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One way in which gamification, one of our 10 Trends for 2011, is manifesting today is brands incentivizing good behavior in consumers through tangible rewards. Nike’s “Bid Your Sweat,” an award-winning effort from JWT Mexico, demonstrated that every runner’s effort counts: An online auction let participants bid on the brand’s products using the kilometers they […]

As more consumers cut down on meat, a trend we spotlighted in our February report on food, new meatless options are sprouting up. San Francisco-based Beyond Meat has been getting a lot of buzz for its “freakishly realistic” chicken substitute, made with soy, pea powder, carrot fiber and gluten-free flour. Created by two scientists after […]

Last year JWT New York launched a partnership with TechStars, the No. 1 startup accelerator program, as a part of the agency’s ongoing innovation efforts. A few weeks ago we talked to the co-founder of Wander, one of the startups from TechStars’ spring 2012 group. Another startup from that group is Smallknot, a crowdfunding site […]

Bernie DeKoven has made fun his career: He studies and lectures on the benefits of play, designs games and authored The Well-Played Game. He calls himself a fun theorist and named his website DeepFUN. When we talked to DeKoven while researching our July trend report, “Play As a Competitive Advantage,” he explained how he came […]

Last year JWT New York launched a partnership with TechStars, the No. 1 startup accelerator program, as a part of the agency’s ongoing innovation efforts. Over the next few weeks we’ll spotlight a few of the startups from TechStars’ spring 2012 group. Wander, “a place for people to share the places they’ve been, the places […]

We talked to Ira Liss while researching our recent “Social Good” report and the rising importance of gamification in motivating social responsibility. Liss is behind AOK, which calls itself a “social game for social good”; its digital platform lets players post about and share “Acts and Observations of Kindness” (thus the name AOK) and earn […]

Social media has become a virtual watercooler for workers, as we’ve written, a phenomenon that some companies see as a drain on productivity while others recognize some advantages. This infographic from mindflash, based on an informal global survey by Proskauer, looks at how employers feel about social media use at work. Slightly more than half […]

Our new “Social Commerce” report looks at Facebook commerce and other ways in which retailers are using the social graph to engage consumers. As noted in this excerpt from an infographic by Social Media Influence, the first F-commerce transaction was $34 spent on 1-800-Flowers. That was two years ago, but as of April, only around […]


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