Ypulse Essentials: Listen With Your Facebook Friends, Millennials & Marriage, Gen Y Ditches Logos

We’re excited about Facebook’s new feature, “Listen With,” that — logically — lets users listen to music with friends and experience songs simultaneously (even if they’re not together. Users can become DJs via a chatroom and play music they’re streaming on sites like Spotify and Rdio. We bet this feature, which is similar to Turntable.fm will be a big hit among Millennials since they always want to be connected to their friends and to music. Speaking of music, tune in to Kidz Bop Block Party!, a two-hour weekly radio show premiering tonight on SiriusXM, where kids can pick the weekly playlist and segments, chat with celebrities, and more. They can even leave shout outs online at Kidzbop.com and listen in to hear their voices on the radio. Think radio by kids for kids!) (Mashable) (TechCrunch) (Yahoo)

- Millennials aren’t as focused on marriage as previous generations (with many putting it off until later so they can first devote time to themselves and their career. Moreover, nearly 60% of Gen Y women think living together is a sufficient relationship status, even if they have kids with someone. That’s not to say Millennials are abandoning the idea of marriage, but they aren’t prioritizing it as much, especially not right away) (Forbes)

- Millennials are going back to the basics in terms of their fashion preferences (opting for quality items sans logos rather than trendy, flashy clothes. They can still show off their style, but are less interested in broadcasting the brands they’re wearing, preferring simple and classic styles instead. In other Millennial fashion news, “Glee”’s Lea Michele is the new face of Candie’s replacing Vanessa Hudgens in this sweet gig) (MediaPost) (E! Online)

- Happy Friday the 13th! Mattel’s Monster High is celebrating this spooky date all year…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

“I won’t buy an already-made costume to dress up in for Halloween because I prefer using my creativity to come up with an uncommon or personalized costume to wearing a mass-produced costume that won't be unique to me.” –Male, 24, CA

One entrepreneur has a big idea to change charity fundraising as we know it—and she’s only 10-years-old. Vivienne Harr started a lemonade stand for charity in 2012 that has turned into Make A Stand lemonade, a family company that donates 5% of each sale. Now, the Harrs are launching StandApp, a mobile platform for donating to and starting crowdfunded social good projects. Twitter’s founders have invested in the app, which tells users they can “make a stand and change the world in 3 steps and 30 seconds.” (Fast Company)

Vice media has established themselves as creators of online content that speaks to young consumers, and now they will launch a global, 24 hour TV network for their Millennial audience. The brand’s Vice News has gotten a reputation for tackling some of the biggest international stories before much more established news organizations, and CEO Shane Smith warned traditional media outlets that as the generation ages up, they will become obsolete, and sites like Vice and BuzzFeed are “the changing of the guard.” (The IndependentThe Drum)

Posting calories counts on menus isn’t necessarily making consumers choose healthier options, but a new study has found that if told what they would have to do to burn off those calories, teens are less likely to buy higher calorie or sugary drinks. When signs were posted in stores telling buyers things like, “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about 5 miles of walking,” 40% of 12-18-year-olds who saw them said they changed their drink choice as a result. Even after the signs were removed these teens continued to make healthier choices. (Washington Post)

Italian clothing label Brandy Melville has reportedly become “one of the fastest growing popular brands among American teens,” but the company is not interested in selling to everyone: they sell most items only in size small. Abercrombie & Fitch has famously lost ground with young consumers thanks to their similarly exclusionary practices, and some teens are expressing their dissatisfaction on Melville’s Instagram, where they are asking for sizes that “fit all.” (Tech Times)

Many Millennials don’t trust banks (or any other large institutions) but it could be that financial organizations are missing a big opportunity with the generation. Adweek’s recent study found that 18-24-year-olds are more likely than other consumers to say they would trust a financial institution more if they provided helpful, unbiased content. But only 20% of respondents felt that these institutions are currently posting interesting articles. (Adweek)

That image at the bottom of our newsletter is a gateway to insights and expert commentary on current and future Millennial trends. Clicking on it takes readers to our daily insights article, available to Silver and Gold subscribers, which illuminates a facet of Millennial culture and helps subscribers to understand the "why" behind the "what." Drawing from our ongoing collection of proprietary data, our deep-dive desk research, and our 10-year history of studying this generation, we figure out what it all means for brands and marketers. (Ypulse)

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