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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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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