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: “When I go out, I just go where my friends are going.”
—Female, 22, DC

Influencer marketing is on track to grow next year, despite “significant questions about its effectiveness.” According to analysis by Chute, 66% of marketers surveyed have an influencer marketing strategy in place, but the majority aren’t calculating its success by direct sales. Over eight in ten say their top goal with influencers is to reach a new audience, and to measure effectiveness more than 70% look at engagement—either through likes or comments on Instagram, sceenshots on Snapchat, etc.—followed by reach or views, and then referral link click-throughs. (Digiday)

Higher education needs to prepare itself for a new target market. A steep drop in births during the Great Recession is expected to lead to a decrease in the number of U.S. high school graduates, especially among Caucasians: according to a Georgetown Center report, in 2030 white students will account for less than half of high school graduates. Growth within the Hispanic community can offset the decline, signifying that “schools will need to re-orient themselves toward a Hispanic, first-generation population to stay competitive.” (The Wall Street Journal

Health-conscious Millennials have some misconceptions when it comes to GMOs. New Pew Research shows that 21% of 18-29-year-olds believe genetically modified foods are “very likely” to lead to health issues, and 25% believe they create problems for the environment. But in actuality, scientific research says that GM foods are safe to eat, and as long as they’re developed properly “don’t pose any unique, undue threat to the environment.” The study also found that 12% follow vegetarian or vegan diets, which according to scientific research is a healthy habit to take on. (NYMAG

All tech toys are not created equal—according to the Institution for Engineering and Technology. Created with the “mission to encourage more girls to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology,” the Institution recently found that stem toys are three times more likely to target boys over girls, and nine out of ten “girls’ toys” are pink. The Institution reports the stereotypically gendered toys could actually deter young girls interested in engineering. (The Guardian)

Live video is increasingly becoming the space to watch for audience engagement. According to MarketsandMarkets, live video will be a $70 billion industry by 2021, and on Facebook, live content is generating 10x the amount of comments than typical videos. The holidays have proven to be an ideal opportunity for brands looking to dive in on the trend: Lowe’s Black Friday deals unveiling on Facebook Live reached an audience of 32,000 during broadcast, while Taco Bell’s livestream of their annual Friendsgiving dinner generated as many as 150,000 viewers. (Adweek)

Quote of the Day: “When I go out I look for pool tables…or something to do other than drink.”

—Female, 23, CA

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