3 Fast-Rising Female YouTubers To Know

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

While some influencers are making marketers afraid to use the platform, these three female YouTubers are making the platform a better (and more ad-safe) place:

Ypulse’s media consumption tracker shows that YouTube is one of the top places Gen Z and Millennials consume content, and they even go so far as to say that YouTube is cooler than Apple. Advertisers are meeting them there: EMarketer predicts that digital video ad spend will surge 30% this year, with YouTube’s growing 17% to a $3.36 billion total. They’re not just talking about 15-second spots either, because longform YouTube videos are more popular than ever, reports Wired. Ooyala found that smartphone users spend 54% of the time they’re viewing videos on content that’s at least 20 minutes long—a 29% increase from 2016.

But it’s not all rainbows and unicorns in the magical land of YouTube (though there are plenty of both). The platform has been a dark place of late, as they struggle with surfacing appropriate content and the safety of their algorithm. Earlier this year, parents became alarmed about the kinds of content their kids were encountering—and their worries weren’t unfounded. In addition to the out-right disturbing videos (we’re looking at you, “Elsa Shootout Video”) slipping through the algorithm’s cracks, there’s tons of content that is questionable at best, like the viral “Johny Johny Yes Papa”—and its “increasingly bizarre versions.” And influencers—who marketers depend on not just for partnered videos but for quality content to align their ads with—are causing concern as well. From PewDiePie’s offensive comments to Logan Paul’s suicide forest stunt, YouTube may be where Millennials & Gen Z’s eyes are—but it’s not always the best place for brands to build their image.

Luckily, viewers seem to be using their views…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “The [financial] industry has been slow to adapt to the ways in which young people want to be communicated with and to communicate with each other.”—Ian Rosen, CEO, StockTwits (YPulse)

Instagram users can now purchase products without leaving the app. The platform’s shopping tags are evolving to allow users to check out directly inside the app from about 20 retailers using saved payment and shipping information. The move doesn’t just give Facebook a direct cut of each sale, but also allows the platform to collect data that they’ll leverage in their ad targeting. Instagram’s influence over young consumers’ purchases continues to skyrocket, and according to our Shoppability trend, 72% of Gen Z & Millennials are open to buying products on social media. (Recode)

Disney and MAC Cosmetics are debuting a nostalgic makeup line for Aladdin fans. The Disney Aladdin collection features lipstick, an eyeshadow palette, and bronzer in jewel and metallic hues that Princess Jasmine might wear with her bright turquoise outfit. The partnership is part of the lead-up to the live-action Aladdin’s debut, and isn’t MAC’s first time introducing fans to whole new worlds of Disney-themed cosmetics. In the past, they’ve also released Cinderella and Disney villains-themed lines. (Teen Vogue)

Google announced their ambitious plan to become “the future of gaming:” a cloud-based streaming service called Stadia. Gamers will be able to play across device (phones, TVs, tablets, etc.) without waiting for the title to load in a YouTube-connected setting. That means viewers can instantly play titles featured in videos and stream their own gameplay to YouTube—which could challenge industry leader, Amazon-owned Twitch. The Netflix-like service is set to launch this year. (The Verge)

Instagrammable dim sum is going global. The craze stared in Hong Kong, where Social Places serves up bao made to look like tiny pigs and charcoal custard bao filled with “a thick liquid that oozes out like lava,” introducing three or four new incarnations each month to keep customers coming back. Meanwhile at Disneyland Hong Kong, Crystal Lotus customers dine on buns that look like their favorite animated characters, including Frozen's Olaf. In the U.S., San Francisco’s Chili House and New York’s RedFarm are some of the first to take on the trend. (Bloomberg)

Netflix’s next choose-your-own-adventure series lets viewers chart Bear Grylls’ journey through the wilderness. Soon, Netflix viewers will have the chance to become outdoors experts from the comfort of their couches, as they make the survival show celebrity’s choices as he traverses tricky situations. Grylls himself says that he’s “giving viewers an all-access pass to explore the world and its landscapes in my boots” and that “For the first time, my survival is in your hands.” (THR)

Quote of the Day: “One of the biggest myths about Millennials is that they do not want to engage with human beings, especially if a chatbot, app, or a website can be deployed.”—Xiomara Lorenzo, Director, Society of Grownups (YPulse)

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