Ypulse Essentials: Twilight Prom Dresses, Teens' Internet Activity, Walmart Wants Cord Cutters

Although there’s only one movie left in ‘The Twilight Saga’ (hysteria for the franchise isn’t going away anytime soon. Need proof? Just take a look at the line of prom dresses created by Alfred Angelo, the designer of Bella’s wedding dress in “Breaking Dawn: Part 1.” Now teens can have a night as magical as Bella’s prom by wearing dark, romantic, and glamorous gowns. We guess it’s better than Twilight fans faking engagements to try on Bella’s wedding dress. At least they can have outfits that are a little more age-appropriate. In other fashion news, Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee have officially launched their tween collection aptly called Jessica Simpson Girls featuring edgy and playful clothes, and it’s in stores just in time for the holidays!) (Seventeen) (TMZ) (MTV)

- Almost all teens are active on the Internet (but recent Pew Research reveals that older teens are much more attached to the Web than younger ones. Fully 53% of 14-17 year olds go online several times a day, while 30% of 12-13 year olds only go online once a day. But a surprising 24% of teens only go online weekly. We were also shocked to learn that only 5% of Americans use location-based apps like Foursquare. Checking in isn’t as popular as it has been despite the opportunity it provides to receive deals or show off your status to your friends. But even though such services aren’t very popular, Google+ is launching a check-in service and we doubt this will make the social network more appealing) (AdAge) (TechCrunch)

- As Millennials continue to cut the cord on cable or at least reduce their TV bill (Walmart strives to attract this market with its Vudu service. The discount empire is encouraging the creators of the video-streaming devices it sells to include Vudu’s service, and it’s…

 
 
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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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