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Sunday, October 15, 2006

DaVinci Institute: Futurist Think Tank

Interesting Article: Ten Key Trends for Women in 2005 and Beyond

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Ten Key Trends for Women in 2005 and Beyond
By Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute
January 23, 2005

As people move through life, they search for signposts along the way. They search for those rare pieces of intelligence that give them a gut-level feeling of confidence about what to do next. Today’s women are particularly adept at reading these signposts, which range from magazine articles, to movies, to conversations with a people they trust. They trust their instincts and aren’t afraid to make critical decisions.

Women today are bold and confident, unapologetic for who they are and the things they like, and vast in their ability to influence nearly every aspect of modern life.

In spite of the heavy load that most women shoulder, and the torrid pace of living, the bad years are now past, and a resurgence of hope seems to be building. With guarded smiles reacting to each new piece of positive news, they listen intently for the rhythm of hope that beats continuously in their lives.
Women create our culture. They give birth to each new generation and heavily influence nearly every major decision being made today. Its critically important that we pay close attention to the drivers that are influencing the emerging new thinking class of bright articulate women wanting to make a difference in today’s world.

The Emerging New Value Set – Unlike the past generation of baby boom women with their idealistic dreams, the torch has been passed to a younger generation who views the world quite differently. While they still dream of finding the perfect relationship, nearly three-quarters think marriage should be for life, they are quick to take action when change is needed. Upwards of 75% of all divorces are initiated by women. They know the safety nets if things go wrong.

Buoyed by strong female role models like Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Uma Thurman in movies like Erin Brockovich, Cold Mountain, and Kill Bill has spawned a generation of powerful ambitious women, noble in their purpose, driven to succeed. They need to feel real, genuine and authentic, while at the same time, a new class of elegance is returning to the workplace with classier styles and appearance signaling the end of the survival years. This new woman is a member of 3-5 book clubs, is more fiscally conservative, enjoys going to martini bars, and is looking for their next date on

Virtual Families - The new reality is that more people today are part of second marriages than first marriages. With a growing number of people living in transitional relationships, multiple divorces, and children from multiple parent combinations, the social fabric has evolved into a culture of mixed parenting, confusing lines of authority, distributed and often shifting responsibilities resulting in an often-confused sense of ethics and morality. By default, mothers are working more and more as arbiter of the truth, sorting through competing value sets to make the final call.

People are buying houses sized for "peak demand" times when all of their virtual family members are home. With the relentless pace of work, family, and school, kids often find themselves in a constant state of movement, shifting from parent one, to parent two, to grand parents, to friends, to sitters. This lack of permanence manifests itself in a number of ways with kids carrying the "need to move on" attitude with them throughout the rest of their lives, but also has prepared them for living in the virtual world stemming from their virtual childhood.

Our Gender-Confused Nation - Traditional distinctions between men and women are becoming blurred. While some are blaming the "gender-bender" effect of natural and synthetic hormones being found in increasing levels in our water supplies, men today are far less likely to exude the rugged demeanor of John Wayne. Men are becoming more feminized as they take an active role in parenting, become more fashion-oriented and develop beauty regimes, including opting for plastic surgery.
Women continue to make inroads into many traditionally "male" areas of employment and are earning more. There are also more women entering tertiary education, and are marrying later or staying single. Women’s drinking habits have radically changed too. In England, their consumption of alcohol had increased by almost 27% between 1998 and 2003.

Women Viewed through the Cyberporn Lens – Nothing triggers the inner Jekyll and Hyde personalities in men like pornography, and the Internet’s cyberporn culture is stoking the testosterone fires. Its become the "crack cocaine" of sexual addiction. Men become lost in this artificial world that feeds them with delusional fantasies that women serve no greater purpose than to feed their every desire. New forms of sexual compulsiveness are creating chaos with 15% developing dysfunctional sexual behaviors that will eventually cause a train wreck in their lives.

The mystery of female sexuality has long disappeared and the innocence of first love has been replaced with a drive to satisfy Neanderthal-like urges, with little sensitivity expressed for the female partner. This distorted view of women’s desire is causing a degradation of partner relationships and the disassociation of sex with intimacy. Training classes for coping with the emerging cyberporn males will be needed to help women develop techniques for uncloaking the true deviants and separating them from their lives.

Quiet Demand for the Gritty Truth – Nobody likes a phony and in the process of uncovering phony aspects of society, women are quietly peeling away the onion layers to uncover all the gritty truth about the world. Shows like MTV Road Rules and Survivor are good at revealing the raw side of human nature, giving people realistic views of how the world works.

The blogger world is also giving rise to people who are genuine and authentic, speaking from the heart rather than in the sanitized conversational tones of media past. The marketing world has picked up on this trend with companies like Apple Computers and Levi using real customers to strip away the gloss and connect with their customers on a personal level.

The Social Obligation to "Live the Life" and "Do Your Part" – The Baby Boom generation believed in the big dreams, grandiose and idealistic, shoot for the stars and become one in the process. Today’s generation believes in living the life, often volunteering and making donations to "things that matter". In short, women are very invested in "doing their part".

Women are very concerned about the world around us and are taking it upon themselves to make some changes. A full 30% of the people working on Habitat for Humanities projects are women. They comprise 60% of the hybrid car market, tend to stay away from luxury brands like Gucci and Rolex, are more likely to "turn off the lights", and in most families women are responsible for philanthropic giving.

