of today! What do people expect from brands?! What top brands are doing to address their end users! Generational thinking! Demographics and their engagements with brands! Conclusion, next steps! !
  • 3. Today.! ! New jobs are emerging old ones are fading. New ways of working are rampant with demands for differing skill sets and newer sets of tools. New generations are entering the workforce with different expectations and influences shifting the scope. Entrepreneurial businesses tip the scales; new manufacturing, new ways of funding, new ways to innovate and new ways of getting the word out the front door challenge old structures. ! ! Education is shifting to lifelong learning with content streams emerging to address economic challenges and the need for new skill set content. The balance of male female shows more women in college in primary subjects in the US and Europe than men. Aging generational demographics, new family constellations and the increase of the single demographic all influence the marketplace broadly. Digital natives are driving the family decision making purchase power younger and younger while their generation has not yet even been defined, named or tagged. ! ! These changes influence the focus of design, innovation and media communication in the current to future marketplace.! Tension Today 
 Wide, Sweeping
 Change! Shifting Populations.! Growing Life Expectancy.! Gender & Cultural Rebalancing.! Economic Challenge & Transformation.! Globalization & Localization.! Climate Changes & Challenges. ! Generational Upheavals.!
  • 4. Tension Today 
 Disgruntled! Robert Montgomery, The Concrete Poet 
 of London shows here a style of graffiti 
 known as Brandalism. The advent of 
 web and mobile social media has given 
 voice to the consumer; people are turning 
 to each other in a consumer-led market 
 of reviews, innovations and influences. 
 It’s a time of the inventive entrepreneur 
 and the solopreneur whose passionate 
 ideas and solutions that serve people well 
 guides and directs the future marketplace.! ! ! ! ! Word On The Street! ! People are no longer buying into brands; 
 rather brands have to find new ways 
 of buying into people.! ! LMGTFY (Let me Google That For You)! In an app-sourced world, the consumer understands more and more what is going on behind the scene. This makes the local, agile company better suited to meet the needs of the interested and invested modern consumer – that is unless the larger companies adopt new behaviors aligning their passions with the passions of their end demographic.! 
 Read on.! ! !
  • 5. It’s a Humanly
 Crafted World! It’s a Digitally 
 Networked World! MacroTrend 
 Solutions – 
 Reinvention.! The tension between the crafted and digital worlds is creating a dynamic reinvention marketplace across demographics.! People are on a path of reinvention, drawing on successful past ways of living, combining into modern lifestyle solutions.! Crossing lines and borders, people are manifesting lifestyle choices in unexpected ways, pinning/blogging/tweeting the results
 challenging and growing each other and the brands that serve them.! Brands that support investigative reinventions find connection to what matters most to end-users today.!
  • 6. What Do People Expect 
 From Brands?! Brand is the storyteller of commerce; it is what we rely on to know what is available in the marketplace. Today brands can call us to be better versions of ourselves… if they know how to be better versions of themselves. Brand PR and marketing cannot be rote today or say one thing and be another.! A brand today is no longer seen as just a logo or a ‘mark’. A brand that connects and conveys its true passion purpose finding where it aligns with the passion of its demographic end-user is on the road to meeting needs and expectations authentically.! Everything is amplified, best not to try and control it, open up, converse and contribute in an ongoing relationship build. Ride the wave with everyone else, exploring what you are good at, adding it into the mix. ! For brands to do well they need to realize the power they have today to create and recreate industries anew. With the walls of the past coming down and dissolving into integrative ideas of wide spread innovation, brands have more freedom than ever before to return to a more authentic exploration ignition. The end user today defines the modern brand in this light.! How are brands responding to this?! !
