The Friday Don’t Miss List

Here is your round up of trending topics we've covered this week and some things you might not have seen. In case you missed it…

 

 

 

 

 

Just Saying No to Pot Marketing
We covered Gen Y getting high and this generation leading the charge for the legal right to toke up, but is America ready for marijuana advertising? The answer at the moment (especially among parents of young children) seems to be a resounding no.  Still, it shouldn't be missed that marketers are already seeing dollar signs, funding cannabis-product networking events and dreaming up “Starbucks-style marijuana shops.”

 

 

 

 

 

We Told You: Divergent Getting Big
We covered the entertainment series that could become the next big thing this week, but don’t miss one that we had already talked up last year. We predicted the hype around YA series Divergent (written by a Millennial!) and now it has debuted at comic-con with an impressive cast list for its first big screen installment, currently in production. Starring as Tris, the gutsy female lead, Shailene Woodley is already being dubbed “the next Jennifer Lawrence.”

 

 

 

Are You the Catfish?
In case you didn’t know, Catfish matters. We let you know why in last week’s article about the MTV favorite that “puts the real back into reality.” Now don’t miss Buzzfeed’s amusing (and quite accurate) quiz to figure out your Catfish personality. Are you host Nev, “trying to balance the karmic retribution of exploiting a sweet, sad, middle-aged Midwestern woman” or the catfishee who “believed in the Tooth Fairy until your college years?”

 

Kanye’s White Tee Should Have WiFi
The popularity of Kanye West’s capsule collection for A.P.C. got mention in our Essentials this week, but don’t miss that the minimalist pieces have brought out some tough…

 
 

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“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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