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 go out, I just go where my friends are going.”
—Female, 22, DC

Influencer marketing is on track to grow next year, despite “significant questions about its effectiveness.” According to analysis by Chute, 66% of marketers surveyed have an influencer marketing strategy in place, but the majority aren’t calculating its success by direct sales. Over eight in ten say their top goal with influencers is to reach a new audience, and to measure effectiveness more than 70% look at engagement—either through likes or comments on Instagram, sceenshots on Snapchat, etc.—followed by reach or views, and then referral link click-throughs. (Digiday)

Higher education needs to prepare itself for a new target market. A steep drop in births during the Great Recession is expected to lead to a decrease in the number of U.S. high school graduates, especially among Caucasians: according to a Georgetown Center report, in 2030 white students will account for less than half of high school graduates. Growth within the Hispanic community can offset the decline, signifying that “schools will need to re-orient themselves toward a Hispanic, first-generation population to stay competitive.” (The Wall Street Journal

Health-conscious Millennials have some misconceptions when it comes to GMOs. New Pew Research shows that 21% of 18-29-year-olds believe genetically modified foods are “very likely” to lead to health issues, and 25% believe they create problems for the environment. But in actuality, scientific research says that GM foods are safe to eat, and as long as they’re developed properly “don’t pose any unique, undue threat to the environment.” The study also found that 12% follow vegetarian or vegan diets, which according to scientific research is a healthy habit to take on. (NYMAG

All tech toys are not created equal—according to the Institution for Engineering and Technology. Created with the “mission to encourage more girls to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology,” the Institution recently found that stem toys are three times more likely to target boys over girls, and nine out of ten “girls’ toys” are pink. The Institution reports the stereotypically gendered toys could actually deter young girls interested in engineering. (The Guardian)

Live video is increasingly becoming the space to watch for audience engagement. According to MarketsandMarkets, live video will be a $70 billion industry by 2021, and on Facebook, live content is generating 10x the amount of comments than typical videos. The holidays have proven to be an ideal opportunity for brands looking to dive in on the trend: Lowe’s Black Friday deals unveiling on Facebook Live reached an audience of 32,000 during broadcast, while Taco Bell’s livestream of their annual Friendsgiving dinner generated as many as 150,000 viewers. (Adweek)

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—Female, 23, CA

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