Ypulse Essentials: New Reality Shows Feature Tech Start-Ups, Students Apply To More Colleges, Pinterest Board Covers

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LOL Cats reality showRandi Zuckerberg — yes, the sister of Mark Zuckerberg and former Facebooker — is partnering with Bravo for a reality TV show (about finding the next young star of Silicon Valley. It also has a show in the works with Ben Huh who runs the LOLcats empire Cheezburger. We can see Millennials loving this new type of reality show that gives them a peek behind the curtain of their favorite tech start-ups) (CNN Money)

The college application scene has gotten much more competitive (and students are changing their tactics to ensure they get accepted somewhere. They're applying to more colleges, including a wide range of school types and sizes) (WSJ)

Millennials' favorite new social site, Pinterest, is giving its users a little more control (with customizable board covers. Previously, the most recent pin was the default board cover, which may not have represented the users' vision for the board) (VentureBeat)

Kindergarten might seem a little early to get kids on social media (but a New York school teacher is using Twitter as a tool to teach her class about reflecting on their day and how to edit themselves) (NY Times, reg required)

The image of young, hip independent workers based out of their local coffee shop (isn't accurate, according to a new study. Boomers and Xers are more likely to be independent workers, likely because they feel more confident in their work skills to strike out on their own compared to Millennial workers who are just getting started in their careers) (GigaOm)

Smartphone users have been app happy of late (with more than 50 million people downloading Draw Something in just 50 days. And in the first day of Instagram being available for Android, more than 1 million people downloaded it, much to the chagrin of some iPhone users) (Mashable) (CBSNews)…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “When a brand can adapt to all shoppers, it makes me trust them more.”

—Female, 24, MI

A startup is leveraging angry tweets to let brands find new consumers, and engineer some incredibly personalized marketing. Customer service listening tool SocialRank Realtime allows brands to view a dashboard of tweets from consumers “who might be fans of theirs in the future.” For example, after viewing a tweet from a potential consumer about a flight delay, an airport restaurant might send over a cup of coffee to their location. The tool touts its ability to let brands to create “real relationships” with consumers and has already signed on Juicy Couture and Aéropostale. (Business Insider)  

Teens are watching influencers on YouTube, but what are the teen influencers watching? According to an Influenster survey of 14-51-year-old “tastemaker consumers,” 93% of 14-18-year-old influencers are watching product reviews—compared to 86% of overall respondents. Haul videos came in next in popularity at 76% (24% more than overall), followed by unboxing videos at 71% (19% more than overall). Seven in ten teen influencers are also watching YouTube videos at least once a day, and 42% say they can watch between six to 15 per sitting. (eMarketer

Pokémon Go is still going. The revolutionary game, which attracted 500 million users in eight weeks last summer, has made an estimated $1 billion in the last seven months and reports “a very large level” of users. The second version of the game will soon be released, with 80 new monsters to catch—which is good news for brands. According to the CEO of Niantic Labs, the game will soon be integrating ads that fit in organically to the platform, and the game’s partnership with Starbucks on a Pokémon Go beverage “opened a lot of people’s eyes to start imagining other cool things that you can do.” (Adweek

Wattpad is the latest company getting into storytelling via text messages. The social publishing platform has launched mobile app Tap, where readers can discover “chat-style” stories across genres like horror, romance, drama and more. Although fiction app Hooked and kid-targeted Amazon Rapids takes a similar approach, Tap is the only one that takes a “voyeuristic” angle, giving readers the feeling that they’re reading through someone else’s chat messages—a move that can appeal to teenagers and young adults. (TechCrunch

Nordstrom is going above and beyond the “typical department store” offerings to reach young consumers. Earlier this week, the retailer launched the Lab—an incubator venture that showcases indie, new designers with “completely different audiences, messages, and points of view.” Each season will bring a new crop of designers, and according to the retailer, new stories: “It's the full package — who is the designer, what is their story, what do they stand for, why are they doing what they are doing, who is it for. There’s an authenticity [in that].” (Racked

Quote of the Day: “For my engagement ring, I want a tattoo. No ring.”—Female, 30, AZ

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