On Feb 5th at Accenture Innovation Center in Milan, Giulia Ceriani has introduced the main findings from our international trend watching Forecast 2019-20 (12 countries worldwide monitored, 9 market categories). This year’s leading theme is #DARK!: we have identified 8 main trends for a brave new world which is not yet in focus, and requires concentration and ability to rule the consequences of the upcoming future.

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On Feb. 5th, in Milan, we are going to present the Trend Monitor® Forecast edition 2019-20!

The presentation will be @Accenture-ACIN piazza Gae Aulenti 8, Milan, at 5 pm.

Speakers: Giulia Ceriani (CEO baba), Alessandro Diana (Accenture Interactive Lead Italy, Central Europe, Greece), Maria Mazzone (CPG e Retail Lead di ACIN Milano).

For info and registration (mandatory)

We will introduce the main findings from our international trendwatching (12 countries worldwide monitored, 9 market categories), in order to help your brand to face up  #DARK! times. 



Stay tuned and be ready to face the #DARK!




#DARK #forecast #TrendMonitor #babaTrendMonitor #babaConsulting #trendresearch #anticipation #innovation #future #GiuliaCeriani #Milanoevents


We live in #DARK times.
A messy turnover that makes difficult to trace a line between risks and challenges, urging us to wonder on what will be next in our society and how to get the best from it.
Our tool to divine is not a crystal ball, but an advised market research approach aimed to prevent and orientate.
Anticipation is a key lever for future proof brand’s achievements.
baba is going to discuss these issues, and the main consequences of future orientations, in the Trend Monitor® 2019-2020 Forecast report.

Power, indulgence, exception and mechanized are just some of the keywords of the next year’s trends, that will drive the market and our research job consequently.

Stay tuned and prepare to face the #DARK!


What have in common Spiderman, an alien and Mickey Mouse?

Saying that all of them move on JSM’s rhythm is a too-much-simple answer, but that’s a start point!

On Nov. 22nd baba CEO’s Giulia Ceriani will take a lecture on Transmedia brand fiction, analyzing and explaining how a brand’s multi-channel communication can be strongly built on narrative junctions: their clever connection through different shapes and media could certainly help to reach awareness, longevity and intensity, and moreover can be observed and studied to strategically anticipate the subsequent brand’s moves.

As you have already understand the speech will be supported by examples taken from the 2017-18 TIM adv campaigns, with a semiotic and expert eye on them.

The talk takes its place within the workshop “Transmedia Branding. Narrazione, esperienza, engagement” by DISPOC, Siena Univerisity.

The appointment is settled at Siena University, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali, Politiche, Cognitive – via Roma 56.

See you on Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 11.30 a.m!

Meanwhile… let’s have Just Some Motion!

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“A Nation More Divided Than Ever: A State of Predictable Unpredictability.”


After the most recent midterm election in the United States, President Trump and the Republican Party’s leverage over the US is being threatened by the Democrats. One of the most noteable occurences of this election however, was the voter turnout. The increasing polarization of the political parties has resulted in chaos, which has been the source of energy that has channeled through to voters. As a result, the year 2018 is up to 114 million voter participants compared to only 83 million in 2014. This phenomena strongly correlates to our upcoming trend #FLOAT, as leveraging obstacles turn into diverging shoves.

The two parties have been polarized on a multiplicity of issues since the previous presidential election and the proposed solutions to these factors have only increased unhibited feedback. The controversy of the Republican vs. Democratic debates will continue to unravel towards the next presidential election in 2020. Even on a global scale the discrepancy of beliefs and values in political systems are prevalent. There has been political unrest in many European and Middle Eastern countries, and it seems as if the entropic nature for the political zeitgeist of this era will not decrease in the near future.




As society continues to progress towards a technologically advanced future, the boundary between the physical and virtual world is becoming more obscure. The dependence on electronic devices is causing people to feel more isolated, distracted, and is now the source of serious health problems. Recently, China has placed restrictions on the usage of certain video games due to over-gaming and addiction and their method of restriction is ironically, a tech-heavy initiative.


