The Buzz Out Of Comic-Con: 3 Things You Should Know

For years now, Comic-Con National has been the domain of big name movie and entertainment franchises, sometimes overshadowing its origins of comics and sci-fi super fans. But the fact is that Comic-Con is now big business and everyone from major studios pushing new franchises to long-standing TV shows use the convention as an epicenter of fandom from which to make big announcements. After all, if you announce it to your biggest fans, you know they’ll create buzz about it. This year’s convention wrapped on Sunday, and we’ve combed through the news to pick out the tidbits that young consumers are talking about. Here are three Comic-Con things you should know:


1. The Last Season of How I Met Your Mother Is Already A Big Deal
How did five friends who hang out in a bar beat out superheroes and zombie killers to become the most talked-about act on social media after their appearance at Comic-Con? How I Met Your Mother is entering its ninth and final season, and its clear that fans are clamoring for information and eager to talk about what’s coming up on the show. The entire season will take place over the course of one weekend— with their patented flashbacks and flash-forwards included of course. The CBS show used their moment in the spotlight at the convention to poke fun at their long run with a special clip of Ted’s kids very angrily complaining about the long wait to hear the reveal about how their dad finally met their mom. They missed college thanks to his rambling story-telling style!
 
2. Superman VS. Batman Could Be Coming To A Screen Near You
Superhero films have become Hollywood mainstays, with barely any time passing between reboots and retellings of comic favorites. (There were only five years between the Tobey Maguire Spiderman flicks and the more recent Andrew Garfield…

 
 

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“I don't spend money, really on anything. I enjoy video games and will enjoy getting video games, but I receive as gifts from grandparents, parents”—Female, 14, IA

Airbnb is booming in Africa, where young travelers are “looking for culture rather than comfort.” Over two million people have used Airbnb in Africa to book vacation accommodations in the last five years, reportedly earning African hosts $139 million in just the past year. Wanderlusting Millennials are pushing themselves out of their comfort zones to discover new places, rather than retread old ground, and locales like Africa are getting a boost because of it. (Quartz)

Nielsen says they finally have a way to measure Netflix viewership—but Netflix says they’re way off base. Nielsen claims they can keep track of all viewing on the platform, including originals, “whether or not a studio or network wants them to.” Netflix claims, “The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix.” Ouch. Regardless, Nielsen’s move is a step in the right direction to measure what The Post-TV Genis watching, and has “direct implications for the ad business.” (MediaPostAdAgeFortune)

Influencers are using Instagram’s new polling feature, beating brands to the punch. Influencer network Blog Lovin’ found that 66% of their followers (many of which are influencers) had already used polling, while 87% plan to in the future. Polling is not only an opportunity to engage with customers but a way for brands to “[ask] for feedback about products, creat[e] engagement around topics that are in the media and [conduct] market research.” But brands have been slow to ask influencers to use the new story feature for promotions or to utilize the feature on their standalone accounts. (Glossy)

High school students are increasingly taking college courses—but little is known about whether it will benefit them. Thanks to dual-enrollment programs, which are expanding rapidly, students can get a head start on college credits, cutting down on the cost of higher education. Some also argue that Advanced Placement courses are more rigorous, and worthier of students’ extra effort. However, the impacts of programs on “a diverse set of students” is not yet known. (WSJ)

Kids have online influencers too, and they’re pushing branded toys to devoted viewers. Unboxing videos on YouTube are not a new phenomenon, but kid stars unboxing toys are getting brands’ attention as a way to leverage The Influencer Effect. MGA Entertainment, the world’s largest private toy company, pivoted 90% of their ad spend to digital in 2014 and report the strategy is paying off. Studies show children’s attention is switching from cable to YouTube, and influencers help brands reach a “much more engaged smaller audience” and give them “that potential for virality.” (Bloomberg)

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