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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“I saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

Magazine covers aren’t dying in the age of digital—even when publications go out of print. Digital-only covers are “captur[ing] the print magazine's tangible essence” while building hype for media brands on social media (especially Instagram). PorterComplexNylonGQ and more publications have taken on the trend, featuring celebrities like Chance the Rapper to Sophie Turner. For magazines looking for a comeback with young consumers, digital-only covers can “translate their own brand for the web." (Fashionista)

Following “a series of scandals,” YouTube is taking major steps to overhaul its video review process and ad placement policies. The new guidelines “kick tens of thousands of video makers out” of the ad program by requiring anyone who generates ad revenue to produce 4,000 hours of content and gain 1,000 subscribers in one year, upping the ante from the previous requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. YouTube is also promising to manually review every video in its top tier of advertising (Google Preferred), and they’ve hired 10,000 new employees in the last year to get the job done. (recode)

Some Millennial parents are applying their minimalist tendencies to their kids’ toy chests to battle play clutter with “toy limitation.” It’s not a new concept—some schools of thought that have “advocate[d] simple, open-ended toys” include Montessori, Waldorf, and RIE—and today’s advocates say limiting toys can improve focus and happiness. A report from the University of Toledo concluded that toddlers “played ‘better’” when given fewer toys, meaning they played with each toy for longer and in more creative ways. However, some parents worry that they’re “denying [their children’s] self-expression” when they limit toys, and so the debate continues. (Slate)

Tostitos is giving fans their very own personalized Super Bowl ads to invite friends to their game parties. The platform takes a user's name, address, and other invite info and spins it into a video perfect for Customization Nation. Each ad features a different combination of Super Bowl clichés, including a “talking baby, puppies, sassy older women, [and] a celebrity pitchman.” Considering Ypulse data shows 64% of 13-34-year-olds watched some or all of the 2017 Super Bowl with friends and family, it’s a safe bet at least some will be sending out invites, possibly with some Tostitos product placement this year. (Adweek)

Facebook’s new feature lets Groups co-view each other’s content. “Watch Party” allows Group admins to show any Facebook video to members simultaneously, and to comment on a “dedicated reel” for a “shared viewing experience.” The feature is another step towards the platform’s new goal to “encourage meaningful social interactions,” and their new focus on Groups. The push for social viewing could possibly be integrated into other aspects of Facebook and its properties, like group chats. (TechCrunch)

“I plan to go to a free barre class at a local studio that is offering them as part of a New Year's promotion.”—Female, 33, MA

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