The Don’t Miss List

 

We’re looking back at the topics we’ve covered this week and rounding up the things that might not have made it in our posts the first time around, but that you definitely shouldn’t miss…

 

 

 

 

1. More Gen Y Female Comic Power

We wrote about Gen Y women being poised to take over comedy, and we don’t want you to miss that this week Mindy Kaling was named as one of Time’s 2013 100 most influential people in the world, Alison Brie’s incredibly popular reenactment of internet memes, or that Millennial-female powered Pitch Perfect is getting a sequel.

2. The Best Movie Award Moments

We gave you a Millennial recap of the MTV Movie Awards, but don’t miss the 14 best GIFs from the night, or the talked-about moment that Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza attempted to steal Will Ferrell’s Comedic Genius award.

3. How to Catfish the World 

We wrote about catfishing being featured in Seventeen and J-14, but you shouldn’t miss instasham.me, a new “media arts project and social experiment” site that lets anyone fake a life of glitz and glam. Instasham provides fake pictures of beaches, fashions, European trips, parties and friends that you can easily post on your own Instagram feed.

4. The Next New Way to Shop

Yesterday we covered how Millennials are feeling like entrepreneurs (without risking a thing) by curating their own “stores” with products from around the internet. Don’t miss Svpply, an online community that lets users display image-board galleries of items from stores anywhere on the web that they want or own. Svpply was recently purchased by ebay and could change the way online shopping looks and works.

5. The Links We’re Sharing

We kept you up on the Essentials all week, but don’t miss the most intense email ever…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “The issue I am most passionate about is LGBTQ, because in the words of Dr. Seuss ‘A person is a person, no matter how small.’” –Female, 18, KY

Being able to mix up a good cocktail is an attractive quality to Millennials. A recent study commissioned by Southern Comfort found that 70% of single 21-34-year-olds who drink alcohol at least once a month would date a mixologist, and almost all (94%) say that they’re impressed by someone who can make a good drink. The survey on singles also found that 10% are intimated by whiskey (though we know that more of the generation is embracing it) and 44% are planning to stay home and cook for Valentine’s Day (which makes sense seeing as “home-cooked meal” is on their top 15 Valentine’s gift list this year). (Los Angeles Times)

Brands looking to get Millennials on their side need to speak to them—not like them. A survey on brand communication reveals that young consumers aren’t responsive to companies that use slang, emojis, and celebrity quotes. Two-thirds don’t find words like “bae” and “yasss” effective on social media platforms, 70% don’t like it when you say “on fleek,” and 83% think using abbreviations like LOL and FOMO are “a poor attempt by brands to relate to them.” Another word you should steer clear of is “Millennial”—42% loathe when advertisers say it. What’s important is communicating effectively without trying so hard to be “hip” (another word you shouldn’t use). (Adweek

Toyota’s Scion brand launched to build cars for the non-conformist Millennial, but the quirky line is being shut down. The unique-looking vehicle was originally a hit for younger consumers and Toyota reports that 50% of buyers were under 35-years-old. But sales peaked in 2006, and have been falling—not because those younger consumers stopped buying cars, but because they’re more interested in “performance and safety” than colorful design. For brands, the lesson may be that focusing on quality is “a better strategy than pursuing the ever-changing perception of cool.” (Forbes

As Millennials deal with the repercussions of student debt and low income, they may be turning to risky financial solutions to help them get by. The number of consumers taking out personal loans increased by 18% between 2013 and 2015, and a Bankrate survey found that 18% of 18-29-year-olds say they are very or somewhat likely to use a personal loan this year—more than any other age group. With 63% of U.S. adults lacking emergency funds, personal loans have become an easy option to get money quickly without negatively affecting their credit scores. (MarketWatchBankrate)

Time Inc. is continuing their pursuit of Millennial women with Motto, a new website targeting young female consumers with articles on “work, life, and play.” Time Digital’s managing editor reports that, “an enormous amount of [Time, Inc.’s] traffic, especially in social media, is about self-improvement and living a better life.” Motto will feature such “inspirational and motivational” daily stories and video content, which will be posted to Facebook and YouTube, written by Time magazine staffers, celebrities, and politicians. They expect more than 50% of readers to access the site through mobile and tablet. (The Wall Street Journal

Quote of the Day: “I learned to cook through ship to home meals like Blue Apron.” –Male, 24, IL

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