- (PDF) Smoothing and trend detection in waterbird monitoring data using structural time-series analysis and the Kalman filter
- Trend Hunter Reviews
- Five Food Trends for 2019
- Prediction #1: “American” cuisine becomes more specific on local menus, and expect at least one restaurant to open with a very tight regional focus. I’d always bet on grits and beans—so look for a restaurant offering Carolina Lowcountry cuisine.
- Prediction #3: Better coordination leads to more local restaurants joining forces with delivery services. You’ll be able to order your favorites from your couch by the end of next year.
- Prediction #4: Delaware’s thirst for local suds does not dry up, and at least three more breweries open in 2019.
- Prediction #5: Hummus checks a lot of boxes. Look for more than one fast-casual restaurant to open with an Israeli/hummus theme.
- City Resorts becoming the newest holiday hot spots
- The popularity of the City Trip as a Short Stay
- What do Paris, London, Amsterdam and Maastricht have in common?
(PDF) Smoothing and trend detection in waterbird monitoring data using structural time-series analysis and the Kalman filter
without, at the same time, including between-site variation.
We have chosen to apply TrendSpotter for the DWMS
because we prefer to neglect the imputation uncertainties
rather than to include them and unavoidably incorporate
between-site variation as obtained from bootstrapping
using a GAM. This preference is the assumption
that imputation uncertainties in the DWMS are probably
small, as the number of missing counts is limited and ex-
tremely high imputed values are excluded from the trend
Two additional features of TrendSpotter should be no-
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cyclic patterns, as are usually present in monthly counts of
waterbirds. This could be interesting in the analysis of
shifts in the seasonal patterns of birds as an effect of, e.g.,
climate change. Second, similar to applying covariate
models in a GAM, explanatory variables may be added to
each record in the dataset, which enables the detection of
causal factors for observed changes in population abun-
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I have been working at Trend Hunter full-time for more than 3 years
– Probably the best company culture I've personally been a part of – Hard-working, Open, communicative, and accountable workplace – Lots of opportunities for career development. The company prides itself on things education/inspiration funds, on-going training, and helping to carve out a path for success
– Not ideal for those that don't see themselves as self-starters or for those who aren't ambitions – Young demographic may not be for everyone
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I have been working at Trend Hunter full-time for more than 8 years
1) Young, communicative corporate culture As stated in other reviews, the leadership team (which candidly, I am a part of) is young.
This means Trend Hunter has a more contemporary approach to corporate culture — we aim to create a friendly atmosphere where celebrating our team's wins is a high priority and strategic decisions are made in a more democratic manner than at other companies. 2) Lots of opportunity for new experiences and growth I've been at Trend Hunter for almost a decade.
It's a great company that has gone through many changes — the constant growth can be very exciting and allow you to try many different roles. Watching the company grow so much, so fast is fun and very rewarding. 3) Interesting work Not only is Trend Hunter a new company, but the industry of trend research and innovation is too.
Whether you're working in a client-facing role or something more internal-facing, there is never a dull moment here. We're doing something that has genuinely never been done before. 4) Diversity (current, and growing) I'm confused about the reviews on here stating Trend Hunter has a diversity issue. Currently, our leadership team is 30% POC (myself included).
Our team at large reflects the same. These are not perfect stats, but we're growing to improve them. Besides, who wants to work for a company that primarily views diversity as a stat? We are constantly seeking to grow a more diverse team because we know the best ideas come from diverse groups.
1) Young corporate culture does not appeal to everyone The leadership team is young (avg age is about 35), and some of us started our careers at Trend Hunter. In my opinion, this has its benefits (as I said above, more communicative culture, less risk-averse than other companies).
Leadership members recognize that our youth means we have a lot to learn and tons of room to grow, however, if you're looking for experience and age in your leadership, Trend Hunter isn't for you.
2) The work can be unstructured Candidly, Trend Hunter is not the place for those who prefer a sense of predictability in their careers. What makes this company great is that it's constantly growing and transforming. Though this can be very exciting for some, it can make others uncomfortable and create added pressure.
