iPhone X Memes, Bodega Backlash, & Bad Pizza Are on The Viral List

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

Two ex-Googlers feel the internet’s wrath for threatening bodegas, iPhone X and all its memes do not disappoint, an inclusive fashion week show makes headlines (with a little help from SNL’s Leslie Jones), and more stories you do not want to miss this week!

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe Internet Bands Together For Bodegas

It could have been the implied desire to make beloved mom and pop shops “a thing of the past.” It could have been co-opting the name “Bodega,” or the added insult of using a bodega cat logo—a nod to the kitties that “notoriously lounge” at the same stores under threat. Most likely, all these and more were to blame for the fury directed at two ex-Googlers and their startup this week. Recently profiled by Fast Company, Bodega places customizable pantry boxes into apartment buildings, dorms, gyms, etc., providing food items and household goods. The startup’s vision and arguably culturally insensitive name set off a huge, angry, and viral response, as evidenced by one tweet with over 11,000 likes: “Wealthy tech bros are so uncomfortable interacting w working class POC that they think a glorified vending machine is better than a bodega.” The founders have since apologized, stating, "Challenging the urban corner store is not and has never been our goal.”

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingiPhone X (& its Memes) Do Not Disappoint

Apple’s highly anticipated, live-streamed announcement of iPhone X this week did not disappoint—and neither did the rush of memes created in response. Its $999 price tag, the overshadowing of the also new iPhone 8, and double screens all served as inspiration for internet hilarity—but it was its facial-ID unlocking feature that went most viral. A lot of people made the same joke about Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark’s face-stealing advantage. Then there’s WWE’s John Cena’s tweet, based on his character’s…

 
 

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