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: “There are better things to spend my money on [than luxury products], so unless we are talking about luxury experiences, I'm not spending money on them right now.”

—Female, 30, CA

As we predicted, there’s still hope for in-store shopping. According to a Forrester retail expert and analyst, U.S. retail revenue is expected to reach $3.4 trillion this year, and only 9% is expected to be online. Because consumers still value the ability to “touch and feel products,” retailers with “solid go-to-market strategies,” like Sephora with their digital solutions and Ulta with their unique shopping experience, stand to benefit the most. He reports that only those retailers “struggling to connect with consumers” are closing stores. (MediaPost

Will Instagram take Snapchat’s place as a marketing star of 2017? The platform, which boasts 150 million daily users, is now letting brands incorporate full screen ads to the Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, and companies like Capital One, ASOS, Nike, Buick, and Airbnb are already on board. According to the VP of Instagram Business, brands will be able to target specific audiences through the feature, and one-third of the app’s top stories have been from businesses. (Adweek

LGBT self-identification is rising in the U.S., with Millennials leading the way. According to a Gallup survey, 4.1% of U.S. adults, or about 10 million people, now identify as LGBT—an increase from 3.5% in 2012. Millennials account for almost 60% of that number, most likely because they are “first generation in the U.S. to grow up in an environment where social acceptance of the LGBT community markedly increased.” Our Genreless Generation trend, revealed that Millennials and teens are more comfortable with blending and bending categories, and celebrating new combinations than ever before. (NYMag)

The Binge Effect has inspired Disney to try out the Netflix model. For the premiere of Beyond on Millennial-focused network Freeform, all 10 episodes were released online with fewer ads than shown on TV—a first for the channel. The series, about a young man who discovers he has superpowers after awakening from a 12-year coma, drew in 14.2 million viewers in its first week, with almost half watching online. (Bloomberg

Millennials are skipping YouTube ads, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. An analysis by LaunchLeap revealed that 59% of Millennials are skipping YouTube’s TrueView ads—those that advertisers only pay for if they are watched to completion. On the other hand, 29% are watching ads to completion—better engagement than on Snapchat. And they’re paying attention: a Google and Ipsos study found that attention paid to YouTube ads is 84% higher than advertising on TV. (Business Insider

Quote of the Day: "I binge-watch content to spend time with my spouse.”—Female, 32, OK 

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