Sky Rota

My name is Sky. I’m 14 years old & in 9th grade. I am a blogger/vlogger, athlete, author, entrepreneur & Generation Z consultant. I’m severely dyslexic & have ADHD. I attend a school for kids who learn differently. I am sadly considered disabled as far as the ADA is concerned. I don’t use the term (Learning Disabled) because I do NOT consider myself disabled! Just because I can’t learn in a conventional manner doesn’t make me disabled. Most of all, I don’t allow my differences to define me. I know first hand how my Generation thinks, moves, plays, spends & creates. We aren’t like any Generation before us, and yes, we start at a young age. I consider myself a young ambitious entrepreneur who specializes in consulting with educators, parents, therapists, businesses & brands regarding everything Gen Z. I am an authority on Dyslexia, ADHD, learning disabilities & know first hand what it's like to be bullied for being different. I consult on everything generation Z related. Author of: “The Gen Z Answer Key for Business” by Sky Rota -- The go-to guide for marketing to Generation Z . I’m on an endless mission to give Generation Z an outlet to show the world their strengths. Author of: "Look Mom, I’m the Dumest One in My Clas" -- The true story of nine-year-old Sky Rota, who during the fourth grade discovers he is severely dyslexic. Hopeful that his school would be understanding and help him embrace and develop his unique methods of learning, his parents soon realized that they would have to fight for him. Instead of encouraging Sky, his teachers punish him for his “weaknesses.” His school saw his dyslexia as a disability as well, labeling him as different and an outsider. Sky and his parents quickly learn dyslexia comes with as many gifts as it does challenges.
  • Posted on: 12/05/2018

    What’s next for Small Business Saturday?

    I would say it should be worrisome as I have never heard of “Small Business Saturday.” I’m thinking it’s going to be called “Invisible Saturday” if they don’t get to my generation pretty quickly.
  • Posted on: 11/27/2018

    Can online unboxing videos turn Walmart into ‘America’s Best Toy Shop?’

    Web who? Lol, and I’m sure that was wayyy before any social media existed.
  • Posted on: 11/27/2018

    Can online unboxing videos turn Walmart into ‘America’s Best Toy Shop?’

    With all due respect, you said, “I’ll be watching how consumers take to this with interest.” The “Consumer” in this case are kids. Kids didn’t and aren’t watching this video as they aren’t subscribed to Walmart’s YouTube channel. This video only got 7,600 views in one week! It bombed!
  • Posted on: 11/27/2018

    Can online unboxing videos turn Walmart into ‘America’s Best Toy Shop?’

    Walmart is trying, but still missing. First of all, who is going to their website? Who is going to their YouTube channel? Not kids! The reason Ryan’s Toy Review works is because he has 17 million followers, who are all kids who tune in to watch the videos and tell their parents exactly what to get them. He is selling directly to the kids. Walmart’s YouTube channel has 26,000 followers. The math is simple. Mr. Kizer mentioned that he had to show his nephew the “website” video. That tells you right there that NO kid is stumbling upon this video as Walmart didn’t have an influencer marketing this for them from their own channel. Walmart didn’t even bother to hire a micro-influencer which would be less expensive than a “Ryan.” Shame on them. You guys are hopefully going to wake up one day and understand that you have to come to where we are, what channels we watch/follow and like! It’s not that hard when you have the right people doing your marketing research. Today, the answers are right in front of you, numbers included. It’s really that simple.
  • Posted on: 10/29/2018

    Stores find that kids can be scarier than a bull in a china shop

    I’m 14 yrs old and have witnessed the poor behavior of kids today. Let’s be honest, it’s not the kids it’s the parents. My parents are older and tolerate nothing from my four siblings and myself. We know the rules and follow them wherever we go. The only place I see tons of kids entering and having no problems whatsoever is the gym. I go to Lifetime Fitness and they have a daycare where moms and dads are coming in dropping off three kids at a time so they can workout in peace. I can only see this solution working in big mall areas. Give a daycare option and watch the parents drop off their kids so they can shop in peace. Yes, I know it’s not a common practice for shopping because no one has done it, but why not try? It’s hugely successful in gyms. Kids and parents are happy, it’s a win-win.
  • Posted on: 10/10/2018

    Will Best Buy’s golden years strategy deliver long-term success?

    As my mom would say, “we are older longer than we are young.” I think this is a fantastic idea. However older generations don't just need medical alert tools, they need technology lessons. Best Buy’s needs to offer in-home sessions on texting and video calling and sharing. Call it “Texting Tuesdays” if you want, but get our elderly up to speed with their kids and grandkids. Don’t leave our grand people in the Dark Ages. Let them be able to communicate with their families in real time. Send out high-school and college volunteers to senior places, etc. and ask all your customers if they would like some free text messaging lessons. Have in-store volunteers teaching texting and sharing pics with anyone who is interested. There is an entire world of elderly not so elder, that are missing out on today’s sharing because no one taught them how. Remember, no child left behind. How about, no parent left behind?
  • Posted on: 10/02/2018

    Can a new store concept jumpstart a turnaround for H&M?

