Zara Knows How To Make Viral Clothes On the Viral List

Zara has the recipe for creating viral clothing, a Millennial dad is calling out a little-known problem, Hocus Pocus’s 25th birthday celebration is bewitching nostalgic Millennials, and more of what’s getting the internet’s attention this week…

1. Another Zara Product Is Selling Out and Going Viral

Seasons come and go, but Zara’s knack for releasing viral clothing items is apparently eternal. This time, an orange plaid midi skirt is taking social media by storm. The leaves haven’t even started to turn colors yet, but influencers like @venswifestyle and @valerieann16 are all donning the same Zara skirt to kick off pumpkin spice season, prompting Who What Wear and. and Teen Vogue to report on its popularity. The skirt has been selling out, though as of this writing there are some still available. It seems Zara has a knack for producing items that become social media favorites, with diehards coveting pieces like a pair of black track pants in 2016 and studded boots last year. One 2017 coat even got so popular that those who got their hands on it posted pics with the hashtag #CoatSquad, reports Daily Mail, while the Instagram repost account @thatcoat amassed over 7,000 followers.

2. A Millennial Father Calls Out Men’s Restrooms for Missing One Vital Thing

Millennial parents everywhere are outraged that men’s bathrooms don’t have changing tables after an Instagram post of one dad changing his child while in an awkward squat went viral. Donte Palmer posted the picture with the caption, “What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!!” The post was then picked up by @TheShadeRoom where it has over 550,000 likes. Since then, countless dads have posted their own frustrations. Palmer told BuzzFeed News, “My wife and I, we share everything equally. We…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “I like playing and talking about [Animal Crossing] with other people. It's nostalgic for me since I've been playing games from the series from a young age.”—Female, 22, PA

Which brands had the most YouTube subscribers in 2018? In media, Warner Bros. topped the list with 6.4 million subscribers, followed by BBC and ESPN. Apple beat out last year’s winner for tech PlayStation, while Red Bull and Ford remained the reigning champs of food and beverage and automotive, respectively. Finally, Nike was first place in the clothing category for the second year running, with 30,000 more subscribers than their closest competitor, Adidas. (Tubefilter)

A “Little League for esports” is fostering future esports stars—and fans for life. Super League Gaming is bringing some much-needed organization to youth competitive gaming, building teams of young Minecraft, League of Legends, and Clash Royal players, helping them train and compete. But the program isn’t just for the next Ninja; just like traditional sports, kids get a sense of community among like-minded friends. (AP News)

Nielsen reports that Millennials actually consume less media than older demos, but more of it is digital. While the average adult consumes over ten hours of content a day, 18-34-year-olds spend less than eight hours with media. And the heaviest smartphone users are 35-49-year-olds, who spend 20 minutes more each day on average with their phones than Millennials. However, the younger demo does spend 44% of their media time with digital devices, more than older demos that spend more time with TV as they age up. (THR)

Vitaminwater is wagering $100,000 that you can’t give up your smartphone for a year. Contestants have to disconnect from internet-enabled devices where “texting is a pleasant experience” for 365 days and post a pic to Twitter or Instagram explaining why they need the digital detox. And when the year’s up, they have to prove it. Considering that 65% of 13-36-year-olds told Ypulse they would be unable to unplug from their smartphones for a week, earning that $100,000 may be harder than they know. (Fortune)

Hard seltzer revenue skyrocketed over 400% over the past 18 months. White Claw leads the way for the category with top-of-the-results organic search (they’re the number one Google result for “hard seltzer”) and a social media presence that focuses on health and wellness-related imagery. Sparkling water is already one of Millennials’ favorite things to drink, and its hard version could rise through the ranks of their top alcoholic beverages. (Gartner)

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