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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“[Anna Victoria is] a good role model to women and is changing the way the world looks at fitness and body image.”—Female, 21, CA

Abercrombie & Fitch is going gender-neutral for their new kids’ clothing line. The “Everybody Collection” features “tops, bottoms, and accessories” for five-14-year-old boys and girls. A&F’s Brand President explained their decision to appeal to The Genreless Generation: "Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl.'' The line of 25 new styles will be rolling out online and to 70 stores, starting this month. (Today)

Millennials & Gen Z already think the Nintendo Switch is cool, and now the brand is giving them more ways to use it. They’re introducing Nintendo Labo, “cardboard-based, interactive DIY experiences” for the Switch, tapping into the “toys-to-life” trend. The variety kit lets players construct five different “Toy-Con” experiences that include turning the Joy-Con controller into a motorbike handle complete with a throttle that can be twisted to accelerate, and creating a piano that senses which keys are pressed to produce the correct musical note. (Kidscreen)

YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos from its platform. Teens started eating Tide pods when memes showcasing their Gusher-like colors went viral. The brand has since issued warnings not to eat the pods, and some stores have even begun locking up the product. YouTube has explained the decision to take down the popular pod-eating videos as a continuation of their policy to “prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm." Some are suggesting that pressure from parent company Procter & Gamble may have also been a factor. (Mashable)

The streaming wars are continuing, but audiences are turning to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for very different kinds of content. Hub Entertainment Research found original content is winning users' time on Netflix, while over half watch Hulu for its syndicated collection, and movies are most popular on Amazon Prime. The study also found that most Americans overall spend their entertainment time watching TV (40%), but 18-24-year-olds are most likely to engage with gaming and online video, like YouTube. (Quartz)

Outdoor Voices embraced Millennials’ minimal moment to break onto the athleisure scene. The brandless brand goes for a minimalist aesthetic with pops of color, and sees itself as an anti-Nike of sorts. The founder explains that they’re “a recreational Nike” because “With Nike and so many other brands, it’s really about being an expert, being the best. With OV, it’s about how you stay healthy—and happy.” Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: the company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2013, climbing a startling 800% in 2016 alone. (Vogue)

“I saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

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