The Friday Don’t Miss List

Check out what Millennials have been saying, doing, and seeing this week in our round-up of topics that we covered along with what’s trending. In case you missed it…

 

 

 

 


1. The Comical State of Millennials
We covered the satirical comic from Millennial Matt Bors in this week’s Essentials, but the artist is far from finished with his generational commentary. Bors posted a follow-up on his blog referring to the share numbers for the comic strip, which reached 117,000 on Facebook and garnered 5,879 comments so far, essentially saying 'I told you so' to CNN’s editors who have been reluctant to post comics for years. Expect to see more from Bors and make sure not to miss his next post about unpaid internships.

2. Brooklyn is the New “It” Girl
This week’s Essentials also mentioned the “Brooklyn Girl” as a blanket stereotype for female hipsters, and apparently “Brooklynification” will live on in pop culture for the time being. Don’t miss one Millennial who is super annoyed, noting that hipsters are everywhere: Portland, Chicago, LA, and “Brooklyn didn’t invent the Brooklyn Girl.”

 


3. Don’t Quit Cable Just Yet
We told you about the wave of Millennial-focused TV networks, so don’t miss newcomer Pivot who is fighting for the top spot. With a focus on social advocacy and creative content, Pivot will debut 300 hours of original programming including Please Like Me, a scripted series that centers on an Australian 21-year-old. If the cult popularity of HBO’s Aussie-teen-filled Summer Heights High is any indication of the show’s potential for success, Pivot could become a favorite. Did we mention Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s variety show on the network? 99 days left and counting.
 
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The Newsfeed

“Most of the role models and leaders in my life have been Gen Xers so far."

–Male, 16, WI

Instagram has reached 700 million active users, and its growth has been speeding up. The app hit the new user mark just four months after reaching 600 million, and the introduction of Instagram stories in August may be a major contributor to its accelerated growth. The feature has a reported 200 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 161 million. Overall, Instagram now has twice the user base of Twitter and is quickly approaching the coveted 1 billion user mark that Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger have reached. (TechCrunch)

Millennials are using social media and YouTube to decide what to buy. A U.K. study found 32% of 18-24-year-olds are using social media to research their purchase decisions before checking out, and 25% are using video platforms like YouTube. There are also signs they’d like to search for products on social media: 25% of U.K. 18-24-year-olds reported the desire to search media based on their lifestyle and 23% would like search to understand their current mood. These findings, paired with the detailed targeting available to advertisers, are changing the consumer journey from search query to cart. (AdvertisingWeek)

Millennials are keeping 70% of their money in cash, reluctant to invest in anything, from stocks to their own retirement plans—according to new BlackRock research. Clearly impacted by the Great Recession, Millennials are most likely to agree, "What you might earn investing isn't worth the risk of losing your money," and a third say “they learned what not to do with their money” from watching their parents. They also tend to undervalue the potential returns of investments by millions of dollars, which is not good news for their futures—at their current rate, most Millennials will have less than $1 million saved for retirement. (TheStreet)

Influencer marketing is proving its worth. Though marketers have worried about determining ROI with the approach, one report is claiming it’s more effective than advertising alone, showing a direct lift in results rates of up to 30%. Across 450 influencers and 11 campaigns, the expansive research compared results from consumers exposed to ads featuring influencers versus control groups, overwhelmingly showing increased action when an influencer was involved. Good news for marketers, who spent $570 million on influencer marketing on Instagram alone last year. (Adweek)

The Amazon Echo can now help pick your outfit—and tell you when you don’t look good. LED lights and a depth-sensing camera will let the new Echo Look take pictures of any look, and “Style Check” software “combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists” to evaluate which outfit is best, and lets you compare pictures of multiple outfits, from multiple angles. Amazon’s already extensive product recommendations could feasibly be a part of this product’s future—and, if all goes well, a drone will ship the recommended new clothes to your door. (Quartz)

“I want to work for myself so that I can have more flexibility and be my own boss. I have an online business.”
—Female, 16, FL

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