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: “Bojack Horseman was my favorite show last year because it was funny and real. Maybe too real, just beautiful.”–Male, 23, AZ

Binge drinking in college is common, and suggested reasons for the behaviors range from boredom to helicopter parenting—but it’s also possible they’re drinking to extremes to escape extreme stress. Today’s college students can have an “intense preoccupation with success” thanks to the competition it takes to get into schools, fear of the tough job market, and looming loan debt. In this context, “blacking out has become so normal that even if you don’t personally do it, you understand why others do. It’s a mutually recognized method of stress relief. To treat it as anything else would be judgmental." (NYTimes)

Once again, Millennials’ food preferences are “killing” a major product. Young consumers’ preoccupation with health have caused a yogurt problem for General Mills, where sales in the category have nosedived 15%. The downturn is likely due to the new perspective that sugar, not fat, is the real diet evil, a shift that has caused low-fat and low-cal foods to “fall out of vogue.”(As we predicted.) In more positive, related, news for the brand, organic and natural products have seen “immense growth.” (MediaPostMSN)

More teens are on YouTube than on the biggest social networks, according to research from the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft. Their poll of 13-17-year-old internet users found that 91% say they use YouTube, compared to 66% who use Snapchat, 65% who use Instagram, and 61% who use Facebook. Their heavy use of the site is one of the reasons that YouTube creators have more influence over their purchase intent than traditional TV and movie celebs. Interestingly, the second most-used platform was actually Gmail, with 75% of teens reporting they use the email app. (eMarketer)

Millennials have been called out as a threat to the diamond industry, causing Twitter to offer their own blunt explanationsfor why the generation isn’t buying the “sparkly status symbols.” But hold up: De Beer’s annual report has declared, “Millennials spent nearly $26 billion on diamond jewelry [in 2015]…acquiring more than any other generation.” So why is everyone saying they aren’t buying diamonds when they reportedly purchased 45% of retail sales in four major markets? It might be another case of a narrative about the generation being more click-worthy than the reality. (Forbes)

This month, the Generation Beauty event brought together Instagram beauty influencers, beauty brands, and their loyal teen fans for a weekend of meet-and-greets and product samples. Young consumers are undoubtedly looking to their favorite digital personalities for product recommendations, and say it’s best “when they give their honest opinion,” trusting those posts more than those where copy is read directly off a package—“a dead giveaway that it’s sponsored.” Collaborations between brands and social influencers are reportedly especially popular with fans. (Racked)

Quote of the Day: “Jane the Virgin was my favorite show to watch last year because it was dramatic, yet relatable and hilarious. I also love the fact that it features many women actors and actors of color.” –Female, 17, Guam

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