Ypulse Essentials: 'Twilight' Dolls, Potter Fever, Elle Magazine On Stardoll

twilightdolls Bittersweet news for Twihards (Bella and Edward dolls are on their way, but won’t be out until spring 2009. Also Entertainment Weekly asks whether a male director could fill Catherine Hardwicke’s shoes for the sequel?) (Trendhunter)

- Britney’s comeback is official (with her fifth album “Circus” debuting at #1 on the charts and selling more than 500,000 copies. Plus Tokio Hotel accused of pulling an Ashlee Simpson) (MTV News) (Idolator)

- Global youth marketing and coffee (an interesting discussion from MobileYouth’s Graham Brown)

- Grey’s Parody (on WB.com. A pretty funny send up of the primetime soap, even if you’re unfamiliar with the series) (ReelPop)

- No cure for Potter fever (a decade later and the boy wizard still has that special something. Also from the other end of the spectrum musings on why boys don’t read) (SignOnSanDiego.com)  (SLJ)

- Flirting with phones (further discussion on how teens use mobile technology to explore their sexuality) (USA Today)

- Shaming kids into healthy habits? (an ad campaign against obesity in Switzerland that just makes you want to shake your head. Meanwhile Axe helps college kids get home for the holidays on the East Coast. Also a site that gathers useful info for marketers on student discounts) (Gawker) (MediaPost, reg. required)

- More on cyberbullying (a high school student sues after she’s penalized for creating a derisive Facebook group targeting a teacher) (Wired)

- Stardoll and Elle team up (the fashion mag gets into the paper doll avatar game. Plus Habbo announces a dual economy in its virtual world for teens) (WSJ)

- Gen Y’s growing anxiety (about the job market today. Plus a Y-er speaks out about her trouble breaking into the tech industry after college) (Zandland Blog) (Silicon Alley Insider)

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“I eat whenever I need to...I don’t follow the conventional breakfast, lunch, dinner setup.”

—Male, 29 VA

Over half of Millennials believe “money can buy happiness.” Fifty-three percent of 22-39-year-olds believe the more money you have, the happier you are, compared to 38% of Americans overall, according to Mintel. The research also shows Millennials are optimists: a little over half are confident in their financial futures, although nearly a third consider paying off credit card bills their greatest financial challenge. Considering the Ypulse financial tracker shows 59% of 18-34-year-olds have debt, we’re not surprised. (MediaPost)

Mickey Mouse Club is coming back for a new generation, and they know just where to find them: social media. Disney announced at Vidcon that the new rendition of the variety show will be released in snackable snippets on social media only. The show will search for future stars with little to no social followings, but big, undiscovered talents, such as choreography and songwriting. Disney is winning out with Millennials and this nostalgic hit should be right on brand; you can see it at the end of August on the Oh My Disney Facebook channel. (THR)

Summer camp costs more than ever before, and some parents are paying big bucks for their children to rough it. Sleepaway camps cost an average of $768 a week, up from $397 in 2005, for often less-than-luxe accommodations. Affluent parents who want their kids to “just be normal” are sending them to camps that can cost $20,000 for basic room and board that “smells a little mildewy,” where kids do their own laundry, clean their rooms, have roommates, and engage in typical camp activities—macaroni art, anyone? (MarketWatch)

Taco Bell has built brand love and a loyal fan following across digital. Their record-breaking giant taco head Snapchat lenswas just the beginning of their successful social marketing strategy, which involves treating each platform differently. The latest example is their YouTube series, Taco Tales, which includes 40 pieces of long-form content catered to their fans. They’ve accrued 10.5 million Facebook fans, 1.85 million Twitter followers, and 60,000 YouTube subscribers with their “wacky,” authentic brand voice in an effort to not just people-please, but to be themselves—which may be why they’re one of young adults’ favorite fast food restaurants.

(The Drum)

More evidence that Millennials still love analog books: They’re the most likely generation to use public libraries, according to a Pew Research Report. More than half of 18-35-year-olds have frequented a public library in the last twelve months, compared to 45% of Gen X, 43% of Boomers, and 36% of Silents. University libraries were specifically not counted, so being college-aged isn’t giving them any advantage, either. The finding goes hand in hand with Ypulse data that shows reading is 13-34-year-olds’ biggest hobby. 

“The wedding trend I have noticed is the white wedding dress being phased out and an array of colors and styles being used.”

—Female, 32, FL

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