What Is #Skintertainment? Find Out on the Viral List

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Face-masked women are taking on a new Instagram trend, Skittles goes white for a cause (but not everyone likes it), a scene in box office hit Wonder Woman is inspiring fans to try a new fashion trend, an “open-air” hotel suite has a reservation list in the thousands, and more links to check out this week!

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing#Skintertainment is Trending

Face-masked women are taking over Instagram feeds with their #skintertaiment. Generating over 500 posts on Instagram, the hashtag puts the spotlight on trending Korean face masks, which can vary from a thin, pale veil, to gold masks, and even animal faces. One @insiderbeauty post explaining rubber face masks under the hashtag has over 500,000 views. K-beauty is a trend that has “exploded in popularity,” and is expected to reach $13.1 billion by 2020, according to Euromonitor.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingWhite Skittles Miss Their Mark 

Skittles’s celebration of LGBT Pride month has been both a hit and a viral miss. Recently, the brand put out a limited-edition all-white version of their candy, stating, “During Pride only one rainbow matters, so we’ve given up ours to show support.” But some described the effort as racist and claim it celebrates white pride. Others applauded Skittles’s efforts—which included profits going to pro-LGBT charities. Wrigley has since responded to the allegations, stating “Happiness, fun, and inclusion are at the heart of who we are...any suggestion that this support for Pride is in any way racist is clearly wrong.”

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingWonder Woman Inspires New Internet Challenge

Box office hit Wonder Woman is inspiring its legion of fans to take on a new fashion trend: the sword-in-dress look. Trending hashtag #wwgotyourback on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter leads to images and videos of women placing a sword into the back of their dress with its handle peeking out—a…

 
 

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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)

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