Q&A With MTV's A Thin Line — A GennY Award Winner A Year Later

A Thin LineToday we’re checking in with A Thin Line, MTV’s campaign against digital abuse and winner of Ypulse’s 2011 GennY Award, which recognizes best practices and new techniques in youth marketing campaigns. A Thin Line hasn’t stopped innovating in its mission to reach Millennials, taking it’s campaign international, creating a movie based on the knowledge it’s gained, balancing the inclusion of youth and celebrity voices, and, just today, announcing an exciting partnership with Rovio’s Angry Birds Space! Jason Rzepka, MTV’s VP of Public Affairs, fills us in on what the program has been up to since winning the award…

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Q&A With MTV’s A Thin Line — A GennY Award Winner A Year Later

Ypulse: MTV’s A Thin Line campaign won the GennY Award in June of last year. Since then we see that you’ve gone international, allowing visitors from outside the U.S. to post their stories about how they’ve been affected by bullying. What prompted that? Are bullying and digital abuse the same all over the world, or are there differences?

Jason Rzepka: We recently created several new ways for young people around the world to engage with the campaign, from joining in the conversation on which digital behaviors “cross the line,” to posting examples of how they’re…

 
 

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Specialty backpacks and old-school sandals are trending for back-to-school shopping. Google’s analysis of searches and YouTube traffic reveals that although Herschel’s backpack dominated last year, “the top five [backpacks] for 2016 cover a wider range of styles and functionality.” The most searched backpack this year is from Victoria Secret’s Pink brand, and the second most searched is from Sprayground, which is known for their bold designs and celebrity collaborations. For most popular shoes, Birkenstocks takes the lead for the third year in a row, with search traffic rising 46% from last year. (Adweek

Coffee retailers are capitalizing on Millennials’ cold brew obsession. Cold brew—coffee made through a more complex “extraction method to get more nuanced bean flavors that lack the typical acidity and bitterness of a regular cup of Joe”— has trended thanks to young consumers’ love for iced coffee and authenticity. Sales have increased by 115% from 2014-2015, resulting in $7.9 million in revenue, and brands have taken notice. Dunkin Donuts’s play for “Starbucks-loving Millennials” includes adding cold brew coffee to locations nationwide. (BarkleyCNBC

About a third of 18-34-year-olds are still living at home, but it’s more likely to be happening in certain states. According to 2014 census data, New Jersey has the highest population of Millennials living with their parents at 43.9%. Connecticut and New York followed with 38.8% and 37.4% respectively, signifying the the trend is mostly happening within states that have more expensive rental markets. The lowest rates are where “land is plentiful and people are scarce:” North Dakota had 15.7% of young adults living at home and Wyoming had 18.7%. (Curbed NY)

A popular Snapchat series is making its way to the TV screen. Comedy Central’s Swag-A-Saurus With James Davis became the network’s most watched series on their standalone Snapchat Discover channel.  The digital hit features Davis explaining slang terms like ‘Bye, Felicia’ and ‘Looking Friday,’ and by January 2017 it will become its own TV show bringing together “urban and mainstream comedy.” Davis promises the show will be “lit,” and says he’s “excited to work with a network that embraces [his] point-of-view and purpose-driven comedy.” (Tubefilter

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