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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Quote of the Day: “My favorite brand on social media is Complex, because it's more of an online network that reports on urban culture.”

—Male, 23, MI

Luxury watch brands are innovating to cater to what could be their biggest opportunity: Generation Z. A September 2016 survey from Mintel found one in five 16-24-year-olds reported they were thinking of buying a watch “in the coming months,” and that “the young are the biggest buyers of all age groups.” As a result, watch brands are taking marketing online. Omega says that social media is not part of their marketing strategy but “the way [they] communicate.” (Financial Times)  

A group of moms is making hijabs for Barbie to battle Islamophobia. Created through a partnership with the non-profit For Good, Hello Hijab sells $6 handmade headscarves for dolls, available April 1st, along with a card explaining what the accessory is. As one founder explains, the aim is for a more inclusive generation: “They will see it as a kind memory from their playtime, and then they will grow into a kinder generation…used to playing with dolls that look different to them.” Profits from the new doll accessory will go to support multicultural communities. (RT)

Netflix is winning the “steaming wars”—at least on home TV sets. comScore’s analysis into video streamed over Wi-Fi to televisions in U.S. homes found Netflix’s penetration is around 40%, while YouTube, the next most-used service, was less than 30%. Both Amazon and Hulu are far behind at below 20%, but the latter was found to have engagement rates on par with Netflix: “People who do use [them] use [them] a lot…Both services engage their users for more than 25 hours a month.” (Recode)

Chipotle wants to "slyly” promote kids’ healthy food habits with an unbranded video series. RAD Lands, available for purchase on iTunes, follows “the Cultivators” as they try to save the galaxy’s animals and plants, and features cooking segments with celebrity chefs and musical appearances by the likes of Biz Markie and Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. Described as an “entertainment Trojan horse,” the series is all about educating the next generation while also making a play to win back consumers after the brand’s food-related illness issue. (Ad Age

Airbnb is launching Aibiying, a new brand to target Chinese Millennials. The company’s research has shown an increase of 142% of travel out of China in 2016, and 80% of their users in the country are under 35. The young travelers are also a “lucrative market” according to one expert: "Chinese Millennials are likely to travel farther afield -- and to spend more while traveling—as their disposable incomes and appetite for adventure grow." Aibiying, which translates to "Welcome each other with love,” will include the brand’s latest “Trips” and “Experiences” features. (Inc.

Quote of the Day: “Budweiser ads are memorable because they pull at the heart strings with the horses and dogs.”—Female, 22, CA

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