The #Virtuality trend (see our #THENOWAGE Forecast 2018-19) focuses on the experience of a parallel of world of which we cannot see, and the opportunities for what to experience are limitless. The manipulative designs of these games target ways to attract and retain a customer; often resulting in addiction which causes social and even physical harm. In China, the internet giant #Tencent has created an innovative way to limit the usage of its popular online game, “Honor of the Kings”, using facial recognition. Tencent is verifying players’ identities and ages by pairing their faces with government records. This virtual innovation can help change the users’ behavior for the better. Digital detoxing isn’t new, but combatting too much virtuality with another form of virtuality is the meta-level of technological advancements. Technology is not going away anytime soon, so looking to ways to shape users’ behavior for the better may be the answer to over-consumption and addiction.

#babatrendmonitor #virtuality #tencent #THENOWAGE


This week at baba, we are tracking about how the #Radicalism trend (see our #THENOWAGE2018-2019 Trend Monitor Forecast) is creating a new way for us to enjoy our favorite foods without destroying the environment. This trend is all about extreme views and not following the herd; two factors that are contributing to the movement towards sustainability in the food industry.

As consumer behaviors begin to shift towards ‘hard’ veganism due to the increasing awareness and concerns for the origins of food and its impact on the environment, an opportunity for the food industry to capitalize on exploring new territories is rapidly increasing. Many companies are experimenting with the interchanging of raw meat for raw vegetables on a global scale as many species of wildlife face extinction. With veganism and sustainability gaining momentum on a global scale, the preservation of certain species can simultaneously coincide. One company in particular , #OceanHugger has developed the world’s first plant-based alternative to raw tuna and its name is #Ahimi. Due to overfishing, the tuna population has dropped 97% from its historic levels, but the good news is that innovations like Ahimi can allow the tuna species to recover, over time of course. This unique innovation supports the conservation of many marine species that are at risk for extinction, without sacrificing the taste. Is the future of food proteins plant-based alternatives?


#THENOWAGE #babatrendmonitor #trendresearch #OceanHugger #ahimi #sustainability

3D Printing: Potential Solution to Global Food Crisis?

Here at baba, we are closely tracking the #Radicalism trend (see our #THENOWAGE 2018-2019 Trend Monitor Forecast) and it’s connection to the food and technology industries. This trend deals with cutting-edge ideas in order to create a breakthrough in society. It offers a unique value that has the potential to create a new pathway towards innovation- a true pioneer that exceeds known boundaries.

Recently, the development and implementation of technology that supports sustainability is about to influence society in a positive way. Elzelinde van Doleweerd and the #3DFoodCompany in Beijing have teamed up to create food products using a 3D printer from leftover food. Looking towards the future, more food is needed to feed a rapidly growing population and almost 1/3 of the food produced nowadays is wasted. Although 3D printing is still in its adoption stage, its potential influence is massive. This innovation offers a maximization of food production, ensuring that food is not wasted as well as offering a solution to hunger for overpopulated areas. By challenging the negative stigma around leftover foods not being fresh, 3D printing ironically turns the old into something new and is completely sanitary and safe to eat.


#THENOWAGE #babatrendmonitor #trendresearch #3DFoodCompany

#FADING Trend Increasing in Cosmetics Industry

We at baba are closely watching the #Fading trend (see our #THENOWAGE 2018-2019 Trend Monitor Forecast) especially in its relation to the cosmetics industry. This trend deals with the elimination of hard frontiers between market categories (food vs beverage, mobility vs technology, etc.), as for their targets (young vs adults, women vs men, etc.), towards an idea of immediate accessibility and multipurpose seductivity. No age, no gender, no class, no limits.

As for cosmetics, it challenges the rooted idea of gender specific categories products, as genderless offer a new potential and possible renewed attention. We have seen a general shift throughout the industry, with a slight implementation of a new pattern towards genderless fragrances and soaps. One company in particular has caught our attention, the brand new a clean and positive range for gender neutral soaps that are intended for the whole family to use, even gentle enough for babies. Naturality, becomes the crosscategory (and crosstarget) principle, for an offer including house cleaning products and supplements as well. Notice particularly the dialogic branding “life is hard enough”, etc.), addressing to a fresh and female house holder, with a touch of irony; and a visual identity naive and bright coloured, with a tactile connotation.

#THENOWAGE #babatrendmonitor #goovi #trendresearch

baba # Italy’s brand workshop

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Milano Fashion Library, Giulia Ceriani -baba CEO- will participate in the discussion focused on the perception of the brand ITALIA

September 10, 2018   5PM

c/o Milano Fashion Library – Via Alessandria 8, Mi – R.S.V.P

#giuliaceriani #babaconsulting #babatrendmonitor #milanofashionlibrary #italia