The Future of Work, with Russ Perry of Design Pickle

For the majority of the U.S. workforce, the past three months have been a complete paradigm shift in what’s considered “business as usual.” Millions of us are, for the first time in our careers, working entirely remotely, and brands across the country are scrambling to establish a “new normal.” But what if your entire workforce was remote to begin with? Marketing Futures spoke with Russ Perry, the founder of Design Pickle, a member of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing companies in 2019, about what it’s like to manage a staff of more than 400, of which only a small handful live and work in the company’s headquarter city of Scottsdale, Arizona. Russ discussed what the first few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis were like for Design Pickle, and shared advice for leaders looking to maintain creativity and camaraderie from afar.

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The Doctor Will Zoom You Now: Telehealth During COVID-19 and Beyond

Prior to the pandemic, adoption of virtual doctor visits was negligible (at just 11%, according to a McKinsey survey). Since social distancing and quarantine, however, those numbers have rocketed to 46 percent, and the comfort and ease both consumers and doctors are finding through telehealth, or telemedicine, indicate that it’s here to stay post-COVID. But the surge in telehealth begs the question: if some vital services like healthcare can be delivered virtually, what other traditionally physical industries may also find themselves delivering via cyberspace? For the moment, telehealth is ruling the space and the resources below discuss its growth, application, and future.

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Pulse Issue 11

The Claw IS the Law: Alcohol Trends Leading up to 2020

November 2019

According to drinks market analysts ISWR, global alcohol consumption has declined by 1.6 percent, especially in sectors such as wine and beer. Spirits and other specialty drinks are on the rise, however, and IWSR actually predicts 5 percent growth in the industry over the next three years. The takeaway? Like in so many other industries, disruptors are embracing change and taking over markets that have grown stale with sameness – and they’re doing so at a time when consumers are both seeking and facing constant change. Read on to discover more about these disruptor brands and shifting consumer trends in the alcohol space.
Analysts predict that the hard seltzer market will quintuple in size to $2.5 billion by 2021. All that is impressive, but the real standout stat is that about 75 percent of the segment’s 200 percent growth in the past year has come from just one month: July of 2019. So the question in this edition of AdRoll’s Unrolling is: how did the White Claw brand erupt out of nowhere to create a movement?
Almost every major brewer and spirits producer has jumped onto the hard seltzer production game. Not only are they popular with a large portion of the Millennial market, but these types of drinks appeal to consumers across ethnic categories.
Beverage Dynamics’ 2019 State of the Industry Survey painted a diverse picture. Some topics consumers and brands aligned on: the use of cans; the popularity of brown spirits and rosé wine; a slowdown in craft beer; premium everything; the rise of tequila; Ready-to-Drink (RTDs); private label; single-barrel; “healthy” alcohol; and the ubiquity of Tito’s vodka.
Thanks to a few legal loopholes (along with some recent legal wins) online alcohol brands such as Haus, Empathy Wines, and One/Vodka (owned by Pernod Ricard) are beginning to create a new growth playbook using D2C tactics.
Millennials spend less money on alcohol than previous generations, according to a NerdWallet analysis of a 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey. In an attempt to win millennials over, some brands are marketing their alcohol as wellness drinks, from "wellness beers" meant for athletes, to paleo-friendly and keto-friendly natural wines. An artisanal mezcal brand, which calls its alcohol a "clean spirit," claims one ingredient can regulate mood, act as a natural anti-depressant, and improve overall sexual well-being.
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