If Millennials Could Pick The President…

Pick the PresidentWith about a week left until Election Day, the race is very much on most people’s minds. For many Millennials, it’s the first time they can vote in the election and have their voices heard. So in the spirit of the election and the power of the youth vote, we asked 340 Millennials who they would choose if they could appoint anyone to President. Their responses vary from political figures to pop culture icons, and even some friends and family whom they admire. But one thing’s for sure, they want a strong leader who will represent them, share their values, and most of all, is awesome!

Most Millennials stuck with political figures since they believe these people — including President Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and Ron Paul — know what they’re doing and have experience. However, others thought a little more outside of the box about the best leader. Several mentioned a comedian, which is in line with Comedy Central’s recent findings that Millennials want a political figure who’s humorous and makes an effort to connect with them. Specifically, several mentioned Ellen DeGeneres because they like her views, think she’s smart, and admire that she stands behind causes. Others said Jon Stewart since they trust his judgment, feel that he’s well informed, and funny. Stephen Colbert also came up often for similar reasons, and so did funny man Will Ferrell, reflecting just how important humor is to reaching this age group.

Then there were Millennials who mentioned people that they believe define their generation. Oprah was listed often since some young people feel she has worldwide experience, is intelligent, accepting, and influential. Lady Gaga was also mentioned since she cares about people, causes, and evokes a Millennial spirit in celebrating differences. Even…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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