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Cultural Insights

September 8, 2020

The Circular Economy is Driving Innovation

A $4.5 trillion innovation opportunity? (Yes, trillion with a T). New business models to create long-term customer relationships for your brand? Read our take on why you need to look at the Circular Economy to inspire your team and fill your innovation pipeline for 2021.

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Industry Smarts

August 27, 2020

Human Motivations: Toolkit for Brands

Find new ways for your brand to understand human motivations and add value and meaning to people’s lives with our Motivation 101 Toolkit. At-home starter kit with 4 exercises will enable you and your team to explore, understand, imagine and plan ways to accelerate the growth of your brand.

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Home

August 24, 2020

Reclaiming Relaxation During the Great Pause

As Covid-19 has forced us to slow down, we've begun to see a transformation in how and why we relax. We see people around the world taking a more holistic and proactive approach to relaxation, and a movement towards putting in the time and effort to truly "reset" ourselves. But what does this all mean as we look to the future and a world that's beginning to open up again?

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Cultural Insights

July 27, 2020

Travel Motivations in the Turbulent Time of COVID-19

A booming travel industry came to a screeching halt with the news of a pandemic. However, some people are beginning to feel hopeful and are starting to think about travel again. Even though they are aware of the risks of travelling in the time of Covid-19, why are people travelling again and what are some of the needs that travel is fulfilling in these highly unprecedented times?

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Home

June 29, 2020

Future-proofing Trends for the Near Term

Why has interest in seemingly random categories like freezers, wine-making kits and gaming chairs skyrocketed during a pandemic? Our homes have quite literally been the only shelter we have from the current storm. However, this new microscopic focus on home is also forcing us to notice where it’s falling short. What’s lacking? The answers to that question will fuel near and long-term opportunities for brands.

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Beauty & Wellness

June 20, 2020

The Changing Face of Beauty

Instinctively, one would assume that the world of eyeshadow, lipsticks and face masks would have come to a screeching halt during a global pandemic. However, despite the disruption of global supply chains and lockdown, the beauty industry and the consumer are both adapting.

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Cultural Insights

June 18, 2020

The Pursuit of Progress During the Big Pause

During Covid-19, our desire for progress is stronger than ever, yet there’s no clear destination in sight. As the days blur together, people are engaging in new at-home entertainment behaviors to feel a sense of purpose and avoid losing this time. The Sound set off to explore these new behaviors and understand which habits will last.

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Home

June 15, 2020

Paradoxes of Home in the Time of Covid-19

As the fixed boundaries of home are increasingly tested, the feelings associated with home (stability, creativity, belonging) are harder to achieve than ever, yet perhaps are more important than ever. Our recent exploration has unearthed several paradoxes tied to home, and in doing so, revealed opportunities for brands to help reinforce these feelings, connect to their audience and echo consumer behavior within the new boundaries created by the pandemic.

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