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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Quote of the Day: “I follow the news because it’s there and I can't avoid it.”—Female, 28, ME

Nike has taken the gold in Olympic ad engagement with a focus on authenticity. The brand’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games campaign “stepped beyond” “Just Do It” with a series of spots showing average people pushing themselves beyond their limits. The response to the approach has been overwhelmingly positive–viewers of one ad featuring a mountain climber born without arms and legs called it their “new favorite Nike video.” The campaign exceeded “any other brand in engagement rates,” earning 6.7 million shares and 6.5 million likes and favorites since March. (MediaPost

Facebook is taking a new swipe at Snapchat with a new camera-first app for teens only. Lifestage, created by a 19-year-old former Facebook intern, reimagines the original Facebook experience for teens today with profile pages filled with video clips and filters. Currently, the app’s network is limited to high school and undergrad students—users over the age of 21 can only see their own profiles. However, teens can see the profiles of all other users, “inside and outside” their schools, which could make privacy a concern. Facebook’s previous standalone apps have not found much success, leading the site to shut down their Creative Labs division last year. (The Daily Dot,BuzzFeed)

Unable to compete with social media, The New York Times is putting an end to its Millennial news app. NYT Now was launched in 2014 in an effort to lure in young readers with conversational content at a discounted price. After failing to attract new users, the app dropped its paywall for a freemium model that let users read up to 10 free articles a month. The updated strategy still did little to bring in a younger audience, averaging 257,000 unique users in the past three months. (Business Insider

College students are increasingly taking their athletic talents off the field. At many colleges, you don’t need to play traditional sports like football, track, or lacrosse to be a star athlete—instead, students are opting for sports that require “little prerequisite talent and less on-field aggression,” like ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, fishing, and wood-chopping tournaments. Many of these alt-sport players discover the new competitive activities because they don’t fit the strict requirements to join other sports teams, and say inclusive team spirit and lack of competitive strife between opponents are major draws. (The Wall Street Journal

Most beauty brands are trying to draw in younger consumers, and Estée Lauder has strategic plans to keep Millennials happy. The brand’s recent profit boost was mostly generated by “color cosmetics brands like Estée Lauder, SmashboxMAC and Clinique,” but prestige fragrance and skin care continue to suffer. They plan to revive the segment by focusing on “selfie culture,” and count on the social media strategy that has fueled their makeup success to work on “instant-gratification” products like face masks and moisturizers. Partnerships with digital influencers, including those with lower but highly engaged followings, are also in the plans. (Fashionista)

Quote of the Day: “I like yoga because It can be used for the body, mind, breath, and soul if desired. I can do it alone or with other people. It can also be as short or long as I want.”—Female, 27, AR

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