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The Property Republic team recently read and unpacked the 2022 Trend Hunter Report to see how property brands can stay ahead of the curve and respond to changing expectations and behaviours. Here are the report’s top 5 product innovation trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:

 

Integrating Furnishing

Pet-friendly features are integrated into home furnishings.

 

Trend: Home design brands are adapting to the needs of pet owners with furnishings that are made for human use, but that have pet-friendly features that allow for animal use too. These include everything from seating solutions to entertainment units.

Insight: The pet care industry continues to grow, and people are putting more care into their pets’ lifestyles as they try to accommodate for things like spatial shortcomings. With more people in urban areas and living in smaller homes and apartments, integrated pet-friendly home features are particularly useful.

 
Takeaway: How is your brand (and its products and services) adjusting to customers’ lifestyles?

 

Adjustable Office

Brands offer home office systems that cater to changes in work culture.

 

Trend: Home office systems offered by furniture brands are becoming increasingly flexible and diverse in their uses. These systems offer important features like portability, privacy and space-saving.

Insight: Now that work-from-home culture is likely to remain the norm in the long term, people require at-home workstations that cater to their lifestyles at home. Features like privacy and modularity are important for people working from home–particularly for those with families, roommates, and/or small living spaces.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand catering to changed lifestyles and work cultures?

 

Dating Coach

Digital coaching for people who use dating apps is on the rise.

 

Trend: Dating apps can be difficult for people to navigate, and coaches in this space (both human and digital) are helping people through the process with either one-on-one coaching, or with advice columns connected to these apps.

Insight: The digital habits of the modern age have resulted in a slew of businesses turning up to adapt to consumers’ emerging needs. These new practices come with their own set of challenges and setbacks, and brands have an opportunity to offer solutions to them.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand offering solutions to emerging consumer concerns?

 

Audio Only

Audio-only apps offer new forms of social media and content interactions.

 

Trend: What was recently considered “old fashioned” is being made new again–audio-based communication and engagement with content are being revamped with audio-only options that take the pressure off virtual communication, or allow people to multitask while engaging with content that typically includes videos.

Insight: When it comes to social and content platforms, people are accustomed to soundbites, constant scrolling and communicating with text. With the increased engagement that these platforms are seeing, features that allow for audio-only communication or listening are able to stand out to those consumers who want something new.

 

Takeaway: How can your brand offer consumers alternatives to their entrenched habits?

 

Japandi Expansion

Hybridisation of Scandinavian & Japanese motifs is becoming prominent in design.

 

Trend: Furniture brands and interior designers are combining stylistic influences from Japan and Scandinavian countries to inform a style hybrid called “Japandi.” Spaces with this aesthetic direction combine natural materials and a pared-back colour palette, creating interiors that are minimal and warm.

Insight: Contemporary consumers in faced-paced urban centres are looking to balance the demands of their daily lifestyle with a comfortable home environment. In this space, many are prioritising minimalist designs and simple solutions that can optimise and elevate their living situation, without compromising on aesthetic appeal. When these needs are met, consumers feel more relaxed and can comfortably recharge for the next day.

 

Takeaway: How can your brand optimise the ‘Japandi’ aesthetic?
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Customer Experience

The Property Republic team recently read and unpacked the 2022 Trend Hunter Report to see how property brands can stay ahead of the curve and respond to changing expectations and behaviours. Here are the report’s top 3 customer experience trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:

 

1. Shoppable experience

Brands create in-person or virtual experiences that consumers can shop in.

 

Trend: Shoppable experiences are the newest way that companies are curating unique branded experiences for customers. These experiences include everything from shoppable hotel rooms to cooking shows.

Insight: Consumers increasingly expect that brands match their lifestyles and social media consumption habits when trying to relate to them. These more authentic interactions breed brand loyalty among consumers.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand creating innovative shopping experiences for customers?

