[credit provider=”statigr.am/shomisma” url=”http://statigr.am/p/447459294_4313505″] ‘Tis the season for forecasting, prediction-making, and soothsaying. It’s fun. It gives pundits, vendors, and journalists something to talk about. And it can be smart to try to keep your eye on legitimate trends that may affect your business.Then again, sometimes a trend is nothing more than a […]
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Richard_Branson_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1365112.jpg”] This morning, LinkedIn released its Big Ideas 2013 series, where more than 60 thought leaders from their influencers section have written original posts on what they expect will be the massive trends that will impact the business world and people’s careers in the next year. Richard Branson, far […]
Despite a summer filled with horrific crimes, including a mass shooting at a movie theatre in Colorado and Chicago’s summer of gang violence, America is actually significantly safer than it was 10 years ago.
Last weekend marks the official start of the holiday shopping season in the U.S., so for the next month, consumers will be enticed with daily deals on the latest fads, such as one-cup coffee makers, tablets, flat screens and cashmere sweaters.
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/4157858997/”] The consumer experience continues to change rapidly. It’s getting more digital, more mobile, and many more companies from around the world are competing for shorter attention spans.In a series of reports, trendwatching.com has been tracking what consumers are demanding, and how brands are giving it to them.
[credit provider=”The Guardian” url=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2012/nov/26/milking-the-new-internet-craze-video”] Last week, many students travelled to London to protest against being milked by the government. Back on campus, other students were busy milking themselves. Almost literally.Among the creme de la creme of British youth, an udderly bizarre trend has emerged: milking. Undergraduates stand in public spaces, […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/Horia Varlan” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/horiavarlan/4269156697/”] Nov. 20 (Bloomberg)—Store mannequins are meant to catch your eye. Soon you may catch theirs.Benetton Group SpA is among fashion brands deploying mannequins equipped with technology used to identify criminals at airports to watch over shoppers in their stores.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Botas_picudas_mexicanas2009.jpg”] If you just don’t get the Oliver Twist-esque street urchin look that defines hipster fashion, or the weird, two-tone hair (it’s called ombre!) that so many celebrities have, you’ll be downright mystified by these trends from around the globe. [slideshow] [slide permalink=”shippo-the-brain-controlled-tail-1″ title=”Shippo, The Brain-Controlled Tail” […]
[credit provider=”statigr.am/jennatysoe” url=”http://statigr.am/p/313308508755914314_15900058″] Last month we posed a survey to the Reddit community to find out at what age people are moving out of their parents’ houses and what they think about the phenomenon of the “boomerang children,” as this Pew centre study calls them.It’s certainly not a new phenomenon, […]
[credit provider=”Youtube”] Noted trend forecaster Gerald Celente sued Google this week for allegedly letting bloggers use his image in vulgar postings.The blogs at issue have variations of Celente’s name, including geraldcelente-blog.blogspot.com and geraldcelente-blog.blogspot.ca. Google acquired the company that runs that blog site in April 2011.
[credit provider=”eddiejdf/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jumphigh/6060968140/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] America is becoming snackified.”Snackification” is one of the hot food and dining trends mentioned in restaurant consultancy firm Baum+Whiteman’s latest report for 2013.
Rapid growth in mobile technology has made the engineering industry highly valuable — and this trend isn’t ending any time soon.
[credit provider=”Flickr/Betsssssy” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/betsssssy/454794708/”] Payscale’s quarterly index was released this morning giving us all the latest trends on US wages.The headline number shows a modest recovery. Annual growth is the highest in three years, up 3 per cent year over year.
[credit provider=”By antwerpenR on Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwp-roger/3155147413/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Retailers all over are scrambling to adapt and survive. We’ve seen the decline of big box and the meteoric rise of e-commerce shake the industry to its core.But that’s not all that has altered the retail landscape.
[credit provider=”Justin Sullivan/Getty Images” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/pedestrian-carrying-a-shopping-bag-walks-by-a-mural-with-a-news-photo/142977115″] Retail brands had limited gains on Interbrand’s recently released 100 Best Global Brands list for 2012.Why did that happen?
It never fails — every time someone needs to use the fax machine at Business Insider, they always ask for help.
