Popping Up for the Holidays: E-tailers Are Making the Leap Offline for Seasonal Shoppers

It’s a short holiday season this year, with fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas than usual. With the cramped shopping season, a trip to the store is feeling pretty harried and rushed for Millennials, who are also often more comfortable buying gifts from behind a screen than then getting stampeded in a store. Cyber Monday was a huge success, following a lackluster Black Friday—perhaps further solidifying the power of the online shopper. But still, shopping offline is a part of Millennials' holiday behavior—and they still plan to get out there with their shopping bags in hand. When we asked 14-29-year-olds where they planned to do the majority of their holiday shopping, 59% told us they would be shopping mostly in-store. As a generation that truly lives with one foot in the digital world and one foot out, it’s not too surprising that they plan to buy gifts that way as well, despite cries by some that they are spending all their time clicking on shopping carts instead of pushing them. Perhaps to match up with Millennials' online/offline mentalities, several online-only stores are bridging the gap into the offline shopper’s world, and bringing their wares to city sidewalks (busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style) for the season. Here are a handful of the usually online-only brands that are (somewhat surprisingly) setting up temporary shop IRL (in real life):  

1. Amazon Sells Kindles in SF

Though Amazon is a major player in the online shopping world during the holidays—a full 91% of 14-29-year-old Millennials who planned to shop online said they would be buying gifts on Amazon— it seems dominating the shopping lists on the internet wasn’t enough this year. The massive e-tailer set up a series of pop-up shops in malls throughout San Francisco to sell their Kindle…

 
 

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Quote of the Day:  “Young and Hungry are short 30 minute shows, so I can watch it on my lunch breaks at work. I like the humor and the characters. The story line is easy to follow. It's an easy show to binge watch.”—Female, 20, WS

Following Gatorade’s lead, Under Armour has added their own sponsored game to Snapchat. By swiping up on the brand’s 10-second ad, users can play “It Comes From Below,” an “endless runner” game featuring NFL star Cam Newton dodging obstacles like trees and wolves. The game also allows players to snap and send their scores to friends, along with a prompt to play themselves. Under Armour hopes to reach the 14-22-year-old high school and college athletes using the platform. (Adweek)

Coach is scrapping its mobile app to focus on chat instead. Deeming the app “no longer viable,” the luxury brand is shifting from convincing young consumers to come to their platform to going to where they already are, as part of their “ongoing comeback plan.” The new interactive Coachmoji iMessage keyboard can be used to create sharable mood boards depicting themes from their Spring 2017 collection. In the two weeks since the keyboard’s launch, daily engagement has reportedly already surpassed their former app. (Glossy)

The Obama administration is trying new and aggressive approaches to get young adults to sign up for health insurance. Less than 30% of the 13 million people who have signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act so far have been 18-34-year-olds—a group critical to the law’s success. To reach uninsured under-35-year-olds, the administration plans to advertise on video platform Twitch, and social networks like Facebook, Snapchat, and Tumblr. The campaign will revolve around the hashtag #HeavyAdulting and focus on medical issues most relevant to the group, like reproductive health. (The Wall Street Journal)

Family-friendly brands are creating content for Mattel’s updated View-Master toy. The Littlstar Family app—which can be uploaded on to an Apple or Android and then used along with Mattel’s virtual reality and 360-degree capable View-Master—will feature an extensive library of content from National Geographic, Disney, Bento Box Entertainment and Discovery Channel. Focused on immersive, Mattel also plans to launch a VR Batman experience for the toy this fall(Kidscreen

General Motors is going after experience-hungry young consumers who would rather share a car than own one. Their new start-up brand Maven offers a car sharing service that can paid for by the hour or day (no membership fee) and will be “rolling out city-by-city.” To market the new service, the brand sought out “local experts and connoisseurs” to tell stories that will “bring new cities to life.” An additional Maven service that will offer rides to airports will also be launched soon. (Ad Age)  

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