Trends – some information sources from the internet

This post is not strictly marketing or strictly libraries but I put this list together for one of my colleagues who asked me about useful websites for information on changing consumer and societal trends. This is based on the sorts of sources I used when I worked at Fonterra.  The Futurist website is always an interesting place to start. Some of the others are useful for mining details from – for instance the Datamonitor reports are hugely expensive, but you can access the tables of contents, and they give an excellent idea of what’s in the report. Some others are a bit crazy, but hey if you are in the business of coming up with new ideas anything is worth considering I think!

 Megatrends

 Datamonitor – New Developments in Global Consumer Trends –

http://www.datamonitor.com/industries/research/?pid=DMCM2468&type=Report

They say:   This report based on a vast array of primary and secondary research provides a comprehensive snapshot of global consumer behavior. Structured around Datamonitor’s well-established mega-trends framework, it offers added clarity, new detailed insight, future trend predictions and intuitive recommendations for marketing and product development.

I say: Report from 2007. Very expensive but there is free access to a comprehensive table of contents which lists the trends included in the report.

 

Datamonitor – Evolution of Global Consumer Trends – Market Analysis Report

http://www.datamonitor.com/industries/research/?pid=DMCM2367&type=Report

They say: There are 10 global consumer mega-trends that will determine successful NPD and marketing strategies in the next 10 years. This report, in presenting new data to reflect consumer values, attitudes and behaviors, offers a more detailed breakdown of how the mega-trends have affected consumer behaviors, how they evolved in recent years and how they are likely to evolve in the future.

I say: Report from 2005 but still relevant as the trends are predicted to cover the next 10 years. Very expensive but there is free access to a comprehensive table of contents which lists the trends included in the report.

 

Top 10 forecasts for 2009 and beyond from The Futurist

http://www.wfs.org/Sept-Oct08/Nov-Dec%20FUTURIST/topTen.htm

They say: Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our annual Outlook report. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, and the end of the Cold War

 

 Annual trends

 Trends 2009 from the Hartman Group

http://www.hartman-group.com/downloads/thg-cultural-trends-2009.pdf

They say: At The Hartman Group, leading-edge customized research and consulting blend to understand the complexities of consumer behavior. We pride ourselves on understanding nuance. We dig deep to get at the underlying motivations and behaviors that make a difference to brands, innovation, marketing and business development.

 Business ideas

 Hartbeat

http://www.hartman-group.com/hartbeatpages/

They say: HartBeat is The Hartman Group’s FREE online newsletter, providing insight, analysis, information and strategy to give business leaders the knowledge and vision to build sustainable brands. 

I say: link provides access to previous issues of the newsletter

 

trendwatching.com: Consumer trends and insights from around the world

http://www.trendwatching.com/

 

Springwise | New business ideas from around the world

http://www.springwise.com/

Knowthis.com says of Springwise: Springwise *A blog-style site devoted to spotting trends as these emerge from around the world. The site allows so-called “spotters” to submit trends, so in some cases the trends presented appear to be part of a company’s marketing campaign. But in many cases the trends are interesting, if not unique, and fun to read.

 

General

Research reports from Australian market research company McCrindle Research

http://www.mccrindle.com.au/resources.htm

I say: Many of these reports focus on generational segmentation e.g. segmenting markets by generations X, Y, Z etc.  See:

Seriously cool: marketing, communication and engaging with diverse generations

http://www.mccrindle.com.au/wp_pdf/SeriouslyCool.pdf

From the report: This white paper provides a big-picture analysis of our changing times and generational shifts, and points to some of the drivers of the generational debate. In the process it delivers insights into both marketing strategy and the marketing and communication tactics that will result in deeper engagement with the diverse generations

 

Trends, Ideas and New Marketing Methods: KnowThis.com

http://www.knowthis.com/topic-areas/management/trends-and-new-methods.htm

They say: “Marketers are always experimenting with new ways to reach and satisfy customers. In this section we provide information on new ideas and methods marketers are using to gain an upper hand on their competition”

 

Marketing Stories and News for Marketing Trends: KnowThis.com

http://www.knowthis.com/management/stories-trends.htm

 

Google directory for business http://www.google.co.nz/Top/Business/

I say: Try a search from here on trends for more links

 

New Zealand demographic trends

http://www.stats.govt.nz/products-and-services/reference-reports/demographic-trends.htm

 

Top trends for 2009 and beyond from The Futurist

The Futurist magazine put out an annual list of their trends  for the coming year and beyond. There current list is wide ranging – they’ve picked out things like surveillance of individuals, bioviolence and the end of the car. But whatever industry you work in there are usually one or two trends that are directly relevant to what you do.

So how then how will we (as academic librarians, library educators and public librarians supporting our community) respond to trend #4?

Careers, and the college majors for preparing for them, are becoming more specialized. An increase in unusual college majors may foretell the growth of unique new career specialties. Instead of simply majoring in business, more students are beginning to explore niche majors such as sustainable business, strategic intelligence, and entrepreneurship. Other unusual majors that are capturing students’ imaginations: neuroscience and nanotechnology, computer and digital forensics, and comic book art. Scoff not: The market for comic books and graphic novels in the United States has grown 12% since 2006. -World Trends & Forecasts, Sep-Oct 2008, p. 8

And trend #6 ?

Professional knowledge will become obsolete almost as quickly as it’s acquired. An individual’s professional knowledge is becoming outdated at a much faster rate than ever before. Most professions will require continuous instruction and retraining. Rapid changes in the job market and work-related technologies will necessitate job education for almost every worker. At any given moment, a substantial portion of the labor force will be in job retraining programs. -Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies, “Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s World, Part Two,” May-June 2008, p 41