Trendwatching has a great report out, featuring shoutouts to many awesome ideas and the trends that link them together.
[credit provider=”Flickr/miss karen” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/misbehave/4777384451/”] Thankfully, many of the food trends I feared at the beginning of 2012 have not come to pass.However, even in eight months, there have been some very noticeable developments in both the food we are served in restaurants and the way we cook at home.
[credit provider=”Flickr/Sarah_Ackerman” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sackerman519/5520704534/”] They want you to sleep with them. And they’ll do almost anything to make sure that you do. They are…hoteliers trying to win your business.It used to be that a hotel could secure travellers’ loyalty by providing the cornerstones of comfortable lodging: a great location, well-appointed rooms, […]
[credit provider=”lilszeto via flickr ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mszeto/3282517760/in/photostream”] In recent years, companies have had trouble retaining employees — especially the Gen Y workers who are more apt to move from one opportunity to the next. Now we know why.
The “Decennial Pattern” suggests a cheery outlook for the stock market. Apparently stocks–during years ending in the number ‘2’–tend to carve out decisive market bottoms.
[credit provider=”Cushing Memorial Library on www.flickr.com and Dan Lynch on www.flickr.com” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cushinglibrary/4266276149/”] America has changed a lot since the Baby Boom.On this patriotic week, we decided to look back and see exactly how much heavier, older, smarter, etc. we have become. Some of the changes are pretty drastic.
[credit provider=”Julia La Roche for Business Insider”] A new crop of summer interns and recent college graduates have already descended upon Wall Street.So if you’re a newbie, you’ll need to know what you should bring with you to work.
[credit provider=”AP”] Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent has had much success at the helm of the iconic beverage company, but as he moves forward, he must keep up with the ever-evolving consumer.In a recent column for the BBC, Kent cites five global mega trends from a Consumer Goods Forum report on the […]
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abandoned_Taco_Johns_in_Pocatello,_ID.jpg”] Each year, 24/7 Wall St. identifies 10 important American brands that we predict will to disappear within a year.This year’s list reflects the brutally competitive nature of certain industries and the reason why companies cannot afford to fall behind in efficiency, innovation or financing.
[credit provider=”NPR”] Sometimes the easiest ways to save are right under our noses––and even then we still can’t manage to sniff them out. While the price of hitting up bars and restaurants for a nightcap has risen nearly 80 per cent over the last 30 years, Americans have spent less on […]
What were the biggest trending topics in April’s social sphere?
[credit provider=”Vita Coco”] No matter how many times we’re told otherwise, Americans’ obsession with get-healthy-quick schemes will likely never die. Too bad most of these fads aren’t worth their weight in salt – or your hard-earned dollars.
[credit provider=”Abby Rogers/Business Insider”] Don’t expect to see a big, industrial kitchen when you walk into François Payard‘s Houston Street bakery in lower Manhattan.”Everything is handmade,” said Payard, a pastry chef who honed his skills in the kitchens of Le Bernardin and Daniel, and later opened a string of patisseries […]
[credit provider=”www.zara.com” url=”http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/category/us/en/zara-us-S2012/199025/Woman”] Retailer Zara has avoided outsourcing to China, and that’s a huge reason it’s been so successful.The brand is owned by Spanish company Inditex SA, which is one of the world’s largest clothing brands next to its competitor H&M. The company’s profits grew by 12 per cent to […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/Edo”] The paleolithic diet, popularly called the ‘caveman diet,’ is the inspiration for ‘Palæo,’ a new restaurant slated to open in the coming weeks in Denmark, the Guardian reports.Paleo diets are based on a single premise—if cavemen didn’t eat it, neither should you. So no more refined sugar, dairy, […]
[credit provider=”Flickr / tastytouring” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastytouring/6220458495/in/photostream/”] Years ago, no one would have predicted a grocery chain would be the modern symbol of luxury. But that’s precisely what Whole Foods has become for millennials, as it’s slowly replaced the designer labels and brand name stores favoured by boomers, writes Michael Pavone, food and beverage marketing […]
[credit provider=”Flickr / Kim + Chantelle” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimandchantelle/6025790720/in/photostream/”] Now we can add heart problems to the list of terrible things diet soda can do to our bodies.Drinking diet soda every day increases the risks of having a stroke, heart attack, or dying of heart-related diseases, according to a study published in the Journal of […]
Budgets Are Sexy
Americans carry an average of $78,030 in debt. So how do we stack up by age?
