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

“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)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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