Ypulse Essentials: New Reality Shows Feature Tech Start-Ups, Students Apply To More Colleges, Pinterest Board Covers

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LOL Cats reality showRandi Zuckerberg — yes, the sister of Mark Zuckerberg and former Facebooker — is partnering with Bravo for a reality TV show (about finding the next young star of Silicon Valley. It also has a show in the works with Ben Huh who runs the LOLcats empire Cheezburger. We can see Millennials loving this new type of reality show that gives them a peek behind the curtain of their favorite tech start-ups) (CNN Money)

The college application scene has gotten much more competitive (and students are changing their tactics to ensure they get accepted somewhere. They're applying to more colleges, including a wide range of school types and sizes) (WSJ)

Millennials' favorite new social site, Pinterest, is giving its users a little more control (with customizable board covers. Previously, the most recent pin was the default board cover, which may not have represented the users' vision for the board) (VentureBeat)

Kindergarten might seem a little early to get kids on social media (but a New York school teacher is using Twitter as a tool to teach her class about reflecting on their day and how to edit themselves) (NY Times, reg required)

The image of young, hip independent workers based out of their local coffee shop (isn't accurate, according to a new study. Boomers and Xers are more likely to be independent workers, likely because they feel more confident in their work skills to strike out on their own compared to Millennial workers who are just getting started in their careers) (GigaOm)

Smartphone users have been app happy of late (with more than 50 million people downloading Draw Something in just 50 days. And in the first day of Instagram being available for Android, more than 1 million people downloaded it, much to the chagrin of some iPhone users) (Mashable) (CBSNews)…

 
 
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“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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