"Creating it myself," a driving trend in 2013





Posted by Jack Mans — Packaging Digest, 2/13/2013 10:47:17 AM

Anthem Worldwide, part of the brand development practice of SchAnthem.jpgawk, whose integrated global network provides innovative solutions to articulate, unify and manage brand impact to create compelling and consistent brand experiences, announced that its most recent consumer insights study reveals Creating It Myself as a driving trend in 2013.

Anthem Worldwide identified 10 Consumer and Shopper Trends and Counter-Trends and fielded a study to get a pulse on these sentiments in the U.S., U.K. and China. One of these, Creating it Myself vs. Buying Ready Made, related to what consumers want. Consumers were asked which they believed would be more prominent in 2013: “Buying Ready Made” or “Creating it Myself.”


The study conducted by Ipsos from December 17-25, 2012, included an international sample of 1,500 people (500 from the U.S., U.K., and China, respectively) from Ipsos’ online panel.

Across all three countries, in aggregate, more than half of respondents (56 percent) believe that Creating it Myself will be a more prominent trend in 2013. However, U.S., respondents weighted the results towards “Buying ready made,” with 59 percent believing this would be more prominent. Anthem laddered this to a broader theme of “Do More for Me.”

“Let’s face it, most of us in the U.S. operate at maximum capacity, and adding one more thing to the ‘to do’ list can tip the scale,” said Kathy Oneto, vice president, brand strategy, of Anthem’s San Francisco office. “So it’s not surprising to find that U.S. consumers appreciate products and services that do more for them, taking tasks, steps, or organizational needs off their plates and providing helpful, simplifying solutions.”


On the flip side, 66 percent of U.K. respondents and 61 percent of China respondents believed Creating it Myself would be more prominent.


Oneto noted: “In the U.K., two trends give credence to the Create Myself trend-the rise of cooking-by-scratch (called “Scratch Cookery”), driven by economic conditions, and the increase in self-created content, such as music, videos, and imagery, driven by new technologies that make self-creation easier. In China this is likely influenced by the rise of the entrepreneurial spirit, with increasing opportunities to start one’s own business.”


Oneto concluded: “The Create Myself trend is influenced by the building movement towards what some are calling the ‘maker economy.’ With lowered barriers to production and distribution, new tools for making goods on one’s own, and new platforms upon which businesses can be built, creators are becoming business builders, not just hobbyists. Chris Anderson, the editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine, and author of Makers: The New Industrial Revolution is championing the movement towards manufacturing democratization. It’s essentially the next generation of DIY. Some may make things solely for their own use, while others will build businesses that in decades past were never possible.”


For more in-depth data, click to read more and access “Anthem Sightings, Vol.4, 2012: The Forecast Issue.” http://www.schawk.com/knowledge-center/white-papers


Click to watch Kathy Oneto, vice president, brand strategy at Anthem Worldwide in this recent BrandSquare Live Webinar “Inflection Point: Where Will 2013 Take Us?” 






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Messages In A Bottle

Messages In A Bottle

There’s something about messages in a bottle that make them very sentimental, sacred, and mysterious at the same time. This may not appeal to everybody but to people who do not mind going a little sentimental from time to time, making messages in a bottle makes a good pastime. These messages are the written evidence of people’s feelings and sentiments that they choose not to tell anyone.

If you want to make your own messages in a bottle, here is a step-by-step guide to help you.

Get a bottle. You can use either plastic or glass. But if you want something more realistic, pick a wine or beer bottle.

Clean and wash the bottle thoroughly. Pour a mixture of warm water and dish soap into your bottle. Cover it with a cork or with your hand. Shake the bottle up and down for a few minutes. Then, start rolling a towel into a rod then stick it in. When done, position it upside down so that all excess liquid can pour out.

Make your message. People have different reasons for making messages in a bottle. Whatever your purpose is, avoid revealing something too personal. Instead of putting your entire address, put your PO Box number instead. This will prevent you from being tracked down by the stranger who gets the bottle. For security purposes, avoid disclosing contact information. Instead, you can write down things that you love to do, things that you hate the most, your dreams, your frustrations, etc. When you’re done, roll up your paper tightly before putting it inside the bottle. You can use a tape or a rubber band

Put the bottle inside a plastic bag. This will keep the bottle from getting wet. Some even choose to layer it with plastic. To make things easier, simply find a clear plastic. Ensure that your paper is safe and not wet.

Let your bottle float. Before finally letting it float on the sea, drop it in the bath tub for testing. Ensure that the cover or the cork is tightly closed.

Even if you’re not at the beach, you can still send your secrets to the sea. Beachtown is an online game on Facebook that gives you the chance to recreate a virtual world of the beach – without living the comforts of your home. Through the Beachtown game, you can send your messages in a bottle – in just a click.


Chill and have fun! Try BEACHTOWN Game on Facebook and start to get thrill!

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