Things You Should Know: Trending Sites of the Moment

In our quest to keep our finger on the pulse of all things youth culture, we come across a lot of unique sites and blogs that say a lot about the interests and tastes of Millennials right this minute. To pass that on to you, we’ve created a list of some recent talked about sites to give you a snapshot of Millennial culture. Here are some trending sites you should know:

 Rappers & Cereal

Sometimes a single-serving blog becomes popular just because it is so ridiculous you can’t look away. Rappers and Cereal just might be one of those blogs. The concept takes famous rappers and photoshops them endorsing fake cereals. For example, Snoop Dog poses with a box of Snoop Loops, and Macklemore holds a box of Mackle S’mores Crunch. The Tumblr has been going for about a year and is just gaining recognition, seeing a recent surge in popularity likely due to the insatiable appetite for cultural mash-ups that pair up two completely divergent categories. (The Game of Thrones and Seinfeld mashup videos are another great example of the trend.)

 

The 90s Button

If your question is: “Are Millennials ever going to get over ‘90s nostalgia?” The answer seems to be: not anytime soon. Despite their endless love for the ‘90s over the years seeping into marketing, influencing fashion, and dominating Buzzfeed lists, their appetite for everything ‘90s seems to have no end. Enter The 90s Button, a site that sends any visitor into an endless stream of ‘90s glory. The landing page features a Blingee background, three dancing MC Hammers, and a button featuring David Hasselhoff’s face asking, “Unleash Heaven?” Once pressed, a non-stop loop of ‘90s songs and their YouTube videos begins to play. Visitors can also share what song was served up to them with their friends, as each produces a unique URL. ‘90s…

 
 

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“I want to work for myself so that I can have more flexibility and be my own boss. I have an online business.”
—Female, 16, FL

Fast fashion is only getting faster as Asos & Boohoo outpace industry front-runners, Zara and H&M, moving clothes from concept to sales floor in less than four weeks. These up and comers’ fast paced supply chains, coupled with millennial-minded tactics and strong social media presences, are driving a 30-35% expected sales growth for Asos and 50% for Boohoo. A major contributor to Boohoo’s profit margin is its army of celebrities, bloggers, and other influencers who promote its clothing across Instagram. Zara and H&M, meanwhile, saw slowing YOY sales growth; H&M has admitted its need to speed up and announced plans to change its supply chain accordingly. (QuartzThe Guardian)

A new Doritos bag will be loaded with the entire Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack, via a built-in cassette player. A limited number of the “Awesome Mix” soundtrack bags will be available on Amazon tomorrow, and influencers will be activated to take the bag to surprising locales and sing a song of their choice. Fans will also be invited to go to custom pop-up recording booths, record their track, and upload it to social media for a chance to win prizes. Thanks to social media posts and unboxing trends, packaging has the potential to become a spotlight stealer, and brands are thinking outside the box to make packaging as interesting as the product. (Creativity)

Apple wants to be Gen Z’s Starbucks. The brand is reimagining stores to encourage teen hang out sessions, rebranding the Genius Bar as the Genius Grove, and aptly adding some foliage to the space. The start of a series of educational sessions next month will also bring in photographers, artists, and musicians to teach lessons and in some cases, perform concerts. Apple’s head of retail says of the effort: “I’ll know we’ve done a really, really great job if the next generation, if Gen Z says, ‘Meet me at Apple. Did you see what’s going on at Apple today?’” Ypulse’s Experiencification trend explored the fact that more retailers are looking to turn stores into social spaces to attract young shoppers. (QuartzApple)

Coachella has become a profit powerhouse, with earnings of $94 million last year, and nearly half of all attendees are 18-34-years-old. Brands have been looking for any way to activate their spending power through the event—including influencer marketing, which reportedly earns an estimated $6.50 for every $1 spent. This year, American Express became the first official credit card of the prodigious festival, using influencers to spread their message on-site instead of signage and “overt product messaging.” One AMEX executive emphasizes, “You can’t deny the power and reach of influencers today.”(Forbes)

Mars’ new ad has gone viral with Gen Z, thanks to the power of online celebrities. The video, promoting popular U.K. candy bar Maltesers as it launches in the U.S, features social media and YouTube stars Caspar Lee, Andrew Huang, and Dytto and has earned almost 2.8 million views in the last few weeks. The campaign encourages positivity in the face of typical “teen crises” as the influencers are shown turning #FML moments into “Fun Maltesers Life” moments. The spot is part of a larger effort, which will include distribution across social media channels, custom content creation with BuzzFeed, and a tour featuring an experiential photo-op, game play zone, and 10 million free samples. (MediaPost)

Quote of the Day: “I don't drink on a typical night, but my choice when I do have a drink is often red wine.”

—Female, 34, FL

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