We take a future-first approach to brand, business and innovation strategy. Strategy works with clients to embed the most culturally relevant and optimal implications today, and identify transformational brand and business solutions that help to align, define and realise future strategies.
We are method-neutral. We use the right combination of strategic research tools needed to enlighten the business challenge. Our focus is on identifying the future-fit insights that enable clients to rethink what they know today in order to refocus their plans on the consumer, category and context of tomorrow. Discover how our strategic services can make your future happen.
Through our extensive global network of 1,000 experts, cultural correspondents and early adopters we can bring you closer to the people who will define your future customer base and help you understand their impact. We help our clients realise their business potential by connecting with culture and future audiences – a combination of progressive qualitative and quantitative methodologies, providing inspiration and provocation, translation and nuance, and validation and focus.
Our lateral thinking is grounded in strategic foresight practices and optimised by rigorous cultural research tools – it’s how we interpret and navigate the evolving future contexts that enable our clients to thrive in change.
Our reports offer thought-leadership and disruptive thinking that builds reputation and awareness. We provide brands and businesses with a futures point of view on the impact of the evolving consumer landscape alongside trends on relevant industries, sectors and topics. This enables brands to position themselves uniquely against their competition, while generating interest and demand for their products and services.
We enable our clients to take an alternative approach to problem-solving and help them align their business objectives with the future. We translate long-term growth opportunities into platforms for innovation and development. We also build strategies and frameworks for optimised and disruptive solutions, safeguarding a brand’s success and driving relevance for the years ahead.
Our strategically applied foresight frameworks strengthen the internal trend capability and literacy across brand cultures and business teams. The foresight frameworks aid the continuing application of foresight to the client’s business in order to prioritise workstreams and align internal focus.
‘How do we understand global change and connect with early adopter consumers to harness culture, and drive brand and artist advocacy in a fluid, on-demand world?’
Outcome: In collaboration with Spotify and GfK we developed a global foresight framework to identify eight key macrotrends that shed light on the future of culture, and their impact on entertainment, music and technology. This work was global in nature, covering 12 key markets across the Western and Eastern hemispheres in order to empower local product, segmentation and communication strategies.
‘Which emerging cultural shifts in consumer behaviour do we need to prepare for in order to re-orientate and future-proof our developments?’
Outcome: In collaboration with QIC|GRE, our analysts developed a global foresight framework to identify 10 key macrotrends across retail, placemaking and lifestyle that shed light on the future of consumer behaviour. We interviewed early adopter consumers in Australia and examined trends across lifestyle sectors. This resulted in the creation of a range of digital tools to help teams across the QIC|GRE business use these future opportunities in real time.
‘How can we future-proof the Absolut product by identifying the next relevant disruptive opportunity areas?’
Outcome: With younger audiences going teetotal and the world at large turning to more mindful drinking habits, Absolut needed to re-evaluate its product to keep up with new consumption behaviour. Using our proprietary trends system, we created a foundation of six innovation territories to explore new product opportunities for Absolut to explore and develop. Our in-depth approach centred on an opportunities matrix along with a pipeline hypothesis that would enable the innovations to thrive throughout the Absolut business.
Barry has worked with The Future Laboratory since 2015 to deliver strategic foresight to clients across global markets. He has worked with a range of clients to use strategic trends to navigate category futures, driving outcomes for institutions around the world. As an experienced industry speaker, Barry has presented at Apple, Creative Sydney, Westpac leadership forums and Vivid, among others.
Özlem has 23 years’ experience in brand research, strategy, communications and design. She founded Turkey’s first advertising strategic planning department as well as the consumer research department at CNN Turkey. As a freelance strategist she delivered brand experience and innovation strategies for companies such as British American Tobacco, Procter & Gamble and Yahoo, before joining The Future Laboratory in 2018.
Victoria specialises in future thinking and consumer research. She uses her creativity and strategic thinking to develop bespoke foresight projects for leading brands, such as L’Oréal, Spotify and Google, so that they can prepare their businesses for the future. She also regularly contributes to industry panel discussions and publications in the futures field.
Tom has guided many of The Future Laboratory’s clients through some of the most challenging market shifts and global recessions of the past 10 years. With a much-expanded team, and offices in the UK and Australia, he continues to do this, working with clients as diverse as Absolut, Cadillac, Lamborghini, HSBC, Courvoisier, UBS, BMW, British Gas and Marks & Spencer.
Rachele plays a pivotal role in nurturing the Strategy team and developing the quality of our strategic thinking. With nearly 15 years of experience, she combines her creative background and strong commercial acumen to define and realise future strategies for brands such as Shiseido, lululemon, Jameson and The Chalhoub Group.
Louise is a creative brand strategist with 10 years’ agency experience working with a broad spectrum of clients, particularly focused on FMCG. With her creative background she uses design thinking and a collaborative approach to develop simple and innovative solutions, and identify and implement tangible outputs for brand activations, innovation programmes and strategic foresight frameworks.
As part of the Strategy team, Tamara researches and analyses consumer trends to help clients understand their future landscape. Her background in MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins makes her naturally question what our future looks like from a social and design thinking perspective. Since joining The Future Laboratory, she has worked for a variety of clients, including Wilko, QIC, Sony, Knight Dragon, URW and Turner.