If you don't consider yourself adaptable, you won't working at Trend Hunter. 3) New company + new industry = no protocol This loosely ties into my above point, but Trend Hunter is a new company in a new industry, trying to approach trend research in a totally new way.
One of the other reviews here basically said decisions are made in a haphazard way with “no critical thinking involved.” That is not true, but I can see why it seems that way since our strategy is not an industry standard.
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I worked at Trend Hunter full-time for less than a year
Great if you're starting out
How they pay people is illegal, disclaimer: when I worked there which was years ago they have “internships” and you are given a stipulation at the end of it, which didn't even amount to minimum wage I would encourage everyone who works at this company to keep a record of your hours worked, your products, and write an invoice I was taken advantage of the time because I was young Other then that, their website has bad UI/UX, they are into really shady techniques to get their numbers up Really inappropriate relationships in the office, unprofessional Best I can describe the culture is high-school If you have any integrity for writing or journalism, this is not the place to be, these people will legit spend 5 minutes writing an article with grammar mistakes, no research, no creativity, rips off different sources They have been a “start up” for years now, and it's because they aren't growing Honestly, so fake, the CEO takes his “act big” mentality to heart, they have an office in San Diego which is literally a room and they try to act they're international, I have never dealt with that office so it's probably just a picture of someone's house Honestly there's just too many holes I can punch in this company but I have a better life now, just wanted to warn people since they took down my review
Flag as InappropriateFlag as InappropriateTrend Hunter2020-02-11
We have not had a San Diego office in 10 years and we have not had an internship program in about 6 years. All positions are fully paid, benchmarked to industry (or higher), and we have very low attrition. The company is about 7x larger now and we are all working hard to create something meaningful. I am sorry you did not enjoy your internship training.
I worked at Trend Hunter full-time for less than a year
PR companies send free stuff
Top management only cares about bottom line, stagnant career growth, inflated titles, all corporate events tied to drinking, unclear pay/bonus structure, lack of diversity.
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I'm sorry you were not able to grow your career here the way you . Diversity wise, our 16 person leadership team is 63% female and 31% visible minority. The rest of our team is similarly diverse, and always has been.
Regarding pay and bonus structure, in 2017/18 (perhaps after your time) we curated a 20 slide guide to how we benchmark pay and compensate, 50% related to your weekly dashboard performance (which is clear and known each week) and 50% related to our 7 core values.
We have manager check-ins throughout the year, upward and downward feedback, and exact bonus rates by tier, plus an exact % rate tied to performance. In short, the pay is very clear and above industry benchmarks (which we have had professionally benchmarked by a 3rd party).
I worked at Trend Hunter full-time for more than a year
– Easy work – 8:30-5 hours and no longer – Free alcohol in house – No prior experience needed
– Fabricated or make-believe job titles (C Level executives at age 27) – Content farm workplace (volume driven) – All employees are simply extensions of CEOs decisions and gut feeling (little to no critical thinking involved) – Company culture is to never challenge the status quo – the result is a herd mentality – any criticism or feedback usually results in a warning down the line or termination of your job – Remotely zero transferrable skills to another job – the result is most employees are here for 7+ years or forever – or extremely high turnover for everyone else that realizes this sooner
Flag as InappropriateFlag as InappropriateTrend Hunter2019-05-30
I'm sorry you did not feel properly challenged. As a note, a very small proportion of our roles are related to content, so our company is perhaps different than when you were here.
We also have an average c-level age of 35 and we love our status quo to be challenged. There has not been a job termination for a full time employee in a couple years.
Our turnover rate for employees who last 1 year is 5%, which is much lower than the Toronto average, particularly for a young work culture.
I worked at Trend Hunter full-time for more than 3 years
Loose structure, relatively easy work, low baseline of talent so it's easy to shine. If you are willing to drink the kool-aid or flatter leadership, you can personality your way into a job for as long as you feel biding your time.
If you don't care about building a meaningful resume and just want to work at a place that can be fun and feel kind of a mini high school, then by all means go ahead and work here.
