Generation opt-out

In our latest 'Forward 50' trends piece, Nicola Kemp discusses how traditional status symbols and signifiers of success are taking second place to happiness.

Generation Y: opting out
Generation Y: opting out

Brands relying on selling Generation Y the former should reassess their strategy. The desire to live authentically, often acquiring experiences rather than products, is growing.

Ellen Huerta's heartfelt post on why she left her lucrative role at Google to spend more time baking (and launch the start-up Mend, a project intended to help people get through break-ups "in one beautifully mended piece") went viral because she summed up so aptly the pressure felt by those in thrall to the achievement economy.

She wrote of her decision to step off the corporate ladder: "For the first time in my life my identity is not 100% tied to my accomplishments, I care less about what people think of me and spend more time on work that feels right. I am improving my ability to listen to my inner voice and not judge what it wants. I can question myself and answer truthfully."

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Brands that forge an emotional tie are best protected from copycats
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1 Brands that forge an emotional tie are best protected from copycats

Forging an emotional tie with consumers is one of the strongest ways to protect your brand. Products can be copycatted, but the distinctive identity of a true brand can never be replicated argues Nir Wegrzyn, CEO of BrandOpus.

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