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Millennials reveal their top 100 favorite brands [Interesting]

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Millennials make up a crucial group of consumers. 
However, the generation's favorite brands may not be what you'd guess.
Ad agency Moosylvania analyzed 15,000 responses from millennials — age 17 to 37 — that the agency has collected over the last five years on their favorite brands.
"It’s all about what you do for them, and making them look good is a key," Norty Cohen, CEO of Moosylvania, said in a statement.
Here are millennials' top 100 favorite brands according to the survey.

100. Ross

Business Insider/Hayley Peterson
Headquarters: Pleasanton, California
Why it's hot: As budget hunters ditch department stores like Sears and Macy's, the discount retailer is thriving. 

99. Guess

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California
Why it's hot: The iconic jeans brand is trying to keep up with the times with new celebrity faces, such as singer Camilla Cabello.

98. Johnson & Johnson

Headquarters: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Why it's hot: Johnson & Johnson sells staples that fill many millennials' medicine cabinets, including Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, and Aveeno. 

97. Subway

Headquarters: Milford, Connecticut
Why it's hot: Subway is undergoing a brand revamp, with new menu items and updated restaurant designs. 

96. Anthropologie

Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Why it's hot: The cult favorite apparel brand expanded into skincare this year, with an organic line called Puristy. 

95. Urban Decay

Headquarters: Newport Beach, California
Why it's hot: The makeup brand makes some of Sephora's best-selling items, with products for your eyes, lips, and face. 

94. YouTube (tie)

Headquarters: San Bruno, California
Why it's hot: YouTube has created an entire generation of online celebrities, such as Jake Paul and PewDiePie

93. Toshiba (tie)

Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
Why it's hot: Toshiba makes everything from tech equipment to household appliances to medical supplies. 

93. Publix (tie)

Headquarters: Lakeland, Florida
Why it's hot: Publix is one of the largest and fastest-growing supermarket chains in the United States. 

92. Carter's

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia
Why it's hot: The brand has mastered social media. Millennial parents who want to share photos of their babies (wearing Carter's apparel, no less) can use its hashtag #lovecarters

91. Mazda

Headquarters: Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Why it's hot: Mazda is known for its sleek aesthetic. Tesla even poached its head designer. 

90. REI (tie)

Headquarters: Kent, Washington
Why it's hot: The outdoor clothing store is thriving as millennials seek out more experiences like camping and hiking. 

90. Southwest Airlines (tie)

Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Why it's hot: Southwest Airlines have made multiple efforts to appeal to millennials, such as its Music + Ideas Festival, which allowed college students to present their ideas for start-ups to venture capitalists and investors.

89. Audi

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Headquarters: Ingolstadt, Germany
Why it's hot: ABC reported that the company has been focusing on marketing to young people and using social media to engage.

88. Facebook

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Headquarters: Menlo Park, California
Why it's hot: Facebook has launched a "stories" feature to compete with Snapchat and Instagram.

87. Monster Energy

Headquarters: Corona, California
Why it's hot: As soda sales slump, energy drinks are hot. Analysts say that consumers, especially millennials, are gravitating toward beverages that offer more than just hydration. 

86. JCPenney

Headquarters: Plano, Texas
Why it's hot: The company is launching a "Project Runway" fashion line in an attempt to adopt a more fast-fashion model. 

85. HTC

Headquarters: Taoyuan, Taiwan
Why it's hot: HTC launched the first smartphone with Amazon's Alexa built in. 

84. AT&T

Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Why it's hot: AT&T is the world's largest telecom company. 

83. Burger King

Headquarters: Miami, Florida
Why it's hot: The fast-food chain pairs quirky menu items like Mac and Cheetos with serious discounts, such as the "5 for $4" deal and the two-for-$10 Whopper meal deal

82. Nestle

Headquarters: Vevey,  Switzerland
Why it's hot: While Nestle is best known for its many popular candies, the company is taking steps in a healthier direction.

81. Wendy's

Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio
Why it's hot: While fast-food chains like Burger King and Taco Bell have doubled down on crazy menu items, Wendy's has focused on the classics that made it famous. 

80. Barnes & Noble

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Headquarters: New York City
Why it's hot: The retailer is engaged with a battle against Amazon for college students. 