 

2. Shoppable Room

Brands are utilising virtual home experiences as medium for retail.

 

Trend: Companies are launching virtual home shopping experiences to market products during the COVID-19 era. These gamified platforms are engaging with playful interactivity and comfort aesthetics that entertain consumers and also allow for the visualisation of a product in one’s space.

Insight: As government-imposed COVID-19 measures are highly restrictive to brick-and-mortar retail, individuals have turned to online shopping for their daily needs—whether that is because they want to play it safe or save themselves the hassle. Aware of the potentials of technology in virtual environments, many are looking for digital experiences that are immersive and this demand arises from a consumer need for entertaining distractions during a difficult time.

 

Takeaway: Conceptualise an immersive retail experience for online environments.

 

3. One-to-One Retail

Stores serve one customer at a time to give safe, ultra-custom experience.

 

Trend: The retail industry has seen a lot of transformation in light of the pandemic. One recent development is the growth of storefronts or services dedicated to limiting the shopping experience to two people: the retail worker and the customer. This is being executed virtually as well as in person and has the benefits of both safety and full personalisation.

Insight: The idea of personalised, consultant-based services in the retail industry is not necessarily new; however, because it is more specialised and doesn’t maximise employee time, it has historically been a service reserved for luxury big-ticket purchases. This model’s safety benefits make it an attractive option to make accessible for all in the new normal. In addition to reducing face time, one-to-one experiences also grant consumers a relationship-fuelled experience.

 

Takeaway: How will you satisfy the opposing consumer need for experience and safety within the ‘new normal’?
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Strategy

The Property Republic team recently read and unpacked the 2022 Trend Hunter Report to see how property brands can stay ahead of the curve and respond to changing expectations and behaviours. Here are the report’s top 5 sustainability trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:

 

1. Waste Reduction

B2B waste-reduction platforms, initiatives and collaborations are on the rise.

 

Trend: As brands look to become more environmentally friendly, they’re increasingly turning to businesses that specialise in waste-reduction. Everything from food waste to textile waste is now being addressed and repurposed by emerging B2B businesses.

Insight: As consumers become more eco-friendly, they’re putting more pressure on brands to do the same, and to help them adapt their lifestyles to reduce their personal impact. Brands that make these adjustments in authentic ways appeal to the growing demographic of eco-conscious consumers.

 

Takeaway: How can you better prioritise eco-friendly operations?

 

2. Eco Retailer

Brands offer eco-friendly in-store designs and solutions.

 

Trend: To show their commitment to environmental issues, some brands are implementing eco-friendly designs and solutions in their stores. These include everything from plastic bans to using solar-powered energy.

Insight: As consumers’ concern for climate change and its consequences grows, they’re turning their expectations onto brands rather than just themselves in making a positive change. Understanding that ecological issues are caused more by institutional factors than they are individual actions, consumers are increasingly expecting that brands make changes to lessen their impact on the environment.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand lessening its environmental impact?

 

3. Solar energy Powered Retail

Solar energy is increasingly utilised by the retail and restaurant industries.

 

Trend: Retail and dining establishments are moving brick-and-mortar spaces that are fully powered by solar energy. In doing so, companies are successful in minimising harmful energy use, while simultaneously catering to the concerns of the eco consumer.

Insight: Many consumers—especially Millennials and Gen Z—are conscious about the state of the environment, and the threat of pollution and climate change. As such, individuals are continuously emphasising the importance of sustainable decisions and are taking it upon themselves to hold brands accountable. Through this activism, consumers are experiencing peace of mind for taking care of the environment, and as a result, are drawn to brands that reflect similar values.

 

Takeaway: How can your brand better cater to the eco consumer?

 

4. Repurposed Species

Brands use invasive species to create products and help the environment.

 

Trend: Invasive species in bodies of water can severely impact biodiversity, and some brands are aiming to do something about it with products that use these species in their ingredients or materials. Everything from pet food to tiling is now incorporating invasive species to reduce their environmental impact.

