The YouTube Boyband: The Friday Don’t Miss List

We've got the most important insights into the Millennial world from what made headlines this week. Don't miss it!

1. Weddings May Be Breaking the Bank
Our infographic snapshot gave you an inside look into how Millennials feel about weddings, showing that 6 in 10 think they have become too big, too expensive, and too much work to plan. On the flipside, don’t miss Millennials sounding off on how weddings have become too expensive for guests. The average spending for guests has increased 75% within the past two years, and further data from our biweekly survey shows that gift buying amounts to just over $100 on average, with most preferring to give or receive cash.



2. Spotlight on YouTube Heartthrobs
In our Teen Mag Roundup, young male musicians flooded the list of who are the hottest among teens in entertainment right now, so we don’t want you to miss a feature on other young males in teen media, dubbed "The YouTube Boyband." The guys—Alfie Deyes, Marcus Butler, Jim Chapman, Caspar Lee, and Joe Sugg—have popped up on our radar before, each having between 1.5 and 2.5 million followers. They are best friends online and as well as in real life, forming what we consider to be a high-powered Millennial media clique by making regular appearances in each others videos.
 
3. Trends Going Abroad and Back
Millennials are the most globally minded generation to date, and our post on trends around the world made note of how movements like craft beer are impacting young adults in unexpected locales. Don’t miss other trends spreading internationally like beauty blogging in Norway, detailed by YouTuber SaraBeautyCorner whose fan base is actually 49% from the U.S. While blogging can easily reach a global audience online, the more quirky idea of putting friendly felines into cafes has been spreading…

 
 

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“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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