All posts tagged trends

With Ecommerce being Hotter than Ever, be part of the (R)etail (R)evolution…

Exactly as predicted by e-gurus 15 years ago, e-commerce is hotter than ever. Whether in mature markets, where consumer spending is shifting online, or in growth markets where rapid urbanization and increasing (mobile) internet penetration are unlocking new shopping habits, shoppers are ‘e-commercing’ it up. Some obligatory stats: US e-commerce sales will grow 62% by 2016, to USD 327 billion (Source: Forrester, February 2012). European e-commerce sales will grow by 78% by 2016, to USD 230 billion (Source: Forrester, February 2012). Brazilian e-commerce sales will grow 21.9% in 2012 to USD 18.7 billion (Source: eMarketer, January 2012). Chinese e-commerce sales…

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12 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2012… trendwatching.com

In 2012, much as in previous years, some brands may be staring into the abyss, while others will do exuberantly well. And while we can’t offer any help to defaulting nations or bankrupt companies, we do believe that there are more opportunities than ever for creative brands and entrepreneurs to deliver on changing consumer needs. From Canada to Korea. Hence this overview of 12 must-know consumer trends (in random order) for you to run with in the next 12 months. Onwards and upwards: read on… Source: www.trendwatching.com. One of the world’s leading trend firms, trendwatching.com sends out its free, monthly…

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Trends in Business Networking…

When Dr Ivan Misner, Founder and Chairman of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organisation, wrote his first book on business networking in the late 1980s, there were virtually no books or materials on the subject. When he did media interviews, the most common question was: “Isn’t networking just a fad?” After 25 years, he doesn’t get asked that question anymore. This is a field of study that is coming into its own. When he did my research for his first book, he could find almost nothing in the library on the topic. Today,  type the words “business networking” into…

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So, what comes next? according to Futurist Chris Sanderson…

As reported in TheAge.com by Michael Short for The Zone… …Chris Sanderson of the Future Laboratory talks of ”the turbulent teens”. We are, they say, entering a time of unusual volatility, driven primarily by mobile technology and demographics. ”We coined the expression to describe a decade in which change is the norm, rather than the exception. That’s coming at us from all different angles . . . ”We sense that all of this turbulence is going to cause these trends to behave like teenagers. So, one minute you swing and the next minute you swing back the other way.” But…

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11 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2011, care of trendwatching.com

Source: www.trendwatching.com. One of the world’s leading trend firms, trendwatching.com sends out its free, monthly Trend Briefings to more than 160,000 subscribers worldwide. Brief overview of the 11 consumer trends: 1. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS In 2011, expect companies to monitor consumers’ public moods and act upon them with random acts of kindness…marketing may never be the same 😉 2. URBANOMICS Are you ready for hundreds of millions of more daring, more experienced consumers? Oh, and that’s just one side effect of rapid global urbanization… 3. PRICING PANDEMONIUM Flash sales, group buying, GPS-driven deals: this year, pricing will never be…

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12 Sales Trends for 2011 – Sue Barrett

It’s been another challenging year for Australia’s sales professionals. While most sectors have now weathered the storm of the GFC, markets remain tough, buyers remain reluctant to spend and sales people continue to be tested. And while economic conditions are expected to improve in the coming 12 months, 2011 looks set to throw up a new set of challenges. Without doubt the second decade of the 21st century will bring unprecedented change in how we sell and do business. With many businesses wondering what to expect and how to align their sales efforts moving forward, Barrett has identified the 12…

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Turning Social Capital Into Financial Capital…

By Marcia Conner for ChangeThis.com Social media has the potential to dramatically improve the inner workings of every business. The connections can quickly cross business silos, inform decision making, educate people at all levels, and allow employees—especially new entrants—to pick up the natural rhythms of how people around them work. But only if the business allows access to social networks. And most don’t… read on

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Make Your Web Site a Real-Time Machine…

By David Meerman Scott for ChangeThis.com So ubiquitous have Web sites become that it’s hard to believe they’ve been with us for less than 20 years. It was the 1994 introduction of the browser-enabled World Wide Web that gave birth to the Web site. Since then they have gone through about four stages of evolution… Now, we’re entering a fifth era of the evolution: transformation of the Web site into a real-time marketing (and sales) machine. This is the natural evolutionary outcome of a process that started with a new way to slip brochures under people’s doors… read on

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EXCEPTIONALL…the rise of new powerhouses in new brands

www.trendwatching.com. One of the world’s leading trend firms, trendwatching.com sends out its free, monthly Trend Briefings to more than 160,000 subscribers worldwide… here is the latest With the entire world now battling it out in the consumer arena, the number of innovations aimed at consumers from Brazil to Belgium is staggering. Enjoy! EXCEPTIONALL | “Exceptional B2C (business to consumer) innovations will increasingly come from all corners of the globe, with brands and talent from emerging markets in particular getting ready to shine.” Now that virtually the entire world has joined the consumer arena, prepare for an avalanche of new brands,…

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Look Around the Corner, not just ahead…

By Robert H. Bloom for ChangeThis.com Today, looking ahead is useless. Prior to this moment in our world, ‘looking ahead’ was the time-tested protocol, perhaps essential and potentially valuable when the world told time in seconds, not nanoseconds. Today, it is almost useless, because when you ‘look ahead,’ you will see and learn little or nothing… read on

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