by Publication repost, on Oct 06, 2020
PUBLICATION REPOST l WGSN Sarah Owen
Today's saturated and fragmented influencer landscape is starting to have adverse effects. New influential figures, driven by their ability to mobilize and motivate people, are taking the spotlight in 2020 and beyond.
Over the last decade the power and source of influencers has dramatically evolved, largely driven by transformations in mobile technology, internet culture and shifting consumer values.
In 2010, celebrity appeal drove the majority of brand partnerships, five years later visual platforms like Instagram and Pinterest hit mainstream. Then a new people-powered hero came into the spotlight: the influencer. While 'end of the influencer' discourse has been ramping up over the last year, the truth is influencers maintain relevance as a marketing tool, but not as much for immediate conversion.
In 2020, influencers are competing with creators and thought leaders, each of which are positioned to effectively engage their audiences through entertainment and information. As a result, the advocate takes center stage, becoming a new standard for marketers to evaluate and select their brand partners. Advocates influence with authority, expertise, authenticity and values, eschewing highly product-driven narratives for human-centric stories and change agendas.
by Publication repost, on Jul 29, 2020
Yet Business-as-usual could nearly triple ocean plastic pollution by 2040
PUBLICATION REPOST l PACKAGE INSIGHT, JOSHUA POOLE
by Publication repost, on May 26, 2020
It’s been less than 18 months since the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and legally differentiated hemp from marijuana as containing less than 0.3% THC. Yet hemp and the influence it could have on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is driving growth, experimentation and innovation even as the Food and Drug Administration has not confirmed a regulatory pathway for these products.
by Publication repost, on May 19, 2020
PUBLICATION REPOST l BEAUTY MATTERS, KELLY KOVAC
Procter & Gamble Beauty has introduced new all-paper, plastic-free dispensing tubes for Secret and Old Spice deodorants, eliminating the traditional plastic push-up components. The new packaging will be available in May at 500 Walmart stores in the US.
The paper tube package is made of 90% recycled paper that contains no wax, plastics, BPA, or PFA. New paper fiber is used to make the post-consumer recycled paperboard stronger at the base.