Things You Should Know: XBox One

Today’s post is from Ypulse staffer Phil Savarese.

On May 21, Microsoft announced their much-anticipated next generation video game console: Xbox One. The console will be competing with Sony’s next-gen console: Play Station 4 (PS4) this coming holiday season, but it would not do the Xbox One justice to call it a “video game console.” Microsoft is making waves with gamers by instead marketing One as an “all-in-one entertainment system.” The console moves away from Xbox’s gaming roots, aiming instead to be an entertainment hub that focuses as much, if not more, on TV and sports as it does video games. Devout gamers might be criticizing the move, but with Millennials looking for products that help to streamline life Xbox One has the potential to be valued by a wider audience. The entire Xbox One release is something to be discussed, from its pre-announcement rumors to its post-announcement skeptics. Here’s how the Xbox One announcement was a Millennial event through and through:

Social Media Missteps

Since the gaming world was told that 2013 would bring the next generations of Xbox and PlayStation, they have been searching the internet for any information on the consoles. There were rumors that the console would require an internet connection at all times, which was not good news for gamers, who made their distaste for the idea well-known. In the wake of the reports and criticism, Microsoft employee Adam Orth took to Twitter to tell gamers that didn’t like the idea of an “always-on” console to “deal with it.” Microsoft put out an official statement apologizing for the staffers remarks, but for many shadows had been cast on Microsoft and their next console. The event exemplifies how social media can cause major press issues for brands who aren’t careful to play nicely with…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “It's free to walk to work and I get some exercise in.”—Female, 26, NY

Niche beauty brands have blurred gender lines at their core—can large cosmetics companies play catch up without seeming “disingenuous”? Milk Makeup and Fluide have built their brands on being inclusive, but larger brands sometimes strike consumers as hopping on the band wagon when they try to do the same—especially since they created so many of the gender norms they’re now rallying against. The best way for them to get in on the trend? Start by making their hiring process more inclusive both “behind the lens” and in front of it. (Fast Company)

Starbucks thinks the “health and wellness” trend is to blame for declining Frappuccino sales. Despite marketing efforts like the Unicorn Frappuccino, syrupy drink sales are down 3% from last year. However, rivals like McDonald’s and Dunkin' Donuts could be stealing sugary beverage sales from the coffee giant, meaning young consumers’ penchant for healthification isn't necessarily the culprit. In fact, McDonalds recently debuted two new frozen drinks that earning praising on Twitter. (NYPFox News)

Apple is getting into kids’ content, teaming up with Sesame Workshop for a slate of original shows. Live-action, animated, and puppet-based series will be included in the programming, but Sesame Street itself is not part of the deal. There are no details yet on where Apple will release the shows, meaning they could either shop them to another platform or debut them on their own streaming platform. Considering that Apple has several original program deals in the works, they could be looking to bulk up their own bid in the streaming wars. (Kidscreen)

Twitter and Tumblr posts are getting a new lease on life—as screenshots on Instagram. While young users of Twitter and Tumblr have declined, Ypulse’s Social Media Trackerfound that over half of 13-35-year-olds use Instagram daily. Instagram is the preferred place to post memes, despite many accounts creating their content elsewhere. Why do they switch platforms to post? Instagram’s Discover tab allows faster browsing than Twitter, while Instagram images are displayed in full rather than being cut off, like they are on Twitter. (The Verge)

Eggo sales are down in between seasons of Stranger Things. Yes, the sci-fi series has that much influence on the frozen waffle’s revenue. One Eggo executive explains that they “quickly leveraged the [resulting] consumer engagement” from the show, and it paid off: sales jumped 14% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 9.4% for the first four months of 2018. However, fewer people are binging the Gen Z & Millennial favorite these days, so Kellogg’s frozen pancakes, waffles, and French toast sales have slowed to just 1.3% year-over-year. (CNN)

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