Ypulse Essentials: Twilight Prom Dresses, Teens' Internet Activity, Walmart Wants Cord Cutters

Although there’s only one movie left in ‘The Twilight Saga’ (hysteria for the franchise isn’t going away anytime soon. Need proof? Just take a look at the line of prom dresses created by Alfred Angelo, the designer of Bella’s wedding dress in “Breaking Dawn: Part 1.” Now teens can have a night as magical as Bella’s prom by wearing dark, romantic, and glamorous gowns. We guess it’s better than Twilight fans faking engagements to try on Bella’s wedding dress. At least they can have outfits that are a little more age-appropriate. In other fashion news, Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee have officially launched their tween collection aptly called Jessica Simpson Girls featuring edgy and playful clothes, and it’s in stores just in time for the holidays!) (Seventeen) (TMZ) (MTV)

- Almost all teens are active on the Internet (but recent Pew Research reveals that older teens are much more attached to the Web than younger ones. Fully 53% of 14-17 year olds go online several times a day, while 30% of 12-13 year olds only go online once a day. But a surprising 24% of teens only go online weekly. We were also shocked to learn that only 5% of Americans use location-based apps like Foursquare. Checking in isn’t as popular as it has been despite the opportunity it provides to receive deals or show off your status to your friends. But even though such services aren’t very popular, Google+ is launching a check-in service and we doubt this will make the social network more appealing) (AdAge) (TechCrunch)

- As Millennials continue to cut the cord on cable or at least reduce their TV bill (Walmart strives to attract this market with its Vudu service. The discount empire is encouraging the creators of the video-streaming devices it sells to include Vudu’s service, and it’s…

 
 

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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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