Meet The GennY 2012 Finalists: Part 2

The GennY Award recognizes best practices of those who have applied new and innovative techniques to connect and communicate with youth. The 2012 award will be given to one exceptional marketing campaign at the Millennial Mega Mashup next week, but we want to highlight the finalists to showcase the unique ways they’ve Millennialized their marketing efforts to reach this influential generation.

Category: Social Media
Wattpad/Sony Music Group

Wattpad and Sony Music Group partnered for a "transmedia experiment" in fan fiction focused on the rising Brit boy band One Direction. One of Wattpad's star writers created a story about each of the five band members designed to coordinate with the video for the band's single, "What Makes You Beautiful." Launching on Valentine's Day, the five-chapter eBook leveraged the band's international fans on Wattpad to spread the word to new American fans by sharing the story and video. The campaign hit a fever pitch when the band members themselves posted a note on the group's Facebook page thanking their new Wattpad fans.

Ypulse: How did you select the author for the campaign telling One Direction’s backstory? When turning over a brand to an outside writer, it can make the company nervous…

Wattpad: Sony approached us about the project after noticing that fan fiction was becoming an organic trend among One Direction fans in the UK and Europe. They wanted to test the waters with an officially sanctioned story to see what kind of reaction, awareness, and affinity it could drive. They were also excited to use a writer from within the Wattpad community, someone who knew the Wattpad landscape and the ins and outs of our community, but of course it was really important to find someone they could trust with their brand.

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “I definitely prefer Apple over other tech brands. I like the compatibility and connection between the different devices including iPhone and laptop along with other users.” –Female, 25, IL

More than half of Millennials say they are single, and for them the hunt for love is increasingly mobile, and more niche. Binger is one dating app that wants to pair up young single homebodies and binge viewers. Rather than asking about broad interests, body details, or Facebook information, the startup would pair up users based on their Netflix viewing data, analyzing compatibility of what shows are watched, how often, when, and for how long. However, because of Netflix’s closed API, Binger can’t exist yet, so they’re running a social media petition using the hashtag #BeAloneTogether to show support for the idea. (PSFK)

Chegg, the country’s leading college textbook rental provider, is “pulling a Netflix” by handing over the majority of their print business; a major step in a plan to become a digital-only platform. The refocus on digital products goes beyond books. Based on the belief that everything students today want is online, Chegg plans to provide digital services like self-guided homework help, on-demand tutoring, college admissions research, and internship placement. Building a relationship with students is the goal, and several other platforms are making similar shifts. (Fast Company)

Millennials' “rebellious” fashion habits are taking a toll on traditionally successful retailers. Companies like Macy’s, Michael Kors, C .Wonder, and Abercrombie & Fitch face identity and financial crises as they’ve drastically lost their coolness factor and popularity over the past few years. The “atheleisure” trend, essentially wearing leisure or work out gear in places that previous generations would have dressed up, has potentially been a factor. Athletic retailers are thriving where “department and discount stores are struggling,” and the trend of being constantly casual is too comfortable to go away anytime soon. (Business Insider)

Millennials are becoming the new generation of parents, and there is a growing divide among parenting styles—perhaps most dramatically between helicopter and “free-range” parenting. Fear of abduction and abandonment has shaped hyper-protective parenting styles and shifted the collective expectation of what it means to be a “responsible, devoted parent.” Although crime has decreased in the past two decades, a recent poll found that 19% thought an unsupervised child in public might be abducted, and over 23% believed that more bad things happen today than when they were growing up. The pressure to be an ever-present parent is strong, with those who leave kids unattended facing legal ramifications and judgment. (Mashable)

To Millennials there’s no such thing as selling out, and more brands than ever are providing opportunities to give the next generation of artists a leg up, and increase their own cool cred in the process. Sour Patch Kids is doing just that with “Brooklyn Patch,“ a tricked-out artist crash pad that offers artists on tour somewhere fun and comfortable to stay for free. In exchange, when resident indie bands like Deer Tick upload digital content—tweets, YouTube videos, Instagram photos, Tumblr posts—during their stay, they use the hashtag #BrooklynPatch. The brand’s goal is reportedly for Sour Patch Kids to become “a part of conversations in culture.” (Vulture)

What if you could collect all the Millennial insights, data, and news that are most relevant to you in one easily accessed spot? Oh wait, you can! On Ypulse.com, the My Library tab is a personalized hub of Millennial content for our Bronze, Silver, and Gold subscribers. Clicking on the star icons next to any insight article, news feed item, or instant poll stat on the site immediately stores them on My Library, creating a repository of relevant information—curated by you. (Ypulse)

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