Taylor Swift Stirs Up Bad Blood on The Viral List

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Taylor Swift sets the internet ablaze by throwing shade at Katy Perry (via Spotify), viral foods are getting a lot brighter (literally), the trending college meme wars stir up controversy, and more viral story links to check out this Friday:

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingTaylor Swift Stirs Up Bad Blood on the Internet

Taylor Swift set the internet ablaze last night, when she made the unanticipated announcement that her entire music catalog would be coming back to all streaming services (including Spotify) after a three-year hiatus. But it wasn’t her surprising return to streaming that got people talking, it was the timing. Katy Perry, who has recently confirmed she’s in a feud with T.Swift over backup dancers, dropped her new album last night as well, and the internet didn’t miss that detail. Many see the move as Swift throwing shade at Perry. As one Twitter user explained: "Katy Perry stole Taylor Swift's backup dancers, Taylor Swift stole Katy Perry's new album celebration, Spotify listens, and fans.” Swift, however, called it a celebration for selling 10 million 1989 albums worldwide in an Instagram post that has over 24,000 likes and 1,000 comments.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingTrending Foods Are Getting Brighter (Literally)

Unicorn foods are bright, but not as bright as the latest edible trend: glow-in-the-dark treats. Black Star Pastry in Sydney, Australia has found viral success with donuts—or “glonuts”—that glow under a blacklight. The radiant sweet and sour treat (that also fits into the galaxy-inspired food trend) is now the highlight of the bakery’s Instagram, bringing in hundreds of likes and drawing consumers to their location for an Insta-worthy shot of their own. Disney California Adventure Park is also feeling the glow, with their addition of Infinity-Ade: “a lavender lemonade that comes complete with a color-changing glow…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

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