Monthly Teen Mag Roundup

Few phenomena have reached the level of fandom among teen girls as One Direction and “The Twilight Saga,” so it’s only fitting that these two topics appear on the cover of December/January teen magazines. One Direction have established themselves as the most popular young stars this year, and this month marks the end of an era for Twihards with the final film, “Breaking Dawn - Part 2.” We’re sure the newest issues of Teen Vogue and Seventeen will be a favorite among readers for their cover stars, as well as the variety of content packed inside.

Harry Styles Teen VogueEach member of One Direction has their own cover for the latest issue of Teen Vogue, tapping into their enormous influence and providing collectable content, which young people crave. The Fantastic Five, as Teen Vogue calls them, continue to rise in popularity and they’re featured inside the mag with a spread on their massive success, how they got to where they are, the recent release of their second album, “Take Me Home,” and their upcoming world tour.

Speaking of fame,Teen Vogue also features Maude Apatow, the daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann who’s made a name for herself on Twitter. She’s proving to be a voice of tweens with her relatable and witty tweets and she’s wise beyond her years, as evident from the articles she writes for HelloGiggles. She also explains how she wants to be like Lena Dunham and Sofia Coppola, talented female writers who are role models for many girls as well. Maude is one to watch for providing relatable commentary in 140 characters or less.

When it comes to fashion, this month’s issue highlights how a new generation of girls are proud to wear the pants. They’re embracing pantsuits, showing their power, especially in the business world. They aren’t afraid to rock menswear-inspired styles and they seek to…

 
 

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Fast fashion is only getting faster as Asos & Boohoo outpace industry front-runners, Zara and H&M, moving clothes from concept to sales floor in less than four weeks. These up and comers’ fast paced supply chains, coupled with millennial-minded tactics and strong social media presences, are driving a 30-35% expected sales growth for Asos and 50% for Boohoo. A major contributor to Boohoo’s profit margin is its army of celebrities, bloggers, and other influencers who promote its clothing across Instagram. Zara and H&M, meanwhile, saw slowing YOY sales growth; H&M has admitted its need to speed up and announced plans to change its supply chain accordingly. (QuartzThe Guardian)

A new Doritos bag will be loaded with the entire Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack, via a built-in cassette player. A limited number of the “Awesome Mix” soundtrack bags will be available on Amazon tomorrow, and influencers will be activated to take the bag to surprising locales and sing a song of their choice. Fans will also be invited to go to custom pop-up recording booths, record their track, and upload it to social media for a chance to win prizes. Thanks to social media posts and unboxing trends, packaging has the potential to become a spotlight stealer, and brands are thinking outside the box to make packaging as interesting as the product. (Creativity)

Apple wants to be Gen Z’s Starbucks. The brand is reimagining stores to encourage teen hang out sessions, rebranding the Genius Bar as the Genius Grove, and aptly adding some foliage to the space. The start of a series of educational sessions next month will also bring in photographers, artists, and musicians to teach lessons and in some cases, perform concerts. Apple’s head of retail says of the effort: “I’ll know we’ve done a really, really great job if the next generation, if Gen Z says, ‘Meet me at Apple. Did you see what’s going on at Apple today?’” Ypulse’s Experiencification trend explored the fact that more retailers are looking to turn stores into social spaces to attract young shoppers. (QuartzApple)

Coachella has become a profit powerhouse, with earnings of $94 million last year, and nearly half of all attendees are 18-34-years-old. Brands have been looking for any way to activate their spending power through the event—including influencer marketing, which reportedly earns an estimated $6.50 for every $1 spent. This year, American Express became the first official credit card of the prodigious festival, using influencers to spread their message on-site instead of signage and “overt product messaging.” One AMEX executive emphasizes, “You can’t deny the power and reach of influencers today.”(Forbes)

Mars’ new ad has gone viral with Gen Z, thanks to the power of online celebrities. The video, promoting popular U.K. candy bar Maltesers as it launches in the U.S, features social media and YouTube stars Caspar Lee, Andrew Huang, and Dytto and has earned almost 2.8 million views in the last few weeks. The campaign encourages positivity in the face of typical “teen crises” as the influencers are shown turning #FML moments into “Fun Maltesers Life” moments. The spot is part of a larger effort, which will include distribution across social media channels, custom content creation with BuzzFeed, and a tour featuring an experiential photo-op, game play zone, and 10 million free samples. (MediaPost)

Quote of the Day: “I don't drink on a typical night, but my choice when I do have a drink is often red wine.”

—Female, 34, FL

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