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. Lessons in Breakfast Cereal

Our Lessons in Marketing to Millennials post told you that Cheerios’ recent spot featuring a multiracial family started an online controversy after hateful comments flooded the YouTube page, but don’t miss that a “Response to Haters” spoof of the ad posted to YouTube this week is racking up views by featuring an interracial lesbian couple and their daughter, who asks, “Isn’t it true…in the year 2013 the way our family looks shouldn’t be such a big deal?”

 

2. Paranoia Chat

We told you about some of the paranoia apps entering the market to track kids and find diseases trending near you, but don’t miss some of the new tools for paranoid social chatters.  The answer to privacy issues surrounding Snapchat could be Clipchat, an more paranoid version of the popular app that offers stricter privacy features, pixilated photos revealed within only 5 seconds (versus Snapchat’s 10 second allotment), and a black screen pop-up that thwarts screenshots.

 

3. Getting Blinged-Out

We perused Teen Vogue in our Teen Mag Roundup this week, getting the lowdown on covergirl Nicki Minaj’s “fan-sourced” clothing line. Now don’t miss the fact that Minaj’s Kmart collection debuted this week, and the blinged-out biker hat heavy line is being called crazy by many, but NYMag deems it “perfect.” And while we told you to watch for upcoming film The Bling Ring this summer, don’t miss this rundown of where the real Bling Ring members are now.

 

 4. More Myspace Reboot

Yesterday’s Essentials let you know about Myspace’s major marketing investment, but don’t…

 
 

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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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