A New Viral Starbucks Cup is Here on The Viral List

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Starbucks has unveiled new spring-themed cups (to mixed responses), a campaign from upcoming film Ghost in the Shell backfires, a Millennial woman standing up against racial abuse is being called a hero, and more links that are trending right now…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingA New Viral Starbucks Cup is Here!

For the first time ever, Starbucks is debuting limited-edition spring-themed cups, and as expected they’re already generating plenty of buzz online. The retailer has run into trouble in the recent years for their holiday cups with a more minimalist design, with many debating whether the lack of Christmas symbols was an attack on Christianity. Their new cups sport a clean aesthetic, coming in three pastel colors inspired by Pantone’s spring trends. Instead of the famous logo, each cup has an empty white circle for customers to decorate themselves, or a simple doodle to inspire creativity. Internet response so far has generated mixed emotions, with many anticipating potential backlash.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingGhost in the Shell’s Campaign Backfires

Soon to be released film Ghost in the Shell has sparked outrage over whitewashing thanks to its casting of Scarlett Johansson as an Asian character, and critics have highjacked the movie’s latest campaign to express their displeasure. A new promotional video showcasing Johansson’s character is leading viewers to a site where they can create meme-like images with the film’s tagline. The prompt has led to a viral response, with many using the opportunity to speak out against the film with messages calling out the casting. One Twitter user who uploaded her creations—including one with a picture of Johansson and the caption “I am not Japanese”—has been retweeted over 6,000 times and liked by over 8,000.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingInternet Hails Millennial Woman On NYC Subway

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Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

Influencer marketing faced another tricky situation this week when PopSugar replaced influencers’ affiliate links with their own. RewardStyle and its Instagram product LikeToKnow.it’s network of content creators’ photos and sometimes entire feeds “were copied to the site via “thousands of ‘falsified vanity pages’ containing millions of images belonging to the network’s content creators.” The group is planning on seeking a class-action lawsuit on their intellectual property and for the lost revenue that PopSugar made each time a customer clicked to purchase. (Racked)

Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

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