Ypulse Essentials: Apple's New iPad, Generations In The Workplace, Twitter Is Growing Faster Than Facebook

The New iPadWe followed along with the announcements from Apple’s iPad event (during which it announced an improved screen with retina display, fancy new apps, and a 4GLTE model. The new iPad will be available on March 16, while the iPad2 will drop in price to $399, so maybe a few more Millennials will be able to afford the most coveted tech device. And there are also parents who will be donating their old iPads to their kids as they upgrade. Not to be ignored, yesterday Google launched a new platform, Google Play, which brings together all of its media services under one roof — from music to movies to books to apps. Google has had the advantage over Apple in terms of cloud computing, and it’s taking advantage of that allowing users to wirelessly sync their media across multiple devices) (The Verge) (USAToday) (Wired)

- Generations matter in the workplace because different things matter to different age groups (according to Neil Howe and Lifecourse Associates. Millennials want a social workplace, an opportunity to be mentored, a socially-responsible company, and the ability to contribute to the bottom line. Be sure to catch Howe’s keynote presentation at the Millennial Mega Mashup this May!)

- We’re not surprised to hear that Twitter’s membership (is growing more than twice as fast as Facebook’s. Millennials have been flocking to the site, using it to filter their social media interactions. They’re friends with everyone they know on Facebook, but they’re more selective about who they follow on Twitter. Speaking of social media, here are three factors that contribute to a video going viral) (PR Daily) (SocialTimes)

- Now you can be one of People magazine’s most beautiful people (because the magazine is accepting nominations for regular, non-celebrity types aged 20-59. The magazine will…

 
 

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“I don't spend money, really on anything. I enjoy video games and will enjoy getting video games, but I receive as gifts from grandparents, parents”—Female, 14, IA

Airbnb is booming in Africa, where young travelers are “looking for culture rather than comfort.” Over two million people have used Airbnb in Africa to book vacation accommodations in the last five years, reportedly earning African hosts $139 million in just the past year. Wanderlusting Millennials are pushing themselves out of their comfort zones to discover new places, rather than retread old ground, and locales like Africa are getting a boost because of it. (Quartz)

Nielsen says they finally have a way to measure Netflix viewership—but Netflix says they’re way off base. Nielsen claims they can keep track of all viewing on the platform, including originals, “whether or not a studio or network wants them to.” Netflix claims, “The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix.” Ouch. Regardless, Nielsen’s move is a step in the right direction to measure what The Post-TV Genis watching, and has “direct implications for the ad business.” (MediaPostAdAgeFortune)

Influencers are using Instagram’s new polling feature, beating brands to the punch. Influencer network Blog Lovin’ found that 66% of their followers (many of which are influencers) had already used polling, while 87% plan to in the future. Polling is not only an opportunity to engage with customers but a way for brands to “[ask] for feedback about products, creat[e] engagement around topics that are in the media and [conduct] market research.” But brands have been slow to ask influencers to use the new story feature for promotions or to utilize the feature on their standalone accounts. (Glossy)

High school students are increasingly taking college courses—but little is known about whether it will benefit them. Thanks to dual-enrollment programs, which are expanding rapidly, students can get a head start on college credits, cutting down on the cost of higher education. Some also argue that Advanced Placement courses are more rigorous, and worthier of students’ extra effort. However, the impacts of programs on “a diverse set of students” is not yet known. (WSJ)

Kids have online influencers too, and they’re pushing branded toys to devoted viewers. Unboxing videos on YouTube are not a new phenomenon, but kid stars unboxing toys are getting brands’ attention as a way to leverage The Influencer Effect. MGA Entertainment, the world’s largest private toy company, pivoted 90% of their ad spend to digital in 2014 and report the strategy is paying off. Studies show children’s attention is switching from cable to YouTube, and influencers help brands reach a “much more engaged smaller audience” and give them “that potential for virality.” (Bloomberg)

"I love coffee and love the experience of having someone make me a nice latte. I like being around other people and hanging out in restaurants or cafes.”—Female, 20, PA

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