  • 7. The Emerging Ecosystem
 of Consumer Habitats.! Whether creating a full range of innovative products, experiences 
 and services or buying up agile beta-styled startups brands are addressing 
 needs of the end-user through collections of niche services.! It is no coincidence that Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft compete 
 at generating just such habitats.! A life in reinvention is less focused on the perfect solution and more on 
 the experimental process that gets us there. New brand products, services 
 and experiences are being provided to support lives in reinvention. Digital 
 genius Tim Leake of Hyper Island Digital School calls it, LIVING LIFE IN BETA. ! To build the perfect habitat that addresses and meets the needs of today’s 
 end-user an understanding of the social demographics of the day is crucial. ! Read on.! Apple
iTunes, Passbook, AppleTV, iPhone FaceTime,
 App Store, Newsstand iBook, iCloud,
 Apple Store, ipad, Mac air, laptops / towers! Google
Google Play, Google Plus, Google Hangout, 
 Google Now, Google Drive, Google Maps,
 YouTube (working now on retail, hardware)! Amazon
Amazon Instant Video, Web Services, 
 Media Group, Digital and Hardbound Book 
 Publishing, Product Marketplace Aggregate! Microsoft
Bing, MSN, Skype, Xbox Live, SkyDrive Kinect! Facebook
Facebook Social, Facebook Data Services,
  • 8. An integrative mind emerges.! ! New tools of connectedness combined with crafted living, ask the brain to fire right AND left in an integrated fashion.! ! You might say the social brain that is required today is not industrial left brained or creative right but functions with a mix of both. A combination of demands ignites cross thinking and being and is literally a reinvention mind.! Generational Analysis –
 Generational Thought! How we use the brain is socially driven.! “I believe you have to HAVE money to make money to DO what you love and BE who you are supposed to be. I am about building a legacy.”! “BE who you are now, DO what you love today and from there define 
 what HAVING is to you. I am about being legacy, sharing my best now and today.”!
  • 9. Boomer
 Ever Bigger Life ! Gen X
 A More Intimate Life ! Gen Y
 Creatively Engaged Life ! Next Gen
 An All of the Above, Integral Life! LEFT BRAIN HIERARCHY! Industrial, Hierarchy, Working Hard, /Striving! RIGHT BRAIN CREATIVE! Rebels to Overworking Parents Culture, into Senses/Experience! LEFT + RIGHT TOGGLING ! Social, Connected, Creative, Loves Vintage and New! FLOW & INTEGRATION! Seeks Value, Sharing, Leading 
 Family Digitally! IDEALISTIC! Self-Determined! Conforms! Buy It! Killer Job! TV! Surfing the WWW! I have tech! Album/Mired Tapes! Outcome Focus! Ownership/Credit! CYNICAL! Self-Reliant! Rewrites Rules! Discover it! Killer Life! Internet! The Internet! I use Tech! Compact Disc ! Experience Focus! Want Engagement   OPTIMISTIC! Socially Reliant! Creates Own! DIY-Make It! Killer Lifestyle! Mobile! Getting Online! I share Tech! MP3/MP4 playlist downloads! Community Focus! Want to be Seen   IDEALISTIC / REALISTIC! Personally Inventive! Works With What is! Hack it! Killer Value! Ubiquitous! Connecting! I am Tech! Live, iCloud/SkyDrive, Spotify! Contribution Focus! Want to Make/Create Value   Generational Analysis –
 Western Behavioral Demographics.!Each generation creates social behaviors to address challenges of the times. Generation gaps were first noted in the west in the 60s;
 today worldwide gaps are emerging between elder non-digital natives and younger digital natives. Future reports will address these
 evolving global generations with a focus on BRIC countries.! ! Of note, social speculation models exist for abstract understanding of broad social waves; no human can fully fit into a category. ! Not shown here are the ‘between’ generations who have their own behavioral influences that broaden the behavior list considerably.! !
  • 10. Boomer
 US, THEM! Gen Y
 CONNECTION - ! Social badges, 
 expression of self,
 identity builder! Go to the brand for 
 info on the brand! BRANDS: 
 CONNECTION ! Don’t commodify life! Cool design kids! Limited edition finds! Secret content! BRANDS:
 CONNECTION ! Support engagement! Support partnering 
 with a good idea! BRANDS: 
 CONNECTION! Creates shared solutions! Supports hacking! Startup accelerator! TODAY’S 
 CONNECTION ! Helps in reframing self! Reinvents with you! TODAY’S CONNECTION ! Leader via design! Makes you an insider   TODAY’S CONNECTION ! A seen contributor ! New skill sets share   TODAY’S CONNECTION ! Supports passions in learning, creating, reinventing the world   The Applied Marketplace! ! In retail the older model was to provide
 curated products brick and mortar style.
