The Don’t Miss List

Your weekly round-up of the topics we’ve covered this week along with all the things that might not have made it in our posts the first time around, but that you definitely shouldn’t miss…

1. Celeb Power (and Which Stars We Hate)

We heard about what kinds of celebrity endorsements work from one Millennial’s perspective, but don’t miss that celebs in ads have the power to make kids choose unhealthy foods, and that if you’re planning on choosing a celebrity endorser you might not want to choose someone from the list and infographic of the current most hated celebs (Gwenyth Paltrow is most hated).
 
2. More Brand Security Breaches

We gave you the latest "what you need to know now" by exploring brandjacking, but you shouldn’t miss that in the wake of the MTV/BET fake Twitter hack ordeal, Denny’s won more exposure and positive press than either of the faux victims by making fun of them with a simple picture of pancakes. The same day our piece on brandjacking ran, the Associated Press had their own brandjack scare that has Twitter working on a two-step authentication to heighten security
 
3. More Infinity and Beyond

We wrote about brands and projects stirring up Millennials’ fascination with space travel, but don’t miss that Google has also been in the civilian space race with their Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, giving $30 million in prize money to the first two privately funded teams to land and rove a robotic exploration device on the moon’s surface by 2015.


4. The Rise of the Glassholes
We kept you up to date with Essentials all week, but make sure you don’t miss how many people are actually stealing Netflix, that it’s been reported that 10 million Google Glass smart glasses will ship in the next four years (and that “glasshole” is already a term), or the Hyundai…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “The tech items I received this past holiday season were a Blu-ray burner, artist's light box, and Lav microphone.” -Male, 25, TX

72% of Millennials turn to social media platforms for the latest news, and some publishers receive 50% of their referrals from Facebook. Vox Media is keeping up with this trend by creating social-only content for their seven verticals, and the tactic helped to increase their social reach up to 450% in 2014. Native-only and posts covering big events have yielded the most engagement for the digital media group. Although publishers are not yet receiving revenue from posting content designed for Facebook, Vox Media’s Global VP of Marketing predicts that in the future it could be a major revenue stream. (Digiday)

Hotels have already begun accommodating the needs of a new generation of travelers, and now cruise ships are looking to do the same. Millennials are reportedly more interested in cruises than other generations, with 53% saying they would like to go on a cruise within the next two years. This presents some opportunity, but cruise lines have some catching up to do, including providing faster Wi-Fi, shortening trips, and lowering costs. Some lines are attempting to “lure younger travelers looking for romance,” by chartering ships based on age groups, creating mingling opportunities for singles, and providing condoms, pregnancy tests, lubricants, and the morning-after pill. (Quartz)

For parents with refrigerators cluttered with their children’s artwork, Plum Print is providing a new solution. The startup allows parents to ship in their kid’s favorite masterpieces—from paintings to pottery—to be transformed into a custom photo book. Similar existing apps require parents to photograph and annotate doodles themselves, which has been too time consuming to take off on a large scale. Plum Print, started by a mom, has grown to have a large and loyal customer base by doing the work for parents, and 70% of their 2013 customers reordered the next year. (TechCrunch)

One Millennial model embracing her “imperfections” has started a social media movement. Tess Holliday is 5’5, size 22, tattooed, and the first model of her size and height to sign with a major modeling agency. Holliday was discovered by MiLk Model management on Instagram and has been named one of the top plus-size models in the world by Vogue Italia and Refinery 29. She celebrates her size and coined the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards “to encourage women to celebrate their bodies, no matter the shape.” The hashtag has taken off with young women online declaring their confidence and promoting body positivity. (BuzzFeed)

Snapchat has led the way in the departure from Facebook's “anything and everything to anyone” sharing practices, and there continues to be a growing demand for digital social experiences that are more private and less permanent. The app Xpire is gaining popularity among younger social media users by allowing the ephemeral sharing of “content that automatically self-destructs” on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr after a set amount of time. The app also offers features that help reduce one’s digital footprint, like in-depth word searches and tools that calculate the riskiness of a post. (Netted,TechCrunch)

That image at the bottom of our newsletter is a gateway to insights and expert commentary on current and future Millennial trends. Clicking on it takes readers to our daily insights article, available to Silver and Gold subscribers, which illuminates a facet of Millennial culture and helps subscribers to understand the "why" behind the "what." Drawing from our ongoing collection of proprietary data, our deep-dive desk research, and our 10-year history of studying this generation, we figure out what it all means for brands and marketers. (Ypulse)

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