Ypulse Essentials: Corona Light Goes After The Facebook Generation, E! Takes On Eating Disorders, When Grover Goes Viral

Corona Light goes after the Facebook generation (with a new young adult-targeted social media campaign that lets online fans contribute photos to a giant Times Square billboard the company will be running from Nov. 8 to Dec. 6—part of Corona’s push to become the “most liked light beer in America” (Mashable)

- More than 1 in 3 teens would consider skipping or delaying college for cost reasons (36 percent of those responding to a TD Ameritrade Corp. poll said the expenses involved could deter them, up from 31 percent last year. And 79 percent said they viewed a college degree as critical for future success, down from 84 percent a year ago) (Reuters)

- ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ to hit the Cartoon Network (as an animated weekly series in 2012. In the meantime, the network premiers a  ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ short, ‘The Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon,’ featuring voices from the original movie, on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.—it’ll be in the bonus materials on the DVD that comes out this Friday) (LA Times) (Variety, reg. required)

- E! takes on eating disorders (in a departure from their usual gossip-themed reality programming, with a new six-part documentary series called ‘What’s Eating You,’ following young people struggling with anorexia and bulimia. It premiers tonight at 10 p.m.) (MediaLife)

- Apple patents ‘anti-sexting’ technology (to the chagrin of free speech advocates and delight of parents everywhere. It’s an application that prevents users from sending or receiving “objectionable” text messages, with boundaries that parents can modify) (Gawker)

- ‘16 and Pregnant’ actually makes teens think about avoiding pregnancy (according to a poll conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Of those who had seen the show, 82 percent said the reality show…

 
 

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Niche beauty brands have blurred gender lines at their core—can large cosmetics companies play catch up without seeming “disingenuous”? Milk Makeup and Fluide have built their brands on being inclusive, but larger brands sometimes strike consumers as hopping on the band wagon when they try to do the same—especially since they created so many of the gender norms they’re now rallying against. The best way for them to get in on the trend? Start by making their hiring process more inclusive both “behind the lens” and in front of it. (Fast Company)

Starbucks thinks the “health and wellness” trend is to blame for declining Frappuccino sales. Despite marketing efforts like the Unicorn Frappuccino, syrupy drink sales are down 3% from last year. However, rivals like McDonald’s and Dunkin' Donuts could be stealing sugary beverage sales from the coffee giant, meaning young consumers’ penchant for healthification isn't necessarily the culprit. In fact, McDonalds recently debuted two new frozen drinks that earning praising on Twitter. (NYPFox News)

Apple is getting into kids’ content, teaming up with Sesame Workshop for a slate of original shows. Live-action, animated, and puppet-based series will be included in the programming, but Sesame Street itself is not part of the deal. There are no details yet on where Apple will release the shows, meaning they could either shop them to another platform or debut them on their own streaming platform. Considering that Apple has several original program deals in the works, they could be looking to bulk up their own bid in the streaming wars. (Kidscreen)

Twitter and Tumblr posts are getting a new lease on life—as screenshots on Instagram. While young users of Twitter and Tumblr have declined, Ypulse’s Social Media Trackerfound that over half of 13-35-year-olds use Instagram daily. Instagram is the preferred place to post memes, despite many accounts creating their content elsewhere. Why do they switch platforms to post? Instagram’s Discover tab allows faster browsing than Twitter, while Instagram images are displayed in full rather than being cut off, like they are on Twitter. (The Verge)

Eggo sales are down in between seasons of Stranger Things. Yes, the sci-fi series has that much influence on the frozen waffle’s revenue. One Eggo executive explains that they “quickly leveraged the [resulting] consumer engagement” from the show, and it paid off: sales jumped 14% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 9.4% for the first four months of 2018. However, fewer people are binging the Gen Z & Millennial favorite these days, so Kellogg’s frozen pancakes, waffles, and French toast sales have slowed to just 1.3% year-over-year. (CNN)

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