Ypulse Essentials: Streaming Movies Via Facebook & YouTube, Classic Toys Top Wishlists, Millennials And Work

Mission Impossible: Ghost ProtocolParamount is launching the ‘largest movie initiative to take place on Facebook’ (to promote the latest installment in the “Mission Impossible” franchise. Paramount is making the previous three films available for rental on the site for $2.99 or 30 Facebook credits. Paramount wants to help fans “relive and share” those adventures, so we’re sure the page encourages fans to pass the word on to friends. Disney is also trying a new movie streaming venue in the form of YouTube. “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cars,” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise are currently available, and will be joined by hundreds of other titles from the Disney and Pixar studios) (The Next Web) (THR)

- Toys are topping kids’ wishlists this year (according to new research from NPD Group. Some 47% of kids aged 0 to 14 want Santa to bring them toys, compared to 39% last year. Classics like Legos and Barbies were the most popular toys they mentioned) (Cynopsis)

- We’ve heard a fair bit about Millennial burnout at jobs lately (but what about those who leave jobs after several months or a year? Millennials are more likely than previous generations to have a shorter stint at their first job. Of course, not all workers who leave after a short time do so voluntarily. Those who do leave of their own accord may not be less loyal workers. However, they do expect more of their employers in terms of loyalty to them and rewarding their talent than previous generations did) (Forbes)

- Two malls are testing out tracking shoppers using their cell phones (during Black Friday to learn about their shopping patterns — what stores share visitors, how long they linger, etc. While some people are concerned about privacy issues, the mall insists that it is not tracking personal information, but if visitors are uncomfortable, they can…

 
 

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“Most of the role models and leaders in my life have been Gen Xers so far."

–Male, 16, WI

Instagram has reached 700 million active users, and its growth has been speeding up. The app hit the new user mark just four months after reaching 600 million, and the introduction of Instagram stories in August may be a major contributor to its accelerated growth. The feature has a reported 200 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 161 million. Overall, Instagram now has twice the user base of Twitter and is quickly approaching the coveted 1 billion user mark that Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger have reached. (TechCrunch)

Millennials are using social media and YouTube to decide what to buy. A U.K. study found 32% of 18-24-year-olds are using social media to research their purchase decisions before checking out, and 25% are using video platforms like YouTube. There are also signs they’d like to search for products on social media: 25% of U.K. 18-24-year-olds reported the desire to search media based on their lifestyle and 23% would like search to understand their current mood. These findings, paired with the detailed targeting available to advertisers, are changing the consumer journey from search query to cart. (AdvertisingWeek)

Millennials are keeping 70% of their money in cash, reluctant to invest in anything, from stocks to their own retirement plans—according to new BlackRock research. Clearly impacted by the Great Recession, Millennials are most likely to agree, "What you might earn investing isn't worth the risk of losing your money," and a third say “they learned what not to do with their money” from watching their parents. They also tend to undervalue the potential returns of investments by millions of dollars, which is not good news for their futures—at their current rate, most Millennials will have less than $1 million saved for retirement. (TheStreet)

Influencer marketing is proving its worth. Though marketers have worried about determining ROI with the approach, one report is claiming it’s more effective than advertising alone, showing a direct lift in results rates of up to 30%. Across 450 influencers and 11 campaigns, the expansive research compared results from consumers exposed to ads featuring influencers versus control groups, overwhelmingly showing increased action when an influencer was involved. Good news for marketers, who spent $570 million on influencer marketing on Instagram alone last year. (Adweek)

The Amazon Echo can now help pick your outfit—and tell you when you don’t look good. LED lights and a depth-sensing camera will let the new Echo Look take pictures of any look, and “Style Check” software “combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists” to evaluate which outfit is best, and lets you compare pictures of multiple outfits, from multiple angles. Amazon’s already extensive product recommendations could feasibly be a part of this product’s future—and, if all goes well, a drone will ship the recommended new clothes to your door. (Quartz)

“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

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