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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The Newsfeed

“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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