Porter Novelli outlines key marketing trends for 2009
NEW YORK Porter Novelli on Thursday outlined its annual 10 key trends that will influence overall consumer decision-making in the coming year.
“Porter Novelli’s mission is to track consumers’ shifting conversations and find ways to influence them to our clients’ benefit,” stated Lisa Rosenberg, partner and managing director of Port Novelli New York. “It’s what we call Intelligent Influence. One important tool we use is our Intelligent Dialogue report. In the latest issue, ‘Change Is Now,’ we forecast the major trends shaping society in the coming year and take an in-depth look at each of them.”
“We are living in a time when none of the old rules apply,” stated Marian Salzman , Porter Novelli’s chief marketing officer. “We want and need change, but we’re also afraid of change—what if things get worse? Angst and hope live side by side today. It is crucial for marketers to understand the balancing act that’s going on in the national psyche.”
Following are Porter Novelli’s Ten Key Trends for 2009:
Trend 1: Value and Values
When our values were all about having more, doing more and being more, “value” meant more for the money. Now, new values—stability, sustainability, cooperation and peace of mind—are taking hold. How much are we willing to pay for them?
Trend 2: A Heartland Home Base
Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago has become the focus of intense global interest. Will its combination of heartland values and big-city, multi-ethnic vibrancy make it the epicenter of a more resourceful and responsible era?
Trend 3: The Ultimate Reboot
Experts argue whether global financial systems—and other systems—need a reboot, an overhaul or total replacement, but one thing is certain: We need a fresh start come Jan. 20, 2009, and we can’t make the same mistakes again.
Trend 4: Generational Power Shift
Often considered young Boomers, Cuspers (born 1955 to 1964) are taking the lead in government and business, and they are a generation in their own right. Barack Obama is just one of several global leaders from this overlooked group. What are Cuspers like, and how can marketers engage them?
Trend 5: Reevaluating the Role of the Sexes
With many millions of women in a stronger position than ever due to higher education and years of work experience, a new sexual balance is playing out at home and at work. How will women—and men—respond in light of today’s financial turmoil and personal setbacks?
Trend 6: The True Third Place
Whether engrossed in a newspaper or watching a film, people have long used media to access a Third Place—a respite between work and home. Now, thanks to 21st-century media, we can create our own distinctive, self-curated Third Place: a multi-layered blend of tangible and virtual. Will we use this retreat as a digital social club, or as an isolated hideaway?
Trend 7: New Meanings of Privacy
What does privacy mean in a world where ordinary people expose themselves to the judgment of millions on reality shows? Will attention-seekers and privacy-seekers alike end up hiding in plain sight—blending into the crowd as millions and millions post personal happenings on blogs and social networking sites?
Trend 8: Looking Beyond Consumption
Years of sustained economic growth led consumers to expect a lot more than functional benefits from their purchases; fun, status, power, desirability, belonging, distinction and self-esteem were requisites, too. As the Reboot unfolds, what will happen to consumption as we know it?
Trends 9: Taking Risks to Fix Health Care
Today’s health care system is too costly to fix … and too costly to ignore. Stakeholders have the potential to turn this lose-lose situation into a win-win that unleashes new levels of scientific, economic and health benefits—but only if they are willing to take risks to overcome the hurdles of vested interests.
Trend 10: Harnessing Technology for Early Warnings
Starting now, citizens expect their leaders to see economic crises and other threats coming and to deal with them effectively before things implode. Technology has had a hand in today’s financial panic. How quickly can we use it to create a global early warning system that will help protect us?
Supervalu taps Johnson for role of VP of investor relations
MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu has named Robert Johnson vice president of investor relations, effective Jan. 5.
Johnson succeeds David Oliver, who has served in the vice president of investor relations role on an interim basis since earlier this year. Oliver will continue to serve in a leadership role within the company?s finance department.
In his new role, Johnson will report to Pam Knous, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Prior to joining Supervalu, Johnson spent 32 years with JC Penney Corp. serving in a number of capacities within the company?s finance function, including accounting, internal audit, financial reporting and investor relations. In his recent role as vice president of investor relations, he led investor communications through key company events including the company’s turnaround process and the divestiture of Eckerd.
Fewer teens are smoking than in 90s, report says
NEW YORK Smoking rates among teenagers declined in 2008 to their lowest level since the early 1990s, according to a survey.
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that 12.6 percent of high school students this year reported smoking a cigarette in the last month; last year, it was 13.6 percent. The results were based on a national annual survey of 45,000 students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades at 400 schools. The survey asks students if they have smoked within the last 30 days.
The survey also found that teenagers’ attitudes toward smoking have turned sharply negative, with more than 80 percent expressing disapproval.