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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The Newsfeed

“Most of the role models and leaders in my life have been Gen Xers so far."

–Male, 16, WI

Instagram has reached 700 million active users, and its growth has been speeding up. The app hit the new user mark just four months after reaching 600 million, and the introduction of Instagram stories in August may be a major contributor to its accelerated growth. The feature has a reported 200 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 161 million. Overall, Instagram now has twice the user base of Twitter and is quickly approaching the coveted 1 billion user mark that Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger have reached. (TechCrunch)

Millennials are using social media and YouTube to decide what to buy. A U.K. study found 32% of 18-24-year-olds are using social media to research their purchase decisions before checking out, and 25% are using video platforms like YouTube. There are also signs they’d like to search for products on social media: 25% of U.K. 18-24-year-olds reported the desire to search media based on their lifestyle and 23% would like search to understand their current mood. These findings, paired with the detailed targeting available to advertisers, are changing the consumer journey from search query to cart. (AdvertisingWeek)

Millennials are keeping 70% of their money in cash, reluctant to invest in anything, from stocks to their own retirement plans—according to new BlackRock research. Clearly impacted by the Great Recession, Millennials are most likely to agree, "What you might earn investing isn't worth the risk of losing your money," and a third say “they learned what not to do with their money” from watching their parents. They also tend to undervalue the potential returns of investments by millions of dollars, which is not good news for their futures—at their current rate, most Millennials will have less than $1 million saved for retirement. (TheStreet)

Influencer marketing is proving its worth. Though marketers have worried about determining ROI with the approach, one report is claiming it’s more effective than advertising alone, showing a direct lift in results rates of up to 30%. Across 450 influencers and 11 campaigns, the expansive research compared results from consumers exposed to ads featuring influencers versus control groups, overwhelmingly showing increased action when an influencer was involved. Good news for marketers, who spent $570 million on influencer marketing on Instagram alone last year. (Adweek)

The Amazon Echo can now help pick your outfit—and tell you when you don’t look good. LED lights and a depth-sensing camera will let the new Echo Look take pictures of any look, and “Style Check” software “combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists” to evaluate which outfit is best, and lets you compare pictures of multiple outfits, from multiple angles. Amazon’s already extensive product recommendations could feasibly be a part of this product’s future—and, if all goes well, a drone will ship the recommended new clothes to your door. (Quartz)

“I want to work for myself so that I can have more flexibility and be my own boss. I have an online business.”
—Female, 16, FL

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