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Waffle Rewards: The Friday Don’t Miss List
The earworm of the week (year?), the app with waffle rewards, parenting tattoos, and more. Catch up on the news and trends of the week...
March 5th, 2015
Ad A.D.D.: Why the Days of Digital Ads As We Know Them Are Numbered
Brands, prepare yourselves: Banner ads & pre-roll as we know them could be a thing of the past as digital marketing evolves to adjust to...
March 5th, 2015
How Millennial Parents Are Already Influencing Brands
New Parents On the Block: This is the second in a series of articles looking at Millennial parents’ behavior, growing influence, and marketing preferences. ...
March 4th, 2015
App Buzz: 5 To Know Right Now
App downloads continue to rise, and young consumers are proving their preference for apps over browsers when they're mobile. We've got five...
March 3rd, 2015
Rated G Digital: Social Media Gets Kid-Friendly
The first generation born into the era of social media is getting their own kid-centric versions of apps and sites that were previously only for...
March 2nd, 2015
Gritty, Dark Power Rangers: The Friday Don’t Miss List
A dark homage to Power Rangers, Birchbox for weed, smashed Kickstarter records, and more—all the trends you need to see today, in the...
February 27th, 2015
5 Rising Stars To Watch: Teen Mag Roundup
We dug through the pages of Teen Vogue, Nylon, and Seventeen, to see who teen readers are being told is the next big thing. Here...
February 26th, 2015
Modern, Mobile Millennial Parents
New Parents On the Block: This is the first in a series of articles looking at Millennial parents behavior, growing influence, and marketing preferences. As...
February 25th, 2015
Kickstarting Kids’ Games
Some of the most buzzed about toys today have one thing in common: they started on Kickstarter. The site is bringing some out-of-the-box playtime products...
February 23rd, 2015
Riding the Weed Wave
The majority of Millennials have long felt that weed is no big deal, and as that attitude is adopted by more of the mainstream, the ...
February 22nd, 2015
Millennial News Feed
Quote of the Day: “My significant other and I had known of each other since grade school, but we connected at first on social media.”
–Male, 20, WY
Fourteen percent of Millennials 18-32-years-old are currently parents, and they’re becoming an influential majority as they simultaneously take over the workplace. Balancing work and childrearing will likely be a priority for the generation, and while young parents today want longer maternity and paternity leaves, this type of flexibility is not often offered. For those with older children, parents want the ability to make children’s mid-day events, even if they have to work later at night to make up for it. Tech companies are “leading the pack” in providing good parental leave policies, and if talent begins to leave due to inflexible policies, other industries could follow suit. (Fast Company)
Kids today are more stressed out than ever, but one school’s effort to lesson their load has parents up in arms. In an effort to combat students’ frustration, exhaustion, lack of family time, and loss of interest in learning, a public elementary school in New York City recently assigned students the tasks of reading books and spending time with their families instead of traditional homework. However, parents are threatening to take kids out of school in protest, and have even assigned their own homework to “fill the gap.” Parenting trends currently lean towards the intense, competitive, and overprotective, and we’ll be interested to see if the pendulum swings as more Millennials become parents of K-12 kids. (DNAinfo)
Instagram is a vital Snapshot Marketing platform, and they’re introducing even more features for brands who want to appeal to young, visually-driven consumers. The app will now host sponsored, carousel-style posts featuring multiple photos that can be flipped through until the user is given the option to click for additional content. The new format “allows for sequential storytelling,” and has the potential to draw more brands to advertise on the platform, which is already bigger than Twitter with 300 million monthly users globally. (Adweek)
Always’s original “Like A Girl” ad was included in Ypulse’s round up of our favorite marketing of 2014 for standing out in the category of grown up girl-powered marketing. Now the brand has released a follow-up in honor of International Women’s Day with a new spot that features girls all over the world scoring, experimenting, running, calculating, and climbing “like a girl.” After the original ad aired during the Super Bowl this year, Always reported that 79% of women and 59% of men 16-24-years-old said it had altered their perception of what “like a girl” means. The sequel continues the brand’s championing of young girls, and asks viewers to keep doing things #LikeAGirl. (Huffington Post)
Ozo, an adorable 3D-printed bear, is introducing children to the Rubik’s Cube. The retro toy stumps even adults, but it turns out the exercise helps develop important mental capabilities. Ozo Bear teaches kids problem solving with body parts that have to be rearranged to put him in the correct shape. The product is still in early development stages, but mass production predicted for Ozo’s future and 3D-printed playthings are an emerging toy trend to watch. (psfk)
Every other week we tap into our panel of 150,000+ young consumers in a survey of 1,000 13-32-year-olds for their take on current events, trending topics, changing attitudes, and new norms. The question library in the My Library tab on Ypulse.com allows Silver and Gold subscribers to see what we’ve asked and how we’ve asked it for every monthly survey we've done, giving them a better understanding of how we talk to Millennials and an accessible data bank of all of the Millennial statistics available to them. (Ypulse)