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- Disney has withdrawn its application (for trademark of “SEAL Team Six,” deferring to the U.S. Navy, which will own the rights…and could license the name to the highest bidder.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: “I was completely invested in Breaking Bad, it took a simple everyday man and slowly dehumanized him through choices that an individual in real life could have possibly made or gone through.”—Male, 22, NJ

The creators of livestreaming pioneer Meerkat made a new app in secret—and it’s doing great. Houseparty is a group video chat platform designed to “capture some of the spirit of Meerkat but in a more personal way that encourages users to participate.” Users can create or join “rooms” to video chat with friends, and are warned if an unknown mutual friend joins the group. The app opens to a camera like Snapchat, is “sprinkled liberally” with emojis, and has already generated almost 1 million mostly teenage users during its testing phase. (Mashable)

Neiman Marcus is in full support of the "see now, buy now" retail strategy some brands have been adopting to keep up with impatient young consumers. The retailer has seen sales decline for fourth straight quarters, and is citing an “out-of-sync fashion cycle” as a crucial part of their troubles. Now that just launched collections are "blogged and broadcasted all over the world via social media," and fast fashion retailers are “delivering trends before ‘authentic runway looks are delivered to stores,’” the retailer is encouraging their vendors to deliver products quickly after release to keep up. (Fashionista

Club Med knows not all Millennials are “frugal single travelers.” The travel brand, “where all the cool kids went in the 70s and 80s,” is now setting their sights on affluent Millennial parents who travel. Spending $1.5 billion in facilities upgrades, Club Med now offers “zen oases,” where “parents to briefly recuperate away from their kids” and escape the pressures of work and home. They also are focusing on the experiential aspect of their brand, adjusting their website to allow visitors to experience their trips digitally before their buy. (Skift)

Kano, one of the first and most unique toys to teach kids coding, is heading back to the Kickstarter to promote three new programmable do-it-yourself kits. Their new products focus on a toy coming “to life when it responds to its environment," and includes a Pixel display that can be taught to display different colors and shapes in response to sounds. The brand’s target market is 8-14-year-olds, but they aim to make it “simple for anyone in the world to make, hack, create, manipulate, and warp technology as it is to use it today." (Fast Company)

Marketing to the post-Millennial generation is all about getting creative, and serving ads through sponsored content is resonating strongly with teens who fully understand it’s a marketing strategy. When AwesomenessTV looked into their popular series Royal Crush—which takes place on a cruise ship and is sponsored by Royal Caribbean—they found that is was 30% more efficient than TV. But one form of traditional advertising is still effective: sampling. To promote their moon sneakers and hot sauce, GE toured colleges to target engineering students. (Adweek

Quote of the Day:  “Young and Hungry are short 30 minute shows, so I can watch it on my lunch breaks at work. I like the humor and the characters. The story line is easy to follow. It's an easy show to binge watch.”—Female, 20, WS

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