Transition from a Product-Based Economy to an Experience Based Economy - Research among luxury consumers (top 25% of U.S. households with incomes $75,000 and above) has shown that experiential luxuries provide the ultimate luxury satisfaction, more so than home luxuries or personal luxuries like clothes, cars or jewelry. People no longer want to be known by the things that they own, but by who they are and the things that they have experienced.

The experience economy is comprised of three types of products: freedom products, experience products, and memory products. Freedom is our most prized possession. Every device that gives us control also gives us freedom. Experience products allow us to "touch and feel" the world through our mind. And memory products are those things that we spend a fortune on each year trying to create good memories.

The Age of Cross-Functional Foods – With attempts being made to address complex lifestyle needs, food product designers are looking to add a second and sometimes third dimension to the products being developed. Not only do the foods have to be tasty and nutritious, but also entertaining and healthy, or anti-aging and educational, or just fun.

A multitasking gazing snack that keep the brain functional, while at the same time feeding some natural craving, packaged in way that fits in a car’s cupholder and alternately dispensed from a vending machine, branded to give some experiential feeling of being part of the "in" crowd is the type of complex product development efforts happening inside our food labs today. And with women being the primary purchasers of food products, everything from food fashions to styling is being closely scrutinized.

24-7 is Back – People love to complain about their busy lives, yet most are going even further by multiplexing – something akin to putting the brain in constant channel surfing mode – living with simultaneous streams of consciousness through dual and often triple activities. Watching television while responding to an email and cooking dinner is all too common. But it’s still not enough. Everything has to be available 24/7.

The past four years saw shortening store hours, reduced availability, and darkened streets at midnight. People sleep on average 2 hours less per night than 100 years ago (8.9 hrs vs. today’s 6.9 hrs), and working with a new drive and positive energy both women and men are determined once again to live unrestrained lives. And they are demanding support from the business community to help feed this lifestyle.

Get the Geek Out - The Internet was primarily developed by 20 and 30 something nerd-guys who had a tough time relating to women. Perhaps it was less about their inability to relate to women and more about their inability to relate to first time users. Irregardless, early Internet users had to know how to speak geek. The closer they were to having a programmer mindset, the closer they became to functional proficiency on the Net.

However, the lingering charm of being able to talk the language of nerds is now gone, and women are demanding a simpler interface. They need to "get it" on the first try or they will move on, and companies that have mastered the female interface are now finding that they are being rewarded with increased sales by both men and women.
ABOUT: Thomas Frey is the Senior Futurist and Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute, a non-profit futurist think tank based in the innovation corridor of Colorado. The Institute has developed original research studies, on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities. He can be reached at dr2tom @ or 303-666-4133.


October 28, 2006

Online Guerrilla Marketing Boot Camp
Unwritten Rules for Explosive Growth Marketing

Did you know that there are three websites where you can post information and the traffic that you generate can be as much as 100,000 unique visitors in one day?

Did you know that there are over 100 websites where you can post information about yourself and your company and start generating consistent web traffic, and by doing so you improve your rankings on the search engines?

Did you know that online ad spending will increase by 33.3% this year and will reach $3.52 billion in 2010, and that virtually none of the major corporations know about the online guerilla marketing techniques that we will be teaching in this class?

The DaVinci Institute's brand of Online Guerrilla Marketing has been developed around a series of original techniques for creating unusual signposts throughout the digital universe designed to gain the attention of the self-selected few people in youy target market. This type of marketing has the potential to have a very quick impact at a relatively low or no cost. The reach can be explosive, it's cheap, and the leads can be highly qualified.

Join us as we delve into the unchartered waters of guerrilla marketing and learn from some of the true experts.

EVENT: Online Guerrilla Marketing Boot Camp
DATE: October 28, 2006 - Saturday
TIMES: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

LOCATION: DeVry University, 1870 W. 122nd Avenue, Westminster, CO 80234
DIRECTIONS: Click here for map

INSTRUCTORS: Joy Milkowski, Allison Taylor, and Thomas Frey

COST: $149 - ($99 for DaVinci Institute Members) - Register here.
COMBO PACKAGE: Membership combined with Online Guerrilla Marketing Boot Camp: $199 - Register here. *
PHONE: 303-666-4133

* - A $298 value. More about DaVinci Institute Memberships and Combo Packages at click here.

Most companies or individuals rushing to market themselves online have no specific goals, no specific plans, and no method of measuring their success. Rather than thinking about why they're going online, what they hope to achieve there, and how an online presence can add value to their business from teh customer's point of view, most of today's online marketers are clambering onto the Internet bandwagon because it seems like the right thing to do.

Joy Milkowski is the Founder of Access Communications, a Denver-based Internet marketing firm specializing in web marketing intelligence

Thomas Frey is the Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute and one of the nations leading experts on the process of launching new businesses.

Allison Taylor is a Business Consultant specializing in referral marketing, customer and employee retention and non-traditional sales training.

Guerrillas know better. Going on the Net might be the right thing to do, but your attack must be designed, planned, and executed specifically for the special demands of cyberspace. The online market is crowded and noisy. Your business must have a unique identity that instantly lifts it above the noise and fixes it in the minds of your customers.

This course will explore ten unusual marketing techniques that are being used to drive traffic on the web - social networking, search marketing, viral marketing, news post marketing, video marketing, and more.

Today, traditional marketing practices can be very expensive and complex. This course simplifies these complexities, eliminates the high costs and explains how companies can use online marketing to generate profits from minimal investments. This program will help you define and understand guerrilla marketing practices. You'll also learn important guerrilla marketing secrets that will allow you to have a distinct competitive advantage.


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