August 9, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Millennials and $, when smart homes attack and weekend warriors

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-According to a Nielsen study, more global consumers are willing to pay a premium for products from companies that give back to society.

-The new “Meaningful Brands” report finds that Asia-Pacific consumers are most likely to say brands improve their quality of life, WARC reports.

-Reuters explores how wealthy Millennials regard money: as a means to career freedom and an enabler of luxury experiences.

-While the British economy is growing again, a severe decline in living standards persists, reports The Economist. For more on how Britons are handling austerity, see JWT London’s Q2 Austerity Index report.

-Driven partly by demand from emerging markets, Chinese manufacturers are taking a bigger share of global branded smartphone sales, according to WARC.

-As mobile video explodes in China, Brand Channel reports that viewers are getting hooked on American shows, from Gossip Girl to Friends.

-MIT’s Technology Review takes a look at how social media is shaping (and strengthening) interpersonal relationships.

-With more people seeing marriage as optional (one of our 10 Trends for 2012), the FT explains why brands must better target the growing ranks of singletons. 

-Professional matchmakers are turning to Facebook to find clients and matches, explains The Daily Beast.

-The Atlantic spotlights a couples app that gamifies relationships.   

-USA Today interviews our own Ann Mack in spotlighting the rise of stress-reduction products.

-Forbes reports on the advent of video messaging.

-Pew reports that more than 7 in 10 online adults in America use social networks.

-Forrester issues a forecast for tablet adoption over the next few years.

-A new study charts the trend toward news “snacking” on mobile devices.

-Wired analyzes “Why Vine just won’t die.”

-A Forrester analyst describes the connected car of the future in All Things D.

-An NPR series on America’s changing car culture kicks off with a look at how teens’ relationship with cars has evolved since the ’60s.

-Adweek takes a look at how digital media is changing the food business.

-The Atlantic examines why American drinkers are losing interest in beer.

-The New York Times spotlights the costly competition among airlines to design better business-class seats.

-Following media coverage on how the smart home may become our own worst enemy, Quartz outlines a new class of crime that’s on the way.

-Young Europeans are adopting mobile banking habits, according to a new study from eMarketer. 

-A new study examines the persuasive power of positive online feedback.

-Slate explores whether Millennials are as narcissistic as they’re reputed to be. 

-American Boomers are increasingly drawn to hip urban neighborhoods, as The Wall Street Journal reports.

-The FT examines what’s driving a baby boom in the U.K.

-A Good columnist looks at why employers should introduce play into the workplace, a theme explored in Play As a Competitive Advantage, one of our 10 Trends for 2013. 

-The street sport of parkour is moving indoors, to specialized gyms, and becoming a big business, per The New York Times.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at the boom in businesses that organize races for “weekend warriors.” 

-E-cigarette smokers are becoming pervasive around New York, reports The New York Times.

-The Business of Fashion investigates what’s driving the fast-rising prices of designer fashion.

-Germans are taking to traditional garb like Lederhosen, reports The Economist. 

-A Pew study on American views of radical life extension found that a majority would not be interested in living to 120 or beyond.

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