[credit provider=”Flickr/cosmic_bandita” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cosmic_bandita/2912740253/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] There’s no doubt more 20-somethings are carving dents in their parents’ sofas these days than ever before, but that’s not exactly the end of the story. The rate of singles under 30 who are living on their own is more than 10 times higher than it was just 60 […]
[credit provider=”Protea Hotels” url=”http://www.proteahotels.com/components/com_gallery/gallery.php?hotel_code=FIRE”] If you’re a trendsetter, picking a hotel in a hot location with the latest amenities is critical for a great vacation.According to TripAdvisor, many of the world’s trendiest hotels are in Europe, though a few are in the U.S.
[credit provider=”National Business Journal “] Hostess is preparing to file for Chapter 11 for the second time since 2004.The first time around, it blamed America’s low-carb diet trends for leading it to bankruptcy, reports the Wall Street Journal. Its top-selling products, Twinkies and Wonder Bread, were blockbuster items for decades, […]
It may be a shiny new year, but it’s full of the kind of uncertainty that makes business owners bite their nails. Will the economy get worse or maybe a little better? Will consumers keep spending? Or climb back into their shells?
A bit of planning can save you a ton of money when it comes to buying… well, just about anything. Here’s your comprehensive guide on the best times to buy everything in 2012.
[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] If you thought it was tough to be a bank customer in 2011, you better buckle up tight in the new year.We picked the brains of NerdWallet marketing VP Anisha Sekar to find out what the whizzes behind the personal finance site predict banking […]
[credit provider=”someecards” url=”http://www.someecards.com”] There’s no denying that 2011 has been a year of many ups and downs.Let’s review:
[credit provider=”Steel Wool” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/wynnie/5771315681/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Looks like youngsters are taking a few financial cues from the bank of mum and Dad this holiday season.Less than half saying they won’t bother setting a budget for gifts, according to a new poll by financial literacy site, Themint.org.
[credit provider=”www.flickr.com” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/turbona/”] A weakened economy has spurred Americans to revamp their household budgets from the ground up – even in the afterlife. With the average cost of a typical burial service hovering around the $10,000 mark, cremation has become the go-to burial practice for more than 41 per cent of […]
The death of Osama bin Laden.
Prices naturally fluctuate between on- and off-seasons—especially on travel, produce and ski equipment—but who knew they could change by the hour?
[credit provider=”adactio via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/298916832/”] While kids in the U.S. are asking about braces, girls in Japan are asking the dentist how they can get crooked teeth.The look, commonly known as snaggletooth in America, shows off a person’s “fangs.” The Japanese call it “Yaeba.”
[credit provider=”Julia La Roche for Business Insider”] We recently brought our Clusterstock readers the “15 Work Accessories That Every Wall Streeter Must Have” for guys. Now we’re out with the women’s edition.
[credit provider=”Business Insider”] In case you haven’t noticed, the slick-back hairstyle is definitely back on Wall Street.We’ve seen the look everywhere from hedge funds, banks, CNBC and Bloomberg and even the traders on the floor of the stock exchange.
[credit provider=”Julia La Roche for Business Insider”] If you’re just starting out on Wall Street, you’ll need to know exactly what you should bring with you to work. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for accessories for what to bring to the office and what to never be caught owning.
This gem of an outfit was spotted walking around Manhattan this weekend.
[credit provider=”Facebook.com” url=”http://www.facebook.com/gherfkens”] Garrett Herfkens, an associate at BlackRock based in San Francisco, is Bloomberg’s “most viewed” profile today.The reason (we think) is because he’s rocking some badass facial hair in his profile picture.
