A Look Into The Crystal Ball: Top Trends For 2013

Trends for 2013 We're always tracking trends, specifically how Millennials are influencing and shaping culture. They’ll be leading the way with major media shifts in 2013, stemming from their desire to make the world simply more intuitive. The following are five flavors of innovation we expect to see in 2013:

1. Dominance Of The Second Screen

Millennials already move between multiple devices when they watch television as they seek to always be entertained and of course, in communication with their friends. However, the second screen will play an even bigger role in 2013 as social TV becomes increasingly important to engage young viewers and cater to their short attention spans.

This year, we saw some major moves in the social TV space with Zeebox launching in the U.S., which allows users to see what shows are on, what their friends and celebrities are watching, and buy products they see on screen. Bravo also launched Play Live this year, a social TV experience where users get to interact with their favorite shows and ads by responding to on-air polls in real-time and see the results on their TV screen. Both of these, in addition to several other tools, have paved the way for the growth of the second screen. We predict that the event of watching, checking into, and interacting with a show will become the norm for Millennials next year, even more so than it is already, as their favorite shows air.

While live TV has some competition in the digital age, we’ll see a big push on the part of networks and tech companies in the coming year to connect the second screen with the first screen, creating active viewers and constant chatter.

Moreover, this year, we saw strategies such as Tumblr creating live-GIFs of the presidential debates. We wouldn’t be surprised if this is done for other…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “When I hear the phrase ‘The American Dream' I think…A loaded term that is meaningless these days. At this point, I'd be happy if I can manage to live a mostly comfortable, independent life. Is that The American Dream? I don't know.” –Male, 25, PA

When it comes to kids using tablets and smartphones, most of the attention is given to the dangers of it all: what will it do to their attention spans, their minds, or their health? But there are potential positives to their mobile use as well. One (Millennial) mom’s reasons for continuing to give her kids handheld devices include the importance of encouraging their technology and problem solving skills, expectations that they will know how to use them in school, and a hope that her girls will be involved in tech in their futures. (Hip Mombrarian)

This might be the year that vending machines became a full blown marketing trend, and Nike has put their own athletic spin on the tactic. Their recent “secret” vending machine in NYC, the Nike+ FuelBox, dispensed products like hats, shirts, and socks that visitors could only pay for with daily points from their Nike+ FuelBands, encouraging exercise in exchange for goods. (Engadget)

We’ve seen FoMo, the rise and fall of YOLO, and now social media has given us MoMo, the “Mystery of Missing Out.” Unlike FoMo, Fear of Missing Out when you see your friends posting a ton of fun pictures on social media, MoMo is the anxiety that results when friends stop posting. In the words of one Millennial, “’what can be so good that they aren't posting?’” It might seem silly to some, but for a generation used to being connected with friends nearly all the time, the feeling of exclusion that results from being left out and unaware of what’s happening is real. (Jezebel)

The value of higher education is already being questioned by Millennials, and evidence is continuing to mount that college systems and hierarchies need to be rethought. One former Yale professor is making headlines by telling parents not to send their kids to Ivy League schools, and that those who attend are not the “winners in the race we have made of childhood” but that instead elite education produces “anxious, timid, and lost” young people. (New Republic)

Oh, Barbie. She's had a rough year, and Mattel recently released an Entrepreneur Barbie in an attempt to tap into girl power marketing, and revive flagging sales. But is the reality that Barbie is just too perfect for today’s kids? The brand’s offbeat, weirdo Monster High dolls do far better than pristine, “clean cut” blond icon. Tapping into new trends in toy tech and giving Barbie a renewed sense of “imaginative play” might help, but at the same time post-Millennials, like the generation before them, could be turned off by anything that doesn’t show some flaws. (The StarPhoenix)

Quote of the Day: “When I hear the phrase ‘The American Dream’ I think of 1950s cliches, the economic downturn of 2008, and how college debt has pretty much made it impossible.” –Female, 17, RI

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