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: 

Q: What goals do you have for yourself that your parents did not have? 

A: “Working for myself, finding a career field that fits with both my interests and skills, being in a relationship(s?) that is healthy and promotes growth (not necessarily marriage)…” –Male, 23, D.C.

Summer isn’t over yet, but there is already a prediction for what will be THE toy of the holiday season. The BB-8 droid, viral star of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, has been made into a real, working remote-control toy “every Star Wars fan has dreamed of owning.” The BB-8 droid can be controlled via smartphone app and with verbal commands, and operates like a remote control car—with the added magic of a robot head staying balanced on top of it. (WSJ)

“Give me my mobile TV!” According to Ericsson’s new media report, more than half of Millennials’ entertainment viewing time (53%) is spent on smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The numbers are even more dramatic among teens, who are watching nearly 75% of their TV and videos on mobile. Unsurprisingly, younger viewers are also watching linear TV less than older audiences, with 60% of 16-34-year-olds watching everyday, compared to 82% of 60-69-year-olds. (The Verge)

Major entertainment brands and TV networks are teaming up to solve the problem of the “growing legion of missing kids.” (See above.) The recently formed Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement is backed by Time Warner, Disney, NBCU, and many others, and is studying the viewing behavior of 2-17-year-olds to create a new measurement system that could account for all of the ways that they consume video—outside of “’old-school’ TV.” (Variety)

The teen years used to be all about fitting in, but for today’s middle and high schoolers, standing out is so much cooler than being like everyone else. Ypulse’s own Chief Content Officer MaryLeigh Bliss weighed in with a little why behind the what: “Teenagers have grown up learning innately about personal branding in order to stand out in a sea of billions of people. If you want followers and likes, you have to display photos and videos that show you doing and wearing interesting things. Otherwise you’re going to fade into the background.” (The Globe and Mail)

Children’s nonfiction is having a moment. Nonfiction children’s book sales have reportedly spiked, going up 38% in the last year for Penguin Young Readers Group. At Scholastic, Minecraft handbooks have in-print figures over 17.5 million, and non-fiction annuals like Scholastic Year in Sports have become so popular they are expanding the series with a gaming edition. (Publishers Weekly)

Quote of the Day: “My aspiration is to retire early and travel!” –Male, 27, CA

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