5 E-Commerce Apps Making Mobile Shopping More Millennial

Millennials are making their phones a part of their shopping experience, and e-commerce apps are pulling out all the tricks to get them to buy via mobile…

Millennial shoppers are redefining retail by making their phones a central part of their shopping experience: purchasing on mobile, returning at higher rates, and "showrooming"—selecting clothes in-store then purchasing online. According to Ypulse’s recent survey, 49% of 18-34-year-olds with smartphones say they shop on their phones weekly, and 29% say they do at least once a month. That’s a large majority of Millennial shoppers who are buying via mobile on a very regular basis—which means that e-commerce apps need to keep up.

Our recent mobile study confirmed that app use far outweighs mobile site use among young consumers. If you’re not putting it in an app, they’re not likely to interact with it on the device they’re spending more and more time on. Condé Nast and Goldman Sachs reported earlier this year that two of the most popular apps among Millennials and Gen Z are Snapchat and Amazon—and we’re seeing new e-commerce platforms borrow inspiration from both to create more Millennial mobile shopping experiences. From incorporating augmented reality into the shopping experience to creating a seamless "browse to buy" process, they're making mobile shopping more efficient, fun, and easy. In short, more Millennial. Here are five to take note of:  

SHOP/WHO WHAT WEAR

Popular style blog Who What Wear has unveiled a shoppable app that’s “so good, it’s a little dangerous”—for your wallet that is. With a reported 65% of their readers scrolling Who What Wear content via phone, the brand is calling their app “the natural next step” in their strategy. The “curated mobile shopping experience” features 30 brands, including TopShop,…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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