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The Set List: Life, Augmented

Image: Ian Robinson

We live in a society where customisation and personalisation are becoming increasingly easy to access, where it’s now possible to filter, improve and enhance our surroundings with the swipe of a finger. How often do we look up during our commute and realise that almost everyone around us is either looking at their smartphone or listening to something through their headphones? Or rather, how often do we look up during our commute, at all?

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The Set List: The Age of Empathy 

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Anticipating what people need (especially when they don’t know) is critical to innovation. In the business world, the focus on emotional intelligence as a new critical asset in understanding the unfamiliar brings empathy to the forefront of key skills to cultivate. The power of empathy allows us to perceive our emotional impact on others, as well as imagine their perspective. With increasing cultural uncertainty, diverse identities and globalised populations, having an empathetic understanding of your target audience is key for brands looking to be more effective and authentic. As our economy shifts to serving our psychological and emotional needs more, brands are adopting truly customer-centric mindsets to allow them to fully connect with their consumer.

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The Set List: In Pursuit of Imperfection

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Over the years popular culture and advertising have sold us this idea of the perfect life. Based on aspirational wants and backed by celebrity ambassadors, on paper, the ads tick all the boxes. Pushed by a thirst for perfection, we’ve re-touched our online lives with Instagram filters, searched for perfect ‘selfie lighting’ in order to be just like our favourite personalities, and in turn, purchased the brands they associate themselves with.

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The “New Hybrid” Experience: Beyond the Mall

The Hub on Causeway. Image © Gensler

The convergence of the physical and digital worlds has revolutionized our lives and has reshaped how we live, work, play and shop. Various elements of our lives are now better integrated, and shopping is no longer a standalone activity. Consumers expect more from retailers and brands than ever before. As landlords, developers and designers think about the future, we need to start thinking differently. It is not enough to simply evolve the concept of the shopping center. There is a distinct need to make a fundamental and transformational shift to a “New Hybrid” experience.

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The Set List: Gamification

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The growth in gaming culture has created consumers who are willing to play for rewards. From jewellers developing ring stacking apps to brands substituting typical marketing email chains for virtual treasure hunts consumers can use to discover discounts, gamification is allowing brands to rack up the hours of engagement they get from consumers. And who says games are only for kids? On average, 43 percent of mobile gamers across 10 markets are parents, according to a Facebook IQ study.

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