Someday in the not-so-distant future, branding as we know it will be thought of as so 20th century. With societal, cultural and technological changes occurring at increasingly accelerated rates, keeping your eye on the horizon of future trends in branding gives your company the advantage.
1. Consumers Are the New Creative Directors
Born from consumers’ desire to differentiate themselves from the mass market, this trend toward customization will continue to grow with the flexibility and efficiencies offered by technology at home and in manufacturing.
2. Cynicism Raises the Bar for Authenticity
With consumer cynicism about marketing at an all-time high, brands must cultivate authenticity on a level never demanded before. Consumers are smart, resourceful and savvy. If your brand doesn’t deliver on all its promises, or fails to speak to a consumer’s specific, personal needs, your brand will become irrelevant, or worse: a pariah.
3. Multitasking and Info Overload: Don’t Waste My Time
Consumers look to companies, media and marketers to provide information filters—tools to edit the mass amount of data available. To effectively filter and communicate relevant data to a specific consumer, brands will need to be well versed in the art and science of interpreting, translating and delivering information. This requires cultural, ethnic, gender and generational expertise as well as sophisticated global knowledge of word associations and linguistics.
4. Humanization of Technology
Successful brands will “humanize” technology by delivering a brand experience where the technology is transparent to the consumer. Products, services and communications fashioned around innate human behavior, instead of the ideals of a programmer, will win consumers.
5. From Multi-Channel to Uni-Channel
Increasingly, consumers will be less aware of separate marketing channels. Instead, all experiences of brand communications will be perceived as one all-encompassing, 360-degree, 3-D channel. Brands can prepare now by investing in creating a consistent and integrated customer experience across today’s communications channels.
6. Trends in Trending
With the average American now living about 30 years longer than 100 years ago, what’s considered old? What’s considered middle-aged, for that matter? If the brands in these consumers’ lives rely on the stereotypical notions of older as an uncool, has-been demographic, they’ll perish.