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

“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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