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 want to work for myself so that I can have more flexibility and be my own boss. I have an online business.”
—Female, 16, FL

Fast fashion is only getting faster as Asos & Boohoo outpace industry front-runners, Zara and H&M, moving clothes from concept to sales floor in less than four weeks. These up and comers’ fast paced supply chains, coupled with millennial-minded tactics and strong social media presences, are driving a 30-35% expected sales growth for Asos and 50% for Boohoo. A major contributor to Boohoo’s profit margin is its army of celebrities, bloggers, and other influencers who promote its clothing across Instagram. Zara and H&M, meanwhile, saw slowing YOY sales growth; H&M has admitted its need to speed up and announced plans to change its supply chain accordingly. (QuartzThe Guardian)

A new Doritos bag will be loaded with the entire Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack, via a built-in cassette player. A limited number of the “Awesome Mix” soundtrack bags will be available on Amazon tomorrow, and influencers will be activated to take the bag to surprising locales and sing a song of their choice. Fans will also be invited to go to custom pop-up recording booths, record their track, and upload it to social media for a chance to win prizes. Thanks to social media posts and unboxing trends, packaging has the potential to become a spotlight stealer, and brands are thinking outside the box to make packaging as interesting as the product. (Creativity)

Apple wants to be Gen Z’s Starbucks. The brand is reimagining stores to encourage teen hang out sessions, rebranding the Genius Bar as the Genius Grove, and aptly adding some foliage to the space. The start of a series of educational sessions next month will also bring in photographers, artists, and musicians to teach lessons and in some cases, perform concerts. Apple’s head of retail says of the effort: “I’ll know we’ve done a really, really great job if the next generation, if Gen Z says, ‘Meet me at Apple. Did you see what’s going on at Apple today?’” Ypulse’s Experiencification trend explored the fact that more retailers are looking to turn stores into social spaces to attract young shoppers. (QuartzApple)

Coachella has become a profit powerhouse, with earnings of $94 million last year, and nearly half of all attendees are 18-34-years-old. Brands have been looking for any way to activate their spending power through the event—including influencer marketing, which reportedly earns an estimated $6.50 for every $1 spent. This year, American Express became the first official credit card of the prodigious festival, using influencers to spread their message on-site instead of signage and “overt product messaging.” One AMEX executive emphasizes, “You can’t deny the power and reach of influencers today.”(Forbes)

Mars’ new ad has gone viral with Gen Z, thanks to the power of online celebrities. The video, promoting popular U.K. candy bar Maltesers as it launches in the U.S, features social media and YouTube stars Caspar Lee, Andrew Huang, and Dytto and has earned almost 2.8 million views in the last few weeks. The campaign encourages positivity in the face of typical “teen crises” as the influencers are shown turning #FML moments into “Fun Maltesers Life” moments. The spot is part of a larger effort, which will include distribution across social media channels, custom content creation with BuzzFeed, and a tour featuring an experiential photo-op, game play zone, and 10 million free samples. (MediaPost)

Quote of the Day: “I don't drink on a typical night, but my choice when I do have a drink is often red wine.”

—Female, 34, FL

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