Forecasts & Trends

Fitness Trends for 2014

Exercising like a caffeinated maniac with breaks in-between – aka, High-Intensity Interval Training – recently took first place among the predicted Fitness Trends for 2014. Unseated from first place for the first time since 2008? Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals. Here are the Top 10 Trends for 2014.

13 Beauty Trends for 2014

What does it say about the nature of fashion when the strongest motifs are those that come from makeup, hair and nails? When the accent outweighs the melody, it’s certain that sexiness isn't far behind. With a whip and a few cleverly designed chains. Do such tricks dominate? Or do they seduce?

Bigger Stores Could Dent Retailers’ Holiday Profits

“He who has the largest store or number of stores will sell the most things between now and the end of the year.” Right? Maybe not. Bigger, alas, is not always better. But could larger operations with extra floor space actually result in lower sales numbers? Especially once the holiday shopping season stampedes into town? Is that even possible?

Ten Brands Predicted to Be Extinct by 2014

Every year, 24/7 Wall St., an online financial news and opinion site, IDs 10 brands that are predicted to disappear in the United States before the end of the next calendar year. The predictions have come to pass with about as great regularity as those that haven’t…yet. That said, here are the 10 brands that 24/7 Wall St. believes will be gone by the end of 2014.

Cosmetic Packaging Outlook for 2013: Fair to Partly Rosy

Visiongain, a provider of business intelligence, predicts that the world cosmetics packaging market looks to grow in 2013 – in developed markets and emerging ones. At the same time, the fair trade movement in cosmetic packaging also looks to gain some traction. What accounts for this seemingly contradictory scenario? Why are societies around the globe, even economically challenged ones, ready to make cosmetics a buying priority?

Video Game Marketing’s Scary New Rules

The video game marketing landscape is constantly changing. With gamers responding to developments mere milliseconds after being announced, it’s hard to stay out in front of the masses. Which means that video-game marketers are, like so many Call of Duty casualties-to-be, destined to the degradation of re-spawning (aka, dead and needing a restart) – unless they can somehow widen – or at least hang onto -- their razor-thin lead.

GQ Spring 2013 Fashion Trend Report

For whatever reason, modern male fashion has, for several decades, become an actual trend in need of following. And not just thin vs. wide ties. Or pinstripe suits vs. solid ones. No. You're expected to pay attention to colors and patterns. You also need to see whether certain “hot” fashions have any chance of being worn by regular-guy you. Fortunately, GQ’s Spring 2013 Trend Report has you covered. Kind of.

Advertising Just for You

Digital advertising is poised to follow you wherever you go, on whatever communication platform you choose to use. And it will lay in wait until you flip, click or like something that gives the ad cheetahs the perfect excuse to pounce. Need the proof? Look no further than your own mobile devices, or various pundits’ predictions. Or how about a startup that sends out coupons over radio waves?

The Lowdown on Glamour’s 2013 Spring Fashion Trends

Spring fashion roundups from magazines like Glamour are supposed to present bold concepts. Can you imagine flipping through the volumes of ads if all that passed as editorial filler were tired old stories about preppie favorites? Or just another batch of celebrity wardrobe “don’t”s? Nope. You need inspiration. And ideas. Plus the common sense to know when too much isn't enough.

When Online Newspapers Aren’t Free Anymore, Does Buying The Cow Make More Sense?

Newspapers have consolidated ownership over the past year as perhaps never before, with moguls like Warren Buffett getting in the game and hinting at a profitable online revenue model. Is this the last hurrah, or are newspapers and other print publications poised to cash in on a reinvention?