Ypulse Essentials: 'The Simpsons' Gets Renewed, Qwikster Calls It Quitster, VH1 Revamped

The fight between ‘The Simpsons’ cast and Fox is finally over (after a long pay dispute that threatened to cancel the show. Viewers will enjoy two more seasons of the longest-running TV sitcom! Millennials are grateful for this decision — Ypulse research found that 43% of students were sad about the possibility that the show would end after 23 seasons, including 52% of guys) (NY Mag)

- Netflix has reversed its decision (to split its services into two separate companies — one for streaming under its original name and a DVD-by-mail service called Qwikster. However, Netflix has abandoned Qwikster before it even started since it realizes this would make things “more difficult” for users. Clearly the company listened to customers’ numerous complaints! Yet we wonder what Millennials will think of Netflix after it caused so much confusion) (Mashable)

- VH1 is growing up and reshaping itself (as a network for 25-34 year olds, which it refers to as “adultsters.” Hmmm, they might want to rethink that name… To grab this audience, VH1 is unveiling new programming next year such as “Aptitude Test,” which determines what jobs celebrities would have if they weren’t famous, and a reality show about rapper T.I. There’s also “House of Consignment” about selling designer duds on eBay, which is of course relevant in today’s digital-savvy society. But like many networks, VH1 is also using 90s nostalgia to hook its audience, with revamps of “Pop Up Video” and “Behind The Music”) (Adweek) (Marketwatch)

- Millennials always want to have the latest gadgets (so we’re not surprised that over 1 million people pre-ordered the iPhone 4S in 24 hours. It may only be a refresh of the phone, not a complete new one as many hoped for, but clearly nothing can keep customers away from Apple devices. Speaking of…

 
 

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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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