Pepsi More Than Misses the Mark on The Viral List

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

Pepsi learns a valuable lesson this week, Facebook’s Stories have inspired a new meme, a two-year-old and her doll go viral, and more trending links you have to see:

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingPepsi More Than Missed the Mark

These days, every ad can be political and social good has become a powerful marketing force (especially with young consumers getting Activated). But as Pepsi learned the hard way, there is definitely a wrong way to go about it. On Tuesday, the brand released an ad centered around a protest, only to take it down a few days later after igniting the fury of a generation. The ad, in which model Kendall Jenner hands a Pepsi to a police officer to invoke peace, has been described as “cringeworthy,” and went viral thanks to accusations of trivializing a cause and appropriating imagery from protests against police brutality. The tone-deaf ad generated a massive social media response, the most notable from the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. Her tweet, with an image of her father being pushed back by police and the caption: “If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi,” was retweeted over 150,000 times and liked over 250,000 times.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingEVERYTHING Is Getting a Stories Feature

This week the internet had some fun at Facebook’s expense. After the platform announced that, like Snapchat and Instagram, they too are adding a Stories feature, the internet wondered aloud what could be next—hence the viral “will have stories now” meme. Tweets with manipulated photos are announcing traffic tickets, printed books, hammers, Donald Trump, Microsoft’s Office Excel, and even bananas “will now have stories.” One of the more popular tweets, with a pregnancy test showing stories instead of results, has generated over 30,000 retweets and close to 90,000 likes.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingSophia and Her Doll Go Viral

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“I observe holidays and religion-based traditions but am more connected to it as a culture than as a religion.”—Female, 27, MA

Chinese youth have a “selfie obsession” that’s changing beauty standards and creating a new tier of celebrity. The Influencer Effect is full blown in China, where young consumers are beautifying their selfies via filter apps like Meitu and plastic surgery—all in the quest to look more like wang hong, their internet celebrities. One influencer, HoneyCC, argues that “Selfies are part of Chinese culture now, and so is Meitu-editing selfies.” But some say the trend is pushing the population to become more homogenous by favoring certain features, and headlines have lashed back against the whitening of skin prevalent in social apps. (The New Yorker)

Eighty-one percent of Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily’s Millennial readers say social media is the best way for advertisers to reach them. Bustle’s latest questionnaire also found that 40% of their 18-34-year-old readers prefer Instagram for brand communications, followed by trusted websites, email, and online articles. Some other fun insights: Over half believe that a company should give back, instead of just turning a profit, and 49% think “companies should do more to protect the environment.” (Adweek)

Drug use is down among teens—except when it comes to marijuana and vaping. From the 1990s to 2017, the percentage of teens who said they’d been drunk dropped from 46% and 58%, and those reporting they’ve smoked cigarettes from 26% and 17%. However, marijuana use increased for the first time in seven years in 2017, while vaping is up as well, with at least 19% of high school seniors, 16% of sophomores, and 8% of eighth-graders saying they’ve vaped in the past year. (LATimes)

Two modern dating shows are coming to Facebook Watch. The first “unscripted dating show” from SoulPancake, Love & Longitude, is shot on iPhones and shows two potential love interests’ relationship blossoming across FaceTime, social media, and other digital interactions. The second dating show from Machinima, Co-Op Connection, plays into the esports craze. One bachelor gets to pick his partner based on their personality—and their skills at the videogame, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. (tubefiltertubefilter)

Some cities are past their “peak Millennial” populations, as the generation increasingly finds new digs in the suburbs. Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles all reached their highest Millennial population in 2015, and New York and Washington D.C. are showing slowing Millennial growth, according to U.S. Census data. Meanwhile Chicago’s suburbs and others have seen an uptick in their young adult populations—another Millennial myth debunked. Which urban centers are still attracting the demo as they age up? “Tech hubs” like Seattle and San Francisco. (Time)

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