Ypulse Essentials: 'Hunger Games' Posters, Redbox Pulling A Netflix?, Kids And TV Consumption

Every time ‘Hunger Games’ content hits the Web, the Internet goes into a frenzy (which happened overnight when promo posters of the film’s stars were released. Fans may have been critical of the movie’s casting originally, but we doubt they still feel this way, especially after seeing these actors totally transform into their favorite characters. Seriously, can it please be March already? In the meantime, Twilight fans will be even more excited for “Breaking Dawn Part 1” after seeing the latest clip. Luckily they only have to wait a few more weeks until the movie’s release!) (BuzzFeed) (Just Jared Jr)

- Redbox makes a bold move by increasing the price of its DVD rentals (effective next month. The cost of renting a DVD will only increase by 20 cents to $1.20 a day, but it’s the principle that’s bound to annoy consumers, especially after all the chaos lately with renting and streaming services — cough cough Netflix cough cough. Speaking of which, Redbox also plans to launch a streaming service by the end of the year but we wonder just how many streaming services consumers need…) (Yahoo) (Deadline)

- Millennials may be cutting the cord (but young kids sure aren’t with their parents providing cable TV. Almost half of five to eight-year-olds have TVs in their rooms, but even more surprising is that a third of infants between 6 months and 2 years have a TV in their bedroom! However, we’ve found college-aged Millennials are less reliant on cable and more in favor of streaming on their own schedules) (WSJ)

- DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Puss in Boots’ hits theaters this weekend (and we expect it will be the coolest cat at the box office, raking in the top ticket sales. But that’s not all for the “Shrek” spin-off; there’s also the “Puss in Boots” iStoryTime book app, which includes activities,…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “When I go out, I just go where my friends are going.”
—Female, 22, DC

Influencer marketing is on track to grow next year, despite “significant questions about its effectiveness.” According to analysis by Chute, 66% of marketers surveyed have an influencer marketing strategy in place, but the majority aren’t calculating its success by direct sales. Over eight in ten say their top goal with influencers is to reach a new audience, and to measure effectiveness more than 70% look at engagement—either through likes or comments on Instagram, sceenshots on Snapchat, etc.—followed by reach or views, and then referral link click-throughs. (Digiday)

Higher education needs to prepare itself for a new target market. A steep drop in births during the Great Recession is expected to lead to a decrease in the number of U.S. high school graduates, especially among Caucasians: according to a Georgetown Center report, in 2030 white students will account for less than half of high school graduates. Growth within the Hispanic community can offset the decline, signifying that “schools will need to re-orient themselves toward a Hispanic, first-generation population to stay competitive.” (The Wall Street Journal

Health-conscious Millennials have some misconceptions when it comes to GMOs. New Pew Research shows that 21% of 18-29-year-olds believe genetically modified foods are “very likely” to lead to health issues, and 25% believe they create problems for the environment. But in actuality, scientific research says that GM foods are safe to eat, and as long as they’re developed properly “don’t pose any unique, undue threat to the environment.” The study also found that 12% follow vegetarian or vegan diets, which according to scientific research is a healthy habit to take on. (NYMAG

All tech toys are not created equal—according to the Institution for Engineering and Technology. Created with the “mission to encourage more girls to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology,” the Institution recently found that stem toys are three times more likely to target boys over girls, and nine out of ten “girls’ toys” are pink. The Institution reports the stereotypically gendered toys could actually deter young girls interested in engineering. (The Guardian)

Live video is increasingly becoming the space to watch for audience engagement. According to MarketsandMarkets, live video will be a $70 billion industry by 2021, and on Facebook, live content is generating 10x the amount of comments than typical videos. The holidays have proven to be an ideal opportunity for brands looking to dive in on the trend: Lowe’s Black Friday deals unveiling on Facebook Live reached an audience of 32,000 during broadcast, while Taco Bell’s livestream of their annual Friendsgiving dinner generated as many as 150,000 viewers. (Adweek)

Quote of the Day: “When I go out I look for pool tables…or something to do other than drink.”

—Female, 23, CA

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