Ypulse Essentials: Facebook + Spotify = Awesome, Amazon Goes Gaga (Again), Chegg Enters The Deals Game

Facebook SpotifyWhile Mark Zuckerberg says it will eventually (make sense to explore allowing children under age 13 to join Facebook, it’s not a priority at the company. Music, on the other hand, seems to be quite important. Facebook and Spotify are partnering on a deal that will integrate the music service into the Facebook platform and is rumored to allow friends to listen to music simultaneously through the social net. The service will only be accessible to users in countries where Spotify is already up and running, which means American users will have to wait, but hopefully not for too long) (Consumerist) (Forbes)

- “This time we’re ready” (is the self deprecating way Amazon is relaunching its offer of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” for a mere $.99. It’s crossing its fingers that this time its servers don’t melt — though by now most little monsters will probably have already gotten their copy of the album, so the demand should be somewhat subdued) (FastCompany)

- Disney has withdrawn its application (for trademark of “SEAL Team Six,” deferring to the U.S. Navy, which will own the rights…and could license the name to the highest bidder. That makes us a bit nervous. Speaking of the Navy, the Naval ROTC is back on Yale’s campus after 40 years, originally banned in protest of the Vietnam War and more recently because of the Navy’s position toward women and gays in the military) (Yahoo) (NY Times, reg required)

- Chegg, the textbook rental company, is launching (a daily deals offering and new marketing opportunities that will connect brands with its college student user base) (Ad Age, reg required)

- Google finally announced it’s rumored (Google Wallet service, an NFC [or near-field communications] payment service. Was the move timed to steal some of the thunder from Jack Dorsey’s Square payment…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “The most important part of prom is the honor of being asked by an upperclassmen.”—Male, 15, NY

What does Clearasil know about teens? According to them, nothing. The teen-focused anti-acne brand is fessing up to being mystified by their target market in a series of comical ads with the tagline "We know your acne. We just don't know you." Expressing how their employees, or “the lame old people,” are “pathetically out of touch with youth culture,” a voiceover asks teens if they like pizza, skateboarding, cool cars, ripped jeans etc. The campaign was inspired when the brand posted memes that only made them look “out-of-touch.” They hope the ads will be “refreshing” to the generation that is “tired of brands pretending to know them.” (Adweek

We’ve noted that VR has the potential to impact many industries beyond gaming, and now eBay used the tech to launch the world’s first virtual reality department store. In partnership with Australian retailer Myer, they’ve created a virtual store app that allows users to browse and buy Myer products in a virtual space. Shoppers can hold their gaze at an item to choose it for their cart, while an algorithm tracks activity to adapt and display items that might be of interest to users. (Mashable

Millennials are embracing wines more than ever, and they aren’t “drinking their parent’s wine.” Twenty and thirtysomethings accounted for 42% of wine consumed in the U.S. last year. This new generation of drinkers is looking for “authenticity,” and to “discover new wines.” They use apps to learn more about their options, and are reportedly sharing their wine interest online: 50% of Millennials who drink wine talk about it on Facebook, and 30% share on other platforms. They’re not picky about their wine preferences, and are open to drinking red or white, and lately rosé, the market for which is rising 13% a year. (Forbes

Wattpad is proving that Millennials and teens “still crave longform content.” The story-sharing site reports that 45 million 13-34-year-olds spend 15 billion minutes on their platform reading and writing stories. According to the Wattpad, Millennials will read longform stories, as long as it’s mobile, interactive, and relatable. They experience 300,000 uploads daily and claim that users spend about 30 minutes on the site on average. Brands like Coca-Cola, GE, and Target have taken notice, creating sponsored reading lists, paying Wattpad’s top writers for content, and hosting writing contests. AT&T’s Hello Lab has YouTube influencer Grace Helbig co-writing a novel with her fans on the site. (Digiday

Long gone are the days of Game Boys. A recent study revealed that portable game consoles have fallen in popularity as kids get smartphones at a much younger ages than the generations before them. Today, the average age to get a first smartphone is 10.3 years old, and more than six out of ten kids also have access to the internet via laptop or tablet. The smartphone effect has pushed consoles to fourth place In popularity, behind tablets, phones, and DVDs. Nintendo has taken notice and made the smart move to join the mobile gaming space. (UbergizmoGamasutra

Quote of the Day: “A prom trend I’ve noticed is lots of cheesy cute ways of asking. Often involving food or a game/sport.”—Female, 16, WY

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