IRL

CONNECTION

In Partnership With

Technology is supposed to save us time, facilitate connections and make us more efficient so we can spend more time with people we love. The truth is that many technologies, even the ones that are supposed to be the facilitator of connection (social media), replace in-real-life human interaction. This has a catastrophic impact on our lives and our society. 22% of U.S. adults say they always or often feel lonely. 39% of high school seniors say they often feel lonely (up from 26% in 2012). These are shocking statistics given our technological ability to connect with anyone.


From the advent of the dryer (replacing the backyard clothesline) to the garage clicker (replacing the serendipitous run-in with neighbors), technology has minimized our need to get together. Teens no longer go on dates or even get driver’s licenses. Startups are racing to solve this epidemic by addressing digital connectedness – the idea that tech can encourage in-real-life meetups and human interaction. Look no further than the evolution of e-sports. What started as gaming alone in a basement evolved into chat, video interaction and now must-attend live events and an entire sport ecosystem.


Will the emergence of 5G support the evolution of online interactions to a level where we feel human interaction? Can technology facilitate in-real-life meetups that transcend the loneliness of an Insta-life?

Love Can't Wait, with Alan Gravely of Signet Jewelers

In 2020, upwards of 845,000 weddings were canceled due to COVID-19. However, many brave couples decided their love couldn't wait, even if their friends and families couldn't be there with them to celebrate. Jared the Galleria of Jewelry stepped up to help these of couples make their dreams come true with a seamless and personalized virtual wedding platform, complete with customizable invitations, streaming, and celebrity advice and officiants. Alan Gravely, VP of Marketing and eCommerce for Signet Jewelers, took us behind the scenes and explained how the platform and campaign came together within a matter of days.

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iOS 15: Apple Pushes Consumer Privacy Further with Email Protection

Apple announced earlier this year that with the update to their operating system with iOS 14, consumers would have more control over the information that apps could track via the IDFA (we explored the effect this would have on marketers here). Now with the announcement of iOS 15, Apple is putting yet more control in the hands of consumers by extending privacy protection to email and other often-used services on all their devices.

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IRL

CONNECTION

In Partnership With

Technology is supposed to save us time, facilitate connections and make us more efficient so we can spend more time with people we love. The truth is that many technologies, even the ones that are supposed to be the facilitator of connection (social media), replace in-real-life human interaction. This has a catastrophic impact on our lives and our society. 22% of U.S. adults say they always or often feel lonely. 39% of high school seniors say they often feel lonely (up from 26% in 2012). These are shocking statistics given our technological ability to connect with anyone.


From the advent of the dryer (replacing the backyard clothesline) to the garage clicker (replacing the serendipitous run-in with neighbors), technology has minimized our need to get together. Teens no longer go on dates or even get driver’s licenses. Startups are racing to solve this epidemic by addressing digital connectedness – the idea that tech can encourage in-real-life meetups and human interaction. Look no further than the evolution of e-sports. What started as gaming alone in a basement evolved into chat, video interaction and now must-attend live events and an entire sport ecosystem.


Will the emergence of 5G support the evolution of online interactions to a level where we feel human interaction? Can technology facilitate in-real-life meetups that transcend the loneliness of an Insta-life?

 

TWENTY
LOCATION-BASED FRIEND CONNECTOR

 

Twenty brings friends together in real life by allowing users to see who’s around and who’s down to hang out. Not another social network, a network that makes you more social. According to Teen Vogue, “Twenty is on a mission to remind us what it’s like to unplug, spending time with friends in real life and driving more human connection is the goal.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAIN SIGHT
BUILDING BUSINESS IRL

 

With the growth in the freelance economy and remote office culture, Plain Sight seeks to help businesspeople connect with each other in all kinds of spaces including events, airplane lounges, coffee shops and hotel lobbies. Anonymous profiles allow users to pick who they want to meet in person based on background and skills, as opposed to what they look like, evening the playing field of the freelance marketplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOUNCE
A DATING APP FOR ACTUAL DATES

 

It might be shocking to some that singles spend 7 hours on dating apps swiping and chatting for every 1 hour on an actual date. That’s a lot of prep time for minimal real-life connections. Bounce seeks to change that dynamic by setting up dates on the same day as couples match. Users simply choose a neighborhood, swipe, match and meet up at a designated location for a real, IRL experience.

About VentureFuel

VentureFuel helps futurize established companies by tapping into emerging technologies and breakthrough startups. Their innovation programs solve specific business challenges, uncovering first-to-market opportunities and delivering tangible results. From Corporate Accelerators to Innovation-as-a-Service to Strategic Projects, VentureFuel leverages our global network of top investors, scouts, founders and academics to deliver what’s next, now.

 

TWENTY
LOCATION-BASED FRIEND CONNECTOR

 

Twenty brings friends together in real life by allowing users to see who’s around and who’s down to hang out. Not another social network, a network that makes you more social. According to Teen Vogue, “Twenty is on a mission to remind us what it’s like to unplug, spending time with friends in real life and driving more human connection is the goal.”

 

PLAIN SIGHT
BUILDING BUSINESS IRL

 

With the growth in the freelance economy and remote office culture, Plain Sight seeks to help businesspeople connect with each other in all kinds of spaces including events, airplane lounges, coffee shops and hotel lobbies. Anonymous profiles allow users to pick who they want to meet in person based on background and skills, as opposed to what they look like, evening the playing field of the freelance marketplace.

 

BOUNCE
A DATING APP FOR ACTUAL DATES

 

It might be shocking to some that singles spend 7 hours on dating apps swiping and chatting for every 1 hour on an actual date. That’s a lot of prep time for minimal real-life connections. Bounce seeks to change that dynamic by setting up dates on the same day as couples match. Users simply choose a neighborhood, swipe, match and meet up at a designated location for a real, IRL experience.

About VentureFuel

VentureFuel helps futurize established companies by tapping into emerging technologies and breakthrough startups. Their innovation programs solve specific business challenges, uncovering first-to-market opportunities and delivering tangible results. From Corporate Accelerators to Innovation-as-a-Service to Strategic Projects, VentureFuel leverages our global network of top investors, scouts, founders and academics to deliver what’s next, now.

About ANA Marketing Futures

Knowing that marketers are increasingly challenged in their efforts to keep up with the latest trends and technologies, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) tasked itself with creating a program designed to help marketers anticipate—and prepare for—the future of marketing.

 

ANA Marketing Futures is what emerged. With a focus on innovative topics and emerging trends, ANA Marketing Futures provides resources that will influence and inform via member cases, research studies, and insight from industry innovators. Check back often to learn about emerging trends and become inspired to take steps toward the growth of your business.

 

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