Ypulse Essentials: Foursquare Passes 20 Million Users, Music Festivals & Millennials, Characterizing Gen Y

Check out the rest of today's essentials on kids' spending power, teens texting and driving, how HBO's "Girls" accurately portrays Gen Y, and more...

Foursquare Day badgeHappy 4sqDay! (April 16, four-squared — get it? And today, Foursquare announced that its reached 20 million users and 2 billion check-ins! The site has grown rapidly, especially among Millennials who are constantly on their phones and seek to inform their friends of their whereabouts. In fact, according to our recent Ypulse research, 21% of collegians and 13% of high schoolers use the site to check in. And today only, users will get a special 4sqDay badge when they check in honor of the occassion!) (USA Today)

Coachella is a right of passage for Gen Y and a cultural experience (which says a lot about Millennials’ group-oriented attitude. There isn’t as much of a barrier between artist and fans today, and as Swedish House Mafia took the stage this weekend, an electronic dance music revolution was in full force. It’s also a good venue for marketers to reach Millennials and test out brand advertising strategies. Speaking of Coachella, check out pictures from the show and fashion at the festival, which has become almost as important as the music) (The Lefsetz Letter) (CNN) (Flavorwire) (Refinery 29)

While Millennials can generally be categorized as optimistic, tech-savvy, and team-oriented (such attitudes don’t accurately describe all Millennials as Boston Consulting Group points out. Instead, they tend to fall in six groups including Hip-ennials, Millennial Moms, Anti-Millennials, Gadget Gurus, Clean and Green Millennials, and Old School Millennials, with Hip-ennials — mostly females who are careful spenders and constantly seek information — making up the largest group) (MediaPost)

It’s no secret that kids have tremendous purchasing power in their families (with three out of five parents involving their children in car-buying decisions. This creates an even bigger need for…

 
 

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“There are alleys with street art that I've walked out of my way to take pictures of to share on Snapchat/Facebook.”
—Female, 32, IL

Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

 “I’m too lazy to exercise on purpose. Too much work…If I can't get it with my dog, my job, or my nightlife, it ain't happening.”
—Female, 23, CA

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