When to set your own trends
This week, we're going to be talking about breaking the mould and setting your own trends.
I know what you might be thinking. "Setting trends? Isn't that reserved for the big players?" But my answer to you is: not anymore! Whilst it's true that industry giants often lead the way, you can make a big splash too. Just remember, trends aren't limited to fashion and pop culture; they extend to narratives and perspectives, so let's work on some pitches that don't just follow trends, but set them, too.
Here are my tips for you.
Spotting emerging stories
Trends aren't just cool topics; they're stories that catch fire. Keep an eye out for shifts in your industry or community. Is there a conversation gaining steam? A perspective that's evolving? Get in on these narratives and be the one leading the charge.
Taking the contrarian route
While agreeing with everyone is easy, setting a trend means questioning the norm. If everyone's nodding in agreement, can you offer a different take? Contrarian viewpoints catch attention and get people talking, making you a true thought leader.
Mixing up contexts
Take a trend and put it in a new context. This not only shows off your creativity but also adds a fresh twist. By blending seemingly unrelated ideas, you can find new angles that catch the eye of journalists.
Numbers and insights
Trends with solid data have more impact. Run surveys, dive into industry reports, or gather stats to back your story. Trends with numbers behind them are more convincing and show you're not just surfing, you're shaping.
Keep the momentum
Trend-setting isn't a one-shot deal. Consistency matters. Develop a series of pitches that build on each other, reinforcing your unique perspective. Over time, journalists will look to you for fresh insights.
Team up and innovate
Join forces with influencers, experts, or groups to cook up trends together. Collaborative efforts often lead to richer, multi-layered stories that catch more attention. Plus, connecting with like-minded folks boosts your reach,
The heart of trend-setting is authenticity. Share your real opinions, even if they go against the grain. Audiences and journalists respect people who speak their minds – and that's often how trends begin.
So there you have it – a peek into the world of setting trends in your media game. While it might feel like a daunting task, remember that all trendsetters started by questioning the norm and stepping out. Embrace your unique view, keep an eye on emerging stories, and let your passion for innovation drive your pitches.