- We’re Depressed: the most troubling trend has been the evaporation of optimism & fairness felt by a majority of Americans, coupled with a huge increase in feelings of inequality, especially among those with lower incomes;
- The American Family is Changing: With 40% of children born to single mothers, the implication is that brands need to take into account the changing face of the American family when marketing products;
- New/No Masculinity: Surveys show 77% men are OK with their wives out-earning them, and 72% are willing to stay home with the kids. Traditional images of masculinity are out the window, with Dove for Men a success;
- We’re Shockingly Self-Deceived: While 47% of Americans want restaurants to offer healthier fare, only 23% order it. We’re fat, so clothing manufacturers have quietly increased the size of size items so no one feels bad going from a size 10 to a 14.
- Let’s Make a Deal: Groupon and Living Social have habituated us to getting bargains, much as Christmas shoppers expect discounts (and stores oblige them by artificially marking things up, then making a display of lowering the inflated prices). Marketers will need to target deals through customer loyalty programs that identify the heavy users and don’t indiscriminately give away value;
- Unfortunately, Social Media is Here to Stay:An additional 20MM smartphone users will come online this year, forcing marketers to clear the clutter with offers & apps that resonate with consumers.
 “HumanKind 2012: The Transformation of Aspiration.”