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. Close Encounters at Comic-Con

Our post on Comic-Con gave you three of the big reveals of the conference, but don’t miss some of the other major things that happened over the weekend, including Breaking Bad star Brian Cranston walking through the halls unrecognized in a mask of his own face. Or how up close and personal encounters like the “Godzilla Encounter” are what attendees are looking for.

 

2. Crazy Cupid Dating

We talked about the rise of group dating services on Wednesday, but don’t miss that OkCupid, one of the grandfathers of dating sites, has also entered the market for Millennials with OkCupid Crazy Blind Date. Users pick a time and a place and the match is made for the blind date, encouraging young singles to be spontaneous and meet up whenever possible.

 

 

3. Kickstart It Up

Yesterday’s post on Kickstarter fashion stars featured a handy set of men’s briefs called the Speakeasys, with a pocket to hide flasks, money, or protection. But don’t miss hidden undies pockets for girls: the Boobypack. This sports-like bra, or “fannypack for your boobs,” holds and protects your valuables from excessive sweat and movement, and is available in bright neon colors to make it ideal for young ravers. The project has raised $32,725, passing its goal by 218% with 686 backers.

 

4. Registry Revolution

The wedding registry is going through some major changes thanks to Millennial marrieds-to-be. We covered a lot this week, but you shouldn’t miss NewlyWish, which lets users register for local boutiques, restaurants and vendors, bypassing major department stores. Some people though are

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: The emoji I most send is 100, because I'm 100% real.”—Male, 15, TX

Brands are now #adulting in an effort to relate to Millennials. In 2014, our Chasing Neverland trend reported Millennials’ desire to escape grownup responsibilities and indulge their inner-kid. Since then #adulting, which comically references the so-called adult struggles like paying rent or “showering beforenoon,” has blown-up online, getting mentioned 642,000 times just last year. Now brands are joining on the trend, tweeting out #adulting tips and jokes—but beware of adopting Millennial-speak. According to one social media expert, “if a brand can legitimately talk like a millennial or even a teenager, they can get away with using #adulting. Otherwise, it comes up as fake.” (Digiday

Fox’s Empire Snapchat lens not only garnered 61 million views, it also upped brand awareness for the series. Snapchat has officially released a few stats on their sponsored content in an effort to bring more marketers onto its platform, and reports that the Empire lens ramped up brand awareness by 16 points and increased tune-in intent by 8% when it ran in March. The lens, which “overlaid a graphic of a pair of headphones and sunglasses over Snapchat users' faces with a microphone that they could pretend to sing into,” was played 33 million times and used for an average of 20 seconds before snapping. (Adweek

Millennials may be the key to redefining beauty standards in the fashion industry. Despite criticism, fashion has been slow to diversify, and 80% of models booked for the Fall 2015 season were white. Tony King, a CEO of an advertising agency that works with luxury brands, believes the way Millennials consume content can spark change: “There used to be all these layers between what brands put out and what the consumer saw. Now with the rise of social media and the accessibility of platforms like Snapchat you see a true authentic voice.” While young consumers “are totally clued into a diverse voice,” many brands haven’t recognized their preferences. (Forbes

Millennials without college degrees could be “stuck renting for a long time.” New research is revealing significant hurdles for 18-34-year-olds without diplomas: college graduates without student debt will need on average five years of additional savings to afford a down payment for a starter home, those with student loans will need 10 years, and those who haven’t graduated college will need 15.5 years. Lower incomes are one of the main drivers for the trend, but Millennials without college diplomas are also less likely to get financial assistance from friends and family. (Wall Street Journal

Virtual reality is “inventing a new way to tell a story." A 360-degree app that tells the story of Cirque du Soleil's traveling Kurios show, has been referenced as evidence of how VR is poised to become a revolutionary tool for storytelling. The app puts users “in the center of the action,” spotlighting how the technology could be the “closest to teleportation we will ever have in our lifetime." Experts also claim that consumers will “actually create the greatest amount of [virtual] content for themselves and their friends,” because of VR’s power to let users relive important experiences like birthdays and weddings. (Recode

Quote of the Day: “I can’t live without my desktop computer because it can replace most of the other devices (media streaming, music playing, getting directions, staying in contact with friends, gaming...).”—Female, 25, SC

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