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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“My work schedule can be hectic, so I snack on nuts, berries, or other non-deadly foods during any downtime.”

—Male, 32, KY

AwesomenessTV and fashion/beauty brands are coming together to make branded series for Gen Z. In the past, AwesomenessTV has worked with numerous brands to produce original content, including CoverGirl and Kohl’s. Now they’re planning a 24-part docu-series with Hollister called “This is Summer,” following teens’ high school journeys—while they’re clad in shoppable Hollister clothing of course. Our own Chief Content Officer explains that Ypulse has “found Gen Z to be fairly open to watching sponsored entertainment,” with 77% of 13-17-year-olds agreeing, "As long as the story is interesting, I don't mind that it is sponsored." (Glossy)

Fullscreen agrees that Gen Z is the generation that’s most receptive to branded content. Their survey found over half of Gen Z doesn’t mind even undisclosed branded content, and significantly more Gen Z teens than Millennials have engaged with social branded content (viewing photos, liking and sharing content and tagging friends) in the past six months. Influencer marketing wins out with the group, with over half of teens preferring influencer content to pre-roll, sponsored posts, banners, and traditional TV commercials. The sweet spot for advertisers may be branded video, especially when influencers are involved. (TubefilterAdweek)

Graduation spending is expected to reach a record $5.6 billion for the Class of 2017. Over half of the graduation gifts given will be cash, followed by greeting cards, gift cards, apparel, and electronic devices. Another trend for the year is more and more peers giving each other gifts, with a 6% lift year over year. Younger consumers will spend an average of $78.42 ,compared to 45-54-year-olds’ $119.84 and 65-and-over’s $112.34, and while greeting cards are also most popular, they’re also almost twice as likely to gift clothing. (ConsumerAffairs)

Instagram has the “most negative impact on young people’s mental wellbeing,” followed by Snapchat, according to a recent study. The image-centric platforms could “driv[e] feelings of inadequacy and anxiety,” and were rated the most poorly for their impacts on sleep, FOMO, and body image. Out of the top five most popular social media platforms, YouTube was the only one that earned a positive score. The silver lining? Some argue the evaluation is “blaming the medium for the message,” and social media/online communities are also Gen Z and Millennials’ top resource for learning about “mindfulness, meditation, and wellness,” according to Ypulse data. (The Guardian)

Lego is being called the “most powerful brand in the world,” beating out Google, Visa, and Nike. Brand Finance’s latest valuation report shows Lego’s brand value increased 68% over last year, looking at metrics like “familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation.” At least some of the lift can be attributed to the successful movie franchise (The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie) and its strategic partnership with Star Wars.

(Business Insider)

“I kind of don't like the commercialization of fandom culture…However, creating licensed products is one way a brand could interact.”

—Male, 24, MO

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