Youth Media And Marketing Movers & Shakers

Today we bring you another installment of Youth Media Movers and Shakers. We’ve culled through industry publications looking for the recent executive placements we think you should know about. If you have executive news that you want us to highlight in our next “Movers and Shakers,” email us.

Nicola Way joins Harper Collins Children’s Books UK as Marketing Director. She was most recently a Board Director at Iris Nation, the UK’s largest independent integrated marketing agency. (Via Kidscreen)

SuChin Pak becomes Spokesperson and On-Air Correspondent for DailyCandy. She was most recently with MTV News. (Via AdWeek)

Tom Zappala is named named EVP Programming at Spike TV. He had been EVP Acquisitions and Scheduling at Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group. (Via Mediabistro, reg required)

Kassie Canter is named EVP Communications for Viacom’s Entertainment Group. She most recently served as Chief Communications Officer for Oxygen Media, where she oversaw all PR and public affairs activities. (Via Ad Age, reg required)

Priscilla Valls is promoted to VP Sales, Eastern Region, for Pandora. Most recently, she had been responsible for developing integrated, strategic marketing solutions across online, mobile, artist programming, offline events, and in-home activation. (Via release)

Ashley Mateo is named News Editor at Seventeen. She had been Assistant Entertainment Editor at Self. (Via MediaLife)

Christian Borges is named VP Marketing Communications for Mr. Youth. (Via MediaPost)

Peter Liguori will exit his role as COO for Discovery Communications at the end of the year. Liguori was responsible for overseeing the launches of Discovery’s joint ventures, including The Hub. (Via Cynopsis)

 
 

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“I don't spend money, really on anything. I enjoy video games and will enjoy getting video games, but I receive as gifts from grandparents, parents”—Female, 14, IA

Airbnb is booming in Africa, where young travelers are “looking for culture rather than comfort.” Over two million people have used Airbnb in Africa to book vacation accommodations in the last five years, reportedly earning African hosts $139 million in just the past year. Wanderlusting Millennials are pushing themselves out of their comfort zones to discover new places, rather than retread old ground, and locales like Africa are getting a boost because of it. (Quartz)

Nielsen says they finally have a way to measure Netflix viewership—but Netflix says they’re way off base. Nielsen claims they can keep track of all viewing on the platform, including originals, “whether or not a studio or network wants them to.” Netflix claims, “The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix.” Ouch. Regardless, Nielsen’s move is a step in the right direction to measure what The Post-TV Genis watching, and has “direct implications for the ad business.” (MediaPostAdAgeFortune)

Influencers are using Instagram’s new polling feature, beating brands to the punch. Influencer network Blog Lovin’ found that 66% of their followers (many of which are influencers) had already used polling, while 87% plan to in the future. Polling is not only an opportunity to engage with customers but a way for brands to “[ask] for feedback about products, creat[e] engagement around topics that are in the media and [conduct] market research.” But brands have been slow to ask influencers to use the new story feature for promotions or to utilize the feature on their standalone accounts. (Glossy)

High school students are increasingly taking college courses—but little is known about whether it will benefit them. Thanks to dual-enrollment programs, which are expanding rapidly, students can get a head start on college credits, cutting down on the cost of higher education. Some also argue that Advanced Placement courses are more rigorous, and worthier of students’ extra effort. However, the impacts of programs on “a diverse set of students” is not yet known. (WSJ)

Kids have online influencers too, and they’re pushing branded toys to devoted viewers. Unboxing videos on YouTube are not a new phenomenon, but kid stars unboxing toys are getting brands’ attention as a way to leverage The Influencer Effect. MGA Entertainment, the world’s largest private toy company, pivoted 90% of their ad spend to digital in 2014 and report the strategy is paying off. Studies show children’s attention is switching from cable to YouTube, and influencers help brands reach a “much more engaged smaller audience” and give them “that potential for virality.” (Bloomberg)

"I love coffee and love the experience of having someone make me a nice latte. I like being around other people and hanging out in restaurants or cafes.”—Female, 20, PA

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