Influencers, Instagrammability, and Wanderlust: The Ypulse Trend Report Is Here!

The newest Ypulse trend report is here, delving into how young consumers really feel about influencers and influencer marketing, the impact of Instagrammability on brands and marketing, and how the wanderlust generation travels today…

Our latest trend report is here! Every quarter, Ypulse takes you beyond the fads and viral content, with a report that explores three big shifts impacting Millennial and Gen Z young consumers. From the way they communicate to what they believe and what they expect from brands, the Ypulse Quarterly examines the landscape-altering trends that young consumers are fueling. This report, we’re looking at the impact of influencers and influencer marketing—from Millennials and Gen Z’s point of view, the new currency of Instagrammability, and the way that Generation Wanderlust really travels.

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Here’s a look at the three trends you’ll be seeing:

THE INFLUENCER EFFECT

Influencer marketing is allowing the online-famous to make big bucks with brands clamoring to strike partnerships in an effort to reach the elusive ad-skipping generations. While brands race to understand the effectiveness of the now-popular tactic, we went straight to the source, and asked young consumers what they really think about influencers and influencer marketing. We uncovered that over three in ten Gen Z & Millennials consider online celebrities their friends, even more are more likely to consider purchasing a product their favorite online celebrity recommends, and so much more about the Influencer Effect. This trend explores the driving factors behind the trend to help you construct the most effective of influencer strategies.

INSTAGRAMMABILITY

It’s the era of the Unicorn Frappuccino, when food, places, products, even colors have the potential to become viral phenomena—and moneymakers—thanks to the power of the perfect social media shot. Instagrammability has become a currency for brands, and finding the perfectly picturesque is a rising motivator for young consumers, influencing the places they visit and the brands that they buy. Now brands are facilitating Instagrammable moments, with events, products, and campaigns focused on providing the best post possible—and 56% of 13-34-year-olds tell us that they like it when brands create things designed to be shared on social media. Instagrammability is more important than ever before, and we’re diving into the marketing it’s motivating, and more.

GENERATION WANDERLUST 

Considering 96% of Millennials and Gen Z are interested in travel, it’s no wonder they’re changing the rules when it comes to where to go, what to see, when to plan, and how to budget. Think Airbnb is their favorite way to stay? Think again. Immersing themselves in local culture is certainly at the top of their priorities, but hotels and resorts continue to be trusted for finding deals, feeling safe, and all-in-one perks. This generation has lofty goals—they want to visit far off destinations and continually explore new places. Mixing checks on their bucket list with staycations and local family-oriented trips is how they’re fulfilling that sense of wanderlust. The average Millennial will take more than three trips this year—make sure you know how to be a part of their experience.

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The Newsfeed

“I love watching movies and shows uninterrupted.”—Female, 18, CO

Mattel just made the first hijab-wearing Barbie. She’s based on Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won the Olympic bronze medal for fencing for the U.S. while wearing a hijab. Brands are bringing diversity to the toy aisle to appease The Diversity Tipping Point generation’s appetite for inclusion, and this new doll is a step in the right direction. She gives girls a new role model and (in Muhammad’s words) encourages them "to embrace what makes them unique." Mattel has plans to create an entire line of Barbies based on inspirational women next year. (BBC)

Another ‘90s classic, Are You Afraid of the Dark, is coming to the big screen and revisiting Millennials’ childhood nightmares. Nostalgia entertainment is big business for the entertainment industry, who are hoping to capitalize on Millennials and Gen Z’s trademark wistfulness, and it doesn’t hurt that this screenplay for the remake is being written by It’s screenwriter. With horror proving it can bring in massive audiences these days, this mixture of dark content and nostalgia is a good bet to get them in theaters. (Collider)

Millennials are causing a “baby bust”—they aren’t having enough kids to keep the U.S. population at the “replacement level.” According to the Negative Population Growth Inc., the birth rate has dropped below the death rate, with women are having an average of just 1.8 births compared to the 2.1 needed to keep the population steady. The research blames all Millennials for the drop, reporting that “irth rates for all age groups of women under 30 fell to record lows in 2016.” (Washington Examiner)

Kellogg’s is coming back to NYC, with a bigger (and maybe better) cereal café than last year’s Times Square popup. The 5,000 square foot Union Square space will be a permanent place for Millennials to try crafty concoctions from Kellogg’s, who hopes getting the demo to rethink the product will keep Millennials from “killing” cereal as we know it. The company claims “It’ll be a destination for foodies and people to chill, create and explore the endless possibilities of cereal all in one place, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or a snack later in the day.” (CSA)

People are binging Netflix in public—at work, in line, and even on the toilet. A new study from Netflix found that 67% of viewers have watched a show or movie in public, 37% admit to tuning in at work, and 12% have pressed play in a public restroom. One in five have cried during a public streaming session, and 11% have seen a spoiler on another public streamer’s screen—but that’s not stopping them. The Binge Effect is real and bigger than ever: 60% of respondents said they binge more content than they did last year. (MashableMarkets Insider)

“I really enjoyed Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul does a really good job capturing the same intensity and intrigue that the original series did…”—Male, 28, NY

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