79. Puma

Headquarters: Herzogenaurach, Germany
Why it's hot: The sportswear and sneaker brand's collaboration with Rihanna was a bestseller. 

78. J. Crew

Headquarters: New York, NY
Why it's hot: The brand continues to connect with millennial women and men.

77. Dove

Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Why it's hot: Dove's gender-empowering ads have hit a chord with millennial women. 

76. Gucci (tie)

Headquarters: Florence, Italy
Why it's hot: Gucci has been zeroing in on its social media strategy.

76. Jeep (tie)

Headquarters: Auburn Hills, MI
Why it's hot:  Some people think that one of Jeep's Renegade was designed specifically with millennials in mind. 

75. Tesla

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
Why it's hot: Thrillist called Tesla's Model 3 "the millennial dream car," with its high technology and functionality.  

74. Subaru

Headquarters: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Why it's hot: Subaru's strange ads, most recently one that showed a car on wet banana peels, have put the brand on the map. 

74. Banana Republic

Headquarters: San Francisco, California
Why it's hot: Banana Republic is putting out new designs faster, similar to fast fashion. 

71. Valve

Headquarters: Bellevue, Washington
Why it's hot: The video-game development company rose to prominence with its Half-Life franchise in 1998. The brand has a huge following on Facebook and frequently posts giveaways. Steam has also become the premiere gaming platform for many people. 

70. Marvel

Headquarters: New York, NY
Why it's hot: Marvel is obviously a huge power force in pop culture — its "Avengers" movies (amongst others) are smash hits, grossing billions of dollars worldwide. 

69. Bath & Body Works

Headquarters: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Why it's hot: Bath & Body Works was an icon in the late '90s and early aughts (and a mainstay for holiday gifts).

68. Dodge

Headquarters: Auburn Hills, Michigan
Why it's hot: Business Insider reported that JD Power said the Dodge Viper as the most "reliable" midsize sporty car. Data from IHS Automotive (via AutoGuide.com) ranked Dodge as millennials' favorite type of car.

67. Rue 21

Headquarters: Warrendale, Pennsylvania
Why it's hot: The brand has figured out a way to target budget-savvy young shoppers. This year, it partnered with UNiDAYS to help it find students so they could save on their purchases.

66. Whole Foods

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Headquarters: Austin, Texas
Why it's hot: Whole Foods has a brand aimed at millennials called 365. The new concept aims to compete with rivals such as Trader Joe's and Kroger, with more inexpensive offerings and a no-frills set up. 

65. Asus

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Headquarters: Taipei, Taiwan
Why it's hot: This Taiwanese company is a huge PC vendor, and it's actually working to understand the millennial demographic. 

64. Nordstrom

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Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
Why it's hot: Nordstrom has been expanding its lower-priced concept, Nordstrom Rack

63. Trader Joe's

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Headquarters: Monrovia, California
Why it's hot:  Organic food, unique products, and low prices make Trader Joe's a hot destination for young consumers. It also boasts its own unique personality — be it the Hawaiian shirts or the pun-laden signs around the stores.

62. Mountain Dew

Headquarters: Purchase, New York
Why it's hot: Mountain Dew is diverifying with its morning "Kickstart" beverage.

61. Verizon

Headquarters: New York, New York
Why it's hot: Verizon has been working to get younger consumers with its streaming app, G090.

60. Coach

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Headquarters: New York, New York
Why it's hot: Coach's social media activity and campaigns have made the luxury brand accessible to younger shoppers.

59. PlayStation

Headquarters: San Mateo, California
Why it's hot: PlayStation is taking its gaming to the next level with two new Playstation 4s, as well as a virtual reality headset.

58. eBay

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Headquarters: San Jose, California
Why it's hot: eBay remains the most comprehensive and accessible online marketplace. 

57. Nissan

Headquarters: Yokohama, Kanagawa Perfecture, Japan
Place on last poll: 76
Why it's hot: Nissan's latest car concept is super futuristic, and proves that the brand is continuing to innovate. An earlier concept car, called "Teatro for Dayz," set out to target millennials.

56. Kraft

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Headquarters: Northfield, Illinois
Why it's hot: Kraft announced that it would remove artificial colors and preservatives from its iconic mac and cheese. 

