Raw Water is Flying Off The Shelves on The Viral List

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The hot new trend out of Silicon Valley is water, the internet is divided over the latest hybrid food invention, Logan Paul and YouTube in hot water, a Star Wars inspired #challenge, and other trending stories that are kicking off the new year!

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingRaw Water is Flying Off The Shelves

Untreated, unfiltered, natural spring water is the latest trend to come out of Silicon Valley—and some consumers can’t get enough. “Fueled by distrust for public water supplies in general,” raw water is being bottled directly from springs by brands like Live Water, and sold as the healthier, more natural alternative to regulated, treated water. After being covered by The New York Times, the trend has been condemned by experts who are warning consumers that drinking water straight from the source can lead to infections such as cholera, Hepatitis A, and E. coli. But the warnings have done little to dampen demand, and Live Water had to recently raise their price from $36 to $60 for a 2.5 gallon container to keep up.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingWhat is a Crossushi?

Another food craze that has the internet abuzz, and also happens to come from the San Fran area, is the perplexing mashup of sushi and croissants. The Crossushi, created by San Francisco’s Instagram-worthy eatery Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, is a croissant filled with smoked salmon, seaweed, wasabi and ginger, and comes served with a Kikkoman soy sauce sachet. The unique combination has divided the internet between those who want to end the madness and those who can’t wait to try it out. This isn't Mr. Holmes Bakehouse's first croissant invention. The eatery is also responsible for the Cruffin, a croissant and muffin hybrid that gets a lot of love on Instagram. 

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingLogan Paul and YouTube Get Hit With Massive Backlash

A YouTube video that amassed over six million views this past…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “Retail should be a facilitator for experience, rather than just selling product.”—Sharmandean Reid, Founder, Wah Nails London (YPulse)

Millennials seeking portable booze are cracking open canned wine. Even though the category still only accounts for less than 1% of the Millennial-favorite alcoholic beverages’ market, Nielsen reports it spiked 69% last year and continues to gain ground. An exec at Delicato Family Wines explains, “Millennials have grown up in a world where consuming wine outdoors—or any location outside of the traditional table—is more acceptable than generations past.” (Wine Spectator)

Summer camps are cropping up to teach kids how to become YouTubers. At I-D Tech Camps, Level Up, and Star Camps, kids can learn all about how to, as the latter puts it, “Become an Internet sensation.” They offer courses in how to create and post videos, from shooting clips to editing audio, and how to build their personal brand. But don’t worry, most are framing YouTubing as a hobby, not a career, and setting kids’ expectations accordingly. (WSJ)

A new bill could change the free-to-play profit model that’s made games like Fortnite top earners. Senators have proposed the official ban of “loot boxes,” or items that players can buy (and sometimes must buy) to win a video game, often gambling on what’s inside. Senator Ed Markey explains that “Inherently manipulative game features that take advantage of kids and turn play time into pay time should be out of bounds.” For some, this will eliminate a key revenue stream and open the door to review other in-game purchases.  (The Verge)

A social media overhaul upped Corn Nuts’ sales by 12%—with no paid support.The snack’s sales were stagnant before a new exec took over their Twitter, infusing it with the personable tone food brands have become known for (and sometimes notorious for). Since then, followers spiked from 650 to 21,000, and what they’re calling a “scrappy” strategy “absolutely translated to sales,” reporting that retail sales spiked 12% and Millennials’ repeat purchases rose the same percentage. (Marketing Dive)

The retail apocalypse continues, with 7,000 more stores closing their doors in 2019. CoStar Group estimates that the square footage of retail space closed has topped its own record each year since 2017, and this year they’re “predicting more of the same.” PayLess ShoeSource, Gymboree, Dressbarn, and Charlotte Russe lead the list of number stores planned to shutter this year, as retailers learn to scale down size and up Experiencification for young shoppers. (Business Insider

Quote of the Day: “It’s a really interesting time at the moment in catalog [music]…Sometimes, it’s a question of how we make something out of nothing.”—Tim Fraser-Harding, President, Global Catalogue, Recorded Music at Warner Music Group (Rolling Stone)

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