Photo Op Marketing: 3 Brands Giving Millennials the Perfect Social Media Shot

The latest marketing trend is all about creating the perfect picture. Brands are setting up photo opportunities in stores, pop-ups, and major marketing campaigns, giving Millennials everything they need to take the best shot to share on social media…

These days restaurants are being designed to include Instagrammable scenery, packaging, and dishes; Fashion Week shows are being created to include that one photographable display; and museums are embracing exhibits that look good on the mobile screen and encouraging social sharing. Finding a way to get your brand onto Millennials’ social media feeds has become a key tactic across industries. Last year, we spotted the rising trend of Instagrammable events—immersions created to be a series of photo-op worthy moments, and the ultimate social media-sharing experiences. Refinery 29’s 29 Rooms and the brand-sponsored Museum of Ice Cream (now in LA) were created to be fun, of course, but more than anything they gave visitors chance after chance to take the perfect picture to stand out on social.

Now, we’re seeing this photo-op approach spread into more areas, and marketing campaigns and stores alike set themselves up to provide photo op inspiration. Sunglass Hut is luring Millennials in-store with the promise of the perfect selfie. The brand’s new Melbourne flagship offers face-shape matching and styling services in a space designed to create a photo-worthy moment. The focus of the location, the “bling wall,” is made up of 150 dancing LEDs to light up selfies that young consumers are encouraged to share on social media. Here are three more brands designing photo-ops to give Millennials everything they need to take a shot to share on social media:

Magnum’s Designed-For-Instagram NYC Pop-Up

The perfect food pic is a status symbol on social…


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“I’ve been using Apple products for years. Although Samsung technology is probably better, I am so used to Apple that I would probably not switch.”—Female, 18, PA

Major financial institutions are still trying to figure Millennials out, so Prudential conducted a survey to gather some much-needed intel. The Great Recession-era adults are pessimistic about their financial futures: 79% don’t believe that “comfortable retirement” will be a possibility when they’re in their 80s and 70% think “it’s impossible” to save the recommended annual amount to make it possible. Ypulse found that saving for retirement falls behind other, more imminent financial priorities. (MediaPost)

Teens are rallying around the issue of gun control in increasing numbers. A recent survey from Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords (conducted by Ypulse) found that gun violence prevention is the top issue young people expect the candidate they vote for in 2018 to take a stance on. Six in ten 15-18-year-olds said they’re “’passionate’ about reducing gun violence” and 72% of 15-30-year-olds agreed that politicians who don’t do more to combat gun violence shouldn’t be re-elected. (Mic)

Need proof that the future of STEM is female? Just take a look at children’s drawings. From 1966-1977, researchers asked 5,000 students to draw a scientist, and about 99% of them drew men. Fast forward the same study to 1985-2016, and one-third of children drew a female scientist. But we still have a long way to go to break gender stereotypes: 14-15-year-olds “drew more male than female scientists by an average ratio of 4-to1." (CNN)

Digital consignment store ThredUp wants to open 100 IRL stores. They’re expanding their physical footprint from two to ten stores this year, with more planned for the future. Why are online-only brands increasingly building bricks-and-mortar? (Think: Glossier, Everlane, even ThredUp competitors like The RealReal). Creating experiences with guests from a common check-out up to an in-store event builds “trust” and “awareness.” (Glossy)

Are Instagram and dating apps “crippling” relationships? Psychotherapist Esther Perel thinks so. Ypulse data shows 27% of 18-35-year-olds have used a dating app, 12% use them weekly, and nearly eight in ten use other social media apps weekly or more often. All that time scrolling past potential partners creates a new kind of loneliness: Instead of feeling “socially isolated,” they’re “experiencing a loss of trust and a loss of capital while you are next to the person with whom you’re not supposed to be lonely.” (Recode)

“We should be nice and good to others because we would want the same in return, being rude to someone doesn't make the situation any better.”—Female, 21, MI

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