    I hate to say it but Zara is the new H&M. Although stores like those for me personally seem overwhelming with way to much stuff to dig through. I honestly don't ever go in them. I like the clean fresh concept where we can see the clothes on smaller racks and more boutique looking. Example: Flight 23 stores. Lots of sporting goods stores are going this way. Gen Zers are drawn to the look and feel of the stores' easy flow. Being a generation of ADHDers we need to get in, buy and get out. We aren’t searching through 30-foot racks to find something we like. My idea of a perfect store -- all the mannequins are wearing the clothes. On Saturday I actually bought a sweatsuit right off the mannequin, no searching involved!
  • Posted on: 09/10/2018

    It’s no more ‘burn, baby, burn’ for Burberry

    One more thing, I’m thinking the people doing the $37 million in overbuying or ordering, etc. are the ones who need to be fired! Who is keeping track of inventory projections? Once again I’m thinking they have zero idea what they are doing! This is absolutely ridiculous! Someone better get into these companies & start checking!
  • Posted on: 09/10/2018

    It’s no more ‘burn, baby, burn’ for Burberry

    Wow! This is shocking. The first time I’m hearing about the burning of unsold inventory, but I’m only 14 and getting an education on the fly. “Burberry said in its statement that it already reuses, repairs, donates or recycles unsaleable products and would expand on these efforts.” Yet still burned $37 million worth of clothes?! I’m thinking you need to be donating way more than you do! How does one earn a stock credit for destroying stock? How about the tax credit for donating? I can’t believe this has gone on, doesn’t anyone know there are people out there with no clothes? How has no one done anything to stop this horrific practice of burning perfectly fine goods? “We do not like to sell our goods in discounted stores.” For goodness sake just cut the tags out and give the goods to people who need them! No one will know it’s not a knock off!
  • Posted on: 08/02/2018

    Six-year-old YouTuber is the face of Walmart’s new toy line

    Age doesn’t matter! This influencer is bringing 15 million new followers and more potential shoppers for Walmart. This influencer's age is actually the safest bet for any brand influencing. He more than likely isn’t going to bring any bad press to your brand. Brands are scouring YouTube searching for their next ambassadors. Good for you Walmart, you backed a great one!
  • Posted on: 07/24/2018

    Chick-fil-A to pilot meal kit market test in ATL

    I don’t think the meal kit business is anything but a novelty. If my mom is in a Chick-fil-A drive-thru she’s not getting a meal to take home and cook. Isn’t that the whole purpose?
  • Posted on: 07/19/2018

    Seven ways Gen Z is different that don’t include tech

    Mall-agnostic? Generation Z is sadly not shopping at malls for one reason, they can’t possible carry the in-store inventory that is available to us online. I actually went to the mall yesterday. I wanted to purchase sneakers. I came home with zero! However both Foot Locker and Champs placed orders from their online inventory to get me the two pairs of sneakers I wanted. So I ask, did I need to go to the mall? No! I could have stayed home and placed the online orders myself. How can stores compete with their online versions of themselves? I’m sorry, understandably they can’t. More and more brick-and-mortar stores will become a thing of the past. It’s really time to completely focus on your digital version of yourselves.
  • Posted on: 07/18/2018

    Walmart to take another shot at Netflix and Amazon, too

    Yes, Walmart absolutely has a shot in VOD. The Vudu platform is beautiful. In its current state iTunes is its only competition, offering to only buy or rent a movie and it is $1 cheaper than iTunes to buy or rent. If they start making their own content and undercut Netflix's subscription service, even better! I guess people will call Generation Z out about not being loyal, but at the end of the day we want to save money where we can, so we can make a purchase somewhere else. Someone here said the biggest question is "why?" No, the biggest question is “why not?” This has Nothing to do with Walmart’s shoppers. It has to do with taking a huge piece of the streaming business pie. One thing has nothing to do with the other. But Walmart can advertise special Vudu offers to its customers and let their shoppers and the rest of the world know they are streaming content and all are welcome to their “every day low video streaming prices!"
  • Posted on: 07/11/2018

    Is your culture your brand?

    Honestly, we are just looking for “real” today. This quote is a perfect example. “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” Sadly there is a lot of cursing going on when you get their stuff home. The Container Store and IKEA are perfect examples. We love the products but the employees aren’t trained in in the products they sell like “elfa”. Why not? Both companies Instagram accounts which are probably run by marketing show us Photoshopped pics. Not real life situations! Why don’t they get together and show us how to put the elfa drawers together or the nightmare IKEA stuff. Are they afraid to show how hard it is? Are they afraid to have the employees send you home with missing pieces that you NEED in order to actually assemble the items? Stop making fake, unrealistic posts on your social platforms. Show us the good, bad and difficult. We will watch as long as we can relate to you. Oh, and make sure you show your employees in their uniforms actually sitting on the floor assembling the products you sell. I’m sure you will be making a ton of edits on those videos. Please keep your posts real! No one want to see magazine picture posts. It’s just a waste of marketing time and money.
  • Posted on: 06/28/2018

    Social influencers to find a home on Instagram’s new, longer video platform

    Yes, I believe brands will jump at the new platform for advertising and it's about time someone challenged YouTube's monopoly on all the advertising dollars. However Instagram does not appeal to influencers at this present time as they didn’t develop a monetization program for them. No one wants to create more content for FREE! IGTV is probably figuring out how to censor videos in order to make advertisers happy from the start and not to have the mess Youtube went through. It’s going to be a match game for content and advertisers. #goodluckwiththat

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