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App Buzz: 5 To Know Right Now
App downloads continue to rise, and young consumers are proving their preference for apps over browsers when they're mobile. We've got five...
March 3rd, 2015
Rated G Digital: Social Media Gets Kid-Friendly
The first generation born into the era of social media is getting their own kid-centric versions of apps and sites that were previously only for...
March 2nd, 2015
Gritty, Dark Power Rangers: The Friday Don’t Miss List
A dark homage to Power Rangers, Birchbox for weed, smashed Kickstarter records, and more—all the trends you need to see today, in the...
February 27th, 2015
5 Rising Stars To Watch: Teen Mag Roundup
We dug through the pages of Teen Vogue, Nylon, and Seventeen, to see who teen readers are being told is the next big thing. Here...
February 26th, 2015
Modern, Mobile Millennial Parents
New Parents On the Block: This is the first in a series of articles looking at Millennial parents behavior, growing influence, and marketing preferences. As...
February 25th, 2015
Kickstarting Kids’ Games
Some of the most buzzed about toys today have one thing in common: they started on Kickstarter. The site is bringing some out-of-the-box playtime products...
February 23rd, 2015
Riding the Weed Wave
The majority of Millennials have long felt that weed is no big deal, and as that attitude is adopted by more of the mainstream, the ...
February 22nd, 2015
“Shocking” Chipotle News: The Friday Don’t Miss List
The "shocking" Chipotle's news that young consumers probably don't care about, a '90s comeback no one saw coming, and the weirdest new toys...
February 20th, 2015
Fashion Week’s Social Marketing Moment
Designer brands are using fashion week to show off their social marketing savvy, creating campaigns that open up the runways to young consumers in new...
February 19th, 2015
Toy Fair Roundup: Top Toy Trends of 2015
This week, we stopped by the 2015 International Toy Fair to get a sneak peek at the toy trends to watch for in 2015. From toys that...
February 18th, 2015
Millennial News Feed
Quote of the day: “I’m single and I’m okay with it.” –Female, 15, MA
Ypulse’s January monthly survey found that 55% of 13-32-year-olds say that the one tech device they cannot live without is their smartphone, and that makes dying batteries a major issue for mobile-dependent young consumers. As app usage increases, battery life quickly decreases—but a new solution to the perpetually dying phone battery is here. Ikea has announced a line of tables, desks, and lamps that will be able to wirelessly charge some mobile devices—simply place a phone on the surface and it begins to fuel up. The furniture is due to hit European and North American stores in April. We expect the design of products and spaces will likely continue to shift to accommodate smartphone addictions. (Wall Street Journal, Refinery29)
Who knew a tweet could be worth so much? The marketing power of social media users could be validated by a new study that reports a single tweet, when sent out one to five weeks before a film’s release, can add $560 to a movie’s opening weekend box office numbers. Catchy tweets illustrating intentions to see the movie or encouraging others to watch are worth $4,420 four weeks before the movie’s release. More than 30 million people reportedly tweet about movies each month, and this could be valuable information as Hollywood struggles at a time when there are increasingly more entertainment options for young consumers. (MediaPost)
A recently released study on young consumers and cars claims that “once Millennials gain spending power, the auto industry is going to be turned upside down.” A reported 47% of Millennials believe that cars, and which brand of car they own, really matter. The findings contradict the common perception that young consumers don’t care about cars and are choosing ride-sharing companies or the urban bicycle movement over their own vehicles. The study reports that Millennials have a “surprising affinity” for Volkswagen and Tesla, for its use of technology and commitment to social good. The research also predicts this generation of car owners will “prioritize brands based on alignment with their own personal values.” (Huffington Post)
Although 58% of 13-17-year-olds said eating healthy is extremely important to them in a 2014 Ypulse monthly survey, it can be hard for teens and tweens to make the right nutrition decisions. Research has found that despite attempts to bring more fruits and veggies into school lunch rooms, six out of 10 kids “won’t even touch a healthy option on their plate.” One study suggests that food presentation makes a difference in fruit and vegetable consumption, and putting vegetables before other food in the lunch line can get them to eat more. For teens, linking healthy eating to something they already care about can help encourage better diets, while the counting calories approach actually leads to unhealthier eating. (Medical Daily)
Kid content is ruling YouTube. Six of the current top 10 most popular YouTube channels are children-focused, making the launch of the standalone YouTube Kids app look like a pretty smart move. Funtoys Collector, the toy-unboxing channel, is the most viewed creator on YouTube, usurping PewDiePie as the site’s biggest star, and showing the power of the unboxing trend. The six children’s channels in the top 10 earned almost 2 billion views in January alone, and YouTube’s top 100 channels saw viewing increase 110% in the last year, from 7 billion video views in January 2014 to 14.7 billion in January 2015. (The Guardian)
We don’t just deliver data. Along with our bi-weekly survey result data files, we provide our Gold subscribers with a topline report that synthesizes hand-picked, illuminating data points and our insights and expertise. Interesting differences between males and females, older and younger Millennials, ethnicities, and more are highlighted, and relevant statistics are streamlined into an easily consumed, concise, visual takeaway. (Ypulse)