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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Quote of the Day: “A wedding trend I’ve noticed recently is guests not dressing formally to the reception/wedding, more come as you are attitude.”—Female, 24, MI

This week, Mattel introduced an American Boy doll, their first male offering in the company’s 31-year history. New doll Logan Everett is part of a pair of singer-songwriters from Nashville who come with music-inspired accessories. The company reports that customers have been asking for a male doll for some time, and Mattel’s continuing strategy to diversify their offerings helped increase sales by 4% last year. (KidscreenNYTimes

Kids in Australia are spending more time online than watching TV. Research firm Roy Morgan reports that in 2016 six-13-year-olds spent an average of 12 hours a week online compared to 10.5 hours spent in front of the TV, the first time internet surpassed TV since the survey began in 2008. Online time has also almost doubled in the last eight years. The firm says, "The idea that TV is boring no matter what is on is just because TV is so static and it might have ads on it." (ABC

The current state of the White House has ignited Gen Z’s interest in politics—according to AwesomenessTV’s CEO, Brian Robbins. He reports that his own children’s newfound fascination with politics sparked by the recent election has inspired him to bring more political content to AwesomenessTV. Because “[a]n audience that really wasn't that interested is now really interested," the company will move away from “fluffy, horrible” entertainment news into political news, which could be in the form of documentaries, or scripted shows. (Business Insider)

Millennials are reporting higher rates of depression than any other generation, creating challenges at work. To avoid the stigma surrounding mental issues, young employees are increasingly resorting to using personal days to recuperate from anxiety, depression, and other afflictions. According to one expert, “this generation is not necessarily more depressed than workers of past generations, but more equipped to recognize it”—however, they fear judgement from their employers. (MarketWatch)  

Is Snap Inc. really a camera company? They say they are, and in their IPO filing the brand wrote, “In the way that the flashing cursor became the starting point for most products on desktop computers, we believe that the camera screen will be the starting point for most products on smartphones.” WeChat’s ability to read QR codes, Pinterest’s new visual search, and Facebook Messengers’ new visual capabilities all point to expanding capabilities of a camera—and the fact that “users’ experience of the world is increasingly mediated through cameras.” (The New Yorker)  

Quote of the Day: “I have a diamond wedding ring but any stone would be beautiful and appreciated.”—Female, 24, MN

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