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TikTok Is Growing Up, and So Are Its Users
It might be time to add TikTok to the list of things millennials are killing for other generations. Thanks to the extra time quarantine has afforded people for content consumption and creation, U.S. millennials have joined the Gen Z-dominated app at an increased rate this year, causing a demographic shift as older users pile on.
However, the demographic shift is making it more challenging for marketers to target their ads and influencer campaigns to users who might no longer respond to them—exacerbated as the cost of advertising on TikTok rises.
Some millennials users are coming to TikTok from Instagram as public distaste for its influencers flares, according to Alanna Lynch, CEO of The New York Times experience agency Fake Love. “Influencers and celebrities on TikTok are connecting with us more deeply than ever before because they seem to understand our current headspace.” Read her take in this Voice piece.
It’s a tonal angle that advertisers need to understand as well, as LG’s Poland operation learned after it shared a TikTok video featuring a man taking up-skirt photos of a woman climbing stairs. Facing widespread backlash, the electronics giant removed the video and apologized.
New Study Finds 3 Simple Steps That Will Encourage Event Attendance Post-Pandemic
It’s no surprise that consumers will be wary of large public events in the future, but there’s hope for events willing to do the work. According to a study, 73% of respondents said that three key measures—restroom cleaning, hand sanitizer availability and reduced capacity—would increase their likelihood of attending events in the future. Experiential agency GDX Studios has embraced these preferences, developing an extensive manual with safety and cleaning protocols for activations when in-person events resume.
Can Restaurants Lure Wary Diners Back by Appointing Special Covid Czars?
New York-based upscale eatery and corporate dining room operator Restaurant Associates has created the role of Covid-19 Safety Czar. The job focuses both on implementing safety procedures for dine-in restaurants, and on informing the public of the measures the company is taking. Similarly, Ohio operator Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has created a Covid Task Force. Adweek spoke to experts who believe such positions could become a widespread fixture of the food service industry, providing guidance not only in terms of health but also on the marketing front.
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The Winners of New York’s ‘Wear a Mask’ PSA Contest Have Been Revealed
The “Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest” winners were announced yesterday, selected from 600 submissions by the state’s Department of Health after the contest was conceived by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughter, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo. The winner, titled “We Love NY,” was created by female-founded production company Bunny Lake Films in partnership with directors Celine Danhier and Aliya Naumoff.
Key Consumer Shopping and Marketing Trends
Luxury brands that have cut back on advertising during the pandemic might want to rethink: Despite the fact that 61% of households have cut back on planned spending, a new survey from Adobe Advertising Cloud showed that a significant number of Americans, especially Gen-Zers, are still buying luxury goods and even want to see luxury advertising.
Plus, spending in general may be on the rise again soon. A new report from financial services firm Cowen showed that 76% of Americans are open to spending the same amount or more next month than they did this month. However, their comfort levels with returning to in-store shopping were down even further than in April—presenting an opportunity for ecommerce to continue its pandemic-induced growth.
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- YTPAA x D&I TBD: How to Be an Ally for Asian Americans
- How GOATdate Founder Aims to Modernize and Humanize Virtual Dating
Ad of the Day: Škoda Made Tiny Replica Car Models to Shoot Its Quarantine Ads
In four short films, Škoda (with agency Optimist and production company Halal) made tiny replicas of three of its SUV models, which go on various adventures around the house, dodging household items to action-movie tunes.
Tip of the Day
Though the pandemic is knocking down everything we thought we knew about advertising, there is a way to persevere. Warren Heffelfinger, CEO of Ingenio, explains.
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