55. Kellogg

Headquarters: Battle Creek, Michigan
Why it's hot: Millennials may be too lazy to eat cereal, but the company has mastered digital campaigns, which certainly appeals to millennials.

54. Taco Bell

Headquarters: Irvine, California
Why it's hot: Taco Bell remains wildly popular. The brand has maintained its unique, Internet-friendly approach to menu items.

53. Aeropostale

Headquarters: New York, New York
Why it's hot: Despite falling out of favor with the teen set, Aeropostale apparently still maintains some cache with the 20-somethings who wore it in high school.

52. Ralph Lauren

Headquarters: New York, New York
Why it's hot: Ralph Lauren's brand is available at thousands of stores worldwide.

51. Chipotle

Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
Why it's hot: The "food with integrity" restaurant company frequently offers free food — and free booze

50. Costco

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Headquarters: Issaquah, Washington
Place on last poll: 81
Why it's hot: Costco is a haven for millennials with its prices, wide array of products, its killer food court... and vacation packages. 

49. Hewlett-Packard

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
Why it's hot: Young consumers love Hewlett-Packard's relatively inexpensive laptops. Still, they remained threatened by Apple's dominance in the industry.

48. Sephora

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Headquarters: Paris, France
Why it's hot: Sephora is the premiere destination for all things beauty. It helps that makeup is one of the categories that millennials are willing to spend on.

47. Dell

Headquarters: Round Rock, Texas
Why it's hot: Dell is another company benefiting from millennials' reliance on technology. 

46. Kroger

Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio
Why it's hot: Kroger recently rolled out a meal kit service to compete with Blue Apron. It also lets customers order groceries ahead and pick them up from the parking lot. 

45. Hershey

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Headquarters: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Why it's hot: Iconic candy company Hershey's has dropped artificial coloring from its chocolate. 

44. Gamestop

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Headquarters: Grapevine, Texas
Why it's hot: GameStop is shifting its strategies so that it can win with this demographic.

43. Netflix

Headquarters: Los Gatos, California
Why it's hot: The streaming service is perfect for millennials' a la carte attitude for watching movies or television. 

42. Frito-Lay

Headquarters: Plano, Texas
Why it's hot: Lay's won big with its annual Do Us A Flavor contest. 

26. Michael Kors

Headquarters: New York, New York
Place on last poll: 66
Why it's hot: Michael Kors bags and watches are very popular with millennials.

40. Chick-fil-A

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia
Why it's hot: Chick-fil-A remains a favorite destination for millennials because the food is fresh... and good.

39. Hollister

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Headquarters: New Albany, Ohio
Why it's hot: Hollister sells casual clothing, putting it in a good position as millennials dress more casually. 

40. Levi's

Headquarters: San Francisco, California
Why it's hot: Levi's has been designing jeans that are stretchy and more form-fitting in nature, to put them in line with athleisure-style apparel.

21. Kroger

Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio
Place on last poll: 59
Why it's hot: Kroger's loyalty cards track what shoppers buy — so that Kroger's shoppers don't just receive random rewards, but rather, rewards that cater to their specific shopping needs. 

37. Honda

Headquarters: Hamamatsu, Japan
Why it's hot: The Civic and Accord are big winners with the millennial crowd. The Washington Post recently crowned the Honda Civic as one of the seven best first cars for millennial drivers because of its size, redesign, and its high crash-test rating.

36. Gap

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Headquarters: San Francisco, California
Why it's hot: Gap has made over its brand to include the basics that it was known for in decades past. 

35. Dr. Pepper

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Headquarters: Plano, Texas
Why it's hot: Dr. Pepper launched individualized soda labels for its 20 ounce bottles, as a way to appeal to millennials.

34. Vans

Headquarters: Cypress, California
Why it's hot: Vans started out selling skater shoes, but has since gone mainstream. The company has benefited from athletic footwear becoming more fashionable than dress shoes.

33. H&M

Headquarters: Stockholm, Sweden
Why it's hot: H&M knows what its consumers want with its runway-esque styles. H&M has also managed to lure many sartorially minded shoppers with its high-profile collaborations.

31. Converse

Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts
Why it's hot: Converse has seen sales boom as more millennials wear sneakers to work and other occasions. Converse recently took on Nike to help reinvent its iconic All Star shoes.