[credit provider=”Julia La Roche for Business Insider”] Occupy Wall Street protesters are steering a ton of business away from a portion of the 99% they say they’re representing. Namely, the small businesses who operate in the Financial District. “Let them leave soon,” Abderrahim Marhraoui, the owner of a Halal food cart since 2003, […]
[credit provider=”AP”] What are the signs of a sinking economy? There are obvious symptoms of such a downturn — decreased consumer confidence, lower demand and rising unemployment.But we looked at other strange correlations between bad times and peoples’ behaviour.
[credit provider=”nrtphotos via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/n-r-t/1404649983/”] 10 years ago Ford dealers delivered over 275,000 Rangers. This year, Ford is tracking to deliver about 62,000. What happened? Several things. First, obviously, the entire new vehicle industry has plummeted from the halcyon days pre-2008. Second, Americans’ affection for smaller pickups has faded. Just […]
[credit provider=”Airbnb” url=”http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/98284″] There’s a new way for bachelor’s hoping to live a bi-coastal lifestyle to crash in luxurious pads across the world for a weekend or a month at the time.Airbnb’s Sublets feature offers weekend and monthly rentals for the jet set crowd.
[credit provider=”Chaotic Serenity via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/_serenity/269668314/”] Many of today’s startups fall into one of a few idea buckets.If you’re launching a company in any of these areas, you’ll need to have a truly interesting twist to fend off competition and get investors excited.
[credit provider=”CNBC”] SoulCycle — a 40-five minute indoor cycling routine incorporating arm exercises and a core workout — is becoming one of the hottest new exercise trends on Wall Street.”We’re all a bunch of closet soulcyclers,” an analyst at an investment bank told us.
[credit provider=”Pop!Tech via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/poptech2006/2966504303/”] Malcolm Gladwell’s first two bestsellers, The Tipping Point and Blink, earned him a place on Time’s 2005 “Most Influential People” list; and with Outliers, the “10,000 Hour” theory made its way into the zeitgeist. Though he’s been criticised for his choice selection of scientific and […]
OnlineEducation.net made an infographic based on results from a student/technology study.
[credit provider=”Banana Republic” url=”https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150278598094076&set=a.395234539075.171329.15524934075&type=1&theatre”] At least 600 New York City taxis are telling New Yorkers to “Get Mad.”But don’t alter your mood just yet.
[credit provider=”Lars Plougmann on flickr”] Eurostat today released 2010 population figures for the EU.Some of the more interesting facts include:
[credit provider=”Leisuredive.com” url=”http://leisuredive.com/gallery.php”] In the beginning, there was planking.The trend of people lying face-down in strange places—or on top of strange things, like boulders—and taking a picture of themselves swept across the Internet in May.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons”] 40 years before Mark Zuckerberg came up with Facebook, a few Harvard students created Operation Match, the precursor to online dating. The New Yorker reports that in 1965, Lewis Altfest, a 25-year-old accountant, and his friend Robert Ross, a computer programmer for IBM, then made their own […]
[credit provider=”Minneapolis: Minnesota Population centre (PDF)” url=”http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/01/pdf/threefaces.pdf”] Americans consider a 40-hour work week as “part time” in most professional jobs and as a sign of a stagnant career, according to a recent study by the centre for American Progress.The financial reward for working longer hours has increased substantially in the […]
It gets better… for some people, anyway.
[credit provider=”Chaotic Serenity via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/_serenity/269668314/”] It’s common for entrepreneurs who have never met to come up with the exact same startup at the exact same time.It happened to “what should I wear” apps Fashism and GoTryItOn. It also happened to group texting startups GroupMe and Fast Society. “The first […]
[credit provider=”AP”] Economists David Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald calculated the “compensation value” of life events like employment and marriage by surveying 100,000 Americans and Britons from the 1970s to the 1990s.In terms of happiness, they found that marriage was worth an impressive $100,000 annually:
[credit provider=”ap”] Very few people get it right the first time.If you find yourself needing to change your business’s direction or revenue model, know that you’re in good company.
