The Friday 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 should not miss…

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. More Xbox One Buzz(kills)

We gave you the full breakdown of the announcement of next-gen console Xbox One, and how it left many gamers with a lot of questions. Now you shouldn’t miss that yesterday Microsoft released a slew of information on Xbox One to answer those questions, but unfortunately gamers are not happy with most of the news.

 

 

2. Everything’s Coming Up Vine

This week’s Essentials let you know that Twitter’s six-second or less looped-video app Vine is finally available on Android devices, but don’t miss the story of the 16-year-old kid who managed to hack/Rickroll Vine their first week on Android by uploading an entire three minute Rick Astley video onto the platform. And like popular apps before it, Vine is getting some copycats: YouTube founders have released a near-clone of the app in China called Wan-Pai. 

 

3. What’s the Next Gen Up To?

Yesterday we told you the buzz on what next generation will be like in the future, but some of the talk about what post-Millennials are doing today shouldn’t be missed. They’re the first generation to be born into a world where video gaming is mainstream, and a recent study has found that rather than rotting their brains, the video games so many of them are playing could make them more morally aware. And their current comfort with tablet tech could be bringing them closer to their families—there’s even an iPad app that facilitates long-distance storytelling.

 

4. Flowery and Boozy Festival Fashion

We took a look at the whys behind festival fashion, and how dressing up like it’s hippie Halloween is…

 
 

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“I don't spend money, really on anything. I enjoy video games and will enjoy getting video games, but I receive as gifts from grandparents, parents”—Female, 14, IA

Airbnb is booming in Africa, where young travelers are “looking for culture rather than comfort.” Over two million people have used Airbnb in Africa to book vacation accommodations in the last five years, reportedly earning African hosts $139 million in just the past year. Wanderlusting Millennials are pushing themselves out of their comfort zones to discover new places, rather than retread old ground, and locales like Africa are getting a boost because of it. (Quartz)

Nielsen says they finally have a way to measure Netflix viewership—but Netflix says they’re way off base. Nielsen claims they can keep track of all viewing on the platform, including originals, “whether or not a studio or network wants them to.” Netflix claims, “The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix.” Ouch. Regardless, Nielsen’s move is a step in the right direction to measure what The Post-TV Genis watching, and has “direct implications for the ad business.” (MediaPostAdAgeFortune)

Influencers are using Instagram’s new polling feature, beating brands to the punch. Influencer network Blog Lovin’ found that 66% of their followers (many of which are influencers) had already used polling, while 87% plan to in the future. Polling is not only an opportunity to engage with customers but a way for brands to “[ask] for feedback about products, creat[e] engagement around topics that are in the media and [conduct] market research.” But brands have been slow to ask influencers to use the new story feature for promotions or to utilize the feature on their standalone accounts. (Glossy)

High school students are increasingly taking college courses—but little is known about whether it will benefit them. Thanks to dual-enrollment programs, which are expanding rapidly, students can get a head start on college credits, cutting down on the cost of higher education. Some also argue that Advanced Placement courses are more rigorous, and worthier of students’ extra effort. However, the impacts of programs on “a diverse set of students” is not yet known. (WSJ)

Kids have online influencers too, and they’re pushing branded toys to devoted viewers. Unboxing videos on YouTube are not a new phenomenon, but kid stars unboxing toys are getting brands’ attention as a way to leverage The Influencer Effect. MGA Entertainment, the world’s largest private toy company, pivoted 90% of their ad spend to digital in 2014 and report the strategy is paying off. Studies show children’s attention is switching from cable to YouTube, and influencers help brands reach a “much more engaged smaller audience” and give them “that potential for virality.” (Bloomberg)

"I love coffee and love the experience of having someone make me a nice latte. I like being around other people and hanging out in restaurants or cafes.”—Female, 20, PA

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