Ypulse Essentials: Alloy's First Digital Slate, American Eagle Opens Kids Chain, 'Britain's Next Top Model'

hollywoodhighschoolAlloy’s first official digital slate (Newly formed digital division Banks & Reed announce three original teen web series coming this summer and fall. This includes an adaptation of YA book Hollywood is like High School with Money [pictured here] Also ‘The Guild’ returns for a fourth season) (Tubefilter) (via Pop Candy)

-YMCA rebrands as ‘The Y’ (to coincide with “efforts to emphasize the impact its programs have on youth, healthy living and communities.” And Jezebel talks to Girl Scouts Senior Brand Manager Sharon Lee after their lukewarm review of the new logo) (New York Times, reg. required)

- American Eagle opens kids stores (expanding on its 77kids line. And in her first post-Hills career move, Audrina Patridge is the new face of surf brand Bongo) (WSJ, reg. required)

- Mashable spotlights Headliner (a cool recommendation exchange to help artists and bands promote each other on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. Also GodBlock a web filter targeted towards parents and schools who want to prevent “kids from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions”... might be an elaborate hoax) (MSNBC)

- Comic-Con schedule announced (Also Mark Ruffalo to step in for Edward Norton as “The Hulk” in “The Avengers.” And new featurette fuels the hype machine for “Scott Pilgrim Vs The World” (via Pop Candy) (Den of Geek)

- Disney’s ‘Socerer’s Apprentice’ opens midweek (And an untitled Gargoyles movie in the works at Disney is described as Socerer’s ‘spiritual sequel’) (Variety, reg. required) (Cinemablend)

- ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ slammed (by The Guardian’s arts editor for a lad mag photo shoot—thanks Derek! Meanwhile the Beauty Mirror iPhone app looks to help parents send positive messages to their tween girls )

- What would-be teen moms can learn from…

 
 

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“My work schedule can be hectic, so I snack on nuts, berries, or other non-deadly foods during any downtime.”

—Male, 32, KY

AwesomenessTV and fashion/beauty brands are coming together to make branded series for Gen Z. In the past, AwesomenessTV has worked with numerous brands to produce original content, including CoverGirl and Kohl’s. Now they’re planning a 24-part docu-series with Hollister called “This is Summer,” following teens’ high school journeys—while they’re clad in shoppable Hollister clothing of course. Our own Chief Content Officer explains that Ypulse has “found Gen Z to be fairly open to watching sponsored entertainment,” with 77% of 13-17-year-olds agreeing, "As long as the story is interesting, I don't mind that it is sponsored." (Glossy)

Fullscreen agrees that Gen Z is the generation that’s most receptive to branded content. Their survey found over half of Gen Z doesn’t mind even undisclosed branded content, and significantly more Gen Z teens than Millennials have engaged with social branded content (viewing photos, liking and sharing content and tagging friends) in the past six months. Influencer marketing wins out with the group, with over half of teens preferring influencer content to pre-roll, sponsored posts, banners, and traditional TV commercials. The sweet spot for advertisers may be branded video, especially when influencers are involved. (TubefilterAdweek)

Graduation spending is expected to reach a record $5.6 billion for the Class of 2017. Over half of the graduation gifts given will be cash, followed by greeting cards, gift cards, apparel, and electronic devices. Another trend for the year is more and more peers giving each other gifts, with a 6% lift year over year. Younger consumers will spend an average of $78.42 ,compared to 45-54-year-olds’ $119.84 and 65-and-over’s $112.34, and while greeting cards are also most popular, they’re also almost twice as likely to gift clothing. (ConsumerAffairs)

Instagram has the “most negative impact on young people’s mental wellbeing,” followed by Snapchat, according to a recent study. The image-centric platforms could “driv[e] feelings of inadequacy and anxiety,” and were rated the most poorly for their impacts on sleep, FOMO, and body image. Out of the top five most popular social media platforms, YouTube was the only one that earned a positive score. The silver lining? Some argue the evaluation is “blaming the medium for the message,” and social media/online communities are also Gen Z and Millennials’ top resource for learning about “mindfulness, meditation, and wellness,” according to Ypulse data. (The Guardian)

Lego is being called the “most powerful brand in the world,” beating out Google, Visa, and Nike. Brand Finance’s latest valuation report shows Lego’s brand value increased 68% over last year, looking at metrics like “familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation.” At least some of the lift can be attributed to the successful movie franchise (The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie) and its strategic partnership with Star Wars.

(Business Insider)

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