Ypulse’s Predictions for 2017

We told you what other experts are predicting for 2017, now here's the Ypulse team's forecast for what the next 12 months might hold in media, spending, entertainment, technology, and more... 

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More Millennials Will See the Green Light

We predicted that Millennials would begin to flex their financial force in 2016, and we saw it happen: they’re outspending older shoppers in dining, experiences, and more. But it’s no secret they have a fraught relationship with money: young adults during the recession have seen the U.S. financial system at its worst, and have been forced to live out its consequences. But as the recession slowly fades from memory, we’re primed for a money revolution. In 2017, Millennials are looking to take control of their finances: 22% of all 13-34 year olds say becoming financially independent is their New Year’s resolution–and the number is higher for those over 25 [46%]. And while 29% are still nervous and overwhelmed when they think about money, an increasing number of Millennials are optimistic [33%] and confident [25%]. We think this is the year that more of the Millennial generation moves out from Mom and Dad’s house and starts seeing green: they’re going to save more, spend smarter, and learn how to maximize their spending power. It helps that they’re advancing in their careers, but they’re also finally seeing and using financial tools that reflect their behaviors and attitudes. As financial apps like Venmo grow in popularity and replace traditional banking institutions, their agency over their own finances will only increase, and money will become less a source of anxiety and more a tool for empowerment that helps them get what they want. Don’t expect this to mean a bounce-back to a mirror of the Boomer-era economy: this generation spends…

 
 

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“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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