Insight: As consumers become more aware of the many ways in which environmental damage is occurring around the world, they increasingly appreciate brands that promise to alleviate some of those issues. Moving forward, more consumers will prioritise sustainability in their lifestyles and purchase decisions.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand prioritising sustainability?

 

5. Printed Climate-Proof

3D-printed housing prioritises protection from the elements.

 

Trend: As climate change becomes an important factor in how new homes around the world are built, 3D-printed housing is making the process of designing natural disaster-proof housing easier. These homes offer sustainable and protective construction that avoids structural issues in the case of extreme weather.

Insight: As consumers become increasingly concerned about how current and impending weather changes will impact their lives, more are turning to longer term investments and choices that guarantee them some level of protection when it comes to the consequences of climate change. These changes can exist in everything from housing to where people choose to live.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand prioritising long-term sustainability and protection for customers?
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Customer Experience, Strategy

The Property Republic team recently read and unpacked the 2022 Trend Hunter Report to see how property brands can stay ahead of the curve and respond to changing expectations and behaviours. Here are the report’s top 4 consumer priorities trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:

 

1. WFH Prosumer

Consumers who are working from home are opting-in for more powerful tech products.

 

Trend: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, specialised tech appealed to prosumers and professionals in the tech sector. Now, these products are becoming more accessible to everyday consumers who find themselves working from home for extended periods of time.

Insight: As many consumers continue to work from home due to the ongoing health pandemic, they are looking for ways to enhance their experience. This is connected to a desire to be comfortable in one’s productivity, while also minimising the risk of common issues pertaining to connectivity and presentation. Succeeding in this allows consumers to feel more confident in their day-to-day and to stay motivated during a difficult time.

 

Takeaway: How can your property brand assist consumers working from home?

 

2. Boomer Tech

Apps that are typically used by younger demographics see a boost among seniors.

 

Trend: With COVID-19 being risky for senior citizens in particular, stay-at-home orders are especially important to keep this demographic safe. Thus, they’re having to adapt just as much as everyone else when it comes to staying healthy and connected with others. As a result, brands that offer online services like virtual exercise and conferencing are seeing a boost in senior engagement.

Insight: In many ways, senior citizens have been hit harder than other demographics when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of being more likely to face serious consequences as a result of contracting the virus, they’ve also been more psychologically harmed by the isolation that’s been imposed on people around the world, particularly those who live in care homes. Thus, those who have the capacity to engage in the platforms that are keeping people entertained and connected are going to be a priority for this older generation as well.

 

Takeaway: How is your property business engaging Baby Boomers, and what more can you do?

 

3. Next Gen Care

Oral hygiene brands are appealing to Gen Z via design and marketing.

 

Trend: Emerging oral hygiene brands are working harder to appeal to Gen Z demographics, with marketing and branding that features youthful aesthetics similar to those of the skincare and beauty space.

Insight: Gen Z has now emerged as the next generation to take charge of pop culture and design trends, and this generation has more diverse preferences and needs that need to be met before they’re loyal to a brand. Everything from inclusion to social media influences this generation’s purchase decisions, and brands are having to adapt to this shift.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand working to appeal to Gen Z?

 

4. Comfort Commercial

Ad campaigns take on more positive and soothing themes.

 

Trend: As the world gradually lifts pandemic-related restrictions, brands are increasingly prioritising “wellness” to help ease people’s lingering anxieties. This includes ad campaigns that focus on comforting and relaxing themes that offer a more positive outlook on the future than what has been seen in the last year.

Insight: Consumer stress has been at an all time high in recent months, with everything from social restrictions to financial upheavals having an impact. As people slowly grow accustomed to life going back to “normal,” they seek out brands that help that process along – whether it’s emotionally, financially, or recreationally.

 

Takeaway: Property brands generally do this well. What post pandemic priorities are you focusing on?
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