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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Beauty & Wellness

August 26, 2020

Wellness Trends in 2020: Re-examined

2020 has grabbed the idea of wellness firmly by the shoulders, and shaken it in a violent and jarring way. We've revisited current wellness trends to examine which are holding strong in the face of quarantine and social distance, and where we've seen people pivot and forge new paths in search of that overall state of wellbeing.

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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

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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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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April 10, 2020

Empathy: a Decade in Review

Empathy is as hot a topic as the economy these days, so we decided to reflect on how brands have been dialing it up to make deeper connection with people.

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2020 super bowl commercials that boost brand equity engagement and identity through empathy

February 4, 2020

Empathy with a Side of Wings

We love the SuperBowl and ads almost as much as we love the snacks. So, our team spent Sunday night pounding queso and wings, while taking notes on how brands showed up with empathy this year.

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