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Score: 5.3
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 716 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Dec 16
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Teenage multitaskers seek short and share-worthy online video series
Implications - In order to engage the teenage digital native, online video turns to humorous, crowd-sourced and semi-educational content that requires minimal commitment from the viewer. With even shorter attention spans than their Millennial predecessors, Gen Z prefer shorter bursts of story-based media that they can play on their tablets while simultaneously texting their friends via the latest superphones and streaming a show on TV as background noise. Slightly subversive and snackable webseries are extremely sharable as they give viewers a chance to show off their media-prowess, in turn, generating a loyal teen following. [More]
Score: 5.7
This Year and Warm Top 6 Examples: 6,249 Total Clicks Date Range: Jun 15 - Sep 16
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Millennial parents seek support online when it comes to raising children
Implications - The phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" now rings even more true and is even more relevant as a new generation of parents turns to peers online to seek advice. As is the case with Millennials' purchasing decisions, Millennial parents are reviewing, researching, and contributing to their own and others' parenting styles online. This shows that Millennials will adhere to old habits as they age, prompting adaptability, not transformation, from brands they use. [More]
Score: 6.2
This Year and Warm Top 5 Examples: 4,399 Total Clicks Date Range: Sep 15 - Nov 16
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YouTube is used as a resource for life skills
Implications - Video blogs are commonly perceived as a space dominated by video game streams and makeup tutorials, however, as the reach of social media expands, more pragmatic forms of vlogging are observed. This ties into the push and pull of the accessibility of information online, with the needs of a less niche audience. [More]
Score: 5.8
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 3,504 Total Clicks Date Range: Feb 16 - Jul 16
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Games targeted toward adults take on topical, of-the-moment themes
Implications - Increasing engagement and capitalizing off of buzz, games focused around pop culture phenomena like politics or Internet memes are taking off. By playing into topics that consumers are already interested in and talking about, game creators are not only able to increase sales, but generate word-of-mouth around the products themselves as well. This shift toward a more niche version of existing products is reflective of a consumer base that seeks out goods that reflect their specific interests. [More]
Score: 5.6
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 2,849 Total Clicks Date Range: Apr 15 - Jun 16
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Brands adapt OTT offerings for the Chinese market
Implications - Marketers looking to build a brand in the Chinese entertainment market are increasingly opting to launch Over-The-Top streaming services that provide exclusive access to content in a form that coincides with media consumption habits in the region. In addition to highlighting how brands will need to adapt strategy to accurately reflect the needs and wants of Chinese consumers, this shift demonstrates the opportunity of marketing entertainment content as a means of introducing a larger brand vision. [More]
Score: 5.2
Warm Top 6 Examples: 4,157 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 14 - Feb 16
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Critical of mainstream media, consumers seek out more involvement
Implications - More than just a source of information, next generation news apps are offering users a heightened sense of engagement. Readers are no longer interested in passively consuming media; instead, they view it as a greater call-to-action for education and communication between people. Ultimately, the average consumer is evolving to be not only more conscientious, but also more action-oriented. [More]
Score: 3.8
Mild Top 4 Examples: 790 Total Clicks Date Range: Jun 15 - Feb 16
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Consumers reject media conglomerates in favor of peer-based information
Implications - As suspicion of traditional media outlets continues to grow, consumers turn to digital platforms that either offer first-person accounts and news reporting by citizen journalists, or crowdsource content based on what their peers are reading. Consumers are replacing centralized information and authority with peer-based forms of media that speak to a desire for authenticity. [More]
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Score: 5.1
This Year and Warm Top 6 Examples: 12,446 Total Clicks Date Range: Apr 15 - Apr 16
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Fashion bloggers identify blind spots within mainstream fashion
Implications - Younger, digitally-savvy generations are often more likely to turn to social influencers for advice than to conventional celebrities or mainstream media. These Internet personalities appeal to Millennials and Gen Z not only because they are more relatable, but also because they use their social platforms to confront issues of under-representation or ethics in the fashion industry. This progression speaks to the democratizing force of Internet culture across industries. [More]
Score: 4.3
This Year and Mild Top 6 Examples: 4,974 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 14 - Jul 16
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Black consumers search for media that addresses racial issues in a meaningful way
Implications - Unsatisfied with the coverage of racial issues in mainstream media, many black viewers are turning to other sources. Whether it's media that illuminates the historical absence of black figures in government or politically charged celebrity campaigns, these ventures are not meant to merely inform, but also stand in solidarity with black viewers. More importantly, they often serve as a call-to-action for all audiences. [More]
Score: 6.5
Hot Top 4 Examples: 10,838 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Dec 15
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Gift-giving is influenced by pop culture and fast fashion
Implications - Rather than sticking to timeless gifts, modern consumers are opting for pop cultural sentiments adapted for holiday appeal. This shift indicates that consumers aren't looking for items to hold onto, but instead, items that help them advertise that they are in-the-know when it comes to web culture. Gifts of these nature indicate the importance of collective cultural moments, and influence the rate of product development. [More]