Just make sure you don't stay more than a year or two so that you can leave and get your career started properly before it's too late.
Low pay, a narcissistic culture, a very smoke and mirrors business model (you will be told it “completely changes opportunities!”) and almost no meaningful training for the real working world. Aggressive gaslighting is everywhere. You need to turn off your BS detector to last in this place.
You will be exposed to an incessant barrage of spin and manipulation and be able to swallow it (or pretend you do convincingly) daily.
Any legitimate feedback or complaints you might leveled will be met with weird double speak, dismissed with some abused stats “99% of all our employees are 400% satisfied so you must be wrong!” or “our site has 999 trillion pageviews, it's one of the most succesful in the world!”.
This comes from the top where it's been perfected as an art form, but the rest of leadership has all internalized it as well by this point. It's hard to say if they have actually started to believe what they parrot now or have just figured out it's profitable to fall in line.
'Leadership' are mostly 30 years olds who have no real work experience outside of the bubble and would struggle to get more than entry level jobs in a real company. Their titles are kind of a joke but have managed to stick around and not challenge things too much so they eventually get promoted to comical levels “Chief Imaginary Officer” etc that make them unhirable elsewhere.
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I'm sorry you did not enjoy your experience. A very small proportion of our roles are related to content, so “content farm” would seem less relevant.
Our c-levels do average 35, and our entire team is relatively young, though they have achieved terrific results, doubling the company every 18 months since 2014.
We do not have a Chief Imaginary Officer, as our c-level roles are functional (after CEO, there are six c-level leaders, heading: sales, operations, marketing, client services, insights, and culture) Those are relatively standard roles for a 70 person company, though Chief Culture Officer is a bonus role we've had for several years, to curate a culture we are all very proud of. For the last 3 years, attrition among. those 1+ years has been 5%, which is very low in Toronto, and keep aspiring to improve.
I worked at Trend Hunter full-time
great place to work loved it
start up so very unstructured
Flag as InappropriateFlag as InappropriateTrend Hunter2019-03-03
Thank you for your time at Trend Hunter! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us.
I have been working at Trend Hunter full-time
Terrific work culture. Beer Friday, bagel breakfasts once a month, team events.
Inflated job title, especially at a leadership level, Poor salary
Flag as InappropriateFlag as InappropriateTrend Hunter2018-12-03
SALARY – Actually, our 2019 salaries benchmark in the 85th percentile for market researchers, a benchmark to Toronto companies (using ~3 years experience as an example), so the salary would be high relative to other employers.
I think this review came before our salary explanation session on Dec 7, so your questions may have already been addressed, but otherwise, let's chat. JOB TITLE – The leadership team has c-level titles to reflect that they are the heads of their department.
The same occurs in 10 person companies.
I have been working at Trend Hunter full-time for more than 5 years
People make you feel at home there. There's a lot of advancement opportunities too. Most of the leadership have kind of created their own roles over the years proactively. Personal professional development is also a big thing there.
They take feedback on head first and help you become self-aware about where you're strong and where you can be better.
At the root of it, I'd say the special magic that makes things tic is the infectious belief that 'it' can be achieved, whatever 'it' is. Across the company, we're constantly challenged.
Challenged with bigger goals, diverse project requirements and the exciting uncertainty of a growing business that's completely changed several times. I wouldn't trade my time there for time anywhere else. It's become a major piece of many of our lives.
Its a fairly young company, which obviously has its pros and its cons. The company relies a lot on leadership to coach and guide the company because so many of the growing staff have been there for only a few years, if that.
The other con is a lot less structure than you'd get if you went to work at a large company that'd been doing it for 30 years. That means some things are still being figured out or adjusted on the fly, but so it goes.
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I have been working at Trend Hunter full-time for more than 8 years
Friendly environment, lots of opportunity for group and individual achievement in a growing company, achievements are recognized and celebrated.
There can be a lot of distractions and certain things get lost in the shuffle. The growth can be straining on some departments.
