Forward Thinking

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Human Insight & Innovation in Saudi Arabia with MULU Athletics
670 374 Neha Ahmed

At Brand Genetics, we believe in the power of empathy and understanding consumers as human beings first, keeping them at the centre of our insight and innovation. One example of a company that has taken human insights and transformed them into new innovations is MULU Athletics, a company that designs multifunctional ‘athleisure abbayas’, a sports…

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What does it mean to be a man today?
1080 608 Ben Preston

In the first of a series of reports on identity (we will also turn our attention to Female Identity and Digital Identity), we aim to decode the changing nature of masculinity now and in the future. By summarising current research and evidence-based-thinking we highlight three new male identities, as well as six key insights for brands and businesses interested in better addressing men. You can download the full report for free now.

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What does a Millennial Saudi Prince mean for the future of a nation?
Shifting Sands – The Changing Face of Saudi Arabia
1080 1080 Neha Ahmed

What does a Millennial Saudi Prince mean for the future of a nation?It’s a question we’ve pondered for a while as it could mean seismic changes for Saudi Arabia. Having conducted an in-depth study it appears big changes – and opportunities – do lie ahead and now’s the time for brands and businesses to take…

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In the spirit of things – 4 emerging trends from Imbibe 2018
783 375 Ben Preston

It has been well documented that people are drinking less, both in the amount consumed per session but also as a weekly total. Yet, testament to its ability to innovate, the spirit sector continues to prosper.  The market is more diverse than ever, with global spirit sales estimated to grow by 4.3% in 2018 –…

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SYSTEM 1 – AND THE 80:20 RULE
1080 608 Andrew Christophers

“If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then, to make sure it’s still there!” We used to love this Will Rogers quote, in the early start-up days at Brand Genetics.  We especially enjoyed using it with Brand Genetics co-founder John Kearon, whose early vision for the company was…

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The Future of Luxury – A Radical Redefinition
1080 804 Neha Ahmed

Last month, we were lucky enough to snag tickets to Selfridges’ sold-out event ‘The Flipside’ – a multi-sensory exhibition featuring 8 unique installations, each showcasing a different artistic and creatively challenging interpretation of ‘radical’ luxury.  Unlike the traditional and obvious associations of ‘high quality’ or ‘expensive’, each ‘world’ displayed artistic and out-of-the-box perceptions of luxury…

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Food Pioneers – Learning from the Innovators
1023 309 Andrew Christophers

As an innovation business, we are always inspired by stories from real innovators – so we were spoiled for choice at yesterday’s Food & Drink Innovation Network event, Food Pioneers. Fraser Doherty talked us through his compelling human story, subtitled “the adventures of Jam Boy”. Initially aged 14, he made 100% fruit jam, using his grandmother’s…

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World Book Day: What we’re reading at Brand Genetics
1080 1115 Clemmie Prendergast

To celebrate World Book Day this past Monday, some of the team here at Brand Genetics have decided to share our favourite insight and innovation books with you. Here is what we love and why… 1.  Brain Surfing by Heather LeFevre Olivia says: “It’s a pithily written insight into the world’s leading marketing minds blending strategy,…

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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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