Maybelline’s First Male Ambassador: The Friday Don’t Miss List

Maybelline brings on their first ever male beauty influencer, e-commerce site ModCloth is going IRL, doctors say some Millennials’ fitness obsession may be going too far, and more links to click this Friday!

1. Maybelline Presents: Their First Male Ambassador

Our Genreless Generation trend found 78% of 13-33-year-olds say it’s ok for girls to be masculine and guys to be feminine, and CoverGirl embraced the gender blur when they cast the first ever CoverBoy last year. Don’t miss how Maybelline is now following CoverGirl’s lead, naming beauty influencer and vlogger Manny Gutierrez their first-ever male brand ambassador. Gutierrez, who has 2.1 million YouTube followers, has partnered with brands like Benefit and GlamGlow before, and says he is “thrilled to be able to work with a global brand…that is recognizing male influencer talent and is willing to shine a spotlight on it."

2. ModCloth Goes IRL

Experiencification was a marketing star in 2016 that will no doubt continue to evolve and grow this year, and even brands who have found their success online are beginning to create IRL experiences. Don’t miss a look at ModCloth’s first ever brick-and-mortar location, opened at their young shoppers’ insistence. Designed as a “fit shop,” the store offers appointments where consumers can be measured and have a one-hour consultations with a stylist. Walk-ins are also welcome, and free to browse the store’s selection—which is divided by “moods and moments” like work or date night outfits.

3. Are Millennials Working Out Too Hard?

When we asked Millennials and teens their 2017 New Year resolutions, getting and staying physically fit came out on top, and  we asked about fitness last year, 73% of 13-33-year-olds agree “I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be athletic.” But don’t miss how some…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “New wedding traditions I’ve noticed are the return of the wedding band (not just DJ), and weekend activities even if the wedding isn't a destination.”—Female, 30, DC

The election inspired Millennials to start reading (some) major newspapers again. According to a Pew Research Center study, 44% of 18-49-year-olds received their election news from The New York Times, 37% received it from The Washington Post, and 27% went to The Wall Street Journal—compared to 23%, 19%, and 15% of those 50 and older respectively. Local newspapers did not get as much love from the younger generation, with only 23% turning to them compared to 67% of older consumers. (Fortune)

How did Vans get on every “cool kid’s radar?” They have their exclusive Vault line to thank. In the early 2000s, the shoe line was struggling to reach young consumers with their classic styles, so they were reimagined with collaborator-inspired designs and sold in limited quantities at higher price points in partner stores only. The strategy was “a marketing exercise for boosting energy and brand affinity,” and helped bring the brand to international levels, most likely driving a 7% increase last quarter. (Glossy

PepsiCo reports that almost half of its revenue now comes from healthy foods. With young consumers not drinking sweet carbonated beverages the way they used to, the brand pledged to cut calories from their sugary drinks but has been moving at a “glacial pace.” Almost half of their revenue is now coming from their “guilt-free” product category, like Baked Lay’s and Naked juices, 25% from “everyday nutrition” like water and healthier snacks, and the brand is admitting soda is “becoming a smaller part of” their future. (Grub Street

An app bringing tech to pre-K just secured $10 million in venture funding. Brightwheel helps pre-K teachers and daycare providers manage their business, while updating parents on their child’s status throughout the day with photos and messages. Along with premium access, it is available for free with limited features which the founder hopes would appeal to lower income communities: “Something like 85% of brain development happens in the first 3 years of life…Access to good pre-K care is low in the US, we’re ranked 26th globally. And we think tech can help to change that.” (TechCrunch

Over nine in ten of Millennials say the post-grad job hunt was difficult. The insight from a recent Job Applicator Center study reflects employers’ tendency to hire skilled workers for entry-level positions while overlooking recent graduates. The study also found that 18-34-year-olds have already had 2.7 jobs on average and 41% only plan to be at their current job for two years or less—most likely because they are looking for employers who invest in them beyond just salaries and benefit packages. (Job Application Center

Quote of the Day: “I want my wedding to be authentic, joyful and audacious.”—Female, 30, NE

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