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marketing, millennials

Millennial parents speak to the “I” in family

Rob Callender writes: Millennials, born between 1979 and 1996, were the babies the “Baby on Board” signs warned about. They were the kids the Kids Choice Awards were invented for,… Read More »

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consumers, digital, technology

Consumer tech hits a turning point

The Futures Company’s CEO Mark Inskip has a piece on VentureBeat arguing that consumer tech has reached a tipping point – but tech companies are still doing the same old things.… Read More »

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Centennials, digital, generations, millennials

The bursting of the sharing bubble

Rob Callender writes: The teen years have traditionally been a time of insecurity, trial and error. Mistakes are made and secrets kept. Although a certain level of privacy during the… Read More »

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women

Bridging the gender gap

Over at the Kantar UK Insights blog, Samantha Scruggs marks International Women’s Day by looking at the data on gender inequality. The Futures Company’s Elisa Birtwistle is quoted in the post.… Read More »

Generational difference

ageing, generations

Generational differences

Our executive chairman, J. Walker Smith, has a piece on the American Marketing Association’s site about understanding generational differences. Here’s an extract: ​”Generations are misunderstood. As a consequence, generational analysis… Read More »

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brands, diversity

Diversity, brands, and the lessons from the Oscars

Valeria Piaggio writes: The 2016 edition of the Academy Awards will be remembered as the year that Hollywood finally got on the same page as the nation in recognizing the… Read More »

Between Debt and the Devil

books, economics, slow growth

Debt, the devil, and printing money

Joe Ballantyne writes: I went to see Adair Turner, the former head of the UK’s Financial Services Authority talking in London last week to promote his new book Between Debt… Read More »

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design, luxury

The future of luxury

The holiday season is a time when luxury is pushed to the foreground. But to thrive, luxury brands need to pick up the speed of innovation, while changing their expectations… Read More »

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consumers, gender, marketing, millennials

LGBTQ: “engaged, experiential and experimental”

In the second of two posts, Futures Company Youth Insights Director Rob Callender argues that the LGBTQ community in the US is a leading edge market worth close to a… Read More »