Ypulse Essentials: Household Spending On Streaming, Halloween Highlights, National Princess Week

Netflix BufferingDVD sales continue to tank (while household spending on streaming video services, such as Netflix, and DVD rentals from Kiosks, such as Redbox, continues to rise. Much of this trend is driven by Millennials who are less concerned with owning media and care more about having access to media…which is why we disagree that sales of Blu-ray will eventually take off. Speaking of digital movie trends, MTV’s NextMovie is adding MovieTracker which measures buzz about films on social media. The twist is that it not only tracks movies currently at the box office, but also those in development. Right now, “Hunger Games” is topping the list, so we think the measurement must be pretty accurate!) (Yahoo!) (MediaPost)

- Halloween may be over, but it’s still going over on Facebook (as parents post pics of their kids dressed in costume and friends and strangers share them around the Internet. We weren’t surprised — though we were a little disappointed — that nearly half of those who dressed up wore store-bought costumes rather than creatively crafting their own. It’s not just kids that dress up; Halloween is huge on college campuses. So much so that students turn it into a multi-day event) (All Facebook) (Toluna, thanks to David at Scholastic for the link) (Gen Digital)

- We know a lot of tween and teen girls have already bought Justin Bieber’s (“Under the Mistletoe” album which came out today, but they may have also set aside a few dollars for charity. The Biebs announced today that he’s donating a portion of the sales of the album to a selection of charities he selected for their dedication to youth, education, and music, and he’s asking fans to give a little of their own money to the causes to give those less fortunate a happy holiday) (MTV)

- Disney and Target are teaming up to celebrate the…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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