Forward Thinking

The future's already out there...

What’s in a name? Determining your innovation’s destiny
1080 567 Tom Ellis

One of my favourite ideas is the concept of nominative determinism: that you are more likely to gravitate to a job, hobby or location if it ‘fits’ your name. The theory suggests you’re more likely to be a Dentist if you’re called Dennis, more likely to be a keen climber if you’re called Cliff and…

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The New Premium: Redefining Value in the Experience Economy
1080 608 Liz Thompson

Walking down any high-street or supermarket grocery aisle it’s not hard to see how dramatically the world of branding and advertising has changed over the last few decades. The never-ending sea of new products, brands, colours, and categories makes it hard to miss. However nowhere is this shift more striking than in the premium space.…

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5 Key Trends from Craft Beer Rising 2018
630 472 Marc Edwards

Since its inception in 2013, Craft Beer Rising (CBR) has built a solid reputation as the launchpad for exciting new brews and innovations in the brewing industry.  Held in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London’s East End, CBR has quickly become the go-to place for new news from the world of Craft…

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Forget User Experience… Think Human Experience!
1024 613 Clemmie Prendergast

The average person checks their mobile phone 85 times a day. In the last six months 62 per cent of US smartphone users have bought something on their mobile device. Nomophobia – the fear of being without a smart phone – is a recognisable psychological affliction. However you look at it, mobile phones are playing an increasingly…

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Bullshit busting and unconventional thinking
750 415 Andrew Christophers

Nassim Nicholas Taleb poses the question: “You have the choice of 2 different brain surgeons.  One looks and dresses like a butcher, and the other is a suited and booted Harvard professor.  Which one do you choose?”  Most people of course opt for the latter, but Taleb himself wouldn’t.  “If you look like a butcher,…

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Are we spending our money wisely? – A Conversation with Dan Ariely
720 376 Neha Ahmed

“In behavioural economics, there are two important questions; how do you reduce friction, and how do you make good behaviour the ‘easier one’?” explained Dan Ariely, the renowned behavioural economist and Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Economics at Duke University. Ariely defines friction as things that add steps to a process.  A very simple example involves the…

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Trendy Tipples! Review of The Spirit Show 2017
1080 810 Marc Edwards

It’s that time of the year again! Yes, Brand Genetics recently attended the annual Spirit Show.  Strategically timed in early December, the Spirit Show is the platform which tells us what’s up-and-coming in the world of alcohol and spirits.  Never being one to turn down an opportunity for public service, BG felt obliged to investigate…

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Baby, You Can Drive My Car
500 350 Neha Ahmed

Most famous for its ultra-conservative laws and culture, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) recently announced a new change that is still hard for the rest of the world to comprehend – the right for women to drive. This nation-wide lifting of the controversial ban will bring a dramatic change to the current status quo…

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Smart Summit 2017: 5 Key Learnings on The Internet Of Things
800 1067 Andrew Christophers

Brand Genetics attended the recent Smart Summit, a showcase of new developments on The Internet Of Things. It is no surprise that IoT remains a vital part of the fourth industrial revolution for innovators and consumers alike. Based on the breadth of the showcase, it’s clear that future opportunities are limitless. But we’ve distilled 5…

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The Future of Art and Design
852 380 Andrew Christophers

Talent is about new thinking, not just old wisdom.  So how refreshing it was to see the inspiring work from Bath Spa’s School of Art Graphic Communication graduates at their recent degree show in Shoreditch. Annie Jones presents a campaign for International Women’s Day 2018, which celebrates women (and men) who have overcome gender bias…

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THE CRAFT LIQUEUR OPPORTUNITY
640 480 Andrew Christophers

OK, so we all know about the craft beer movement.  But what about craft liqueurs?  This is an area where small is beautiful, and local is definitely best. If you are lucky enough to be anywhere near the heavenly and tranquil mountains of Fornalutx in Mallorca, then make a bee-line for Café Med.  There, Brit…

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The Three Things that Make a Great Insight
1080 480 Paul Marsden

What makes a great insight? Well, there a radio show for that.  Tune into Freakonomics Radio (the radio channel for behavioural economists – yes it exists) and you’ll find the three criteria for a great insight. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is an insight quiz show hosted by Freaknomics author Steve Dubner in which researchers share…

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Paradigm-breaking Innovation
696 348 Andrew Christophers

Many brands are successful by doing just one thing, and doing it well.  Think of Sensodyne for sensitive teeth, KFC for fried chicken, or Marmite – whether you love it or hate it.  But single-mindedness can also limit brand growth.  Are Quavers snacks always confined to be cheese flavoured?  And can Guinness be anything other…

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WHAT’S HOT IN DRINKS? THE 5 KEY TRENDS FROM IMBIBE
500 309 Olivia Galvin

As is traditional, Brand Genetics once again spent the day at Imbibe, the must-see trade show for anyone in the world of alcoholic drinks. After spending time with brands both big and small, all hoping to revolutionise the world of drinks, we have distilled five key trends which are set to define the future of…

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Three Simple Empathy Techniques for Qualitative Research
1080 599 Paul Marsden

Empathy is experiential insight and it’s having a moment. Business leaders, political leaders and entrepreneurs all say we need more empathy – the ability to step into someone else shoes to feel and experience the world from their perspective. We call it shoe-shifting.  But how can qualitative researchers harness empathy to generate insight?  Here are three simple empathy…

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Amazon Buys Whole Foods for $13.7bn: What it Means for FMCG
1080 571 Paul Marsden

If you’re in FMCG, say hello to your new boss.  Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Today, Amazon didn’t just take over Whole Foods for $13.7bn. The world’s largest online retailer effectively also took over FMCG / CPG (fast moving consumer goods/consumer packaged goods). By buying the premium supermarket chain, the world’s largest online retailer will now set…

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