Ypulse Essentials: 'Guitar Hero' Unplugged, Pets Get Kids Moving, Cookie Jar Goes Primetime

Guitar HeroFallen (Guitar) Hero (Activision pulls the plug on its “Guitar Hero” franchise, canceling the release of the sixth edition of the game. PSFK, via the Guardian, offers theories for why the billion-dollar franchise failed: selling out and lack of innovation. Also on the chopping block are DJ Hero and True Crime: Hong Kong. So, um, anyone up for a jam session on Rock Band?)  (Mashable) (PSFK) (Ars Technica)

- Kids who have a dog get more exercise than those who don’t. Perhaps the White House’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity — which is now a year old — should consider building in a pet component) (TruthDive) (Ad Age, reg required)

- Cookie Jar Entertainment (goes primetime, announcing a slate of projects in development for tweens, teens, and young adults) (Hollywood Reporter)

- College students aren’t being challenged academically and are falling behind their peers in other countries. For when Gen Yers graduate and enter the workplace, Diversity Inc. dissolves a few myths about what they want as employees. Hint, yes, money matters!) (Salon)

- Target will have an exclusive (deluxe edition of Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way, out May 23. Those who pre-order get an immediate free download of the much anticipated title track) (Billboard)

- Nick Jr’s upcoming show ‘Olive the Ostrich’ (will be illustrated by UK students, thanks to a partnership with The Princes Foundation for Children & the Arts. In other “by kids, for kids” news, USA Today profiles a successful teen author whose self-published books are racing up the charts. Perhaps more publishers should consider crowdsourcing) (Kidscreen)

- Single for Valentine’s Day? (new app, Heartbroker, taps the power of your Facebook friends to find you the perfect match) (Social Times)

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “My favorite app is Amazon, because it's so convenient. I can order things on Prime with just a few clicks.”—Female, 27, PA 

For the first time, YouTube has been named as kids’ favorite brand. Market research looking at brand awareness, love, and popularity, and found that the content-sharing platform is the top ranked brand among 6-12-year-olds. Beating out Oreo, M&M’s, and Hershey’s—and media brands like Disney and Nickelodeon—YouTube made its way to the top from seventh place last year because “user-generated content is relatable and aspirational.” Parents weren’t far behind in their approval: YouTube came in 13th on their ranked brand list and 94% say they love or like the brand. (MediaPost)

Specialty backpacks and old-school sandals are trending for back-to-school shopping. Google’s analysis of searches and YouTube traffic reveals that although Herschel’s backpack dominated last year, “the top five [backpacks] for 2016 cover a wider range of styles and functionality.” The most searched backpack this year is from Victoria Secret’s Pink brand, and the second most searched is from Sprayground, which is known for their bold designs and celebrity collaborations. For most popular shoes, Birkenstocks takes the lead for the third year in a row, with search traffic rising 46% from last year. (Adweek

Coffee retailers are capitalizing on Millennials’ cold brew obsession. Cold brew—coffee made through a more complex “extraction method to get more nuanced bean flavors that lack the typical acidity and bitterness of a regular cup of Joe”— has trended thanks to young consumers’ love for iced coffee and authenticity. Sales have increased by 115% from 2014-2015, resulting in $7.9 million in revenue, and brands have taken notice. Dunkin Donuts’s play for “Starbucks-loving Millennials” includes adding cold brew coffee to locations nationwide. (BarkleyCNBC

About a third of 18-34-year-olds are still living at home, but it’s more likely to be happening in certain states. According to 2014 census data, New Jersey has the highest population of Millennials living with their parents at 43.9%. Connecticut and New York followed with 38.8% and 37.4% respectively, signifying the the trend is mostly happening within states that have more expensive rental markets. The lowest rates are where “land is plentiful and people are scarce:” North Dakota had 15.7% of young adults living at home and Wyoming had 18.7%. (Curbed NY)

A popular Snapchat series is making its way to the TV screen. Comedy Central’s Swag-A-Saurus With James Davis became the network’s most watched series on their standalone Snapchat Discover channel.  The digital hit features Davis explaining slang terms like ‘Bye, Felicia’ and ‘Looking Friday,’ and by January 2017 it will become its own TV show bringing together “urban and mainstream comedy.” Davis promises the show will be “lit,” and says he’s “excited to work with a network that embraces [his] point-of-view and purpose-driven comedy.” (Tubefilter

Quote of the Day: “My favorite app is Facebook Messenger because it doesn't tempt me to spend money and it helps me keep in touch with friends.”—Female, 20, IN

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