Teen Mag Roundup

Today we’re reading Teen Vogue, Seventeen and M so you don’t have to, giving you an inside look at what teens are saying, doing, wearing and listening to this summer…and why.

TEEN VOGUE

Covergirl: Nicki Minaj was an early-adopter of MySpace and represents a social media rise to fame, discovered after self-publishing songs online. The interview emphasizes how Nicki draws inspiration from connecting online with her fellow-Millennial fans and trusts their opinions on her upcoming ventures, checking Twitter after ever episode of American Idol and saying her clothing line will be “fan-sourced.” Young Millennials especially have become accustomed to having this kind of daily contact and connection with the celebrities they love.

Stat to Note: One person dies of melanoma every hour in the U.S. While tanning beds had their day in the sun, they are starting to be less frequented by young people who are more aware of the harms of fake tanning. Millennials can add sun exposure to the list of things considered harmless by previous generations but are now known to be dangerous.

Movie Watch: The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola’s latest film, comments on adolescent rebellion, based on a true story of fame-obsessed Millennials made notorious for stealing from the closets of celebrities. The movie gives an exaggerated look at how young Millennials’ desires for fame and money can be perpetuated by the digital age.

Fashion Forecast: UK-based retailer Topshop is teaming up with actress Kate Bosworth for a 30-piece design collaboration of refreshed festival-wear, including the crop top, prairie dress, and laser-cut aesthetics that we’ve seen across the nation so far this summer. Ypulse reported last week on the frenzy of festival-inspired clothing lines from popular retailers ASOS and Forever 21, so…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “My favorite ad was a Forever 21 online banner with a plus-sized model that was showing off a new swimsuit design and hat. I liked it so much because it was simple, fresh, and relatable. There was nothing extreme about it, and I could totally see myself in the model's place.” –Female, 22, CA

Mobile devices are making Millennial car buyers more self-sufficient than their parents. According to a study by auto shopping site Edmunds.com, 41% of 18-34-year-olds say that they use their phones and tablets to read vehicle reviews, while only 20% of other adults do the same. They are also more likely than older shoppers to use smartphones to compare prices, find cars for sale, and text dealers. However, this does not mean that dealerships will become obsolete: 64% still desire face-to-face interaction when it comes to sealing the deal, and 96% would want to test drive a vehicle before buying. (MediaPost)

Young consumers avidly share video clips and love “snackable” content. But it takes some expertise and effort to actually create snippets of video from favorite shows and entertainment, not to mention the fact that making them is not strictly legal—until now. New app Whipclip is partnering with music labels and TV networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, and VH1 to let fans create their own video clips of content up that they can then share on social media, by email, or via text. An algorithm will pick up on users’ preferences and share promoted clips in the future. Tonight Whipclip is promoting their debut with theComedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which could be “one of the more social TV events of the spring,” and has had almost 4 billion social-media impressions before even airing. (streamdailyAd Age)

As Millennials become the majority of parents, their ideal is to share the childcare load, and they expect marketing tropes to change with them and start acknowledging dads’ contributions. It’s not just to make them feel included, Millennial dads have real spending power and are making more household purchasing decisions than previous generations. Research has found that 80% of Millennial dads are claiming primary or shared grocery shopping responsibilities, compared to 45% of dads overall. For the new generation of papas, “being a devoted father is a badge of honor,” and 49% say they are mainly responsible for planning their kids’ activities, versus only 23% of dads over 35-years-old who say the same. (Ad Age)

We can keep adding to the list of things Millennials are being blamed for: Macy’s CFO says the generation’s love of Netflix is one reason for the retailer’s weak sales. Confused? The theory it seems is that young consumers are spending on digital services rather than products in stores—however, data does not seem to back that idea. Regardless, Macy’s is working to get Millennials into stores and onto its site more often, and plans to focus on weddings to attract them as they head down the aisle, and hopefully “keep [them] after they get married and grow up.” (MarketWatch)

The birds and the bees conversation is, more often than not, awkward for both parents and kids. But new workshops are trying to make “the talk” more fun, candid, and informative. Great Conversations hosts honest, entertaining, and engaging sex-ed classes that speak to two generations at once to make the topic more approachable for families. The course “For Girls Only” brought in 14,000 attendees last year, and opens the floor to any and all questions girls might have about sex and bodies. Boys are offered a different class, which begins with boys and their dads singing “The Penis Opera” as an icebreaker. (New York Times)

Need to know what this generation is thinking about right now? We’re not mind readers, but we’re pretty close. Silver and Gold Ypulse.com subscribers have access to the Live Instant Q&A Stream of questions being asked and answered in our mobile, social Q&A network in real-time. The questions that they ask each other can be more revealing than the questions that we ask them, and give you an unfiltered look into the trends and concerns of young consumers as they are happening. (Ypulse)

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