A Match Made in Media: The Friday Don’t Miss List

We've rounded up what made it into Millennial newsfeeds this week, and why these trending topics matter to them. Don't miss it!

1. Twitter Teasers to Boost Cable Viewers
Twitter has undoubtedly changed TV viewing with a second-screen experience that heightens engagement and revamps marketing efforts, so don’t miss this week’s Twitter integration of Mob City, a TNT original series. The feed on @MobCityTNT unfolded the script in tweets and Vines and took followers up to a turning point in the show’s premiere episode, prompting them to tune in on Wednesday night for a cliffhanger reveal. Using Twitter as a pre-show teaser builds initial buzz among fans and prompts organic Twitter activity surrounding the show in the future.

2. Publish Like a Pro
It has never been easier for Millennials to string high quality visuals together to tell their story—on their mobile devices no less. These new apps turn Millennials into actors, directors, and editors, so why not magazine publishers? Don’t miss Readymag, “the simplest & most elegant web publishing tool.” The digital magazine creator makes it all too simple to create winning designs and share them with others, offering a new platform to turn blogs, photographs, and presentations into online publications.

3. The Mandela Generation
Yesterday’s Essentials revealed disillusionment among Millennials in the U.S. for Obamacare and for the president himself, but don’t miss the surge in political pride worldwide in remembering Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary leader who passed away yesterday. Mandela inspired true change, and specifically in South Africa, he created a new world for young Millennials, named the "Mandela Generation," who will be the first to grow up in South Africa’s democratic nation. Quotes from 12-13-year-olds show extreme…

 
 

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“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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