Daily news, insights, and expert commentary on current and future Gen Z and Millennial trends.

 

Fast Cash at Oregon High Schools

Looks like some Oregon high schools will be getting ATM machines, according to this AP story. The gist is now that ATMs are slimmer and...

The WB May Move 'Mountain'

Zap2it has a story on The WB’s re-evaluation of its decision to put its new series “The Mountain” on Thursday nights now that...

Friends With Benefits

So this Sunday’s New York Times magazine cover story (registration required) should be required reading for parents along with watching the brilliant movie Thirteen....

'Idol' Still a Hit with Advertisers

Last week I posted a story about how American Idol’s ratings were down compared to last season. The iMedia Connection reports that advertisers are...

UK Glossies Avoid Age Limits

Interesting story in the Guardian about the failure of a campaign by a teachers association and the minister for media and heritage to force popular...

Evangelicals vs. 'Saved'

“Saved!”, about a teenager at a Christian school ostracized when she becomes pregnant, opened strongly this weekend with $440,000 at 20 theaters?Did anyone else...

I Will Survive

Great read in the L.A. Times (registration required) about 14-year-old shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton and her family’s attempts to “extend” her shelf...

My First Time

Today’s Digital Graffiti is from Eming Piansay writing for the Bay Area publication Youth Outlook (YO!) about her first time voting in the recent...

The Newsfeed

Quote of the Day:  Millennials have grown up in a world where consuming wine outdoors—or any location outside of the traditional table—is more acceptable than generations past.”—Kate McManus, VP of Marketing, Delicato Family Wines (Wine Spectator)

Young consumers are “killing the shopping spree.” Whether they’re signing up for the growing number of clothing subscription services (Rent the Runway, Le Tote, Urban Outfitters, etc.), shopping second-hand, or just culling their closets—young shoppers are quitting fast fashion in droves. Some are inspired by Marie Kondo’s joy-sparking brand of minimalism, while others want to help the environment—and still others are just seeking a wide range of things to wear at a lower price. (Vice)

Airbnb is launching “adventures” for experience-seeking young travelers. The site that started with accommodations and moved into one-off “experiences” (like dinner parties) now offers multi-day excursions, complete with guides, gear, meals, and accommodations. The platform already features over 200 trips in 40 countries, including a tiger-tracking expedition in Kenya and a trek through the canyons of Oman. (Fast Company)

Tyson Foods is taking on the fake meat market with plant-based nuggets. The pea protein nuggets are the first in a line of “Raised & Rooted” products from Tyson Foods. The brand's CEO explains they’re catering to the “growing number of people open to flexible diets that include both meat and plant-based protein”—aka young flexitarians, not full-time vegans. But can a company known for its meat sell the idea that “this [trend] is about ‘and’—not ‘or’”? (The Verge)

Snapchatters can shop Levi’s new Pride Month jacket via selfie filter. The Shoppable feature is first enabled by scanning a QR code found at select stores or by getting a special Snapcode from a friend. Then, users can try on the special-edition trucker jacket via augmented reality, customizing it with one of two washes and a selection of six pins and patches. Once they complete the look, users can purchase the Pride Month Jacket—without ever leaving the app. (SJ)

Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition revamps the original. The new smart speakertakes many cues from the adult version’s second generation (it’s louder and rounder) but adds special features just for kids that go beyond a rainbow-striped color scheme. The device will come with a year of FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service that includes popular Alexa skills like Pinkfong’s Baby Shark Adventures, as well as an enhanced parental control suite to address growing privacy concerns. (VarietyCNET)

Quote of the Day: “Young people still have an incredible interest in the Olympic Games…But the way they are consuming the Olympic Games—the type of content they are watching and the ways and the platforms on which they are watching—are fundamentally changing.”—Kit McConnell, Sports Director, International Olympic Committee (Bloomberg)

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