That Snapchat Hot Dog is on The Viral List

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Snapchat’s break-dancing hot dog is the new king of the internet, watermelons are the star of summer 2017, an office email on mental health is going viral, and more stories that are trending on the interwebs this week…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe Break-Dancing Hot Dog That Took Over the Internet

In case you missed it, a break-dancing hot dog took over the internet this week. The animated food came from a new augmented-reality Snapchat filter that allows users to place the character in any situation to dance and perform tricks—and many are turning it into a viral meme. In one viral tweet, the hot dog is dancing at a store before being taken away in a cart, generating over 76,000 retweets and over 120,000 likes. Over on Instagram, a post of a cartoon imagining what life is like for the dancing hot dog’s family generated over 190,000 views. The fascination even extends into Reddit, where a conversation on what song the talented hot dog is dancing to is garnering buzz.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe Summer of Watermelon  

Is watermelon the emblem of Summer 2017? According to a collage of watermelon accessories pulled from Instagram by fashion journalist Ana Kinsella, it is—and evidence is mounting. Fashion influencer @manrepeller sported a watermelon purse, watermelon makeup looks are taking over Instagram feeds, and a watermelon dress challenge is spreading. Twitter users are carving dresses out of the fruit and then creating an optical illusion by placing the fruit fashion over a far-away person to show it off. Even Ryan Seacrest has joined in on the fun, generating over 500 likes on Twitter. Then there’s #Watermelonbae: a woman who showed off her mesmerizing, and intensely quick, watermelon slicing skills on Instagram, earning over 25,000 views.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe Viral Mental Health Email

A CEO’s response to an employee taking a mental health…

 
 

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“I honestly wouldn't like to communicate with brands, unless it is to solve problems their brand is causing.”—Female, 27, MI

Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

Influencer marketing faced another tricky situation this week when PopSugar replaced influencers’ affiliate links with their own. RewardStyle and its Instagram product LikeToKnow.it’s network of content creators’ photos and sometimes entire feeds “were copied to the site via “thousands of ‘falsified vanity pages’ containing millions of images belonging to the network’s content creators.” The group is planning on seeking a class-action lawsuit on their intellectual property and for the lost revenue that PopSugar made each time a customer clicked to purchase. (Racked)

Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

“[Allison Raskin] is open about her struggles with mental health, and she is also funny.”—Female, 19, CA

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