A Perfect 'Nine'

There’s another new alternative national teen magazine set to debut in January. It’s called Nine magazine (which stands for nine characteristics the founders believe lead to a quality life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), and is founded by University of Colorado graduate Melinda Laging, 23, and journalism junior Louise Wo. They are non-profit and nondenominational (although Laging is a youth pastor). Their website is definitely under construction so I’m not going to link it just yet. Looks like Nine is following Justine into the wholesome alternative niche. The non-profit part is going to be tough (I know from my Teen Voices days)—maybe they’ll get some church funding….You can read the article in the Broomfield Enterprise, reg. required.


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“People have been planning outfits since the start of the year [for prom].”—Male, 15, NC

The Museum of Ice Cream is serving up product, with the help of Target. The museum known for its Instagrammability more than actual ice cream is pushing into retail, partnering up with Target to create The Pint Shop, a “grocery store-inspired exhibit” and “ice cream eating experience.” The permanent NYC exhibit/store will feature MOIC’s own line of social-media-friendly ice cream cartons that will also be available at Targets across the country along with a new line of kids’ clothing. (AListDailyBustle)

Andy Warhol’s iconic Interview Magazine has folded. The publication has failed to adapt to young consumers’ digital demands, with mounting questions raised about their ability to generate revenue. Celebrities are mourning the loss of a magazine that had “outsize influence” both on the publishing and fashion industries. More magazines are dropping their print editions or folding completely—will they figure out how to reel back in young readers? (Two words of adviceTeen Vogue). (NYTimes)

Cheez Doodles are going digital to reach young consumers. They’re betting on a quirky “six-episode series” to modernize the 97-year-old brand. The campaign is called the “Doodle Method,” an approach to life and solving problems using “Cheez Doodle-based techniques” (maybe with orange dust-coated fingers?). Thrillist is promoting the full campaign of half-hour ads to drive viewers to The Doodle Method Facebook page. (MediaPost)

Airbnb is the latest app to add a Stories feature. Now, within the Airbnb app, users can post Travel Stories by stitching together short videos from their trip. They can be viewed both on desktop and on mobile and link up to the locations they’re documenting, along with recommendations. This could be a part of a larger push from the travel and experience booking site to morph into a social media app for Generation Wanderlust. (The VergeTechCrunch)

Makeup brands are leveraging GIFs to get Gen Z’s attention. Ypulse found that 22% of 13-17-year-olds send gifs daily and 19% send them weekly—meaning it’s a major aspect of how they communicate. Brands are tapping in: There are Essie nail polish bottles, MAC Lipsticks, and soon over 20 Benefit Cosmetics GIFs. The beauty brand partnered with GIPHY mainly to expand their already-strong Instagram presence, but the GIFs will be available on GIPHY-affiliated platforms like Slack and Tinder as well. (Glossy)

“I consider myself a foodie in that I like and appreciate all sorts of foods from all sorts of cultures and am willing to try all of them.”—Female, 31, SC

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