Ypulse Essentials: JoBros Give Back, Gen Y Banking, Teens And Tech

redkettleJoBros and The Salvation Army (team up this holiday season to promote the charity’s new virtual red kettles. Plus Seventeen magazine partners up with Dell to offer readers an exclusive chance to buy a Product RED laptop—partial proceeds go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS)  (Trendhunter) (Derek Baird: Barking Robot)

- Banking the Gen-Y way (would take place over IM. Also IT doesn’t meet Millennials’ needs) (Ars Technica) (ReadWriteWeb)

- Mixed martial arts (carves a niche at some high schools…as long as they don’t actually hit anyone) (New York Times, reg. required)

- Doing good pays (for college. Tufts program helps grads pay down their debts in exchange for working in public service. In bad news for college students, Tennessee’s new anti-P2P law will cost colleges $13 million) (USA Today) (Ars Technica)

- X-Men meets the OC (the creator of “Gossip Girl” and “The OC” is set to pen “X-Men: First Class,” a reboot of the superhero franchise featuring a new, young cast) (E! Online via Yahoo! News - thanks Derek!)

- National Geographic (launches a video games division that will partner with Sony and Bandai to produce family-targeted games) (Cynopsis Kids)

- Amy Poehler’s ‘Smart Girls’ launches (with a trailer and two bonus videos. Interesting to note it is being “presented by” Barbie)

- New social networking site (called A Stroke of Pink...for teen fashionistas-in-training.) (press release)

- Tracking teens’ taste (in websites. Survey shows not much changes when they get to college. Plus another study breaks down the role tech plays in teens’ lives) (eMarketer)

- The IFC Media Project (is a six-part series hosted by MTV correspondent Gideon Yago that takes a look at what goes into the news. Check out the New York Times, reg. required, coverage here.)

- JuicyCampus banned

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: "My favorite place to shop online is Sephora, because I love high end makeup and I love reading about what's new and watching tutorials on how it works.” –Female, 26, MA

We’ve seen everyone from food startups to fast-food chains label their food “artisanal” to appeal to Millennials—and there is good reason. It turns out there is generation gap when it comes to consumers’ reaction to “artisanal” and “craft.”  Millennials are more likely than older consumers to say that the labels “handmade/handcrafted, “craft,” and “small batch” tell them a product is high quality, and also more likely to say that descriptors like “artisan/artisanal” have some influence on their purchases. (MediaPost)

To sell wine to Millennials, brands have had to drop the exclusivity and embrace a more unpretentious attitude. Sparkling wine brand Chandon is relying on Instagram to get their bubbly message across to young females, making it their top social platform, over Pinterest. Their colorful, summertime images, featuring captions like “Today calls for Rosé,” are a part of their effort to get sparkling wine “out of the holiday rut.” (Digiday)

Older generations who hear about anonymous apps like Whisper and YikYak why have one main question: why? Question and answer site Ask.fm’s recent study asked them, and found that 40% of 13-18-year-olds said anonymity online allows them to talk about difficult topics—only 4% said they would talk about the same things if their name was being used. (IBT)

New parents will do just about anything to get their kid(s) to go to sleep, as one self-published book is proving. The picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep made the Amazon bestseller list by claiming to put children straight to sleep. Sales skyrocketed quickly, going from selling just 324 copies on August 16th, to 29,000 at the end of last week. It’s rumored that Random House has bought the rights to the miracle book. (Publisher’s Weekly)

Restoration Hardware is going after the teens “who ha[ve] everything.” Their new high-end post-childhood line RH Teen includes chandeliers, and fine art photography, and the brand hopes to capture young consumers as they are finding their own identity and becoming independent as decorators of their space. Unlike some brands, who are co-creating their products and marketing with young consumers, Restoration chose to launch RH Teen without focus groups or studies. (WSJ)

According to Pew, a third of Millennials frequently use their phones in public for “no particular reason,” and 13% say they frequently use their mobile devices to avoid interacting with other people. (Queue the “anti-social Millennial” pieces.) But another study might shed some more light on their “for no reason” phone use: 60% believe their smartphones enhances their leisure time. The research hypothesizes that young consumers are using phones for moments of “micro-leisure” throughout the day. (Washington PostSocialTimes)

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