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Teen breaks record for the most viral tweet of all time—and Wendy’s gets a lot of free marketing, cloud eggs are the latest Instagrammable food trend, Dove’s new body positive packaging backfires, and more stories you won’t want to miss from this week!

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingTeen’s Breaks Record with a Wendy’s Tweet

This week, 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson of Reno, Nevada broke the record for the most viral tweet of all time—and scored himself a year of free Wendy’s in the process. It all started in early April with a tweet from Wilkerson to the brand asking how many retweets he would need for a year of free chicken nuggets, to which @Wendys replied, “18 Million.” The interaction went viral, garnering over 3.5 million retweets to date, and surpassing Ellen DeGeneres’s Guinness World Record title for most retweeted message on Twitter. Despite not reaching the 18 million, Wendy’s has granted Wilkerson his wish for a year of free chicken nuggets and took the opportunity to also donate $100K to an organization that helps find homes for foster children. (Only fair, since they’ve gotten at least $100K in free marketing from the story.)

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingInstagram-Worthy Cloud Eggs Are Trending

Fantasy-inspired foods are continuing to take over feeds, and this time it’s in the form of Instagrammable cloud eggs. The fluffy concoction made from egg whites through a “labor-intensive” process, is not a new concept but has found a recent resurgence in interest—most likely due to its Instagram-worthiness. A search of #cloudeggs on Instagram now generates over 1,500 images, and one account that makes a habit of capturing elaborate, picture-worthy breakfasts has brought in over 32,000 views with a video of the dream-like eggs in action. Currently, the trending picturesque breakfast is thriving off of DIY recipes, but we predict…

 
 

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The Newsfeed

“[Anna Victoria is] a good role model to women and is changing the way the world looks at fitness and body image.”—Female, 21, CA

Abercrombie & Fitch is going gender-neutral for their new kids’ clothing line. The “Everybody Collection” features “tops, bottoms, and accessories” for five-14-year-old boys and girls. A&F’s Brand President explained their decision to appeal to The Genreless Generation: "Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl.'' The line of 25 new styles will be rolling out online and to 70 stores, starting this month. (Today)

Millennials & Gen Z already think the Nintendo Switch is cool, and now the brand is giving them more ways to use it. They’re introducing Nintendo Labo, “cardboard-based, interactive DIY experiences” for the Switch, tapping into the “toys-to-life” trend. The variety kit lets players construct five different “Toy-Con” experiences that include turning the Joy-Con controller into a motorbike handle complete with a throttle that can be twisted to accelerate, and creating a piano that senses which keys are pressed to produce the correct musical note. (Kidscreen)

YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos from its platform. Teens started eating Tide pods when memes showcasing their Gusher-like colors went viral. The brand has since issued warnings not to eat the pods, and some stores have even begun locking up the product. YouTube has explained the decision to take down the popular pod-eating videos as a continuation of their policy to “prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm." Some are suggesting that pressure from parent company Procter & Gamble may have also been a factor. (Mashable)

The streaming wars are continuing, but audiences are turning to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for very different kinds of content. Hub Entertainment Research found original content is winning users' time on Netflix, while over half watch Hulu for its syndicated collection, and movies are most popular on Amazon Prime. The study also found that most Americans overall spend their entertainment time watching TV (40%), but 18-24-year-olds are most likely to engage with gaming and online video, like YouTube. (Quartz)

Outdoor Voices embraced Millennials’ minimal moment to break onto the athleisure scene. The brandless brand goes for a minimalist aesthetic with pops of color, and sees itself as an anti-Nike of sorts. The founder explains that they’re “a recreational Nike” because “With Nike and so many other brands, it’s really about being an expert, being the best. With OV, it’s about how you stay healthy—and happy.” Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: the company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2013, climbing a startling 800% in 2016 alone. (Vogue)

“I saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

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