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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“I saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

Magazine covers aren’t dying in the age of digital—even when publications go out of print. Digital-only covers are “captur[ing] the print magazine's tangible essence” while building hype for media brands on social media (especially Instagram). PorterComplexNylonGQ and more publications have taken on the trend, featuring celebrities like Chance the Rapper to Sophie Turner. For magazines looking for a comeback with young consumers, digital-only covers can “translate their own brand for the web." (Fashionista)

Following “a series of scandals,” YouTube is taking major steps to overhaul its video review process and ad placement policies. The new guidelines “kick tens of thousands of video makers out” of the ad program by requiring anyone who generates ad revenue to produce 4,000 hours of content and gain 1,000 subscribers in one year, upping the ante from the previous requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. YouTube is also promising to manually review every video in its top tier of advertising (Google Preferred), and they’ve hired 10,000 new employees in the last year to get the job done. (recode)

Some Millennial parents are applying their minimalist tendencies to their kids’ toy chests to battle play clutter with “toy limitation.” It’s not a new concept—some schools of thought that have “advocate[d] simple, open-ended toys” include Montessori, Waldorf, and RIE—and today’s advocates say limiting toys can improve focus and happiness. A report from the University of Toledo concluded that toddlers “played ‘better’” when given fewer toys, meaning they played with each toy for longer and in more creative ways. However, some parents worry that they’re “denying [their children’s] self-expression” when they limit toys, and so the debate continues. (Slate)

Tostitos is giving fans their very own personalized Super Bowl ads to invite friends to their game parties. The platform takes a user's name, address, and other invite info and spins it into a video perfect for Customization Nation. Each ad features a different combination of Super Bowl clichés, including a “talking baby, puppies, sassy older women, [and] a celebrity pitchman.” Considering Ypulse data shows 64% of 13-34-year-olds watched some or all of the 2017 Super Bowl with friends and family, it’s a safe bet at least some will be sending out invites, possibly with some Tostitos product placement this year. (Adweek)

Facebook’s new feature lets Groups co-view each other’s content. “Watch Party” allows Group admins to show any Facebook video to members simultaneously, and to comment on a “dedicated reel” for a “shared viewing experience.” The feature is another step towards the platform’s new goal to “encourage meaningful social interactions,” and their new focus on Groups. The push for social viewing could possibly be integrated into other aspects of Facebook and its properties, like group chats. (TechCrunch)

“I plan to go to a free barre class at a local studio that is offering them as part of a New Year's promotion.”—Female, 33, MA

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