Why Justin Timberlake Should Be Your Millennial Marketing Consultant

Just like the teenager who grows into themselves, realizing their likes, dislikes and personal form of expression – especially while experimenting in college – so too, did Justin Timberlake. The Millennial generation came of age alongside Justin Timberlake, after 2001 saw N Sync’s “Pop” become the bubble gum hit sensation that high schoolers couldn’t resist. With a few junior albums along the way, Justin Timberlake has officially released his most mature self; all grown up and ready to reinvent business models. Continuing to mirror the Millennial generation who has become hyper aware of their digital self, so has Justin Timberlake. He has embraced every social platform for his brand as he possibly can, and not just through the usual channels but through his signature gaming that has enabled him to become a cultural icon.

Last week, we reported that Justin Timberlake was back in the game with his new album 20/20. Instead of releasing it to iTunes right away, or mysteriously having it “illegally leaked online”, JT has embraced the best of both worlds by releasing the entire album for free on iTunes and Spotify one week before its official album release date (oddly enough, legend David Bowie did just the same a few weeks ago).  He was also featured on SNL last weekend, as an official addition to the “Five-Timers Club” honoring his past appearances, which have infiltrated Millennial pop culture humor. The SNL episode gave them the top-rated episode in 14 months; another angle to JT’s business-strategy savvyness. 

20/20 is the most mature of any album we’ve seen from Timberlake. With the launch of his first single from the album, Suit & Tie, Justin Timberlake is bringing the clearly-needed suave man back in an era of “geek chic”, beards (see IFC’s Whisker Wars) hooded sweatshirts…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “I accept friend requests on social media from people I don’t know or have mutual friends with to broaden my horizons; meet people I otherwise wouldn't in day-to-day life.”—Male, 23, MN

Vice’s fastest growing division is news, and the media brand has struck gold with younger audiences by filling the “big white space” co-founder Shane Smith says was created by “perception that Gen Y didn’t really care about news which is obviously not true.” Their unconventional approach to news has been incredibly successful with the generation, and their new channel Viceland will continue to cover the stories that young viewers are passionate about. Prioritizing young people’s point of view is a part of how the network is run. Smith explains, “the BBC isn’t going to give a 23-year-old kid straight out of college $10 million to make a TV show–but we are. It’s about taking risks.” (Creative Review

Millennials are at a greater risk to be scammed than the elderly. A new survey released by the Better Business Bureau revealed that almost 90% seniors have been able to spot a scam in time, compared to 66% of Millennials. The BBB cites online scams like the request of usernames and passwords from “official-looking” emails as the most common. Our recent trend The Privacy Issue found that Millennials assume security is part of the deal when using trusted sites for email, social media, and even payments, with 65% of 13-33-year-olds saying they assume the websites they visit are secure. (Airdrie City View)

Mobile wallets have become one of the main channels that Millennials would prefer that brands send them sales and offers on. Along with email, websites, and apps, mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay have become logical platforms for brands to use to send out marketing messaging to young consumers. Campaigns like loyalty programs, push messaging, and digital coupons can all be held on mobile wallet platforms. Over half of consumers say they have used mobile wallets and 30% say they have used them in the past week. (MediaPost

AT&T Hello Lab and Rooster Teeth are looking for the next big competitive gaming star. The digital series Schooled will be following the digital media company’s co-founder as he puts together a team of 8-12-year-old gamers to take on his experienced staff in a “winner-take-all finale.” Rooster Teeth, best known for “web classic” Red Vs. Blue and the Let’s Play franchise, hopes to be “the next big gaming sensation” with young players, and introduce their brand to a younger audience. (StreamDaily

According to an Adobe survey, over half of Millennials say that email is their preferred option to be contacted by a brand—so what’s the best way to use it? Thinking mobile is a good start. The same study found that 88% of Millennials are using smartphone to check their emails, so marketers need to find the best strategy to “optimize their content and campaigns for mobile devices to effectively convey their messages.” Including social media links to continue the conversation and going image heavy is also crucial. (Huffington Post

Quote of the Day: “Whether I want to draw, paint, read, study, or dance, influences the kind of music I listen to.”—Female, 25, GA

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