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The Meta Trending Trends: 2019

Top 11 Overlapping Cultural Trends From 14 Reports

By: Matt Klein

Last year I conducted a meta-analysis of 14 trend reports for 2018, identifying the 19 most prevalent “predictions” of the year to come. With requests to continue, I’m at it again keeping the trend going…

This year, I combed through 300+ trends from 13 reports by: Mindshare, Frog, Edelman, Mintel, Fjord, Space 150, JWT, Forrester, Trend Hunter, Landor, Global Web Index, Trend Watching, Sparks & Honey, & Facebook IQ (developed with JWT, Stylus & PSFK).

Why do this? Conducting a meta-analysis increases our “sample size” of trends and accounts for individual author bias, allowing us to recognize what’s agreed upon. We can calculate reliability as a proxy for accuracy.

After my analysis, I’m excited to share the top 11 prevalent, overlapping trends for 2019. Below, you will find the most recurrent trend themes, personal descriptions, and how each organization named their trend.

The 2019 Meta-Trends —

01. Sensational Sustainability ♻️

Manufacturers will cautiously cater environmentally-friendly products

New Sustainability — JWT
Sustainability Beats Convenience — Fjord
Green Consumption — Global Web Index
Beauty Goes Green — Facebook IQ (Stylus)
Environmental Beauty — Trend Hunter
Everyday Eco-Products — Facebook IQ
Anti-Package — Trend Hunter
Circular Economy — PSFK
The Last Straw — Fjord
Rethink Plastic — Mintel
Open Source Solutions — Trend Watching
Purpose Regains Meaning — Forrester
Zero Waste Retail — Trend Hunter

02. Digital Health 💊

With addiction, prioritization of mindful tech usage and detox will thrive

Social Isolation — Mintel
Social Media Wellbeing — JWT
Semi-Presence — Sparks & Honey
Mindful Media — Mindshare
Ethical Internet — JWT
Silence is Golden — Fjord
Data Minimalism — Fjord
Digital Minimalism — Sparks & Honey
Unplugging is the New Luxury — Space 150

03. Voice Evolves 🔊

Voice assistants and sounds will amplify in both ubiquity and intelligence

Voice Technology — Global Web Index
Voice Campaigning — Trend Hunter
Sound Empires — JWT
Micro-Moments Will Rule Search — Frog
Look Who’s Talking — Mindshare
Smarter Sound — Facebook IQ
Branded Podcasting — Trend Hunter

04. Ethical Dilemmas 🗯️

Among outrage, brands will be forced to take sides, frequently ill-prepared

Brands Enter the Outrage — Forrester
Don’t Get Stuck in the Middle — Landor
Legislative Brands — Trend Watching
Inclusivity Paradox — Fjord
End of Gender Generalization — Landor
Branded Commentary — Trend Hunter

05. Digital Identity Blur 👩🏽‍💻

Our on- and offline lives will continue to meld, making distinction difficult

Digital Identity — Edelman
Identity Integration — Sparks & Honey
Designing Our Off-Screen Lives — Frog
Fantasy IRL — TrendWatching
Delving into Digital Worlds — Facebook IQ
Virtual Influencers — JWT
On Display — Mintel

06. Immersive Retail 🛒

Brick and mortar will become participatory, hoping to remain relevant

Retail Gets Experiential — Frog
Retail Retreat — Trend Hunter
Hip Experiential Stores — JWT
Brand Experience — Landor
Space Odyssey — Fjord
Outdoor Immersion Store — JWT

07. Obsessive Wellness 🥑

Elevation of self-care will become farther-reaching and more quantifiable

Total Wellbeing — Mintel
Lab Rats — TrendWatching
Wellness as Luxury — Facebook IQ (PSFK)
Every Company is a Wellness Company — Landor
Brand Therapists — JWT

08. Digital Faith 🔐

Trust in institutions will diminish, especially surrounding data ownership

Paradox of Trust — Frog
World Goes to Zero Trust — Forrester
Trust in Data Privacy — Global Web Index
Traceable Transparency — Trend Hunter
Consumer-Champion Tech — JWT

09. Questionable Reality ⁉️

With tools to manipulate and channels to seed, truth becomes debatable

Synthetic Reality — Fjord
Negotiated Reality — Sparks & Honey
Accepted Deception — Sparks & Honey
Real or Replica — Mindshare

10. Workplace 2.0 💼

The traditional office will witness transformation via structure and tech

New Workanomics — JWT
Workplace as Interface — Frog
Intelligent Workplace — Trend Hunter

11. Anthropomorphization 🤖

The application of human traits to the inanimate will become extensive

Humanizing Tech — JWT
Everyday Objects as Empathetic Devices — Frog

Matt Klein is a cultural theorist and strategist analyzing the psychosocial implications of our technology to consult on business decisions.

Complete series: The Trending Trends: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022

This piece is an educational review and does not infringe upon any copyright material as covered by Fair Use, Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107.

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