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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Quote of the Day: “The combination of recommendations from friends and online reviews really helps me determine my purchases.” –Male, 31, IA

Last year, many (okay most) of the stories about the fast-food industry struggling to understand and attract young consumers focused on McDonald’s and their Millennial challenge. The generation has been accused of “killing” the fast food brand, thanks to their fresher food preferences. But according to Morgan Stanley, McDonald’s remains the most visited restaurant for the generation while Chipotle made 11th on the list. While some are saying this implies Millennials are reluctant to admit to how much they are visiting the chain, we would point out that McDonald’s first place position doesn’t make it their preference, and the chain’s enormous footprint compared to newer competitors is likely influencing the frequency of their visits. (Business Insider)

Young consumers’ nostalgia cycle is shorter than ever, and the desire to look back at recent memories with rose-tinted glassesis driving their tech and sharing behavior, leading to the popularity of apps like Timehop. Facebook’s new “On This Day” feature accommodates this trend, and competes with other popular platforms. The new tool will show users their own Facebook posts and photos from the same date in previous years, providing a feed of status updates, photos, and posts from the past that they can then (re)share. To ensure that only positive content is provided, an algorithm will filter out ex-lovers and avoid displaying memories of those who’ve passed away. (TechCrunch)

Chat apps are the new social media. For Millennials and teens around the world, messaging platforms like Kik, WhatsApp, and Line have become a vital part of communicating with friends, sharing the world around them, and constantly staying in the loop. They’re also becoming a big space for brands, and Disney can thank the Line network’s reach of 500 million users for making their game Tsum Tsum a major mobile hit. Tsum Tsum is a simple, cute-overload-looking puzzle game that has earned $300 million in revenue since last July, a feat Disney says it “couldn’t have done that without Line’s social network.” (GameIndustry.biz)

Starting this week, Millennial news site Mic is joining other digital publications like BuzzFeed and Vox and rolling out its own video series, “Flip the Script,” to provide socially conscious, catchy, and quick clips that expound on some articles on the site. Mic’s aim is “to be the most important brand in news for our generation,” targeting college educated readers around 28-years-old. The site is taking a different approach to ads in their new video content, selling sponsorships rather than including pre-rolls. We’ve warned brands that in the age of ad A.D.D digital marketing will need to evolve to adjust to young consumers' attention spans, and Mic’s approach is an indication of the new mentality. (Ad Age)

What happens when a homeless witch meets an amnesiac enchanted statue? The creators of the indie animated seriesThe Book of MOJO want us to find out. Alchemy Engine is a team of former DreamWorks and Pixar animators currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo to make The Book of MOJO pilot, which they hope will help push boundaries in animation by including more diverse characters. A teaser trailer for the show earned them kudos from viewers who were excited that the heroine is a person of color, and Alchemy Engine has declared they want to “tell stories featuring characters that ... are under-represented in animation.” (IndieGogoHitFix)

Exactly how much are Millennials spending every day…and what are they buying? Our tracked data trends have all the stats on that, thanks to our monthly survey of 1000 13-32-year-old Millennials nationwide. Our Silver and Gold subscribers get access to regularly updated charts following average daily spend and items purchased, with spending broken out by age and gender. We do the heavy data lifting for you, and we’re constantly adding new data to our trends. (Ypulse)

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