posts tagged ‘Non-Commitment Culture

-The Economist takes a look at how IBM and other tech firms are turning their attention to Africa. -Fast Company releases its “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” list. -A New York Times writer examines the rise of mass connoisseurship, with Americans now taking a highly discriminating approach to everything from cupcakes to cars. -In the […]

Vodafone’s new Red Hot plan lets U.K. customers rent rather than buy their mobile phone and trade it in annually. Participants choose among several high-end phones, pay a monthly fee (covering calls and texts, 2GB of data and insurance), then trade in the phone after a year. This ties into our trend Non-Commitment Culture (consumers […]

A year ago we wrote about the curated subscription companies popping up, an e-commerce model that fit with three of our 10 Trends for 2011: Non-Commitment Culture, Hyper-Personalization and the Urgency Economy. These monthly services were focused around women’s fashion and beauty, (e.g., ShoeDazzle, JewelMint, Birchbox), but we expected that the idea would quickly expand […]

-The AP examines the “outsize role” Twitter is expected to play in this year’s U.S. presidential election. -The Economist looks at why Google may be the “single biggest private-sector influence on Africa.” -In a book excerpt, author Daniel Gross examines the idea that “Americans are getting used to the idea of renting the good life,” […]

Old-fashioned monthly subscription services—think Meat of the Month’s modern makeover—are on the upswing, as The New York Times recently noted. Subscribers to New York-based startup Birchbox, for example, fill out online beauty profiles, then pay $10 a month to receive a “birch box” filled with suitable sample-size makeup and skin care products; customers can buy full-size […]

One of our “10 Trends for 2011” is the emergence of a post-recession Non-Commitment Culture. Now more than ever, consumers are reluctant to commit to discretionary or big-ticket purchases. Flexibility is the way to a customer’s heart—or wallet. Verizon FiOS is capitalizing on this trend with its contract-free plan. This offer allows Verizon customers to […]

Today there’s a seemingly insatiable desire for experiences that afford the opportunity for a real-time social media broadcast that communicates to the social graph just how cutting-edge we are. Be it a sample sale, an exclusive concert or a restaurant opening, part of the enjoyment of these experiences is to create some envy in others. Conceptually coined […]

The idea of ownership is gradually becoming less desirable and, for things like homes and cars, more out of reach. “We’ve reached the limits of what George W. Bush used to call the ‘ownership society,’” writes professor Richard Florida, author of The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity. We’re shifting […]

As a companion to our 88-page trends forecast for the year ahead, we’ve created a 2-minute teaser video that gives a quick rundown of our 10 trends. Special thanks to The Nursery, which made this video come to life. Credits Produced and directed by Kerri Doherty and Sean Stewart Animated by Josh Burggraf and Will […]

Today we released our sixth annual year-end forecast of key trends that will shape or significantly impact consumer behavior in the year ahead. An overriding theme in our 2011 report: technology, which is driving many of our trends and at the center of others. As devices become deeply ingrained in people’s lives, we’re seeing technology […]


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