Ypulse Essentials: Guess's New Campaign Is Perfect For Pinterest, Teens React To 'The Hunger Games' Trailer, 'Pretty Little Liars' Sets Social Media Record

PinterestBrands are testing out ways to use Pinterest to drive engagement, and Guess (has just launched a clever contest asking users to create boards inspired by its new brightly hued denim line, with fashion bloggers serving as judges. It’s a great connection with the predominantly female Pinterest audience who already pin their favorite style finds. But not everything is perfect in Pinterest-land, as users complain about the “upgrades” to their profile pages. Didn’t Pinterest learn anything from the backlash of Facebook’s frequent changes?) (FMM) (TechCrunch)

- It’s T minus two days until ‘The Hunger Games,’ and if these teens are any indication (guys and girls alike will be flocking to theaters on Friday. If you’re a latecomer to the series and are quickly devouring the books before the film comes out, be warned, there are some side effects, such as “severely premature consideration of your Halloween costume.” While there are some movie tie-ins for teen fans — China Glaze nail polish and Hot Topic apparel, to name a few — there’s little for younger fans because brands are shying away from the movie until they’re sure the public will accept teen-on-teen violence) (YouTube) (Holley Maher) (Forbes)

- The season finale of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ earns the title (of most buzzed about regular-season TV show as the Millennial masses tuned in and tweeted about the unmasking of “A.” Speaking of Twitter, today marks the social net’s sixth birthday, and, my-oh-my how it’s grown, particularly among Millennials over the past year) (Mashable) (USAToday)

- We love that Betsey Johnson is putting a haute couture spin on the nail art trend (through its partnership with Sephora and OPI. We’re not sure what we want more, the nail decals, the polish strips, or the scented hot pink polish. In other fashion…

 
 

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“I honestly wouldn't like to communicate with brands, unless it is to solve problems their brand is causing.”—Female, 27, MI

Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

Influencer marketing faced another tricky situation this week when PopSugar replaced influencers’ affiliate links with their own. RewardStyle and its Instagram product LikeToKnow.it’s network of content creators’ photos and sometimes entire feeds “were copied to the site via “thousands of ‘falsified vanity pages’ containing millions of images belonging to the network’s content creators.” The group is planning on seeking a class-action lawsuit on their intellectual property and for the lost revenue that PopSugar made each time a customer clicked to purchase. (Racked)

Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

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