Ypulse Essentials: Speidi Dolls, 'Digital Cribs,' Millennials Want More TV

Jordin SparksJordin Sparks wishes she would have ‘worded it differently’ (after calling all teen girls who aren’t virgins “sluts” at the VMAs. Plus Heidi and Spencer dolls? Say it isn’t so.) (Entertainment Weekly) (Reality Blurred)

- Cisco ‘borrows’ from MTV (with its new branded webisode series “Digital Cribs”) (Reel Pop)

- Millennials want more of the “telly” (on more devices according to a Motorola survey of youth in Europe and the middle east. Plus highlights from Youth Trends latest top 10 report, guys love “Entourage,” girls love “Grey’s,” that sort of thing)

- InStyle (will be in “Gossip Girl” a lot. Plus vintage clothes all the rage in…China) (WWD)

- The is the ‘self-documentation generation’ (As a result we are seeing drug culture, which used to happen out of sight, documented online like these pot and salvia videos. And according to WebMD, the new teen over-the-counter drug is Snurf pills) (Boston Herald) (L.A. Times, reg. required) (Gawker)

- Microsoft wants kids to have digital i.d.s (for age verification. Plus kids love streaming videos on Disney.com) (Internet News via Izzy Neis) (Variety)

- Speaking of Disney… (they are building a huge youth sports compound in “The Magic Kingdom”) (USA Today)

- Pop Candy’s top teen movies (Whitney continues her list making awesomeness)

P.S. I loved “Privileged” last night. Better than GG or the new “90210” IMHO.

 
 

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“I want to work for myself so that I can have more flexibility and be my own boss. I have an online business.”
—Female, 16, FL

Fast fashion is only getting faster as Asos & Boohoo outpace industry front-runners, Zara and H&M, moving clothes from concept to sales floor in less than four weeks. These up and comers’ fast paced supply chains, coupled with millennial-minded tactics and strong social media presences, are driving a 30-35% expected sales growth for Asos and 50% for Boohoo. A major contributor to Boohoo’s profit margin is its army of celebrities, bloggers, and other influencers who promote its clothing across Instagram. Zara and H&M, meanwhile, saw slowing YOY sales growth; H&M has admitted its need to speed up and announced plans to change its supply chain accordingly. (QuartzThe Guardian)

A new Doritos bag will be loaded with the entire Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack, via a built-in cassette player. A limited number of the “Awesome Mix” soundtrack bags will be available on Amazon tomorrow, and influencers will be activated to take the bag to surprising locales and sing a song of their choice. Fans will also be invited to go to custom pop-up recording booths, record their track, and upload it to social media for a chance to win prizes. Thanks to social media posts and unboxing trends, packaging has the potential to become a spotlight stealer, and brands are thinking outside the box to make packaging as interesting as the product. (Creativity)

Apple wants to be Gen Z’s Starbucks. The brand is reimagining stores to encourage teen hang out sessions, rebranding the Genius Bar as the Genius Grove, and aptly adding some foliage to the space. The start of a series of educational sessions next month will also bring in photographers, artists, and musicians to teach lessons and in some cases, perform concerts. Apple’s head of retail says of the effort: “I’ll know we’ve done a really, really great job if the next generation, if Gen Z says, ‘Meet me at Apple. Did you see what’s going on at Apple today?’” Ypulse’s Experiencification trend explored the fact that more retailers are looking to turn stores into social spaces to attract young shoppers. (QuartzApple)

Coachella has become a profit powerhouse, with earnings of $94 million last year, and nearly half of all attendees are 18-34-years-old. Brands have been looking for any way to activate their spending power through the event—including influencer marketing, which reportedly earns an estimated $6.50 for every $1 spent. This year, American Express became the first official credit card of the prodigious festival, using influencers to spread their message on-site instead of signage and “overt product messaging.” One AMEX executive emphasizes, “You can’t deny the power and reach of influencers today.”(Forbes)

Mars’ new ad has gone viral with Gen Z, thanks to the power of online celebrities. The video, promoting popular U.K. candy bar Maltesers as it launches in the U.S, features social media and YouTube stars Caspar Lee, Andrew Huang, and Dytto and has earned almost 2.8 million views in the last few weeks. The campaign encourages positivity in the face of typical “teen crises” as the influencers are shown turning #FML moments into “Fun Maltesers Life” moments. The spot is part of a larger effort, which will include distribution across social media channels, custom content creation with BuzzFeed, and a tour featuring an experiential photo-op, game play zone, and 10 million free samples. (MediaPost)

Quote of the Day: “I don't drink on a typical night, but my choice when I do have a drink is often red wine.”

—Female, 34, FL

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