Ypulse Essentials: 'Cars 2' Is Confusing, Warner Bros. Streams Movies On Facebook, Another 'Glee' Album

Cars 2Can anyone tell us (what “Cars 2” is about from this trailer? It’s part cultural commentary [cars on oil rigs!], part road trip [cars on a plane!?], part James Bond [spy car!], part grand prix [fast cars!]...and it’s totally confusing. In other Disney/Pixar news, check out the “Up” house IRL. Also, Disney establishes the Disney Media and Advertising Lab to gather data in a controlled situation, helping them understand what works, and why it works. Maybe they should have done some research on ‘Cars 2’ before they released the trailer) (New York Magazine) (CNET) (Variety, reg required)

- Charlie Sheen (who has kinda gone off the deep end lately, is searching for an intern via internships.com. If you’re tired of hearing about Sheen, you can now block all news about him from your web browser. Friday is also National Unfollow Charlie Sheen Day) (AOL News) (Free Art & Technology) (BuzzFeed)

- Warner Bros. debuts (movie rentals via Facebook for 30 Facebook Credits, or about $3. Check out “The Dark Knight,” the first movie available) (Ars Technica)

- Rumors swirl (that “Glee” guest star and “Country Strong” lead Gwenyth Paltrow will get a record deal from Atlantic. A new “Glee” album is in the works, featuring Kurt and Blaine’s Warblers) (Salon, day pass required) (New York Magazine)

- “Nickelodeon Magazine” (debuts in the UK to 40,000 subscribers and features exclusive behind the scenes content and prizes in each issue) (Cynopsis)

- Tweens are getting less sleep (than in past decades. They’re kept awake using technology and woken by late night text messages) (Ms. Twixt)

- Avon launches a digital romance novel imprint (Avon Books, welcomes submissions from professional and amateur writers) (Fast Company)

 
 

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

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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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