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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“There are alleys with street art that I've walked out of my way to take pictures of to share on Snapchat/Facebook.”
—Female, 32, IL

Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

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—Female, 23, CA

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