 One person entered and another sold,
 this could be called The Touch of One.! 
 Enter the Touch of Many. With current
 digital story building tools brands now 
 have story engaging options. Socially 
 connected products, experiences and 
 services allow brands to create a long- 
 term build and track with social impact.
 ! End users are now providing curation
 stories of what they love through unique 
 online retail tools. Pinning becomes a
 point of pride, a point of identity building,! a way to communicate to your community 
 a vital connectedness to brands.! ! Tracking social demographics helps 
 brands engage in living conversations.   Generational Analysis –
 Social Brand Behaviors!
  • 11. Generational Analysis –
 Understanding Brands Within 
 Specific Industries! Nike and sports within social demographics.! ! Boomer Era – A focus on the iconic symbols of sport.! Athlete as hero, leader, something to aspire to but not necessarily attain. Jordan era. ! ! Gen X – Design engagement in sport.! Limited edition sneaker culture, specialty finds, hidden stores, urban design house experiences. ! ! Gen Y– Communal contribution in sport.! Democratized appeal – everyBODY is an athlete; everyone can be motivated and inspired to move and engage. 
 Lance Armstrong Benefit Bracelet era, community running, addition of cross fitness categories from golf to yoga to dance.! ! Next Gen – Inventiveness in sport. (digital+craft)! Inventing better tools to live by and with, elevating community connected wellness. 
 Nike+ Fuelband tech inventiveness, personal/communal connected wellness tracking and motivation, accelerator programs.
 Nike Fly Knit sustainable material invention, Fly Knit Collective London, crafted art performances of the product innovation pillars. ! Integration of Xtreme Sport into mass categories.!   !
  • 12. Conclusion.! Each generation, country, family or friend group is a social demographic in the making; 
 each has their own social soup that drives their choices and behaviors. To understand 
 your end user, we invite you to swim in their cultural soup.! We have taken a look at western social demographics, their origins and directional
 influences inspirational to brands, their cultural soup. But this is not the full story. ! Of note is the reinvention focus that emerges across generations begging 
 for new approaches, new insights and new applications.! For that feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you 
 in expanding this story to suit your needs.! ! ! ! ! ! ! +1.310.584.1021! ACKNOWLEDGMENT: We thank HUB COLLECTIVE for their design contribution.! !
  • 13. Continue the Conversation!
 One Fee, Three Reports –! If you liked our intro report, purchase our TRI-ANNUAL publication featuring:! A continuation of the report with in-depth global content & how-to trend specifics.! Branding secrets of trend application through process insights & charting.! Analysis and application across industries of wellness, health, beauty, design, sport, fashion, banking, technology, media and social digital.! Uniquely, each report focuses on the track and flow of trends over time helping you know how trends break, peek and recede.! WE PROVIDE A RESOURCE TOY BOX FOR YOU TO PLAY WITH, A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT! ! Report 1
 October 2013! Report 2
 January 2013! Report 3
 April 2014!
  • 14. We provide brand anthropology, marketplace insight 
 and future trend strategy to enliven global brands. ! ! Culture of Future is an ongoing insight partner with London and Hyper Island Digital School Stockholm/NY. ! ! Founder Jody Turner drives Culture from the West Coast, USA.!! ! WORK TIMELINE INCLUDES:! BMW GAP NIKE APPLE MICROSOFT SAMSUNG FAST COMPANY STARBUCKS YALE ADIDAS STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW HGTV P&G IDEO SUSTAINABLE BRANDS ISTANBUL and others … ! 
 To learn more contact us.!! +1.310.584.1021.! © 2013 Jody Turner. For wide use of this content, please contact Jody Turner.!   Culture Of Future Provides 
 Social Demographic Trends
 Bringing Strategic Brand
 Insight Into Application.!