Ypulse Essentials: Rebecca Black To Release New Hits, Comic-Con Schedule Revealed, 'Transformers' Still At The Top

Rebecca BlackIf you thought Rebecca Black was just a one-hit wonder (then think again! Sure she stumbled upon fame, but after getting more YouTube hits than Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga — impressive right? — it’s no surprise that Rebecca is continuing her music career. She’s releasing her next song, “My Moment” on July 18th and has an EP coming out in August. Sounds like fun, fun, fun! We’re also excited about Lady Gaga’s upcoming mermaid-inspired music video. Apparently she’s wanted to do this for a while to show off her mermaid alter ego Yuyi. Oh Gaga…) (TheHollywoodReporter) (PopDust)

- Prepare yourselves Comic-Con fans (for what might be the most amazing convention yet. The full schedule is finally here, so take a look! The event is packed with panels from graphic novel and comic creators to previews of the “Glee” 3D concert and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical!” Who’s excited?) (Entertainment Weekly)

- It’s official — ‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon’ is the highest-grossing film of the year so far (after holding the top spot at the box office during its first two weekends. The film raked in $47 million in sales this past weekend, bringing in a grand total of $261 million to date. But just wait until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” comes out this weekend. Speaking of which, Warner Bros. has a new licensing program just in time for the final film’s release. There’s LEGO playsets featuring scenes from the stories, wands and artifacts from the Noble Collection, and much more. If you’re having HP nostalgia already, these items might be a good solution) (TV Guide) (Kidscreen)

- Disney Channel fans who’ve always dreamed of being in the spotlight (now have a chance thanks to the Shake It Up: Make Your Mark Ultimate Dance Off contest.…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “There's been a resurgence in the home cook, and that's been my biggest interest. There's increasing amounts of high-quality, interesting produce and recipes to use.”—Male, 29 ,NC

Millennial moms are a coveted demographic for marketers, but are ads missing the mark when portraying them? A recent global study found that advertisers “may be overestimating the value women place on appearances during early motherhood:” only 30% of new mothers and pregnant women would use “beautiful” to describe themselves, but 63% say marketers have used the term to described people like them. These “airbrushed version[s] of motherhood,” could cost brands consumers, as six in 10 Millennial moms stating they rather see real moms in ads instead of actors. (Campaign US)

The financial crisis has triggered distrust between Millennials and financial institutions, negatively affecting traditional banks. At first glance the future of banks looks grim: 71% of Millennials would rather go to the dentist than to the bank, 73% are more interested in financial services from Google and Amazon than established banks, and 33% believed they won’t need banks in five years. However, banks have the opportunity to cater to Millennials by putting digital first: 74% say mobile banking is very important to them, and 40% said they rather communicate with banks via email and websites. (Avoka

When we asked Millennials and teens what would make them eat at McDonald’s, customization and variety was one theme we uncovered, and the chain is making changes to give them what they want. The brand’s new “Create Your Taste” effort uses touch-screen kiosks that allow for ordering one-of-kind burgers with “multiple bun options, specialty sauces, and unique toppings.” Presentation and quality are also on par with fast casual restaurants: burgers and fries are served in “trendy metal mesh basket[s],” and the ingredients are reportedly “of shockingly good quality.” The update is a continuation of McDonald’s turnaround plan, which introduced all-day breakfast last year and revived sales. (Business Insider

Brands looking to work with digital influencers should take note: There is actually a possibility of being too popular online. Once social media influencers reach a “critical mass” of followers, audience engagement begins decreasing, and continues to drop as their follower count rises. However, “micro-influencers,” or accounts that have a following between the 10,000-100,000 range, “get an average of two-to-five times more organic engagement per Instagram post, compared to those with more than 100,000 followers.” For these micro-influencers, sponsored posts take a back seat to their personal content, creating a more authentic tone—and they  may present a “sweet spot” for marketers. (Digiday

Obsessee is a media brand with no publication and no website, and it could be the future of magazines for Gen Z. The “fashion-focused digital entity” tailors content to each of the various platforms it lives on, which currently includes Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Spotify, Periscope and Google Plus. This native content multi-platform approach was conceived when research showed 14-22-year-olds avoid websites, prefer content on social media channels, and would rather get information from individuals instead of brands. Obsessee conversational, positive content targets Gen Z values: “approachability, inclusivity and authenticity.” (Fashionista

Quote of the Day: “I like shopping at Trader Joe’s, because it’s a fun alternative to the usual chain supermarkets to pick up specialty items that are tasty.”—Male, 33, MD

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