30. Macy's

Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio
Why it's hot: Millennials are spending less money on clothes and more money on experiences, which is bad news for Macy's. In its Herald Square flagship, there's an entire floor dedicated to the demographic. 

29. Hot Topic

Headquarters: Industry, California
Why it's hot: Hot Topic is more than just a destination for clothing for millennials — it's become an entire lifestyle, with its focus on the music industry and pop culture. The store even sponsors shows. 

28. McDonald's

Headquarters: Oak Brook, Illinois
Why it's hot: The new all-day breakfast menu helped grow sales at McDonald's, along with new menu items like a Sriracha Big Mac. 

27. Chevrolet

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan
Why it's hot: Chevy's "Real People, Not Actors" campaign gives consumers something real to which they can relate. 

26. LG Corporation

Headquarters: Busan, South Korea
Why it's hot: LG keeps innovating with new products

25. Kohl's

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Headquarters: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Why it's hot: Kohl's rewards program ensures customer loyalty without needing a store credit card. 

24. Express

Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio
Why it's hot: Express rewards shoppers by not just using their store credit cards, but by getting involved with Express in other ways, too — like retweeting its tweets and singing up for its text message alerts. 

23. Under Armour

Headquarters: Baltimore, Maryland
Why it's hot: Under Armour has exploded in popularity in recent years thanks to signing famous athletes like Stephen Curry and smart marketing of its performance-wear. 

21. Old Navy

Headquarters: San Francisco
Place on last poll: 23
Why it's hot: Old Navy has delivered quirky spots starring Amy Schumer. The retailer understands how to market content to the Internet generation, though sales have been slipping lately.

20. Disney

Headquarters: Burbank, California
Why it's hot: The movie house has produced massive hits in recent years. 

16. American Eagle

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Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Why it's hot: American Eagle has managed to avoid the fate of many of its competitors by not falling victim to the low sale prices utilized by many fast fashion stalwarts. 

18. Jordan

Headquarters: Beaverton, Oregon
Why it's hot: Jordans are a huge part of the sneaker phenomenon and are a huge part of sneaker culture.

17. Forever 21

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California
Why it's hot: Forever 21 offers clothing at unbeatable prices and has expanded tremendously in two decades. It epitomizes fast fashion.

16. Ford

Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan
Why it's hot: Ford wins big with the millennial mom category.

15. Victoria's Secret

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Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio
Why it's hot: Victoria's Secret is the undisputed leader of the lingerie market, controlling 61.8% of the market share, according to IBIS World.

14. Starbucks

 Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
Why it's hot: Starbucks has been expanding its menu to include more food options such as sandwiches and salads.

13. Pepsi

Headquarters: Purchase, New York
Why it's hot: PepsiCo definitely tries to connect with millennials. It even featured emojis — the language in which millennials speak — on its bottles.

12. Nintendo

Headquarters: Kyoto, Japan
Why it's hot: Many millennials feel nostalgic toward Nintendo because they played its games as kids. This has led to brand loyalty in adulthood. 

10. Google

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California
Why it's hot: Google's smartphone apps have become essential for many millennials. 

9. Coca-Cola

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Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia
Why it's hot: Coca-Cola remains the clear leader in the soda market. The brand also scored high points for its "Share a Coke" campaign, which featured common names on Coke bottles.

8. Microsoft

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington
Why it's hot: Microsoft is currently working to lure in Apple users with the Microsoft Surface

7. Wal-Mart

Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas
Why it's hot: Wal-Mart gave its workers a raise and has pledged to adopt more humane standards for the meat it sells. 

5. Amazon

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
Why it's hot: Amazon offers one-hour delivery for members of its Prime service.

4. Target

Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Why it's hot: Target owns the intersection of style and affordability.

3. Samsung

Headquarters: San Jose, California
Why it's hot: Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets are extremely popular with millennials.

2. Nike

Headquarters: Beaverton, Oregon
Why it's hot: When it comes to active wear — and apparel in general — Nike is the go-to brand. 

1. Apple

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Headquarters: Cupertino, California
Why it's hot: Apple has a fanatical following, and many of its customers are millennials. The company's iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks, and Apple Watches are wildly popular. 

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