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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Quote of the Day: “Video game soundtracks have been present throughout my life.” –Male, 32, IN 

Snapchat says that 60% of American youth are users of their platform, and they have some major plans for the future. (Note: Ypulse’s most recent social media tracker actually found that 40% of 13-32-year-olds and 52% of 13-17-year-olds use the app.) Twenty-four-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel believes that teens and Millennials will make Snapchat the future of media, and mobile content will replace traditional TV. (The VergeBloomberg)

A recently discovered Google patent hints that the tech giant could one day create toys that can react to children’s voices, and record what they say. The digital/cuddly playthings could also physically respond to information with head tilts and different expressions. Some are calling the concept “creepy,” but our top toy trends of 2015 included several products that monitor and have conversations with children, including the new Hello Barbie. (Campaign)

The debate around cell phones in classrooms continues, and new research is weighing on the side of teachers and parents who want them banned. A working paper suggests that removing cell phones from schools results in an increase in academic performance, especially amongst the lowest-performing students. New York City Mayor DeBlasio recently lifted the cellphone ban in schools, in part because children were paying local adults to store their phones each day. (NYMag)

We’ve told brands about the importance of marketing on visual platforms, and those who do should take note: filtered photos are significantly more liked than #nofilter shots. A recent study found that filtered photos are 45% more likely to be commented on, and that people prefer high contrast, warm temperature filters. Filter judgment from more serious photographers is also fading as mobile has become the most ubiquitous picture-taking method. (Wired)

The Millennial Trains project is making its third voyage, carrying innovative members of the generation on a rail tour across the U.S. The participants are young entrepreneurs who share their ideas on how to change the world along the ride, which includes meetups, interviews, and other experiences to help them develop their concepts. This group includes a doctoral student studying nutritional programs for obese children, and a postdoc working on a project to keep the elderly more safe. (Fast Company)

We don’t just deliver data. Along with our monthly survey data, we provide our Gold subscribers with a topline report that synthesizes hand-picked, illuminating data points and our insights and expertise. Interesting differences between males and females, older and younger Millennials, ethnicities, and more are highlighted, and relevant statistics are streamlined into an easily consumed, concise, visual takeaway. (Ypulse)

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