Ypulse Essentials: Warren Buffett's Animated Finance Show, Decline In Music Piracy, Coca-Cola 'Moves To The Beat'

What does financial guru Warren Buffet have to do with Millennials? (A lot since he’ll appear on The Hub in a four part TV segment next month called “Secret Millionaire’s Club” where he — in animated form — will give teens financial advice. Even entertainment icon Jay-Z will offer tips about building an empire. Sounds like a smart business move to teach kids about managing money in an approachable way!) (Kidscreen)

- Millennials can’t get enough of music (but they’re not pirating material as much as they did in recent years and instead are listening to or obtaining songs in alternate ways. A recent study in Sweden shows that piracy has dropped by more than 25% and cites that this change in behavior may be attributed to services like Spotify. The New York Times reports that 23-35 year-olds are most willing to pay for media content followed by 18-24-year-olds, but they’re picky when it comes to what they’ll pay for. This echoes our recent Ypulse report where Millennials expressed willingness to pay for music if it’s by an artist they really like or want to support) (Torrent Freak)

- Coca-Cola is bringing the cool factor to the London 2012 Olympics (with a marketing program that brings together music, youth, and sports. Great combo, right? The “Move to the Beat” initiative, led by popular British music producer Mark Ronson, is a multimedia campaign featuring unique sounds and young Olympic athletes as brand ambassadors. We like Coke’s choice for this Olympic campaign way better than their last teen push...ahem Maroon 5. Speaking of smart marketing strategies to attract Millennials, Coke is searching for an amateur dancer to become a star in their Coke Zero campaign and are holding a virtual casting call to find a star) (Ad Age) (MediaPost)

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“I observe holidays and religion-based traditions but am more connected to it as a culture than as a religion.”—Female, 27, MA

Chinese youth have a “selfie obsession” that’s changing beauty standards and creating a new tier of celebrity. The Influencer Effect is full blown in China, where young consumers are beautifying their selfies via filter apps like Meitu and plastic surgery—all in the quest to look more like wang hong, their internet celebrities. One influencer, HoneyCC, argues that “Selfies are part of Chinese culture now, and so is Meitu-editing selfies.” But some say the trend is pushing the population to become more homogenous by favoring certain features, and headlines have lashed back against the whitening of skin prevalent in social apps. (The New Yorker)

Eighty-one percent of Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily’s Millennial readers say social media is the best way for advertisers to reach them. Bustle’s latest questionnaire also found that 40% of their 18-34-year-old readers prefer Instagram for brand communications, followed by trusted websites, email, and online articles. Some other fun insights: Over half believe that a company should give back, instead of just turning a profit, and 49% think “companies should do more to protect the environment.” (Adweek)

Drug use is down among teens—except when it comes to marijuana and vaping. From the 1990s to 2017, the percentage of teens who said they’d been drunk dropped from 46% and 58%, and those reporting they’ve smoked cigarettes from 26% and 17%. However, marijuana use increased for the first time in seven years in 2017, while vaping is up as well, with at least 19% of high school seniors, 16% of sophomores, and 8% of eighth-graders saying they’ve vaped in the past year. (LATimes)

Two modern dating shows are coming to Facebook Watch. The first “unscripted dating show” from SoulPancake, Love & Longitude, is shot on iPhones and shows two potential love interests’ relationship blossoming across FaceTime, social media, and other digital interactions. The second dating show from Machinima, Co-Op Connection, plays into the esports craze. One bachelor gets to pick his partner based on their personality—and their skills at the videogame, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. (tubefiltertubefilter)

Some cities are past their “peak Millennial” populations, as the generation increasingly finds new digs in the suburbs. Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles all reached their highest Millennial population in 2015, and New York and Washington D.C. are showing slowing Millennial growth, according to U.S. Census data. Meanwhile Chicago’s suburbs and others have seen an uptick in their young adult populations—another Millennial myth debunked. Which urban centers are still attracting the demo as they age up? “Tech hubs” like Seattle and San Francisco. (Time)

“Crochet and knitting are very relaxing, therapeutic, and have tangible results."—Female, 31, AL

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