Ypulse Essentials: Grammys Go After Millennials, Making The Most Of 90s Nostalgia, Social Media In China

Grammy AwardsThe Grammy Awards is clearly catering to the Millennial audience (with a few new additions this year. A Grammy Live streaming broadcast with social tie ins begins this Friday following all the activities leading up to the big event and new technology to get official releases of show performances online almost immediately. In a nod to youth music trends, the Grammys has also added a dance/electronica segment to the show. The category nominees, including Deadmau5 and Lil Wayne, will perform in a tent amid 1,000 pumped up fans) (Giga Om) (NYT, reg required)

- It’s no secret that Millennials are nostalgic for the 90s with ‘retro’ TV shows and fashion (making a comeback. But how are brands making the most of it? Some are cashing in on bringing back certain styles with an updated flair, blending modern technology with retro accessories — like a handset for a cell phone, and introducing 90s attitude in current media) (Fast Company)

- Check out this infographic about the social media scene (in China. With the “great (fire) wall” that bars young people from the social sites popular in the U.S. and other countries, Chinese youth have adopted copycat sites. The most common way they log on? Cell phone! Although social media has been part of some pretty powerful movements, its real power is creating local change, according to one expert) (Derek Baird) (PSFK)

- Chances are, you’ve done your share of shoe doodling (or you know someone who has. Now Vans is turning that talent into a money making opportunity for crafty students who can submit their shoe designs for a chance to win $50,000 for their school’s art program. Break out your markers and get sketching) (IHeartDaily)

- Teens love texting, and they even read texts from brands (according to DoSomething. The challenge with text…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “I use cloth diapers, and a lot of my coworkers don't quite understand this. They aren't condescending, per say, but I do think that they judge my less mainstream parenting style. Also, several of my online mommy Facebook groups can be VERY judgy.” –Female, 26, IL

‘90s kids (older Millennials) remember many products from the decade that have now sadly passed out of their lives. But some of their undying nostalgia is being rewarded: Coca Cola has brought back their lemon lime flavored soda Surge thanks in part to a Facebook group called “The Surge Movement.” The soda is being sold exclusively through Amazon, and the first batch sold out in about an hour. (The Verge)

GIFs are invading marketing, and the medium is now seeping into mobile communication. Popkey is essentially a GIF keyboard for the new Apple operating system. The app allows users to search for appropriate reaction GIFs without leaving their chats, save frequently used GIFs, or select from popular featured files. The tool could appeal to young consumers who are more interested in communicating via images than text. (TechCrunch)

Millennials’ reputation for not caring about cars might not be the whole story, and we’ve heard that having a car actually is important to them—if brands can create cars they want. Toyota is imagining what that car would look like with their concept the U^2, a “city car” for Millennials, or in their words, the “entrepreneurial, urban driver.” The imagined car is customizable, with a removable front seat, an iPad central console, and a tailgate that can turn into a ramp. Though Toyota isn’t likely to produce the U^2, it is possible that some of its features will be integrated into upcoming models. (Wired)

Despite the fact that the platform is technically ad-free, brands have infiltrated Vine, and its “Vine famous” stars now regularly team with companies for creative advertising. The young social media savvy players—each with millions of followers—are also becoming involved in more traditional media: Brittany Furlan has landed a sketch comedy show deal, Nash Grier is working on a film career, and Shawn Mendes’ record topped the iTunes charts. (Adweek)

Financial services are not appealing to Millennials, and the disconnect between the industry and the generation isn’t likely to be solved by reaching out to these young consumers on the platforms they frequent. A recent global study found that less than 1% of Millennials want financial service providers to contact them through social media, and 59% believe they haven’t seen financial products that are targeted at “people like them.” (CNN)

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