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Five Food Trends for 2019
Milk will come from oats, the butter will come from watermelon seeds, hummus will be served for dessert, and everyone will be eating beets all the time.
That’s the apocalyptic vision of the future of food being painted in the national trend reports for 2019. Or it’s the prologue to Soylent Green. They read about the same.
If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the wrong trend-spotter.
My annual mission is to take stock of what’s cooking in Delaware to see if we can catch a whiff of what’s happening in the future.
To do that this year, I enlisted the kind help of Chef Robert Lhulier; the Delaware Restaurant Association’s Carrie Leishman and Karen Stauffer, and many, many local bartenders who pretended not to be bored with me because I tip well.
We talked about the growth of local restaurant groups, the popularity of kimchi, the lessons learned from the Amish, the backlash against no-tipping policies, the future of Venmo, how I my martini, and more.
With their help, I have identified five entirely beet-free trends that I believe will change the way we eat in Delaware in the next year.
(Check the end to see the results from last year’s predictions.)
A couple of years ago, I had the misfortune to know several people who ate their way through Italy on vacation and posted all their pasta pics on . This past year? Not much Italy. But three couples I know toured their way down the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. I’m not sure what that means, but I know I’ve been drinking more Manhattans lately, and maybe they’re related.
American cuisine is as old as the nation, but what’s trending is a growing appreciation for hyper-specific regional cuisine, whether that’s Carolina Lowcountry cooking, Austin barbecue, Nashville chicken … or even rustic Mid-Atlantic fare.
“That makes sense to me, if you look at the political landscape and how it affects food trends,” Leishman says. “We’re looking inward to America right now.”
We may be looking and traveling inward, but we’re also bringing it back home.
Chef Robbie Jester visited Franklin Barbecue in Texas last year and proved taste can travel when he opened Limestone BBQ and Bourbon. (Just try some of that fatty brisket.
) But beyond barbecue, there’s still much of America left to explore. Expect those culinary adventurers to return to Delaware with new ideas in the new year.
Prediction #1: “American” cuisine becomes more specific on local menus, and expect at least one restaurant to open with a very tight regional focus. I’d always bet on grits and beans—so look for a restaurant offering Carolina Lowcountry cuisine.
Remember 10 years ago, when Pan-Asian restaurants were all the rage? The increasing American appetite for sushi had Chinese restaurants and Thai restaurants rebranding and adding tuna rolls to the menu, and swanky new sushi spots were opening up on the regular. And then … it stopped. Maybe there was a glut in the market, maybe the Great Recession hit at just the wrong time, but either way, Asian innovation in northern Delaware (outside of Newark) slowed considerably.
That’s regrettable because the past 10 years have seen an explosion of interest in Asian street food in its infinite variety: Korean fried chicken, Bao buns, Ramen, Filipino adobo. Hunt around Delaware’s more authentic Asian restaurants and you’ll find great examples of each, but even put together, they can’t compete for attention with the sushi joint on every corner.
But that dam has to burst sometime. Expect a more diverse scene in 2019.
Prediction #2: When the DE.CO food hall opens in the Hotel du Pont, expect at least one stall—or possibly even two—offering Asian street food.
Once again, you can blame the millennials. (It’s easy and fun! I do it all the time.) Delivery is booming, thanks to the time-starved generation that’s not willing to sacrifice quality when they’re eating at home in their footie pajamas.
The problem? Traditional fine dining establishments aren’t set up with grab-and-go curbside takeout service—or even delivery drivers.
That gap in the market has been filling with third-party vendors Uber Eats and DoorDash, service that sometimes fails to reach the standards expected at local restaurants.
That’s led to friction between some restaurateurs and these takeout services… and some actual lawsuits in cities outside Delaware.
“Still, these delivery services will take off because the Gen Z and millennial buyer s them,” Leishman says. “They to eat and they to stay put. They don’t necessarily to go out.”
When I saw a takeout order get picked up at the bar at The House of William and Merry a few weeks ago, I asked how often that happened. A few times a week, I was told. More than it used to? Much more, they said.
