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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“There are alleys with street art that I've walked out of my way to take pictures of to share on Snapchat/Facebook.”
—Female, 32, IL

Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

 “I’m too lazy to exercise on purpose. Too much work…If I can't get it with my dog, my job, or my nightlife, it ain't happening.”
—Female, 23, CA

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