Every once and a while - I am lobbed the classic emerging trend question. The one that asks you to peer into your crystal ball and reach for something a little extraordinary that isn't on someone's radar. Something grounded with a hint of evidence but not yet here in the marketplace. Something useful. Patterns not yet present.
Here is a common scenario for many. A request to identify the top destinations, gadgets, trends, etc... of the day/week/season. This request begs the question - how do you figure out where people go, who the influencers are, what trends are emerging. ... some of the things I do: