The Don’t Miss List

Your weekly round-up of the topics we’ve covered this week along with all the things that might not have made it in our posts the first time around, but that you definitely shouldn’t miss…

1. Celeb Power (and Which Stars We Hate)

We heard about what kinds of celebrity endorsements work from one Millennial’s perspective, but don’t miss that celebs in ads have the power to make kids choose unhealthy foods, and that if you’re planning on choosing a celebrity endorser you might not want to choose someone from the list and infographic of the current most hated celebs (Gwenyth Paltrow is most hated).
 
2. More Brand Security Breaches

We gave you the latest "what you need to know now" by exploring brandjacking, but you shouldn’t miss that in the wake of the MTV/BET fake Twitter hack ordeal, Denny’s won more exposure and positive press than either of the faux victims by making fun of them with a simple picture of pancakes. The same day our piece on brandjacking ran, the Associated Press had their own brandjack scare that has Twitter working on a two-step authentication to heighten security
 
3. More Infinity and Beyond

We wrote about brands and projects stirring up Millennials’ fascination with space travel, but don’t miss that Google has also been in the civilian space race with their Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, giving $30 million in prize money to the first two privately funded teams to land and rove a robotic exploration device on the moon’s surface by 2015.


4. The Rise of the Glassholes
We kept you up to date with Essentials all week, but make sure you don’t miss how many people are actually stealing Netflix, that it’s been reported that 10 million Google Glass smart glasses will ship in the next four years (and that “glasshole” is already a term), or the Hyundai…

 
 

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The Newsfeed

“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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