ASOS Nixes Airbrushing & Makes The Viral List

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ASOS goes viral for showing flaws, an animation about a man not named Steve is trending on Reddit, a viral Tumblr post is ripping apart the “Millennials are killing…” narrative, and more links you’ll want to see before you end out the week…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingASOS Bares All and Goes Viral

ASOS has gone Photoshop-free and viral this week. In 2016, the e-commerce fashion retailer took a stance in the body-positive movement, tweeting “Natural is best…We think everyone is beautiful just the way they are!” Now their website reflects that ethos by featuring bikini models sans retouching, baring stretch marks, acne spots, and all. Many are praising the new images, with some Twitter users thanking the retailer for making them feel more accepting of their own bodies and their “tiger stripes.” ASOS isn’t the only retailer embracing The Body Positive trend: Target’s recent swimwear campaign also features models with visible stretch marks, and Victoria’s Secret released a photo of one of their angels without Photoshopping her marks away.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThis Man is Not Named Steve But He’s Going Viral

An animation about a man not named Steve is trending on Reddit r/videos subreddit, racking up over a million views in one day. Created by YouTuber and musician Bill Wurtz, “hi, i’m steve” is a minute-long, “gloriously random animation” about a poorly-drawn stick-figure not named Steve and how he lives his life. The crude imagery and bizarre music that has captured the internet’s attention falls in line with Wurtz’s past viral videos, including the 20-minute-long “history of the entire world, i guess” which has over 25 million views on YouTube.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingMillennials’ Killer Reputation Goes Viral on Tumblr  

Millennials are a generation of killers! Chain restaurants, golf, cereal, marriage, bars of soap, and many other industries have all…

 
 

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“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

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