Ypulse Essentials: Cost Of A College Education, JustinTimberSpace?, 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

College FundThe U.S. Department of Education has updated it’s website to tell students the real costs (of attending college. We’re sure some parents are experiencing sticker shock, considering the most expensive college on the list, Maine’s Bates College, comes in at $51,300 per year for tuition, fees, room, and board. The average cost for a public college education is $10,747, and the average cost for a private college education is $15,661) (Bloomberg) (NY Times, reg required)

- Perhaps the most surprising news to come out of the MySpace sale (is that Justin Timberlake has taken a stake in the flailing social net. In a case of life imitating art, he’ll play a similar role to his part in The Social Network, serving as a creative strategy advisory to get the site back to its roots as a “home for content creators and artists”) (MediaPost) (Ad Age, reg required)

- Some 6% of Millennials are cord cutters (who do not subscribe to a pay TV service. While that might seem like a small number, that represents about 5 million Millennials and is three times the proportion of Boomers who’ve cut their pay TV service. Speaking of TV, Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush” is getting turned into a graphic novel) (B&C)

- We can’t wait to hear the soundtrack for ‘The Hunger Games’ (now that we’ve learned that T Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman are going to be collaborating on the project. This news is music to our ears!) (Cynopsis)

- Dr. Oz’s new website, YouBeauty.com, aims to help teen girls (make the connection between health and beauty. In other health news, researchers found that kids who eat candy are less likely to be obese than those kids who don’t eat candy — though, not surprisingly, the researchers shy away from saying that eating candy can fight obesity because they haven’t determined why the kids who ate…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “When I want relationship advice I usually check out good relationship blogs or online articles.” –Female, 32, TN

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular with teens, and one reason could be that it’s “ridiculously easy” for teens to get them. A new study asked minors to order e-cigarettes online from 98 different vendors, and 75 of those orders were successful. Of the 23 orders that failed, only five were due to age-verification issues, and in many cases if a website did not accept a minor’s age, teens were able to use their parents’ identities. Kids who have smoked e-cigs are reportedly twice as likely to say they intend to try regular cigarettes, so this ease of access could lead to a larger issue. (The Verge

Millennials are seeing food as the new status symbol and expecting everything on demand. Now a slew of startups areredefining food delivery to cater to their tastes. Gourmet food delivery service Munchery is a player in this trend, and has just expanded from San Francisco to New York City. Unlike services that deliver dishes from high-end eateries, Munchery provides a selection of over 300 pre-cooked meals prepared by Michelin-starred chefs, which are delivered cold and ready to be heated. There is a social good angle as well, as Munchery matches the cost of each order with a donation to City Harvest. (Forbes)

Young consumers have helped to make Scotch and whiskey cool again, and old-school brown spirits have become increasingly popular over the last decade. While the industry might have initially been ”perplexed” by the attention, it has seized the opportunity by targeting Millennial drinkers in new ways. The brand Balvenie is appealing to this new generation of Scotch drinkers by tapping Anthony Bourdain to host Raw Craft, a video series traveling around the country to showcase American craftsmanship. The Balvenie’s parent company has also released new brands, like Monkey Shoulder, that specifically target 20-somethings with lower prices and unpretentious branding. (Fast Company)

YouTube celebrities like PewDiePie’s Felix Kjellberg, Zoella, Alfie Deyes, and Jamal Edwards all made the list of the 500 most influential people in the country, and digital marketers could learn a few lessons from Generation YouTube. “Flawed is the new flawless,” thanks to digital celebs’ realness and transparency, and brands should embrace the authenticity of the medium. It’s also important to note that the stereotype of kids watching YouTube alone in their bedrooms is far from the truth: 90% of users are over 18-years-old, and 39% watch YouTube with their partner. (Marketing

Sonic is planning to play up their retro style drive-ins to appeal to young consumers' nostalgia, while also giving those drive-ins a technological makeover. Soon the fast food spots will feature touch-screen menus, which offer suggestions and internet access, along with the carhop service that has helped to set it apart from its competitors. The brand was slow to launch a digital and social presence, but is ramping up their efforts, including a series of digital only clips that show a significant departure from their traditional TV marketing. The opportunity for Sonic to attract younger consumers could be big, considering their customizable menu and unique experience-driven locations. (Digiday)

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