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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More Millennials are asking for cash wedding registries, and it’s bad news for stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Williams Sonoma. Increasingly, young couples are asking guests to contribute towards their nest egg, travel, or anything they feel like buying themselves. Companies like Zola and Honeypot have boomed in popularity, offering a personalized platform for their cash registries. However, their success with wedding registries is taking “a key customer acquisition tool” away from home décor stores. (Insider)

The beauty industry is catering to Customization Nation, as more companies crop up to blend unique beauty products for each customer. But can the trend scale? Truly personalized products, like the ones offered by hair care start-up Function of Beauty and makeup company Bite Beauty, take time and resources. But companies that offer base products with just a personalized element or two could be the future of the industry. And big-name brands are getting their feet wet too: Lancôme and CoverGirl have both offered custom-made foundations. (Glossy)

Nordstrom is taking risks to survive retail’s big shifts. Instead of shuttering stores, they’re opening experimental retail locations, revamping their department stores, and making their mark in Manhattan with their first store openings. The long-standing brand also bought ecommerce site HauteLook and the subscription service Trunk Club. So far, their risk-taking hasn’t proved to be a boon to their bottom line—but only time will tell. (WSJ)

Hollister is teaming up with AwesomenessTV to reach Gen Z with a YouTube series. “The Carpe Life” will be a part of a broader campaign, which includes influencer marketingand appeals to young consumers’ love for active, adventurous lifestyles. "The Carpe Life" follows Hollister's first YouTube series, “This is Summer” which “boosted key brand metrics by double digits,” adding on to their overall positive impact on Abercrombie & Fitch’s rising bottom line. (Marketing Dive)

Netflix is switching its strategy, putting less money into “prestige films” for the Post-TV Gen. Instead, they’re churning out more direct-to-video releases. Last year, they bought ten titles at Sundance while this year they had none. While they continue to create original content like the recent The Cloverfield Paradox, they’re betting on less-than-award-worthy films to maintain their hold on Millennial viewers. (The Atlantic)

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