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

—Male, 32, KY

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)

“I kind of don't like the commercialization of fandom culture…However, creating licensed products is one way a brand could interact.”

—Male, 24, MO

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