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Fellow WPP companies Cohn & Wolfe, Landor Associates and Penn Schoen Berland recently released their “Green Brands, Global Insights 2011” report, a collaboration with the corporate environmental strategy consultancy Esty Environmental Partners. They surveyed more than 9,000 people in eight countries, including Brazil, China and the U.S., to get a comprehensive understanding of consumer attitudes […]

Software company Opera set about determining where exactly worldwide users of its Opera Mini mobile browser check out social sites the most. They calculated the percentage of users accessing the top social networking site in each of 20 countries and the percentage of each nation’s monthly page views being directed to the most popular page […]

Lately we’ve been spotlighting findings from the survey we conducted for our May trendletter, Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO). One factor driving FOMO today is the fact that our lives are in overdrive, with simply too much to do, see, read, buy, watch, etc. People want to be in the know (86 percent of our […]

Our May trendletter on the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) explores the phenomenon and its manifestations, and also delves into what’s driving heightened sensitivity around FOMO. Among other reasons, this ageless concept is reaching a tipping point due to today’s social one-upmanship—in broadcasting their behaviors online, people consciously or unconsciously engage in one-upmanship (“I’m more […]

While researching our May report on FOMO, we interviewed sociologist Marc A. Smith, who specializes in the social organization of online communities and computer-mediated interaction. He founded and managed the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research and led the development of social media reporting and analysis tools for Telligent Systems. Now Smith leads the Connected […]

This week we released our May trend report, a look at the rising Fear Of Missing Out. This state of mind, widely referred to as FOMO, spans generations and cultures (and means something a little different to everyone), but the Millennial generation is the most acutely afflicted. We confirmed this in a survey of 1,000-plus […]

Our May trend report takes a close look at FOMO, a four-letter acronym that has come to so fittingly characterize our radically transparent, real-time, one-upping, hashtag-ridden and, let’s face it, generally overwhelming world. For those unfamiliar with the expression, that’s Fear Of Missing Out, the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling you’re missing out—that your peers […]

According to a survey of 300 Britons conducted earlier this month by JWT London, it seems that today’s wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton could “launch a glorious new era of popularity” for the monarchy. As many as 80% of respondents said they believe the wedding will have a positive impact on how they view […]

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eBay has been celebrating Earth Month with its Instant Sale program: People get PayPal credit in exchange for their old iPhones, iPads and iPods, helping to reduce e-waste and making recycled gadgets available to others. This excerpt from an infographic eBay recently released shows the initiative’s environmental impact. The company estimates that 1,040 tons of […]

This excerpt from a larger infographic on “the current state of social networks,” from social media strategy firm Ignite Social Media, examines which sites attract which demographics. As seen here, the youngest users are drawn most to Habbo.com (“the world’s largest virtual hotel”), “3D chat and dress-up community” imvu.com, Bebo.com and even Friendster—who knew? The […]


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  • Facebook’s Anthology
    April 30, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    FacebookVideo smallVideo is king on social media—more than 4 billion are viewed per day on Facebook alone. To capitalize on that, Facebook has just introduced Anthology, a partnership with seven media companies with the aim of creating unskippable ads.

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  • MyIdol
    April 27, 2015 | 4:55 pm

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    Social media is abuzz with tiny pole dancers. And rock stars. And pandas. All thanks to an app that takes the humble selfie to new heights of playful absurdity—and in 3D, no less.

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  • Tindergram
    April 17, 2015 | 11:03 am

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    Swiping just got more interesting—with its latest update, Tinder lets users browse the Instagram feeds of their potential matches. The pairing (which, Adweek notes, seemed inevitable) offers “a sort of social diary, co-written by your friends and family” to help people better stalk their dates.

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  • Everlane’s Transparent City series
    April 8, 2015 | 2:33 pm

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    “We call it Radical Transparency,” says e-tail startup Everlane. The company, known for its luxe basics, was built on the principle of disclosing production costs and keeping markups as low as possible. Now, Everlane has launched the Transparent City tour, a first-of-its-kind look at the inner workings of like-minded local companies. The kickoff event in LA brought guests behind the scenes with local bloggers, designers and chefs to learn about their creative inspiration. And, perhaps the culmination of the week — Everlane invited a select few on a tour of their factory, sharing the garment construction process from start to finish. The tour had a 300-person waitlist.

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  • Crossing ‘the digital divide’
    March 19, 2015 | 4:24 pm

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    In a piece on an 82-year-old going online for the first time, The Washington Post called attention to a rising issue—the divide between those who use the Internet and those who don’t (13% in the U.S., and 41% among senior citizens).

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  • Incremental saving and giving
    March 11, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Call it progress or just laziness—apps are popping up that harness our small change and put it to better use. Acorns, dubbed “the Tinder of investing,” links to a user’s debit or credit card and rounds up to the nearest dollar on every purchase. The app then takes that spare change and invests it in a portfolio of the user’s choice—portfolios range from low to high risk (and reward). Or users can opt to let Acorns choose for them based on their age, goals, income and other factors. Meanwhile, apps like Qapital and Digit facilitate regular small transfers from checking to savings, and banks themselves are getting on the incremental savings bandwagon. (See: Bank of America’s Keep the Change and Wells Fargo’s Way2Save.)

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  • Augmenting sleep
    March 9, 2015 | 12:02 pm

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    Digital platforms are already integrated into our every waking minute—now they’re moving into our sleep. A spate of apps and devices aim to aid and facilitate better sleep, from ambient lamps to a lucid dreaming sleep mask to an app that wakes you up with a phone call from a stranger.

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  • The sharing economy grows up
    March 3, 2015 | 3:30 pm

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    Hotel giant Starwood has bought in to the sharing economy. The group, which owns W Hotels, St. Regis and Sheraton, has announced a partnership with car service Uber in which every dollar spent by a guest on an Uber car earns points toward free rooms and other perks.

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  • Digital immersive exercise
    February 25, 2015 | 4:04 pm

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    Equinox’s new revved-up cycle class speaks to a growing exercise trend—digital immersion. This month the gym brand unveiled Pursuit, an immersive cycling concept, to limited U.S. gyms. Equinox describes the program as “an immersive studio cycling experience that uses groundbreaking gaming and data visualization to drive competition and inspire peak performance.”

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  • Science fare
    February 20, 2015 | 2:07 pm

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    The worlds of science, gastronomy and art are continuing to cross-pollinate—from edible conceptual art to molecular gastronomy “lab cafés” to synesthetic dining events. Café ArtScience in Cambridge, Mass., is a recent example. Opened late last year by David Edwards, a Harvard engineering professor, the café serves whiskey “fogs” through a special carafe that turns the liquor into vapor (which means consumers don’t take in any of the calories and feel none of the intoxicating effects).

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