Selling to teens is tough, but selling "through" them to parents can reach varsity-level difficulty. Teens (and young Millennials in general) carry a great amount of influence with their parents, particularly in certain categories such as electronics. According to a 2015 YouGov study, teen influence over parents' purchases ranges anywhere from 25% (for parents' footwear) to over 90% (for teen fashion).
This summer has offered a strong rebuke to those who complain that kids and teens never leave the house to enter the great outdoors. Thanks to the hit Pokemon Go game, they are now walking around everywhere in search of characters and other rewards via the smartphone app's scavenger hunt-style game, even reportedly stumbling on a dead body or tripping and falling as they succumb to the daze of the augmented reality game.
For a long time, online marketers' favorite success metric was number of views. It's a fairly easy thing to measure, it's instantly available and readily understandable. The assumption was that getting a lot of views meant your content or ad was good and your message was getting through. As the web and its consumers have evolved, we've learned that's not necessarily the case.
Companies driven by the mantra of "doing well by doing good," a bandwagon many jumped on in recent years, seem poised to be sweetly rewarded by connecting more successfully and emotionally with Gen Zs (post-Millennials, born after 1995) than with prior generations.
Summer is finally here, yay! Who doesn't love this time of year? For young people, in particular, it's a time of fun. But there is another side of summer that parents, teachers and coaches know all too well: the dreaded summer slide. In case you're not familiar with the concept, the summer slide is what happens when kids are out of class and off the fields and courts and their skills begin to slip away.
Teens today are keenly aware of the horrific events plaguing society in recent years, including the latest mass shooting in Florida. Their parents can't shelter them from such disturbing news because it invades their social media feeds in the form of hashtags on Twitter, Facebook profile photo filters, and images of support on Instagram.
Recently, the Pew Research Center reported a shocking milestone for young adults. For the first time in more than 130 years, more adults 18 - 34 are living at home with their parents than are living on their own with a romantic partner (32.1% vs. 31.6%).
Not so long ago, one of the most cringe-inducing things you could do was to share a vertically shot video. You know, these much-maligned monstrosities displayed on our standard, horizontally oriented screens with unsightly, visual-frame-consuming black bars around a teeny-tiny video that was as hard to see as it was annoying.
Next Thursday, June 2, is Wear Orange Day. It's a day dedicated raising awareness around gun violence across the country. No matter how people might feel about guns or the Second Amendment or concealed carry or arming teachers, most people can agree that too many kids and teens are killed by firearms every year.
Teens aren't historically known for thinking about their health and wellness on a regular basis. Instead, they're thought to have passion for video games, binge watching TV, and eating junk food. While it's true that they still are more likely than the average person to consume food and drinks that are nutritionally bankrupt-mostly because they can get away with it more readily than adults-they are also cognizant of how their behaviors and choices now affect their wellness both now and in the future.