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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“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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