2013 Trend – Heroic Design

What’s the Trend? Design takes a leading role in the introduction of new products, ideas and campaigns to change the world. For several years, leading companies have started to see design as a competitive advantage, but in the coming year design may hold the solution to the world’s biggest challenges. Partially because the solutions themselves

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2013 Trend – Hyper-Local Commerce

What’s the Trend? New services and technology makes it easier for anyone to invest in local businesses and buy from local merchants. The consumer desire to “shop local” will have plenty of help in the coming year from a suite of online tools, innovations and personalization technology that help anyone in any location around the

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2013 Trend – MicroInnovation

What’s the Trend? Thinking small becomes the new competitive advantage as slight changes to features or benefits create big value. We generally live in a world that celebrates the big idea and always encourages everyone to have more of them. Yet many business gurus who focus on innovation within companies all agree that often it

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2013 Trend – Degree-Free Learning

What’s the Trend? Quality of E-learning content explodes as more students consider alternatives to traditional college educations. The eLearning trend moves beyond just hobbies to finally present a tempting alternative to a traditional college education – leading to much higher quality educational content online as more thought leaders in every industry (including leading University Professors

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2013 Trend – Backstorytelling

What’s the Trend? Organizations uncover that one of their greatest assets to inspire loyalty can come from taking people behind the scenes of their brand and history. Every business has someone who is the legend behind the brand – and some are lucky to have that person still working. At large companies, employees can get

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2013 Trend – Method Consulting

What’s the Trend? Successful entrepreneurs and companies create “on-the-side” consulting models to help others duplicate their success. For decades business owners and MBA students alike have used case studies to learn about business processes and strategy. The problem with case studies is that they are just stories on paper and can’t usually offer any sort

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2013 Trend – Powered by Women

What’s the Trend? Business leaders, pop culture and ground-breaking new research intersect to prove that our ideal future will be led by women. We can finally put the old debate to rest … men and women are not equal: women are better. In the coming year, a combination of highly successful female role models, pioneering

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2013 Trend – MeFunding

What’s the Trend? Crowdfunding evolves beyond films or budding entrepreneurs to give anyone the opportunity to seek “me-funding” to do anything from taking a life changing trip to funding a college education. One of the biggest growth areas online last year was crowdfunding – and many “projects” involved helping people to start businesses, or create

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2013 Trend – Shoptimization

What’s the Trend? Technology helps optimize the process of buying everything from fashion to medical prescriptions. As consumers become more conscious about what they buy, where they buy it, how much they spend for it, and how much time shopping takes – retailers and app-makers are discovering that the ultimate competitive advantage may come not

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How To Spot A Trend: 7 Social Media Trends That Matter In 20 ...

There has been a single pink folder on my desk since January 15th of this year. That day matters to me for two reasons – first because its my birthday, and second because it’s the day when I start an empty folder with the intention of collecting ideas for my year end trend report. Then

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