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Interested in the Future? Check out CES.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest and most influential showcases in the United States for introducing innovative products from around the globe. At this year’s show in Las Vegas, CES included more than 20,000 new products from 4,400 companies. A diverse group of companies included manufacturing, transportation, entertainment, robotics, automotive, consumer goods, and more. (The show is produced by the Consumer Technology Association which represents the $401 billion U.S. consumer technology industry.)

CES was held in January and hosted 175 thousand attendees who viewed products from 4,400 different exhibitors in categories such as 3D printing, gaming, robotics, sports, drones, fitness, health and wellness, retailing, wearables, and a variety of other product groupings. CES regularly announces thousands of new products, including many that we all know and use today.

This year’s show provided looks at products in the marketplace as well as products-yet-to-be-launched in categories including:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • 5G and mobile connectivity
  • Food and CPG companies
  • Health care technology
  • Smart cities
  • Home sensors and technology
  • Travel and tourism
  • Transportation and vehicle technology
  • And lots of robots!

It’s hard to pick a favorite product from the show. What’s your favorite innovation from CES?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss the purpose of CES show and how innovation fits into it.
  2. Also discuss the use of trade shows and exhibits as part of a marketing plan.
  3. Show a summary video about CES from the Wall Street Journal: https://graphics.wsj.com/image-grid/ces-2020/?mod=djem10point
  4. Additional summary videos can be found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YvRP_Y1WDxw
  5. View the CES Web site: https://www.ces.tech/
  6. Divide students into teams. Have each team select a product featured at CES.
  7. Instruct students to research the products online, and define a target market for the product.
  8. Which ones do they think will be winners in the marketplace?

Source:  C/NET; TechRadar.com; Wall Street Journal; other news sources

 

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Top Ads Watched on YouTube in 2019

Advertising surrounds us. And while sometimes ads are annoying, believe it or not, people also search online to view some of the year’s most compelling ads. Starting a new year is a good time to examine the winning campaigns from last year. The most compelling advertisements and videos are ones that have a strong story, humor, inspiration, and excitement. They build a bond with the audience, and inspire thoughts and action. It’s not easy to create a short video that engages audiences and inspires them to share the video and view it more than once, so it is worth examining the top ad videos from 2019.

Here are the most viral brand videos posted to YouTube in 2019.

  1. Not Everything Makes the Cut – Amazon Super Bowl commercial
  2. The Elevator – Hyundai Super Bowl
  3. We Believe: The Best Men Can Be – Gillette
  4. Introducing iPhone 11 – Apple
  5. The Internet of Things Presents – #LikeABosch
  6. Chance the Rapper x Backstreet Boys – Doritos Super Bowl
  7. Science Fair – Audi
  8. Change Up the Usual – Stella Artois
  9. Dream Crazier – Nike
  10. The 100-Year Game – NFL super Bowl

Remember, these are the ads that people choose to watch – a marketer’s dream! In total, the top ads generated 230 million views and 275 million minutes in watch time! (Ads are determined by an algorithm that factors in organic and paid views, watch time, and audience retention.)

Which ads did you watch online?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss the importance of branding and brand management. How do the videos fit into branding?
  2. Divide students into teams. Have each team analyze one of the following videos with respect to target market, key message, type of appeal, etc.
  3. All ads are available at: https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/advertising-channels/video/youtube-leaderboard-year-end-2019/
  4. When teams have completed this, have each team show the video and discuss their analysis with the rest of the class.
  5. What are the commonalities between the videos? What are the differences?
  6. What should other companies do to replicate the success?

Source:  Think with Google. YouTube ads leaderboard: Global year-end 2019.

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Google’s Year of Search for 2019

Everyone has a hero in their lives – and if lucky, they have multiple heroes from around the world. What did the world search for in 2019? Well, besides our usual searches for love, the meaning of life, and how to vote, the citizens of the world used Google’s search engine to keep current on topics including sports, celebrities, world events, food, entertainment, and more.

Google tracks searches on an individual country basis as well as globally. Lists are based on search terms that had the highest spike this year as compared to the previous year. Globally, some of the most searched for topics included the Notre Dame Fire, ICC Cricket World Cup, Rugby World Cup, Sri Lanka, Area 51, and Greta Thunberg.

Top searches in the U.S. also included the Baby Yoda, Baby shark, and the royal baby (plus other babies of famous folks).  Canada’s top queries included the Toronto Raptors (and the players), plus plant-based diets, and Game of Thrones. Australia was interested in Cricket Australia, Rugby World Cup, as well as how to watch Game of Thrones.

Google processes two-out-of-three Internet queries made each day. These queries give marketers a good snapshot of trends around the world. This research gives us a good idea of what people are thinking, and what they like and need. Often, past trends can also be predictors of future trends.

Take a look – which of these topics did you search for in 2019?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Before showing the Google results, poll students as to what they think the top searches were in 2019. Why those topics?
  2. Next, show the Google site: https://trends.google.com/trends/yis/2019/GLOBAL/
  3. Discuss the importance of market research. What are sources that can be used? Why is tracking trends important?
  4. Divide students into teams and have each team examine a different Top 10 List topic. What are the trends from that topic?
  5. How can these trends be used to develop new products?
  6. Debrief the exercise by listing the ideas from each team.

Source:  Google Trends. Year in search 2019.

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