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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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “The type of commercials that stick in my memory are the ones that make me evaluate my life.”—Female, 28, SD

To Millennials, being a geek is a good thing. Imgur’s research (conducted by Ypulse) reveals that 60% of Millennials consider themselves geeks or are into geeky things, compared to just 38% of Xers and Boomers, and the majority don’t believe the geek label is a bad thing. These Millennial geeks are trendsetters, politically and culturally engaged, and highly influential: 84% say people look to them for advice on a topic, compared to 60% of non-geeks, and 67% say they know about things before they go viral, compared to 48% of non-geeks. However, Millennial geek influencers are not easy to reach, with 76% using adblockers and 32% feeling like brands can’t relate to them. (AdweekMediaPost

Half of 12-18-year-olds feel they are addicted to their phones, according to Common Sense Media’s new poll. Although not enough research exists to define digital addiction currently, teens are clearly dependent on their devices: 80% say they check their phones hourly, and 72% said they feel a need to respond to text and social media messages immediately. Parents are in agreement, with 59% saying their children are addicted, and 36% saying they argue daily with their children over mobile use. The bright side is there are signs they are aware too much time on devices might be bad: 37% say they are very often or occasionally trying to cut down. (CNN)

BuzzFeed, which is producing 600 pieces of content daily, has grown their audience views from 2.8 billion monthly to 7 billion in the past year. They attribute their success to “truly understand[ing] what today's audiences want,” and being able to monitor reactions to content. They report that three quarters of their content is consumed outside of their actual site. Facebook is where they thrive: the social network contributes 33% of their views, more than their own platforms at 23%. Tasty, their food entertainment division, has become "its own BuzzFeed," averaging 360 million users monthly. (Adweek

Going viral is not always a good thing. Down to Lunch is a simple meet-up app inspired by “the experience of living in their freshman-year dorms,” connecting users with their contacts to facilitate lunch, “chill,” or “blaze” meet-ups. But as it began to gain traction, becoming “wildly popular college campuses,” fake reviews claiming the app was used for human trafficking also began to go viral—decreasing user growth by 90% over two days. The founders were able to fight the accusations, and the popular app peaked at  No.2 on iPhone download charts in April. (Business Insider)

According to The New York Times the future of journalism is virtual reality. At the NewFronts this week, the Times outlined their new digital strategy, concentrated on an R&D lab where journalists, technologists, and brands will create video series and 360-degree videos. Last year the publication delivered a million Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets to subscribers, leading to 600,000 downloads of their VR app, which they call “the leading mobile app for high quality VR content.” The company plans to cover the Olympic games in Rio, space exploration, and more in VR this year. (Fortune

Quote of the Day: “A wedding trend I have noticed is not having a photographer, and just having friends take all the pictures.”—Female, 18, CO

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