Moral of the story: Takeout requests are going to continue to boom, and restaurants that can handle them can increase profits without adding tables. Independent restaurants just need reliable delivery partners.
Prediction #3: Better coordination leads to more local restaurants joining forces with delivery services. You’ll be able to order your favorites from your couch by the end of next year.
“Two Delaware breweries shut down; more closures inevitable, says expert.” That was the headline after 16 Mile Brewing closed in Georgetown and Frozen Toes stopped brewing at Pizza by Elizabeths, both in 2018.
Delaware beer historian John Medkeff Jr., the expert in the headline, was quoted saying market forces might cause more closings than openings in the next few years. With all due respect to someone who thinks that much about beer, I think Medkeff is wrong.
The craft beer revolution that’s rolled out over the past 20 years represents two trends in one—a simple trend toward better beer (thank goodness) and a locavore trend toward eating and drinking foods produced near where you live.
Big Beer has co-opted some of the best brewing practices of the craft industry, but they still can’t deliver on that local flavor.
Wilmington Brew Works became an established local hangout five minutes after it opened its doors, and my sources—very well-placed sources who visit WBW just about every weekend—say it remains quite busy.
Could many more neighborhoods support their own local brew spot? Well, in 2017, Delaware had 2.9 breweries per 100,000 residents, according to the Brewer’s Association. Vermont had 11.5 breweries. I think there’s room to grow.
Prediction #4: Delaware’s thirst for local suds does not dry up, and at least three more breweries open in 2019.
Halfway through our conversation, Stauffer confessed: She’s gone “keto,” the low-carb, high-fat diet that’s everywhere right now – and not just for her physical health.
“You read all the science about the mental aspects of it too, about how your gut is your second brain and it affects mood and all these things,” she says. “I think people are just going to learn more about that as time goes on because 10 years ago, I don’t think anybody was talking about it.”
Lhulier cooked at least one all-keto dinner for a group of 14 this year and gets requests from others fairly regularly. But he puts a delicious spin on the trend: Israeli food, which is heating up right outside Delaware.
“Michael Solomonov from Zahav in Philadelphia just put out a cookbook, and when I went online to look for it, I couldn’t believe how many similar cookbooks there were, and a lot of them were marketed towards vegans and vegetarians,” Lhulier says. “And it occurred to me that there are so many possibilities for that in Israeli food if that’s the way that you eat.”
He thinks you’ll see more people experimenting with dishes in the Israeli palate in the next year, inspired by both personal dining experiences at Zahav and diet trends.
Prediction #5: Hummus checks a lot of boxes. Look for more than one fast-casual restaurant to open with an Israeli/hummus theme.
Let’s see how last year’s predictions stacked up:
1. Veggies on Main: You’ll be eating your vegetables, even when they don’t look your vegetables, as the Impossible Burger comes to Delaware.
The Impossible Burger arrived at Grain in early 2018 and quickly spread to Harvest House, Pachamama Chicken, Crooked Hammock and more. It’s now in at least 12 restaurants around the state.
2. One-Dish Restaurants: The most exciting restaurant opening of the year will be in the fast-casual space, with a menu that features one item done very well (with maybe some room for customization).
Not quite, but Farmer & The Cow might be the closest we came.
3. The Evolution of Grocery Shopping: Amazon rolls up its sleeves and reveals the cards it is hiding in there. Whole Foods Prime pick-up kiosks, maybe?
Prime Now offers two-hour delivery to some northern Delaware ZIP codes, and Prime members can order ahead for pick-up at the store.
4. Market Street as Dining Destination, Part Deux: Restaurants may come and go, but I see a net positive five new restaurants/eateries on Market in 2018.
The Market Street restaurant scene boomed in 2018, even with the opening of the DE.CO food hall being pushed back to 2019.
Wilmington added Stitch House Brewery, Farmer & The Cow, Margaux, Bardea, 218 Grill and Eat Clean.
Qdoba did close suddenly in December, and the much-missed Cocina Lolo departed from King Street earlier in the year, but all-in-all, this prediction was on the mark.
