Ypulse Essentials: Lady Gaga's Social Network, The Tween Dating Scene, Social Entrepreneurialism

LittleMonsters.comAs if we need more social networks to follow, Lady Gaga (has just unveiled LittleMonsters.com her very own social site that’s all about her and her fans. If you haven’t received your invite yet, here’s a tour to fill you in on what you’re missing…or not. The site definitely has a very Pinterest-like feel that is pervading current Web design. So what do you think, does Gaga’s net have a chance?) (Hypable) (Mashable)

- The tween dating scene — yes, there is one — is less about seeing each other face to face (and more about talking online and via text. Even if they go to the same school, they might talk for five minutes in the hallways, but trade hundreds of text messages day and night. When they do go out together, it’s usually with groups of friends) (WSJ, reg required)

- We hear the word ‘entrepreneur’ used nearly as often as ‘entitiled’ (to describe the Millennial generation. And with their values of social and global responsibility, they’re using their entrepreneurial skills for good. And it’s not just older Millennials who are getting involved; teens are doing their part too, leveraging their social media and technology skills) (HuffPo) (Differences)

- Millennials who are members of Amazon Prime (will soon have access to shows from many of their favorite networks, including MTV, Nickeodeon, Spike, and more, thanks to a new deal between the online retailer and Viacom. Viacom, which owns Paramount, is also giving Prime members access to movies, which makes Amazon’s collection of streaming content quite impressive...but is it enough to lure Netflix users?) (Publishers Weekly) (Reuters)

- Barbie is opening the sparkly pink doors to her dream closet (just in time for Toy Fair and Fashion Week. The expansive “closet” features several fashion vignettes and augmented reality mirrors…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “There are better things to spend my money on [than luxury products], so unless we are talking about luxury experiences, I'm not spending money on them right now.”

—Female, 30, CA

As we predicted, there’s still hope for in-store shopping. According to a Forrester retail expert and analyst, U.S. retail revenue is expected to reach $3.4 trillion this year, and only 9% is expected to be online. Because consumers still value the ability to “touch and feel products,” retailers with “solid go-to-market strategies,” like Sephora with their digital solutions and Ulta with their unique shopping experience, stand to benefit the most. He reports that only those retailers “struggling to connect with consumers” are closing stores. (MediaPost

Will Instagram take Snapchat’s place as a marketing star of 2017? The platform, which boasts 150 million daily users, is now letting brands incorporate full screen ads to the Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, and companies like Capital One, ASOS, Nike, Buick, and Airbnb are already on board. According to the VP of Instagram Business, brands will be able to target specific audiences through the feature, and one-third of the app’s top stories have been from businesses. (Adweek

LGBT self-identification is rising in the U.S., with Millennials leading the way. According to a Gallup survey, 4.1% of U.S. adults, or about 10 million people, now identify as LGBT—an increase from 3.5% in 2012. Millennials account for almost 60% of that number, most likely because they are “first generation in the U.S. to grow up in an environment where social acceptance of the LGBT community markedly increased.” Our Genreless Generation trend, revealed that Millennials and teens are more comfortable with blending and bending categories, and celebrating new combinations than ever before. (NYMag)

The Binge Effect has inspired Disney to try out the Netflix model. For the premiere of Beyond on Millennial-focused network Freeform, all 10 episodes were released online with fewer ads than shown on TV—a first for the channel. The series, about a young man who discovers he has superpowers after awakening from a 12-year coma, drew in 14.2 million viewers in its first week, with almost half watching online. (Bloomberg

Millennials are skipping YouTube ads, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. An analysis by LaunchLeap revealed that 59% of Millennials are skipping YouTube’s TrueView ads—those that advertisers only pay for if they are watched to completion. On the other hand, 29% are watching ads to completion—better engagement than on Snapchat. And they’re paying attention: a Google and Ipsos study found that attention paid to YouTube ads is 84% higher than advertising on TV. (Business Insider

Quote of the Day: "I binge-watch content to spend time with my spouse.”—Female, 32, OK 

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