Consumer Trends

Local Allure: Can Staying Local Motivate Millennials to Play?

Main Street Downtown Area
Posted 10/12/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

Globalization has been one of the major drivers of cultural and commercial change in recent decades. For consumers, the world increasingly feels like one giant store, and our increased global mobility drives exposure to and appetite for new cultural influences and brands; what’s made on the other side of the planet can be delivered to our doors in a matter of days. At the same time, another trend, known as "Local Allure," is emerging: consumers taking pride in their area, and strongly identifying with it. Buying local supports one’s community and reinforces the feeling of group identification.

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How Lotteries Can Deliver Experiences Through Prediction and Surprise

Four Friends Traveling
Posted 08/09/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

For today’s consumers, exciting and enriching experiences provide social capital in the form of stories to share. Social media has become a living journal and portfolio of our daily lives, and therefore consumer demand for experiences to fuel these online story platforms is naturally increasing.

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Player Empowerment Through Responsible Gaming

Lottery Play on Mobile Device
Posted 08/02/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

Given their role in society, lotteries require a unique approach to sustaining and growing their business. When applied according to best practices, RG solutions promote, rather than inhibit, responsible play by helping players make informed decisions about their playing behavior.

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The War on Waste: How Lotteries Can Connect with Growing Numbers of Waste-Watchers

Environmental Responsibility
Posted 06/29/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

The old adage “waste not, want not” is more relevant now than ever. Today, wasteful behavior makes headlines, consumers look on in horror at the devastating impact of plastic pollution on wildlife, and many businesses are turning to less harmful materials for their packaging, or even eliminating packaging altogether. Many consumers feel a personal responsibility to consume consciously, committing to waste-reducing behaviors.

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Lottery and GDPR: How do Consumers Feel About Sharing Their Data?

Data Privacy
Posted 06/07/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable on May 25. Essentially, GDPR requires companies to seek consent from European users to collect their personal data, and clearly explain to them how it will be used. For consumers – including lottery players – this is another example of the swell of concern about data security.

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5G: How Brands and Lotteries Can Prepare for the New Era of Connectivity

5G Connectivity
Posted 04/27/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

Faster, flexible, and more fluid, 5G is the 5th generation of mobile networks, marking a new era of connectivity. Though official standards are yet to be developed, there have been recent breakthroughs in the technology behind it, as well as announcements from major telecommunications providers on delivery timelines, so consumer-facing brands of all sectors need to be prepared.

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Ten Habits of Highly Effective Millennial Marketers

Millennials
Posted 04/19/2018 by Ulli Appelbaum, FTT Brand Consulting

Millennials are probably the most researched generation in marketing history. In fact, a simple Google search for “Marketing to Millennials” yields over 17 million search results, more than twice the results for “Marketing to Baby Boomers” and nearly nine times more than the same search for “marketing to moms.” And yet despite this abundance of information and research data, or more likely because of it, most marketers still struggle to successfully market to Millennials.

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Cruise Control: The Quest for Ultimate Control

Man using Apple watch to track and plan day
Posted 03/08/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

Consumers crave the feeling of control over their numerous responsibilities, and technology creates new ways that we can manage our lives, from fitness goals and meal planning to family finances. The researchers at global consumer analytics and trend agency Foresight Factory call this trend Cruise Control – where control is automated by helpful third parties.

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Special Report: 8 Consumer Trends Shaping Lottery Player Behavior in 2018

8 Lottery Player Behavioral Trends for 2018
Posted 01/11/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

IGT has prepared a special report with the global consumer analytics and trends agency Foresight Factory to highlight 8 trends that are likely to influence consumers in the year ahead. Many have direct application for the lottery industry, such as offering new types of pre-play challenges or making use of emerging technologies to deliver more emotionally rich player-interactions. Others are important to keep in mind as they are likely to shape players’ attitudes and expectations.

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Smart Boredom: Upgrading Downtime

Office worker using mobile phone to be productive during evening commute
Posted 01/05/2018 by Ailsa McKnight

In the digital era, downtime no longer equates to “deadtime.” With smartphones, we can use spare moments to browse social media, play games, manage our online finances, or catch up with the latest news, and do so in any location and at any time. There is no moment of the day when we can’t connect, update, communicate, or achieve.

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