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

Quote of the Day: “When I go out, I just go where my friends are going.”
—Female, 22, DC

Influencer marketing is on track to grow next year, despite “significant questions about its effectiveness.” According to analysis by Chute, 66% of marketers surveyed have an influencer marketing strategy in place, but the majority aren’t calculating its success by direct sales. Over eight in ten say their top goal with influencers is to reach a new audience, and to measure effectiveness more than 70% look at engagement—either through likes or comments on Instagram, sceenshots on Snapchat, etc.—followed by reach or views, and then referral link click-throughs. (Digiday)

Higher education needs to prepare itself for a new target market. A steep drop in births during the Great Recession is expected to lead to a decrease in the number of U.S. high school graduates, especially among Caucasians: according to a Georgetown Center report, in 2030 white students will account for less than half of high school graduates. Growth within the Hispanic community can offset the decline, signifying that “schools will need to re-orient themselves toward a Hispanic, first-generation population to stay competitive.” (The Wall Street Journal

Health-conscious Millennials have some misconceptions when it comes to GMOs. New Pew Research shows that 21% of 18-29-year-olds believe genetically modified foods are “very likely” to lead to health issues, and 25% believe they create problems for the environment. But in actuality, scientific research says that GM foods are safe to eat, and as long as they’re developed properly “don’t pose any unique, undue threat to the environment.” The study also found that 12% follow vegetarian or vegan diets, which according to scientific research is a healthy habit to take on. (NYMAG

All tech toys are not created equal—according to the Institution for Engineering and Technology. Created with the “mission to encourage more girls to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology,” the Institution recently found that stem toys are three times more likely to target boys over girls, and nine out of ten “girls’ toys” are pink. The Institution reports the stereotypically gendered toys could actually deter young girls interested in engineering. (The Guardian)

Live video is increasingly becoming the space to watch for audience engagement. According to MarketsandMarkets, live video will be a $70 billion industry by 2021, and on Facebook, live content is generating 10x the amount of comments than typical videos. The holidays have proven to be an ideal opportunity for brands looking to dive in on the trend: Lowe’s Black Friday deals unveiling on Facebook Live reached an audience of 32,000 during broadcast, while Taco Bell’s livestream of their annual Friendsgiving dinner generated as many as 150,000 viewers. (Adweek)

Quote of the Day: “When I go out I look for pool tables…or something to do other than drink.”

—Female, 23, CA

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