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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“[Anna Victoria is] a good role model to women and is changing the way the world looks at fitness and body image.”—Female, 21, CA

Abercrombie & Fitch is going gender-neutral for their new kids’ clothing line. The “Everybody Collection” features “tops, bottoms, and accessories” for five-14-year-old boys and girls. A&F’s Brand President explained their decision to appeal to The Genreless Generation: "Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl.'' The line of 25 new styles will be rolling out online and to 70 stores, starting this month. (Today)

Millennials & Gen Z already think the Nintendo Switch is cool, and now the brand is giving them more ways to use it. They’re introducing Nintendo Labo, “cardboard-based, interactive DIY experiences” for the Switch, tapping into the “toys-to-life” trend. The variety kit lets players construct five different “Toy-Con” experiences that include turning the Joy-Con controller into a motorbike handle complete with a throttle that can be twisted to accelerate, and creating a piano that senses which keys are pressed to produce the correct musical note. (Kidscreen)

YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos from its platform. Teens started eating Tide pods when memes showcasing their Gusher-like colors went viral. The brand has since issued warnings not to eat the pods, and some stores have even begun locking up the product. YouTube has explained the decision to take down the popular pod-eating videos as a continuation of their policy to “prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm." Some are suggesting that pressure from parent company Procter & Gamble may have also been a factor. (Mashable)

The streaming wars are continuing, but audiences are turning to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for very different kinds of content. Hub Entertainment Research found original content is winning users' time on Netflix, while over half watch Hulu for its syndicated collection, and movies are most popular on Amazon Prime. The study also found that most Americans overall spend their entertainment time watching TV (40%), but 18-24-year-olds are most likely to engage with gaming and online video, like YouTube. (Quartz)

Outdoor Voices embraced Millennials’ minimal moment to break onto the athleisure scene. The brandless brand goes for a minimalist aesthetic with pops of color, and sees itself as an anti-Nike of sorts. The founder explains that they’re “a recreational Nike” because “With Nike and so many other brands, it’s really about being an expert, being the best. With OV, it’s about how you stay healthy—and happy.” Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: the company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2013, climbing a startling 800% in 2016 alone. (Vogue)

“I saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

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