• It's Always Time For A Change
    It's easy to say "teens" but it's a whole lot harder to pin down what it means. Sure, there's the simple chronological definition (with a bit of blurring at either end) but being a teen means more than being between 13 and 19. Understanding a teen, as every parent of one knows, is an impossible task. Part of the challenge is that teens are at least as diverse as any other group, and the other part of it is that people change more physically and emotionally over the course of their teenage years than at any other time of their ...
  • The 'G' Word
    The term feminism may be out of fashion with teen girls, but the concept of being a strong, confident, empowered woman most certainly is not. In recent weeks, several brands have entered the conversation around how we perceive girls in today's world. They are multifaceted modern young women-simultaneously tough and feminine, savvy and pretty. Brands are showing their support by showcasing such complexities in their campaigns and forming a bond of mutual respect with their teen girl consumers.
  • The Dog Days Of Summer
    August can be tough for some teens. It's a time when boredom settles in-a time when the excitement of summer has already subsided but the school year hasn't yet begun.
  • Lost In The Supermarket? What Brands Can Learn From The Clash
    In 1979, the English punk rock band sang of rampant consumerism and disillusionment with the world - a timeless feeling that afflicts many a teen, whether coming of age in the post-disco era or today. The teen years are a time of rebirth, an awakening into a new world and a new consciousness of that world. Many teens look around and, perhaps for the first time in their lives, realize there are some serious problems. And they want to fix it.
  • Teens And Tunes And YouTube
    Which music listening options resonate the most with teens? Some of the findings are curious, but first, marketers need to recognize that music is in transition like never before. Second, streaming is where the action is.
  • Dorm Decor That Makes The Grade
    It may be the middle of summer, but kids and families are already thinking about back-to-school as brands and retailers bombard them with deals and sales. For 17- and 18-year-olds, back-to-school = off-to-college and their first foray into freedom from their helicopter parents. And their parents want to ensure their children are well set-up to succeed in college, and that means supplying them with everything from traditional school supplies to cool tech devices to a fun and functional dorm room.
  • Why Peer-to-Peer Selling Is Taking Off And What Companies Can Learn From It
    According to the Wall Street Journal, more startups are turning to a tried-and-tested business approach to sell to tweens and teens: the direct-sales model. Young sales reps-some are as young as 12-host parties to sell things like lip gloss, jewelry and accessories to friends and to friends of friends. Combined with e-commerce and social media, these startups are finding new customers and seeing high growth.
  • Teens And Video Games (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Minecraft)
    Yesterday was like every other day - talking at the back of my son's head, trying to get him to hear my words while he was engrossed in a video game. What made it worse was that my parents were visiting.
  • Engage With Teens - Then Disappear
    In the past several months, there has been growing interest in apps and sites that allow teens to share information in anonymous or ephemeral ways. This isn't a new phenomenon. The explosion of mobile devices and always on audiences have accelerated the growth and adoption of this type of technology, particularly among teens, as is evident through even a casual scan of the sorts of secrets that are being shared.
  • Big Businesses Are Betting On These Entrepreneurs
    In the '90s film "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead," a teenage character portrayed by Christina Applegate lies about her age to land a fashion gig at a company that makes school uniforms. (Spoiler alert!) She ultimately saves the company, and her boss is praised for having hired a teen to get the youth perspective. What once was a Hollywood fantasy has become reality.
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