2018’s Gerber Baby Makes History on The Viral List

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Gerber makes history announcing a boy with down syndrome as 2018’s Gerber Baby, Doritos’ “lady-friendly” chips backfires, selfie kid wins the 2018 Super Bowl, and more stories to keep you up to date on what’s going viral:

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing2018 Gerber Baby Makes History

This Wednesday, Gerber made history, announcing an 18-month-old boy with down syndrome as its 2018 Spokesbaby. Lucas Warren of Dalton, Georgia was chosen out of more than 140,000 babies in the company’s eighth annual Gerber Baby Photo Search for his “winning smile and joyful expression.” Along with winning $50,000, Warren will “take a front seat” on the brand’s social media channels throughout the year—and based on the internet’s response, many will be happy to see him there. According to his parents, they hope the brand’s choice “will impact everyone, that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community, and help more individuals with special needs be accepted.” Inclusive marketing has been desired by Millennials for quite some time now, and it’s especially important to young parents who want to see diversity reflected back to their own children.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingDoritos’ “Lady-Friendly” Chips Backfires

Doritos wants to make chips for women—and the Genreless Generation is not having it. In a recent episode of Freakonomics Radio, C.E.O of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi divulged the details behind their plans to create chips more suited for women, based on their findings that “a lot of the young guys eat the chips…and they lick their fingers with great glee…Women would love to do the same, but they don’t. They don’t like to crunch too loudly in public. And they don’t lick their fingers generously.” “Lady Doritos” started to trend on social media soon after, with many women sarcastically pointing out that instead of equal pay or an end to sex…

 
 

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PepsiCo needs to think small to compete with indie brands. Their new unit, The Hive, will be “a small entrepreneurial sort of agile group” to foster smaller brands and create new brands based on emerging trends. Unsurprisingly, The Hive is a response to consumers (ahem, Millennials) who are “demanding” healthier products and championing smaller labels. We continue to see big brands adopt startups, and startup thinking, as they navigate today’s competitive landscape. (Fortune)

Millennials and Gen Z are going to “extreme lengths” to share streaming passwords—and major platforms are losing millions. Magid research indicates that 35% of 21-35-year-olds and 42% of those younger than 21 share streaming service passwords, compared to 19% of Gen Xers and 13% of Boomers. One particularly amusing anecdote: the 20-something who uses the HBO Go login of a one-night stand from 2013. Though Netflix and HBO have both said that password sharing isn’t a problem, there’s no denying they are losing out on revenue—Hulu stakeholders estimated a loss of $1.5 billion yearly. (CNBC)

Wikipedia-branded streetwear has sold out. The site teamed up with LA streetwear brand Advisory Board Crystals for a “surprising” collaboration, and the resulting long sleeved tee emblazoned with “Internet Master” and Wikipedia’s puzzle logo was a success. All proceeds from sales were pledged to the Wikipedia Foundation, and the store is planning to restock “to make as large of a contribution as possible.” According to Ypulse Brandoms research, 60% of 13-35-year-olds say logos are back in style. (MashableThe Verge)

Fitbit’s new tracker is about more than just fitness. Though their smartwatch business is growing significantly faster than trackers, the brand “hasn’t given up” on their roots—and their newest model offers a range of features for wellness-focused users. While it, of course, tracks exercise and calorie burning, it also has built-in meditation, sleep tracking, and female health tracking. Since 96% of 18-34-year-olds tell Ypulse that taking care of their mental health is just as important as taking care of physical health, thinking beyond workouts could be a wise move. (Business Insider)

Amazon wants to steal away YouTube creators to bolster their own platform, Twitch. They’re reportedly offering multi-million dollar deals to influencers ranging from Gigi Gorgeous to Will Smith, hoping their large followings will follow them off of YouTube. So far, Twitch has 15 million daily users compared to YouTube’s 1.9 billion but Twitch’s SVP promises “a steady drumbeat of lots of new content.” They’re also reportedly looking to double their ad revenue in the next year, and their foothold on video games like Fortnite is sure to help. (Bloomberg)

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