5. Coffee on Nitro: Cold brew on tap. It’s what’s for breakfast.
Nitro’s only going to get bigger. In December 2018, Starbucks announced that every company-operated location in the United states will offer the nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee on tap by the end of 2019.
Three trends I missed:
• The explosion of design-your-own-instant-pizza joints
• The anti-straw movement
• Large-format entrees for two or more
This content has been provided courtesy of Out & About Magazine. Since 1988, Out & About has informed its audience of entertainment options in Greater Wilmington, Delaware through a monthly variety magazine. Today, that connection has expanded to include social networking, a weekly newsletter, and a comprehensive website.
City Resorts becoming the newest holiday hot spots
Holiday resorts are usually located in a beautiful natural environment, forests, lakes, seas, beaches or enchanting landscapes. You can also find uncommon places to stay such as in old industrial buildings.
We have also seen new developments ‘farm camp sites’ in the countryside. Theme parks also offer accommodation to visitors all year round.
But something has changed in the behaviour of consumers during their holidays the last decades…
They don’t to stay at the holiday park all day long and prefer more variety in activities. The modern people going on a holiday are looking for an unforgettable experience and to see life outdoors and meet locals. One of the ultimate experiences would be fun shopping.
Have you ever heard about the Treck Hostel, campsite located in an old factory in the big city Gent, Belgium? Have you seen the amazing Beach Houses from the Award Winning Strandweelde Camp site Nieuwvliet, The Netherlands? Would you to stay in Europe’s largest Tree Houses at Les Bois Aux Daims – CenterParcs – France? Or would you prefer to be one of the actors in The Western Camp Resort from European best ThemePark Europa Park – Germany! In general, we can determine that the traditional Holiday Resorts and Camp Sites are usually located in remote areas. We also see more and more holiday resorts next to a Themepark or Zoo. The latest trends are developments amongst new Holiday resorts are the ones located in the suburbs of the big city’s London, Paris, Amsterdam and Maastricht.
The popularity of the City Trip as a Short Stay
AirBnB has become the biggest competitor of the professional holiday market. City’s are becoming more and more attractive to people. Could that be the reason that I see a trend in new holiday resorts being opened near cities? We stayed for a long week-end at City Dormio Resort Maastricht which is still under construction and will be opened in June 2018.
What do Paris, London, Amsterdam and Maastricht have in common?
These all are big cities if we look at the enormous number of inhabitants or as a travel destination. Last month, my wife and I, stayed at Dormio Resort Maastricht. Here we could combine our traditional short break with fun shopping and visiting a museum just around the corner.
Within half an hour from the City you can find the latest resorts Village Nature – Paris, Woburn Forrest – London and EuroParcs Resort Poort van Amsterdam. What they have in common with each other is that I have stayed in all these resorts as a trendwatcher to learn more about their concept.
What they also have in common is a Big City within a maximum of half an hour drive. The newest of all has more pacific looks, City Dormio Resort Maastricht – Netherlands. You can visit this resort by car, bus, train, taxi and even by airplane. Most tourist to visit the cities and go fun shopping.
I expect more Holiday Resorts will be located in a short distance to Big Cities in the future. You can go shopping for fun or you can go visit one of the museums or theaters. For a tremendous dinner experience, you can visit one of the hundreds of restaurants where many of them have traditional dishes on the menu.
The dynamic of the big City could be the reason that there will be more City Holiday Resorts locating there in the future. Or could it be the financial return of investment due to the higher occupancy rate of the cottages and apartments…?
Hans van leeuwen, Trendwatcher & Consultant
Center Parcs Les Bois Aux Daims – France
EuropaPark Camp Resort next to a Themepark
Dormio Resort Maastricht – The Netherlands
City Holiday Resorts:
1.Dormio Resort Maastricht – Netherlands
2.EuroParcs Resort Poort van Amsterdam – Netherlands
3.Villages Nature Paris – France
4.Center Parcs Woburn Forest – England