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Trend Update: Chasing Neverland
Millennials are looking for ways to unplug from being grown up, and finding activities that let them temporarily escape the pressures of adulthood and indulge...
March 31st, 2015
Prom Trends & Tampon Fun: The Teen Mag Roundup
From arriving to prom in style to a hilarious tampon-hurling video game, we’ve dog-eared the pages of Teen Vogue, Seventeen, and Nylon to...
March 30th, 2015
High Design Big Macs: The Friday Don’t Miss List
This Friday we’re bringing you the most fashionable Big Macs of all time, Millennials spending motivators, a scary good chat campaign, the solution...
March 27th, 2015
Exclusive Preview: The Ypulse Quarterly Report
The Ypulse Quarterly report explores major trends impacting young consumers, along with tons of relevant stats, insights, and implications. Our first report of 2015 will...
March 26th, 2015
Helicopter VS Free-Range: The New Great Parenting Debate
A cultural battle between over-protective and deliberately hands-off parenting seems to be reaching a fever pitch, and it could affect the way that Millennials will...
March 25th, 2015
Hot Marketing Roundup: 3 Campaigns to See Today
From a short-film commercial that calls out competitors to a partnership with a blog that lurks on hot dudes, we've rounded up some of...
March 24th, 2015
Millennial Spending Data Deep Dive
Millennials will reportedly outspend Boomers by 2017—but their buying power will be wielded much differently than generations before. We took a hard look at...
March 23rd, 2015
Video Backlash: The Friday Don’t Miss LIst
Gimmicks galore at SXSW, Big Beer’s big fake out, backlash against the pop video for the “perfect husband,” and more hashtag...
March 20th, 2015
What Are Brands Up To At SXSW?
Yes, there is music, tech, innovation, and entertainment at SXSW. But it has also become a marketing playground, as brands use the festival to test...
March 19th, 2015
Crimes Against Hashtags: 3 #Mistakes Brands Are Still Making
We get it. Young consumers are on social media constantly, and brands want to talk to them there. But many aren't necessarily getting...
March 18th, 2015
Millennial News Feed
Quote of the Day: “My favorite ad was a Forever 21 online banner with a plus-sized model that was showing off a new swimsuit design and hat. I liked it so much because it was simple, fresh, and relatable. There was nothing extreme about it, and I could totally see myself in the model's place.” –Female, 22, CA
Mobile devices are making Millennial car buyers more self-sufficient than their parents. According to a study by auto shopping site Edmunds.com, 41% of 18-34-year-olds say that they use their phones and tablets to read vehicle reviews, while only 20% of other adults do the same. They are also more likely than older shoppers to use smartphones to compare prices, find cars for sale, and text dealers. However, this does not mean that dealerships will become obsolete: 64% still desire face-to-face interaction when it comes to sealing the deal, and 96% would want to test drive a vehicle before buying. (MediaPost)
Young consumers avidly share video clips and love “snackable” content. But it takes some expertise and effort to actually create snippets of video from favorite shows and entertainment, not to mention the fact that making them is not strictly legal—until now. New app Whipclip is partnering with music labels and TV networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, and VH1 to let fans create their own video clips of content up that they can then share on social media, by email, or via text. An algorithm will pick up on users’ preferences and share promoted clips in the future. Tonight Whipclip is promoting their debut with theComedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which could be “one of the more social TV events of the spring,” and has had almost 4 billion social-media impressions before even airing. (streamdaily, Ad Age)
As Millennials become the majority of parents, their ideal is to share the childcare load, and they expect marketing tropes to change with them and start acknowledging dads’ contributions. It’s not just to make them feel included, Millennial dads have real spending power and are making more household purchasing decisions than previous generations. Research has found that 80% of Millennial dads are claiming primary or shared grocery shopping responsibilities, compared to 45% of dads overall. For the new generation of papas, “being a devoted father is a badge of honor,” and 49% say they are mainly responsible for planning their kids’ activities, versus only 23% of dads over 35-years-old who say the same. (Ad Age)
We can keep adding to the list of things Millennials are being blamed for: Macy’s CFO says the generation’s love of Netflix is one reason for the retailer’s weak sales. Confused? The theory it seems is that young consumers are spending on digital services rather than products in stores—however, data does not seem to back that idea. Regardless, Macy’s is working to get Millennials into stores and onto its site more often, and plans to focus on weddings to attract them as they head down the aisle, and hopefully “keep [them] after they get married and grow up.” (MarketWatch)
The birds and the bees conversation is, more often than not, awkward for both parents and kids. But new workshops are trying to make “the talk” more fun, candid, and informative. Great Conversations hosts honest, entertaining, and engaging sex-ed classes that speak to two generations at once to make the topic more approachable for families. The course “For Girls Only” brought in 14,000 attendees last year, and opens the floor to any and all questions girls might have about sex and bodies. Boys are offered a different class, which begins with boys and their dads singing “The Penis Opera” as an icebreaker. (New York Times)
Need to know what this generation is thinking about right now? We’re not mind readers, but we’re pretty close. Silver and Gold Ypulse.com subscribers have access to the Live Instant Q&A Stream of questions being asked and answered in our mobile, social Q&A network in real-time. The questions that they ask each other can be more revealing than the questions that we ask them, and give you an unfiltered look into the trends and concerns of young consumers as they are happening. (Ypulse)