Ypulse Essentials: Young Enterpreneurs, F.C.C. Presents 'Generation Mobile', JWOWW Rewrites 'The Rules'

youngentrepreneursCatering to young entrepreneurs (has become quite a cottage industry… for young entrepreneurs. At least that’s what strikes me in the latest update on recent grads starting their own businesses, which includes quotes from past Ypulse Interviewees Intern Queen Lauren Berger and HerCampus.com founder Stephanie Kaplan) (New York Times, reg. required)

- F.C.C. presents ‘Generation Mobile’ (An upcoming forum on teens and technology where experts will “address risks associated with heavy technology use among young people”  focusing on balance and context over regulation. Definitely curious to hear the thinking that comes out of this) (New York Times, reg. required)

- Chatroulette, Justin Bieber and iPad (were the top Google searches of 2010. And in other year-end ranking news, Ke$ha is named Billboard’s top “hot 100” artist and top “new artist” of the year) (Los Angeles Times)

- Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill (that would expand free school meals for the needy and give government the power to decide what kinds of foods go into vending machines, cafeterias and fundraisers during school hours) (New York Times, reg. required)

- ‘Chronicles Of Narnia’ tops the box office (with $24.5 million in sales its opening weekend. Though, as MTV notes, given the film’s $155 million production budget, the standing is a slightly bittersweet victory. Plus, more on the social media marketing power Disney is putting behind “Tron”) (MTV News) (Social Times)

- Mr Youth launches Youth4Youth (In lieu of holiday gifts this season, the youth marketing agency is asking for donations towards a special fundraising initiative benefiting youth)

- JWOWW rewrites ‘The Rules’ (in an updated version of the advice book for young women due out next February. Also, Scholastic announces plans to relaunch the first five…

 
 

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“I don't spend money, really on anything. I enjoy video games and will enjoy getting video games, but I receive as gifts from grandparents, parents”—Female, 14, IA

Airbnb is booming in Africa, where young travelers are “looking for culture rather than comfort.” Over two million people have used Airbnb in Africa to book vacation accommodations in the last five years, reportedly earning African hosts $139 million in just the past year. Wanderlusting Millennials are pushing themselves out of their comfort zones to discover new places, rather than retread old ground, and locales like Africa are getting a boost because of it. (Quartz)

Nielsen says they finally have a way to measure Netflix viewership—but Netflix says they’re way off base. Nielsen claims they can keep track of all viewing on the platform, including originals, “whether or not a studio or network wants them to.” Netflix claims, “The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix.” Ouch. Regardless, Nielsen’s move is a step in the right direction to measure what The Post-TV Genis watching, and has “direct implications for the ad business.” (MediaPostAdAgeFortune)

Influencers are using Instagram’s new polling feature, beating brands to the punch. Influencer network Blog Lovin’ found that 66% of their followers (many of which are influencers) had already used polling, while 87% plan to in the future. Polling is not only an opportunity to engage with customers but a way for brands to “[ask] for feedback about products, creat[e] engagement around topics that are in the media and [conduct] market research.” But brands have been slow to ask influencers to use the new story feature for promotions or to utilize the feature on their standalone accounts. (Glossy)

High school students are increasingly taking college courses—but little is known about whether it will benefit them. Thanks to dual-enrollment programs, which are expanding rapidly, students can get a head start on college credits, cutting down on the cost of higher education. Some also argue that Advanced Placement courses are more rigorous, and worthier of students’ extra effort. However, the impacts of programs on “a diverse set of students” is not yet known. (WSJ)

Kids have online influencers too, and they’re pushing branded toys to devoted viewers. Unboxing videos on YouTube are not a new phenomenon, but kid stars unboxing toys are getting brands’ attention as a way to leverage The Influencer Effect. MGA Entertainment, the world’s largest private toy company, pivoted 90% of their ad spend to digital in 2014 and report the strategy is paying off. Studies show children’s attention is switching from cable to YouTube, and influencers help brands reach a “much more engaged smaller audience” and give them “that potential for virality.” (Bloomberg)

"I love coffee and love the experience of having someone make me a nice latte. I like being around other people and hanging out in restaurants or cafes.”—Female, 20, PA

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