How Bookstagrammers Are Working With Brands To Reach Young Consumers

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Bookstagrammers are inspiring their followers, and the publishing industry is teaming up with these niche influencers to win over young readers...

Remember when everyone was predicting that print would die out? That turned out to be nothing but a scary bedtime story. The NPD Group recently reported that sales of print books rose 2% for the first half of 2018, adding on to the 1.9% growth they reported last year (which was a 10.8% surge from 2013). Meanwhile, ebook sales are slumping. They dropped 4.8% for the first six months of this year, according to the American Publishers Association, putting them well on their way to dropping the same 10% in sales they did last year. Audiobooks, however, have seen a steady incline of listeners: The Pew Research Center found that the number of 18-29-year-olds who listen to audiobooks has risen from 16% in 2016 to 23% in 2017. But listening to books is still a niche activity when compared to print. Ypulse data shows that 56% of 13-35-year-olds enjoy reading books, 38% read books in their free time for pleasure, and 23% of 13-36-year-olds spend money on books in a normal month. Just take it from one 26-year-old female: “Books inspire [an] experience that can't be replicated by anything digital.”

But despite reading being one of Millennials’ and Gen Z’s biggest offline hobbies, traditional bookstores are struggling to find ways to market to young demos, as indie retailers and Amazon take more market share. Barnes & Noble’s woes are weighing heavily on the industry. The bookstore’s plan for bouncing back with new, revamped locations with surprisingly expensive in-store restaurants reportedly aren’t working. One chairman called the bottom lines of the experiential marketing move “awful.”

How Bookstagrammers Are Working With Brands To Reach Young Consumers_Main_Millennial ResearchWhat the book industry should be doing is looking to Instagram,…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “I like playing and talking about [Animal Crossing] with other people. It's nostalgic for me since I've been playing games from the series from a young age.”—Female, 22, PA

Which brands had the most YouTube subscribers in 2018? In media, Warner Bros. topped the list with 6.4 million subscribers, followed by BBC and ESPN. Apple beat out last year’s winner for tech PlayStation, while Red Bull and Ford remained the reigning champs of food and beverage and automotive, respectively. Finally, Nike was first place in the clothing category for the second year running, with 30,000 more subscribers than their closest competitor, Adidas. (Tubefilter)

A “Little League for esports” is fostering future esports stars—and fans for life. Super League Gaming is bringing some much-needed organization to youth competitive gaming, building teams of young Minecraft, League of Legends, and Clash Royal players, helping them train and compete. But the program isn’t just for the next Ninja; just like traditional sports, kids get a sense of community among like-minded friends. (AP News)

Nielsen reports that Millennials actually consume less media than older demos, but more of it is digital. While the average adult consumes over ten hours of content a day, 18-34-year-olds spend less than eight hours with media. And the heaviest smartphone users are 35-49-year-olds, who spend 20 minutes more each day on average with their phones than Millennials. However, the younger demo does spend 44% of their media time with digital devices, more than older demos that spend more time with TV as they age up. (THR)

Vitaminwater is wagering $100,000 that you can’t give up your smartphone for a year. Contestants have to disconnect from internet-enabled devices where “texting is a pleasant experience” for 365 days and post a pic to Twitter or Instagram explaining why they need the digital detox. And when the year’s up, they have to prove it. Considering that 65% of 13-36-year-olds told Ypulse they would be unable to unplug from their smartphones for a week, earning that $100,000 may be harder than they know. (Fortune)

Hard seltzer revenue skyrocketed over 400% over the past 18 months. White Claw leads the way for the category with top-of-the-results organic search (they’re the number one Google result for “hard seltzer”) and a social media presence that focuses on health and wellness-related imagery. Sparkling water is already one of Millennials’ favorite things to drink, and its hard version could rise through the ranks of their top alcoholic beverages. (Gartner)

Quote of the Day: “People call [video game culture] nerdy but I see nerdy as a positive connotation.”—Female, 28, MA

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