Ypulse Essentials: Amazon's Kindle Fire, Music's Hottest Acts Under 21, Dove's DJs Target Young Women

Kindle FireAmazon’s new Kindle Fire looks sleek and cool (and at a mere $199 complete with Amazon’s Cloud storage (!), it bests Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color in cost and competes on functionality. We agree that it’s no iPad killer, however, because of its mere 8GB of memory and lack of 3G. But we wonder how long it will take Android hackers to jailbreak the device of it’s native software to turn it into a fully customizable Android tablet, as has happened with the Nook Color. The Fire wasn’t the only new Kindle revealed today. The standard Kindle has been redesigned and got a new low price tag of $79, and two new touchscreen Kindles hit the market for $99 and $149, with and without 3G, respectively) (Cnet) (Ars Technica) (Amazon)

- Billboard’s annual list of music’s hottest minors, aka top acts under age 21 (includes many of the usual suspects, topped off by Justin Bieber — no surprise there. Five of the acts on the list are Disney stars, from Miley Cyrus to Selena Gomez, and many of the others got their break on reality shows like “American Idol” — we’re looking at you, Scotty McCreery. We were excited to see Mindless Behavior on the list after they won our hearts performing at this year’s Youth Mega Mashup!)

- We dig Dove’s new ‘Fresh Spin’ campaign (featuring three hip young women DJs to grab the attention of women aged 18-34. Dove hooked up with MTV for the campaign, promoting it at the recent MTV Video Music Music Awards and adding fun video content to dove.mtv.com. Deodorant never seemed so cool) (NYTimes)

- With the current state of employment in America, many Gen Yers (are freelancing, working independently, and starting their own businesses. And for those who don’t enjoy working from home, there’s a variety of share office space options to get the collegial spirit of a regular…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “The issue I am most passionate about is LGBTQ, because in the words of Dr. Seuss ‘A person is a person, no matter how small.’” –Female, 18, KY

Being able to mix up a good cocktail is an attractive quality to Millennials. A recent study commissioned by Southern Comfort found that 70% of single 21-34-year-olds who drink alcohol at least once a month would date a mixologist, and almost all (94%) say that they’re impressed by someone who can make a good drink. The survey on singles also found that 10% are intimated by whiskey (though we know that more of the generation is embracing it) and 44% are planning to stay home and cook for Valentine’s Day (which makes sense seeing as “home-cooked meal” is on their top 15 Valentine’s gift list this year). (Los Angeles Times)

Brands looking to get Millennials on their side need to speak to them—not like them. A survey on brand communication reveals that young consumers aren’t responsive to companies that use slang, emojis, and celebrity quotes. Two-thirds don’t find words like “bae” and “yasss” effective on social media platforms, 70% don’t like it when you say “on fleek,” and 83% think using abbreviations like LOL and FOMO are “a poor attempt by brands to relate to them.” Another word you should steer clear of is “Millennial”—42% loathe when advertisers say it. What’s important is communicating effectively without trying so hard to be “hip” (another word you shouldn’t use). (Adweek

Toyota’s Scion brand launched to build cars for the non-conformist Millennial, but the quirky line is being shut down. The unique-looking vehicle was originally a hit for younger consumers and Toyota reports that 50% of buyers were under 35-years-old. But sales peaked in 2006, and have been falling—not because those younger consumers stopped buying cars, but because they’re more interested in “performance and safety” than colorful design. For brands, the lesson may be that focusing on quality is “a better strategy than pursuing the ever-changing perception of cool.” (Forbes

As Millennials deal with the repercussions of student debt and low income, they may be turning to risky financial solutions to help them get by. The number of consumers taking out personal loans increased by 18% between 2013 and 2015, and a Bankrate survey found that 18% of 18-29-year-olds say they are very or somewhat likely to use a personal loan this year—more than any other age group. With 63% of U.S. adults lacking emergency funds, personal loans have become an easy option to get money quickly without negatively affecting their credit scores. (MarketWatchBankrate)

Time Inc. is continuing their pursuit of Millennial women with Motto, a new website targeting young female consumers with articles on “work, life, and play.” Time Digital’s managing editor reports that, “an enormous amount of [Time, Inc.’s] traffic, especially in social media, is about self-improvement and living a better life.” Motto will feature such “inspirational and motivational” daily stories and video content, which will be posted to Facebook and YouTube, written by Time magazine staffers, celebrities, and politicians. They expect more than 50% of readers to access the site through mobile and tablet. (The Wall Street Journal

Quote of the Day: “I learned to cook through ship to home meals like Blue Apron.” –Male, 24, IL

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