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: “It's free to walk to work and I get some exercise in.”—Female, 26, NY

Niche beauty brands have blurred gender lines at their core—can large cosmetics companies play catch up without seeming “disingenuous”? Milk Makeup and Fluide have built their brands on being inclusive, but larger brands sometimes strike consumers as hopping on the band wagon when they try to do the same—especially since they created so many of the gender norms they’re now rallying against. The best way for them to get in on the trend? Start by making their hiring process more inclusive both “behind the lens” and in front of it. (Fast Company)

Starbucks thinks the “health and wellness” trend is to blame for declining Frappuccino sales. Despite marketing efforts like the Unicorn Frappuccino, syrupy drink sales are down 3% from last year. However, rivals like McDonald’s and Dunkin' Donuts could be stealing sugary beverage sales from the coffee giant, meaning young consumers’ penchant for healthification isn't necessarily the culprit. In fact, McDonalds recently debuted two new frozen drinks that earning praising on Twitter. (NYPFox News)

Apple is getting into kids’ content, teaming up with Sesame Workshop for a slate of original shows. Live-action, animated, and puppet-based series will be included in the programming, but Sesame Street itself is not part of the deal. There are no details yet on where Apple will release the shows, meaning they could either shop them to another platform or debut them on their own streaming platform. Considering that Apple has several original program deals in the works, they could be looking to bulk up their own bid in the streaming wars. (Kidscreen)

Twitter and Tumblr posts are getting a new lease on life—as screenshots on Instagram. While young users of Twitter and Tumblr have declined, Ypulse’s Social Media Trackerfound that over half of 13-35-year-olds use Instagram daily. Instagram is the preferred place to post memes, despite many accounts creating their content elsewhere. Why do they switch platforms to post? Instagram’s Discover tab allows faster browsing than Twitter, while Instagram images are displayed in full rather than being cut off, like they are on Twitter. (The Verge)

Eggo sales are down in between seasons of Stranger Things. Yes, the sci-fi series has that much influence on the frozen waffle’s revenue. One Eggo executive explains that they “quickly leveraged the [resulting] consumer engagement” from the show, and it paid off: sales jumped 14% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 9.4% for the first four months of 2018. However, fewer people are binging the Gen Z & Millennial favorite these days, so Kellogg’s frozen pancakes, waffles, and French toast sales have slowed to just 1.3% year-over-year. (CNN)

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