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Friendertainment: How Brands Are Betting On Online Influencers
The launch of AT&T’s Hello Lab and YouTube Red are signs of online video’s evolution from vlogs to bigger-budget,...
February 11th, 2016
5 Stats on Millennials’ Valentine’s Plans
Valentine's Day is this weekend, and we've got the stats on what Millennials are feeling, and spending, for the holiday... February 14th is...
February 10th, 2016
The Food Network For The Next Generation: Q&A With Spoon University
We talked to the founder of Spoon University—a Food Network for the next generation—to learn more about college dining and Millennials...
February 9th, 2016
Super Bowl 2016 Recap: 5 Major Marketing Trends
The football may be over, but the marketing game is just heating up. We’re recapping the biggest ad trends of last night&rsquo...
February 8th, 2016
Taylor Swift’s Mobile Game is Coming: The Friday Don’t Miss List
T. Swift coming to mobile gaming, the uncensored Snapchat, Doritos crashing the 2nd screen for the Super Bowl, even more inclusive Barbie, and more news...
February 5th, 2016
No More Mystery Meat: 3 Trends Changing College Dining
To cater to the foodie generation, college dining halls are stepping up their game. Here’s how the shifts in food culture have impacted...
February 4th, 2016
The Future of Real Time 24/7 Customer Service
Young consumers are beginning to expect access to brand assistance whenever they may need it—here’s how some are tackling the 24/7 real-time...
February 3rd, 2016
Diversity In the Toy Aisle: Brands Responding to Demands for Inclusivity
Parents and kids are demanding toys that are more inclusive, and brands are beginning to respond, kick starting an era of a more diverse toy...
February 2nd, 2016
Millennials & Teens Sound Off: What Brands Do The Most Good
We know Millennials and teens expect brands to make a difference, but what company do they think is doing the best job supporting a social...
February 1st, 2016
Barbie’s New Bodies: The Friday Don’t Miss List
Barbie's big step towards diversity, Coke's GIF problem, Instagram's top 25 most followed, Netflix and Chill...
January 29th, 2016
Millennial News Feed
Quote of the Day: “I participated in Bikram Yoga, because I found a few YouTube tutorials on it.” –Female, 24, MN
Being featured in the (racy) lyrics of Beyoncé’s hit single “Formation” has caused Red Lobster’s sales to spike 33%. But a wave of frustration hit Twitter after the brand took too long to respond to the song, and failed to live up to expectations. One user advised,“Yo @redlobster, all you have to do is NOT f*** up. Just give the Twitter over to your highest ranking Black person under 33. Trust me.” But after eight hours Red Lobster tweeted an underwhelming: "Cheddar Bey Biscuits" has a nice ring to it,don't you think? #Formation @Beyonce.” The indecent highlights what young consumers expect from brands on social media. (MediaPost, BuzzFeed)
The newly funded Stash investment app is hoping to “break down the barriers that prevent nearly three quarters of Millennials from investing.” To appeal to the risk-averse generation, the app allows users to invest as little as $5, and describes investments in easy theme-like terms, like “Clean and Green.” For the founders it’s all about setting up users for the long-term: “By lowering the minimum level of investment, enabling Millennials to invest in broad themes that they care about, and guiding them along the path toward building smart lifelong investment habits, Stash has the potential to empower an entire generation to reach their financial goals.” (Business Wire)
Fit has gone glam for Millennials—and not just in the U.S. Young Chinese women are embracing working out, and shifting traditional beauty ideals. In a 2003 survey, 1,000 working females cited an ideal body to be "an almost-emaciated, willowy physique," but social media and celebrity influence, as well as more awareness to physical health, are making strength the new goal. Women sharing their fitness journeys are becoming major influencers and creating new personal brands, and the fitness industry in China has grown 13% yearly since 2010. (Refinery29)
ESports—multi-player competitive video gaming—is expected to generate $463 million in ticket sales, merchandise, sponsorships, and advertising for 2016, and networks want a piece of the action. But can it translate to TV? TBS is premiering E-League, a 10-week eSports competition series that will stand as a true test on whether the phenomenon can “find the right balance between achieving scale and retaining its core audience of digitally forward young men.” Critics have good reason to be skeptical: ESPN2’s airing of an eSports college competition perplexed viewers, frustrated broadcasters, and scored a 0.1 Nielsen rating. (Adweek)
British director Anthony Wilcox’s new action-packed thriller,Shield 5, is captivating audiences—the Instagram audience that is. The series, which currently has 30,000 followers, is being called “social cinema,” and each episode is the length of an Instagram video: just 15-seconds. Wilcox’s love for fast-turnaround projects and very low budget is what ultimately inspired him to choose the platform. There was also the potential to go viral: "If you’ve got the opportunity to show your work to a much, much bigger audience…all around the world, it might be worth trying it." (Fast Company)
Quote of the Day: “I share my selfies by making it my profile picture.” —Female, 23, IL