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Lush Sells 12,000 Shampoo Bars Thanks to Viral Video

A viral video highlighting Lush Shampoo Bars’ environmental impact spikes sales, a wine-throwing realtor becomes inspirational meme, the “I Really Do Care”...

4 Brands That Used The Tiny Trend For Big Impact

The tiny trend has become a marketing move as minimizing everything from food to homes has gained traction. We take a look at 4 brands that...

5 Stats That Show How Teens Today Are Different From Millennials

Just how different is the behavior of teens today? We’re looking at their entertainment consumption, device use, fashion preferences and more to find...

How The Wedding Industry Is Getting Millennialized

Millennials are powering the trends that are changing wedding traditions, forcing long-time industry giants to rethink their methods, and creating opportunities for more up-to-date startups...

The 10 Brands Gen Z & Millennials Trust Most

The lists of brands that these young consumers trust include some surprises—and there’s more than one brand that both generations see...

D&G Designer Cyberbullies Selena Gomez on the Viral List

Dolce & Gabbana is under fire after designer cyberbullies Selena Gomez, Drake strikes nostalgia gold with Degrassi reunion music video, IHOP finally...

The Digital Solution Getting Millennials To Make Big Purchases

Can retailers convince debt-weary Millennials to make big purchases? Enter Reel: a “guilt-free” shopping platform that motivates users to save up for big-ticket...

The 12 Biggest Food Trends Right Now, According to Millennials & Gen Z

The sushiritto is so last year. Young foodies let us know what food trends they’ve been wanting to try lately, and health is...

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Quote of the Day: “It's free to walk to work and I get some exercise in.”—Female, 26, NY

Niche beauty brands have blurred gender lines at their core—can large cosmetics companies play catch up without seeming “disingenuous”? Milk Makeup and Fluide have built their brands on being inclusive, but larger brands sometimes strike consumers as hopping on the band wagon when they try to do the same—especially since they created so many of the gender norms they’re now rallying against. The best way for them to get in on the trend? Start by making their hiring process more inclusive both “behind the lens” and in front of it. (Fast Company)

Starbucks thinks the “health and wellness” trend is to blame for declining Frappuccino sales. Despite marketing efforts like the Unicorn Frappuccino, syrupy drink sales are down 3% from last year. However, rivals like McDonald’s and Dunkin' Donuts could be stealing sugary beverage sales from the coffee giant, meaning young consumers’ penchant for healthification isn't necessarily the culprit. In fact, McDonalds recently debuted two new frozen drinks that earning praising on Twitter. (NYPFox News)

Apple is getting into kids’ content, teaming up with Sesame Workshop for a slate of original shows. Live-action, animated, and puppet-based series will be included in the programming, but Sesame Street itself is not part of the deal. There are no details yet on where Apple will release the shows, meaning they could either shop them to another platform or debut them on their own streaming platform. Considering that Apple has several original program deals in the works, they could be looking to bulk up their own bid in the streaming wars. (Kidscreen)

Twitter and Tumblr posts are getting a new lease on life—as screenshots on Instagram. While young users of Twitter and Tumblr have declined, Ypulse’s Social Media Trackerfound that over half of 13-35-year-olds use Instagram daily. Instagram is the preferred place to post memes, despite many accounts creating their content elsewhere. Why do they switch platforms to post? Instagram’s Discover tab allows faster browsing than Twitter, while Instagram images are displayed in full rather than being cut off, like they are on Twitter. (The Verge)

Eggo sales are down in between seasons of Stranger Things. Yes, the sci-fi series has that much influence on the frozen waffle’s revenue. One Eggo executive explains that they “quickly leveraged the [resulting] consumer engagement” from the show, and it paid off: sales jumped 14% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 9.4% for the first four months of 2018. However, fewer people are binging the Gen Z & Millennial favorite these days, so Kellogg’s frozen pancakes, waffles, and French toast sales have slowed to just 1.3% year-over-year. (CNN)

Quote of the Day: “I fell in love with trance music.”—Male, 23, NY

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