Ypulse Essentials: Mattel's Monster High, Ford Fiesta @ Bonnarroo, Neo-Frugalism

Monster HighMattel to unveil ‘Monster High’ (this summer in a major launch featuring dolls based on the teen characters, an apparel line, a series of books, an interactive website/webisodes and a movie expected in 2011 or 2012) (Los Angeles Business Journal)

- Ford Fiesta @ Bonnaroo (targets Gen Y music lovers with experiential elements like the “Fiesta Garage,” a ‘70s themed performance space. Also auto care company Midas and SPIN magazine are teaming up to launch the “Rock the Highway” sweepstakes for young musicians. And a look at Millennials’ changing attitudes towards car culture) (MediaPost, reg. required) (Brandchannel)

- ‘MTV’s True Life: Resist the Power, Saudi Arabia’ (brings potential legal trouble from the country’s religious police for the Saudi youths featured in the episode. Also religious groups in America are not surprisingly less than pleased with Comedy Central’s plans for a cartoon featuring a Jesus Christ character) (Reuters) (THR)

- Sony Online Entertainment launches ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (as a free, browser-based virtual world. And good news for Moshi Monsters fans—Penguin is publishing a children’s series based on the world. Plus over on Gamasutra, Sony’s John Koller talks PSPs, price points and piracy) (Virtual World News) (Forbes)

- [Bare]feet first (a Canadian teen launches a campaign to go barefoot to raise money for impoverished children. While a teacher in the Midwest sets out to eat and anonymously blog every school lunch served in her school’s cafeteria over the course of a year)  (BBC News) (PSFK)

- Summit Entertainment and Mastercard debut pre-paid ‘Eclipse’ gift cards (to coincide with the release of the  third “Twilight” film. Also it looks like Batgirl fans will have to apply some muscle if they want to see the girl wonder in her own comic book movie)…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without buying something and watching holiday movies.” –Female, 29, CA 

Yesterday news that Budweiser would be dropping their traditional Clydesdales in order to appeal to Millennials made the rounds—but the brand says not so fast. In response to the rumors, Budweiser has released their “drink responsibly” ad featuring the iconic horses “earlier than planned” and tweeted that they “aren’t going anywhere.” But they are giving the campaign a twist that could appeal to young consumers, partnering with LYFT to give holiday partiers safe rides home in Boston with the help of the Clydesdales. (Brand Channel)

The appeal of toy unboxing videos may be a mystery to some, but they’re viewed millions and millions of times on YouTube, and Disney wants a piece of that popularity. In case you’ve missed it, these videos consist of opening up toys and talking about what’s in them. The brand’s Maker Studios has signed five toy unboxing digital stars, including HobbyKidsTV, DisneyCarToys, and ToyReviewToys. However, the most popular unboxing channel, DC Toys Collector, who generated 104 million views last week, was not included. (Recode)

Totino’s is continuing their weird, weird marketing campaign to appeal to young consumers’ absurdist humor. In a follow up to “the oddest pizza ad ever,” the brand has taken a BuzzFeed post called "50 Completely Unexplainable Stock Photos No One Will Ever Use" and turned each one into an off-the-wall bizarre ad. They’ve posted the entire collection on their site with the explanation, “We obviously had no choice but to use them. Poorly.” (Adweek)

What influences teen drinking behavior? Recent research has found that ”close friends” are far more influential than the “broader peer group” when it comes to teen alcohol use. This means the idea of  “everyone thinking that everyone else (in a whole school, say) is drinking a lot” being a reason behind drinking might not hold as much water. (NYMag)

The next-generation is growing up hyper-monitored from the cradle, but it’s possible that the high tech baby monitors that have become more and more common don’t actually offer benefits. Onesies and other items that track babies heartbeats and body metrics might be offering parents “false reassurance,” as they haven’t been proven to work. However, makers of those products say that new parents are buying them not to combat specific health issues but for peace of mind. (Mashable)

The Ypulse Back-To-School Special Report is here! The holidays might be starting, but we know retailers, marketers and brand managers are already planning for next year's big shopping seasons. To deliver a forward looking perspective, we surveyed high school and college students throughout 2014, combed that data for insights, and compiled all of the must-know data into a rich BTS special report. Gold subscribers can access the full report and data in the My Documents section of Ypulse.com. One-off pricing for this report is $1,250, contact us here. (Ypulse)

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