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: “I use cloth diapers, and a lot of my coworkers don't quite understand this. They aren't condescending, per say, but I do think that they judge my less mainstream parenting style. Also, several of my online mommy Facebook groups can be VERY judgy.” –Female, 26, IL

‘90s kids (older Millennials) remember many products from the decade that have now sadly passed out of their lives. But some of their undying nostalgia is being rewarded: Coca Cola has brought back their lemon lime flavored soda Surge thanks in part to a Facebook group called “The Surge Movement.” The soda is being sold exclusively through Amazon, and the first batch sold out in about an hour. (The Verge)

GIFs are invading marketing, and the medium is now seeping into mobile communication. Popkey is essentially a GIF keyboard for the new Apple operating system. The app allows users to search for appropriate reaction GIFs without leaving their chats, save frequently used GIFs, or select from popular featured files. The tool could appeal to young consumers who are more interested in communicating via images than text. (TechCrunch)

Millennials’ reputation for not caring about cars might not be the whole story, and we’ve heard that having a car actually is important to them—if brands can create cars they want. Toyota is imagining what that car would look like with their concept the U^2, a “city car” for Millennials, or in their words, the “entrepreneurial, urban driver.” The imagined car is customizable, with a removable front seat, an iPad central console, and a tailgate that can turn into a ramp. Though Toyota isn’t likely to produce the U^2, it is possible that some of its features will be integrated into upcoming models. (Wired)

Despite the fact that the platform is technically ad-free, brands have infiltrated Vine, and its “Vine famous” stars now regularly team with companies for creative advertising. The young social media savvy players—each with millions of followers—are also becoming involved in more traditional media: Brittany Furlan has landed a sketch comedy show deal, Nash Grier is working on a film career, and Shawn Mendes’ record topped the iTunes charts. (Adweek)

Financial services are not appealing to Millennials, and the disconnect between the industry and the generation isn’t likely to be solved by reaching out to these young consumers on the platforms they frequent. A recent global study found that less than 1% of Millennials want financial service providers to contact them through social media, and 59% believe they haven’t seen financial products that are targeted at “people like them.” (CNN)

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