Is Fallon the Xer Who Will Millennialize Late Night?

Jimmy Fallon is not a Millennial. At 36-years-old, he is firmly in the camp of the Gen Xer—but you wouldn’t be blamed for mistaking him for a member of the more optimistic, less-cynical generation when watching his takeover of The Tonight Show since last MondayAfter years of Leno and Letterman’s wry, sarcastic take on pop culture dominating late night, Fallon’s approach is unapologetically positive and inclusive. Fallon could be the first late night host to appeal to the Millennial audience. Ratings for the show actually improved over the course of last week for viewers between 18 and 49 (the “money category” for late night shows) delivering a number that was the best viewer score for that demo on a Wednesday night for the show in 10 years. Nothing about the long-term future of his audience can be determined yet, but he’s already in a better position that most to lure Millennials to late night TV. Many grew up watching him on SNL, but that’s just one advantage—his personality and approach to comedy make him more Millennial-friendly than any other host. Here are just some of the reasons that Fallon may be the Xer who will Millennialize late night:
 
1. They’re actually excited for him.
Throughout last week, one of the biggest differences between Jimmy Fallon and his predecessor became clear: Millennials are actually excited for Fallon, and they’re celebrating his show. His premiere resulted in a slew of blogosphere output chronicling and complimenting the moments of the first show, like “The 35 Best Moments From Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut” GIF gallery posted on Buzzfeed. UPROXX’s effusive posting on the celebrity cameo skit of the premiere might have put the reaction best: ”You might say the cameo-heavy segment was just like the thing Jay Leno tried to do, except…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “If a photo of me went viral, I would feel angry but…maybe I would be a little excited because it went viral, as long as the picture is not bad.” –Female, 16, TN

57% of Millennials ages 18-32 say they plan to get a new job within the next year, according to one of Ypulse’s bi-weekly Millennial surveys, fielded this June. The generation is known for their predilection for moving from job to job, and now some businesses are making “generational training” a part of their management instruction in order to keep these younger workers happy. Giving them a purpose, plenty of time off, global opportunities, and a clear career path plan within the company are all tactics being used to retain them. (Businessweek)

Back to school marketing is starting in full force, and Target is relying heavily on digital to reach college students, in more ways than one. The retailer has launched a campaign employing major YouTube stars, like Tiffany Garcia and Mikey Bolts, to sell apparel, electronics, and furnishings, featuring them in four YouTube shows that make over dorm rooms and offer decorating tips. The video series lives online so that Target can “be part of the ongoing conversation” and “go where the [M]illennial generation is.” (NYTimes)

Millennial-hate is easy to find online, where articles like “Millennials, the Friendly Cutthrout Generation” and “Millennials' Political Views Don't Make Any Sense” seem to appear on a daily basis. But how do Millennials themselves feel about the bad rap they’re getting? One Millennial’s response to some recent Millennial surveys puts things into perspective, wondering if the generation is just more likely to admit things, and whether they “are just like...everybody else?” (Gothamist)

Beyoncé is no stranger to celebrity endorsement, but her latest unexpected marketing trick goes outside the box. This weekend, the powerhouse artist teased a new 50 Shades of Grey trailer by posting a 15-second clip of it on her Instagram with a “darker remix” of her "Crazy in Love" playing as a soundtrack. The teaser was posted with the hashtag #fiftyshades, attracting the attention of both the singer’s fans and the book series’ avid fandom. (MTV)

Rosetta Stone’s new campaign is aimed at Millennials, shifting focus from the product itself to the idea that “people who learn new languages are able to share experiences with people from other places.” The ads will run on more youth-focused channels than Rosetta has appeared on before, like MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central, but the majority of the campaign will be heavily digital and social, and include online webisodes that will air on Vice. (MediaPost)

Did you know that Ypulse tracks social media trends in our biweekly surveys? We found that Vine, Twitter, and YouTube have seen steady growth since November 2013, gaining 7%, 11%, and 12% more Millennial users, respectively. Our Silver and Gold tier subscribers can find helpful visuals that detail our tracked trends in the Data Room on Ypulse.com. (Ypulse)

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