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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Quote of the Day: “Whenever I'm bored, I can always find something to do on my phone.”

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Have teens have killed another retailer? Aeropostale has filed for bankruptcy, and plans to immediately close 154 of its over 800 stores. Young consumers’ preference for fast fashion and real-time access to trends has left “mall retailers” like Delia’s, Wet Seal, and Aeropostale in the dust. Last year the struggling clothing brand announced they were attempting to revive sales by “exploring strategic alternatives,” and focusing on a “flirty tomboy girl” consumer. However, it missed the mark, and “[t]he majority of the blame for poor performance lies squarely with [Aeropostale’s] failure to realign itself to the changing fashion demands of younger shoppers.” (Washington Post)  

These days, Osh-Kosh-B’Gosh just won’t do for well-to-do kids growing up in a market that might just make them the best-dressed generation. The luxury childrenswear market continues to boom, with a forecasted reach of $291.5 billion by the end of 2018. Since we first wrote about the trend, more designer brands have launched lines exclusively for “pint-sized clientele,” and online stores focusing on upscale fashion for babies and kids have grown. Although considered a small revenue driver for companies, brands hope that childrenswear will inspire brand loyalty from a young age, and remind adults of their own “coming-of-age moments.” (Digiday

Social network meets “college newspaper on steroids” Odyssey is racking up 30 million uniques a month, with a simple but challenging business model. The site lets any young writer contribute content, as long as they have a unique perspective and publish an article a week. The model results in about 10,000 articles each week from writers aged 18-28, who then share their posts through their own personal social networks. Although they are unpaid, the writers gain exposure from posting to the platform—two to 4.5 times more than if they self-published. (Business Insider)  

Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel’s ability to “speak Millennial” has been key to the app’s success. The platform’s appeal lies in the “less demanding” content it encourages. As the Columbia student who interviewed Spiegel put it, “If you want to take a photo of the beautiful day outside…you can put it on Instagram, but what about that huge space of photos that aren’t 10 out of 10 perfection.” Recently Spiegel declared that Snapchat is a “camera company.” Though messaging and content are part of the app, the camera is the focus because “[t]he thing that feeds a social network is content.” (International Business Times)

We recently broke down all the ways Millennials are updating and redefining workplace standards—and it looks like Millennials in the U.K. may also prioritize meaning over a big paycheck. A U.K. survey of 13-25-year-olds revealed that “44% equate happiness with success and 32% said that for them prosperity is more about achieving their personal goals.” The things that might have motivated previous generations were lower priorities: only 11% of U.K. Millennials said they are motivated by the prospect of owning a house, and 29% said they are motivated by being paid more for their work. (Elite Business

Quote of the Day: “The type of commercials that stick in my memory are the ones that make me evaluate my life.”—Female, 28, SD

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