posts tagged ‘Remixing Tradition

Americans are now largely open to seeing LGBT characters or couples in ads, as recent JWT research confirmed, and thus “advertising is coming out of the closet, with visible and innovative LGBT Pride campaigns from a diverse range of brands,” writes GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro in Brandchannel. One of the more notable campaigns this Pride month […]

I’m extremely excited to announce the 2014 version of the JWTIntelligence iPad app. With the launch, our trends research and analysis comes to life in a rich and robust package for the iPad. Features include: Access to an interactive version of JWT’s “10 Trends for 2014 and Beyond” that includes proprietary data, expert commentary, key […]

In the Name of Faith and Fun – JWT MENA Intelligence Report – April 2014 from JWT MEA JWT MEA A new report out from JWT’s Brand Intelligence MENA spotlights the growing cultural phenomenon of “Mipsterz”: young, hip and edgy Muslims who are paving the way for a new era of Muslim integration rather than […]

In February, we wrote about the trend of American brands painting a more diverse and inclusive portrait of America, from Cheerios to Coca-Cola. Then last month, Honey Maid launched a commercial featuring diverse families, including a same-sex couple and an interracial couple, giving rise to some backlash; the graham cracker brand soon issued a powerful […]

Canadians are on par with Americans and Brits when it comes to feeling anxious about their habits being tracked by companies (69 percent agree), and are also more likely to feel OK with the practice if it means more relevant offers (59 percent). These are among the findings of a recent study by JWT Canada […]

In the “everything goes” age, it may look a lot like tradition has been thrown out the window, but instead, traditions around the world are being remixed, updated and re-examined. We’ve termed this Remixing Tradition, one of our 10 Trends for 2014 and Beyond, and its effects are far-reaching. Across the Muslim world, for instance, […]

While it may look a lot like tradition has been thrown out the window in this everything-goes age, consumers are increasingly Remixing Tradition, as we report in our 10 Trends for 2014 and Beyond. Because life seems to be moving so fast, traditions old and new may be more important than ever, something to hold […]

To bring our annual 10 Trends report to life, last week JWTIntelligence held our first Trends Salon, at JWT New York. The event brought together an array of the experts and influencers who provided input as we researched the report. This year’s trends forecast involves a lot of push and pull between consumers and technology: […]

Mindfulness means being completely present in the here and now, with no distractions. The concept has been around for centuries, originating from Eastern philosophies, but today a number of factors are propelling more people toward the practice as consumers develop a quasi-Zen desire to experience everything in a more present, conscious way—a trend we termed […]

Remixing Tradition, one of our 10 Trends for 2014, is the idea that rather than discarding traditions, people are mashing up the old with the new to create their own recipes for what feels right. As part of this trend, people are coming to a new appreciation for old traditions—whether from their own or other […]


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

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    Uber recently signed a partnership with mega luxury hotel line Starwood—for every dollar a Starwood loyalty customer spends on Uber, they’ll earn a point 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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  • Aman’s authentic-luxe travel
    February 11, 2015 | 1:06 pm

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    As travelers continue to seek out authentic and unique experiences, hospitality brands keep raising the bar on hyper-localized offerings and exceptional access. Aman, for instance, is introducing a phinisi-style sailing ship in Indonesia, marrying the brand’s ultra-luxe sensibility with regional tradition. With an outdoor lounge and bar, the option to travel by motor, and air-conditioned cabins, the ship brings every modern comfort to an age-old means of navigating the Indonesian archipelago. Another Aman property, meanwhile, offers a dip into paleontology: Guests at Amangiri in southern Utah can join an official dig at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, working alongside fossil experts for a half-day. The cost of getting one’s hands dirty starts at $600. (Resulting Instagram images: priceless.) —Marian Berelowitz

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  • Adidas’ ‘virtual line’
    February 5, 2015 | 6:55 pm

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    Adidas’ new Confirmed app cleverly harnesses the fervor of collectors who normally line up for limited-edition shoes, moving fans onto a mobile platform. App users create an account, then get push notifications when hot new releases are on the way. Interested buyers in a given metro area—only New York City at launch—indicate their size and, if approved, receive details on where and when to pick up the shoes. An Adidas exec calls it a “virtual line.” In addition to collecting data on these super-fans, the app lets Adidas control which influencers get various styles, drives traffic to selected stores, builds additional buzz and cuts out secondary-market sellers armed with bots that secure advance orders. —Marian Berelowitz

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  • Adventurous play
    February 4, 2015 | 1:09 pm

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    Kids will slide through a “Tunnel of Terror” and get slimy on “Mount Mud” in Tough Mudder’s new obstacle course for the 7-12 set. The endurance-challenge purveyor is partnering with European soft drink brand Britvic on Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, with events planned for the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland. The concept caters to parents looking to pry kids away from screens and get them moving—there’s now a CrossFit offshoot for kids, starting with preschoolers—in ways that are challenging and fun.

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  • Rivals joining forces
    January 26, 2015 | 7:19 pm

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    Not long ago, a collaboration between two rival companies would have been seen as a counterintuitive and perhaps desperate measure. In 2015, however, BMW’s partnership with Volkswagen on fast-charging electric vehicle stations makes the automakers look self-confident, open and serious about sustainability and the common good.  Continue reading “Rivals joining forces” »

  • Virgin Hotels
    January 21, 2015 | 1:42 pm

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    Taking a cue from private clubs like Soho House—which now has outposts from Berlin to Chicago and Toronto—and cool hotel hangouts like the Ace, the first hotel under Virgin’s affordable-meets-aspirational banner houses a Commons Club. Offering “exclusivity for all,” the Commons hosts a “roundtable of ideas and indulgence” at a nightly social hour and includes a restaurant, bar and study area. Virgin marketing also taps into easyHotel lingo with the promise of no surprise fees and free wi-fi.

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  • Google’s Ara phone
    January 16, 2015 | 11:51 am


    A new video from Google shows the latest prototype of its modular phone, which will launch this year in Puerto Rico. Project Ara emphasizes personalization—“What if you could make thoughtful choices about exactly what your phone does, and use it as a creative canvas to tell your own story?”—but the sustainability implications are also important.

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  • Nike taps into urban exploring
    January 5, 2015 | 1:13 pm

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    The city is the new terrain for Nike’s rebranded all-conditions gear, now named NikeLab ACG. Taking a cue from the urban exploration trend (“urbex”)—which involves venturing into unseen and generally off-limits structures and documenting the adventure—Nike says that “For today’s athletes, the city is the ultimate landscape,” complete with “modern obstacles” and many microclimates. Images show an intrepid explorer on a rooftop amid skyscrapers. The urban environment is now as challenging, intriguing and adventurous as the natural landscape.

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