[credit provider=”jkonig via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkonig/407896560/”] Leaving corporate America to run a homebased business is the ideal situation for many people: There’s no boss breathing down your neck, no boring meetings to attend and no 45-minute drives in rush hour traffic.Working from home can be a rewarding experience, but it’s easy […]
[credit provider=”DavidDMuir via Flcikr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviddmuir/2125697998/in/photostream/”] Salaries, technology, supplies. Every day, you spend money and time on your business. But do you know which investments are giving you the most bang for your buck? Taking a close look at what is actually helping your business grow and generate revenue can help […]
Here are the most recent monthly updates of the three valuation indicators I routinely follow: * The relationship of the S&P Composite to a regression trendline (more) * The cyclical P/E ratio using the trailing 10-year earnings as the divisor (more) * The Q Ratio — the total price of […]
Like technology experts and IT insiders, small-business owners may have noticed a startling trend. Technology is suddenly everywhere.
To be consistent with Statistics Canada, SME’s are defined as having less than 500 employees and with annual revenues of less than $50 million. According to the estimated population in the survey completed by SME Financing Data Initiative, Survey on Financing of Small and Medium Enterprises, 2007, small businesses (those […]
You have no idea how popular Justin Bieber is.
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/4842278024/”] Bill Nichols is making cheap, squishy, collectible animal toys that come in plastic bubbles — just like what you’d find in a vending machine. He seems to be on to something because his toys, Squinkies, have been sold out in Wal-Mart for the past week. […]
The right tools can help put even the smallest of startups on the same playing field as giant blue-chip corporations.
[credit provider=”lamantin via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamantin/5143354304/”] The idea of a cupcake shop filing for an IPO is baffling. But last week, Crumbs Bakery announced it would go public in a reverse merger worth $66 million.Those tiny little cakes your mum made when you turned five are now a hugely profitable business.
Today’s lesson comes from Lockerz founder and CEO Kathy Savitt:
[credit provider=”derya” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyre/3375410600/”] In the wake of this week’s media firestorm over WikiLeaks, some folks have questioned whether Twitter was actively suppressing trends related to the news, like #cablegate and #wikileaks. It seemed surprising that these topics are no longer among top trends.Not at all, claims Twitter on a blog […]
[credit provider=”Bekkah N”] If you haven’t spent time in playgrounds recently, you might not know about Silly Bandz, the colourful silicone rubber bands that come in hundreds of styles. Shaped like animals, numbers, letters and a range of objects, Silly Bandz have become a schoolyard craze.Kids wear them as bracelets, […]
[credit provider=”AP”] From crowdsourced shopping to mancessories to new ways to get green, there are a lot of new trends that will define opportunity next year. [slideshow] [slide permalink=”on-the-verge-a-burst-of-creativity-is-ahead-1″ title=”On the verge. A burst of creativity is ahead” content=”Hard to believe, but according to the learned folks at the National […]
[preserve] [/preserve] This article is supported by HP’s Imaging and Printing Group. For many companies, offices are a thing of the past. Colleagues communicate via instant messages and bosses use tools like Skype and Base Camp to delegate tasks. Physical work spaces have become less important and, as a result, […]
[preserve] [/preserve] This aricle is supported by HP’s Imaging and Printing Group. [credit provider=”Associated Press” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Hewlett-Packard%20employees&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1285784191&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=a5f8d08f00e3da11af9f0014c2589dfb&dbm=PY2005&page=1&xslt=1″] Some of today’s most effective work environments encourage collaboration, whether employees are physically in an office together or working remotely. Virtual teams are becoming more and more common as business owners use the internet for […]
[preserve] [/preserve] This article is supported by HP’s Imaging and Printing Group. [credit provider=”totalAldo via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/totalaldo/2400635097/”] It’s easy for small businesses to be energy-conscious and save money at the same time. We’ve all received emails with signatures that ask, “Do you really need to print this email?” If you […]
[credit provider=”Paul Hocksenar”] Pesky thing, tomorrow. Day after day, it shows up and brings technological innovation that alters the best-laid plans of every business owner.
[preserve] [/preserve] This aricle is supported by HP’s Imaging and Printing Group. — hiring outside firms to perform work normally handled internally — is a good thing for small companies. Some businesses don’t have the man-power to tackle all the work that needs to be done. Outsourcing can also save […]
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty dang tired of hearing about Justin Bieber.
Employees at Bank of America have to conform to a strange beard policy set in place by the bank.
Who knew that beards could signify so many things?