Now Next

Now Next

WAYS TO INNOVATE

Now that there are no more new markets to discover, brands have to rely on surprising their existing customers with innovative new products and services. People are eager for new products and ideas while, at the same time, they already have everything. How can a brand be unique and stand out? Standing still is not an option, brands will have to push boundaries to be new and exciting.

“BRAND + INTELLIGENCE+ EMPATHY + FORESIGHT= REAL INNOVATION”

For each brand this means something different; after all, homogenisation results in blandness. Brands will need to be self-expressive and highlight their uniqueness. Know yourself, your roots and combine this with research on developments in the world on a larger scale.

Understanding people is key, observe and understand their values & needs while respecting their privacy. Project your findings forward: what will people value in the future? Start anticipating consumer needs, before consumers themselves realise that they need something.

Brands should bear it in mind that consumers are looking to become better people. Only one brand can succeed in being the cheapest, the rest are competing to be seen as the most experienced or innovative brand. 

 

INNOVATION THROUGH SIMPLICITY

 Easy banking by Pocopay

Easy banking by Pocopay

Aim for striking clarity and freshness. Improve customer experience with positive simplicity. Address an existing problem & solve it in the simplest way possible. Remove friction, save time and limit choices. Friction-free products do their own marketing.

 Everyday essentials by Brandless

Everyday essentials by Brandless

 

CAPSULE INNOVATION

 

 LV Supreme by Campbell La Pun

LV Supreme by Campbell La Pun

 Adidas X Alexander Wang run clean shoes

Adidas X Alexander Wang run clean shoes

Radical innovation in compact capsules through third party collaboration. Next to the original line to surprise and spark interest. Experimenting your way forward towards a new aesthetic. Creating new codes mixing references of streetwear & luxury.

 

HYPER LOCAL NEWNESS

 Noma Mexico

Noma Mexico

Connect with your surroundings, honouring the place, the city, country and its culture. Partner with local companies, artists and chefs. Bring together communities and create a sense of discovery. The root of a foreign brand’s success in countries like China lies in focusing awareness on the local culture and taking it into account.

 Starbucks Kyoto Japan

Starbucks Kyoto Japan

 

DISRUPTIVE PLATFORMS

 Wechat shop

Wechat shop

 ThredUP online consignment & thrift store

ThredUP online consignment & thrift store

In the Omni-era the virtual and the physical worlds cross paths. Cut out traditional steps and friction to create a fluid connection between different worlds. Be disruptive, change consumer expectations and reshape category definitions. WeChat has an app-within-an-app model. You can hail a cab, start a shop, manage your credit card bills, check the news and chat with friends, all from within the main app.

 

DATA DRIVEN INNOVATION

 TeleBeauty virtual make-up by Shisheido

TeleBeauty virtual make-up by Shisheido

The possibilities of technology are endless. Create a new layer of reality. Data drives personalised experiences and creates our digital twin. Be aware of the tension between innovation and consumer privacy. 

 Online try on by Metail

Online try on by Metail

Banner image, Envisions in collaboration with Finsa.