Crude Jack In The Box Ad Sparks Backlash on The Viral List

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Jack In The Box’s new commercial is in the middle of a controversy, the Oscars’ new popular film category is really unpopular, a Walmart employee has gone viral for her good deed, and more stories that are taking over the internet this week…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingCrude New Jack In The Box Ad Sparks Backlash

It may seem obvious that now is the wrong time to joke about sexual innuendos in the workplace, but apparently Jack In The Box didn’t get the memo. Their recent ad, called “Jack’s Bowls,” features Jack walking through his office talking about his “bowls” while coworkers compliment his “bowls” in turn. (Get it guys? Get it?!?) Taglines that appear in the YouTube summary include “Taste my bowls,” and “Get your hands on my bowls.” Adweek has put the ad under fire, saying that the excessive genital references in the workplace promote a boy’s club culture and “locker room talk.” However, MarketWatch questions whether this ad is as offensive as some media outlets make it out to be—and many Twitter users seem to agree. @ElishaKrauss wrote “I watched the ad and wasn't offended... is that weird?” while @PeiWei_Tiger pointed out the bigger problem: “TBH im more offended that @jackbox thinks this is a proper teriyaki rice bowl.”

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe Oscars’ New Popular Film Category is Really Unpopular

The Oscars are adding a popular film category to win back viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter—but people aren’t happy about it. Ypulse data shows that 63% of 13-34-year-olds didn’t watch the 2016 Oscars at all, and viewership has only declined since—hitting a record low last year. More viewers tune in for their favorite films than for limited-release indie darlings, so adding hits to the roster seems like a good bet to bring back some viewers. “Seems like” is the optimal phrase here. Though some are excited for their…


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Networks are launching an onslaught of new streaming services to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu. CBS, Disney, and now Warner Media are hopping on the bandwagon to compete for young cord-cutters' viewing time. The digital switch makes sense, considering 74% of 13-36-year-olds told Ypulse they watch Netflix weekly, versus 33% who watch cable weekly. But one eMarketer analyst predicts this over-saturation in the streaming wars will lead to “a shakeout," in which companies will be weeded out unless they consolidate their offerings. (THR)

Macy’s is putting virtual reality in 90 stores, with the “largest VR rollout in retail history.” Shoppers can don HTC Vive VR headsets to create 3D floor plans, design their living spaces, deck them out with Macy’s furniture, and then take a step inside of the room. The retail tech enables smaller Macy’s stores to offer a lot more inventory to shoppers, and follows in the footsteps of other reality-bending home décor brands. And, according to Macy’s, VR sales were 60% higher than regular sales in their three pilot stores. (MediaPost)

Prada is plotting a comeback among young consumers. They’ve been slow to adapt to digital, but now the luxury company is emphasizing Instagram and aiming to grow their online sales, which were just 5% in early 2018. While investors applaud Prada’s dive into digital, they also believe the brand needs to shutter several stores—not just to increase “profitability” but to create “the illusion of scarcity.” Prada also has to recover from being late to the luxury streetwear game. (Bloomberg)

Some teens are opting for technical school over four-year universities. At Queens Tech, high schoolers are trained to take on non-desk jobs, like being an electrical engineer or working for public transit companies. Earning a high paycheck that isn’t chipped away by student debt is helping to overcome the societal stigma of skipping college. According to one Queens Tech student, “If you’re a construction worker, you may get paid the same as a doctor, but you don’t look as good.” (Vice)

Don't expect to see macho men and swooning women in grooming brands' latest ads. Instead, companies across the industry are toning down the machismo for Millennial & Gen Z males. Some are blurring gender lines, like Dollar Shave Club, whose “Get Ready” spots debunked stereotypes by not just casting straight, cis males. Other brands are betting modern men are more in touch with their emotions, like Gillette, who shared the touching story of a man’s son becoming an NFL linebacker, despite missing one hand.
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