Mega-cities, brand ambassadors, "dark tourism," smartwatches, "hook-up culture"
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–National Geographic chronicles the changing face of hunger in the U.S.
–McKinsey discusses the rise of digital banking in Europe, along with how and why retail banks need to move aggressively.
-Savvy, selective, budget-minded Millennials are still shopping offline, but in new ways, The Dallas Morning News reports.
-A Kantar report charts the explosion of the market for “free from” food in the U.K. as the “worried well” embrace these products, reports The Telegraph.
–The New York Times examines the rise of the “Nice Internet” and the profitability of uplifting content.
–Nielsen Social looks at social brand ambassadors, with stats on influencers and their importance to brands.
-Several startups are targeting the smartphone lock screen as new real estate to conquer, reports The New York Times.
–The New York Times looks at the new breed of talent agencies managing today’s social media stars.
-According to The Fiscal Times, Millennials are driving growth in the alternative health industry, opting for herbal supplements and yoga classes over traditional medical interventions.
-Young Millennials are watching less TV than ever, reports Nielsen, via MediaPost.
-Original digital video continues to see significant uptake, according to an IAB survey, notes MediaPost.
-According to a report covered in Adweek, mobile ads create more consumer buzz than TV spots.
-An Ad Age columnist explains how brands can benefit from “pretargeting” rather than retargeting.
-A Transamerica study probes what’s motivating Millennials to save more money for retirement than any other generation, as Money reports.
-Young homeowners are embracing smart home devices more than other demographics, according to new research, via CED Magazine.
–The Economist traces the rise in cyber crime, noting that the need for digital security is greater than ever.
–Quartz spotlights a Pew survey that shows how Asian countries perceive the world.
–Businessweek analyzes the potential “global workforce crisis,” arguing that almost every country faces either labor shortages or labor surpluses.
–Quartz looks at the future of Internet passwords, arguing that they are on the way out.
-A Business Insider report looks at how Millennials and other tech-savvy consumers are changing the retail banking industry.
-London’s entertainment experiences are becoming more immersive, reports The New York Times.
–The Atlantic chronicles the rise of “dark tourism,”the trend of visiting war zones for vacation.
-CoinDesk reports on new research that argues the mobile industry “should embrace bitcoin or get left behind.”
-As drones move into the consumer space, The Atlantic reports on the rise of the “wedding drone.”
-According to a Guardian blogger, community coop markets are poised to beat out large supermarket chains.
–A survey released by Time examines global attitudes toward energy usage and sources.
-Purses that double as phone rechargers are the latest in wearable tech, notes the WSJ Digits blog.