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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“I move around every few years so it would be a huge hassle to have to buy and sell property so frequently.”—Female, 28, IN

Gen Z will spend the most on rent of any generation, but Millennials aren’t far behind. HotPads estimates that 2-20-year-olds will spend $226,000 on rent before they buy a home and 24-38-year-olds will ring in at $202,000. Despite the difference, Gen Z will own their first home one year earlier than Millennials because they’ll have “a stronger job market than [M]illennials”—but, despite the myths, they are buying homes in greater numbers. PS: Los Angeles tops the list of where young demos will spend the most on rent. (Business Insider)

What’s behind board games' popularity today? The NPD Group found that board games grew 8% compared to the toy industry’s overall growth of 8% in the past year and has “no signs of slowing down.” Digital detoxing plays a part, as more Millennial parents worry about their kids’ screen time and seek toys that foster face-to-face relationships. But despite the analog appeal, games are also getting high-tech and the word-of-mouth media they receive propels social media-friendly games like Pie Face to the top of toy charts. (Kidscreen)

Parents still have the most influence over kids today, but online celebrities are also top role models. Mintel research found that 86% of 6-17-year-olds say their parents are among their top role models, 62% say teachers, and 41% say siblings. But the top kind of celebrity that gets added to the category are social media celebrities at 35%, followed closely by musicians and athletes. Only 22% said actors were among their top role models and just 16% said the President. (MediaPost)

Disney has a new beverage to fill your Instagram feed: The Purple Wall Slushie. The Millennial & Gen Z-loved company has had no problem coming up with social media-friendly items, from Baby Groot bread to a viral Beauty and the Beast-inspired tumbler, and now they’ve rolled out a boba and taro beverage at Disney World. The Purple Wall is a famous destination to snap a pic for social media in the Magic Kingdom, and this slushy is made specifically to match up with the wall (and monetize on it). (POPSUGARInsider)

Speaking of Instagrammability, the Space Needle’s new, clear benches are sure to make for a thrilling photo op. The iconic viewing deck for the Seattle skyline has been in the midst of a makeover to create a better (and decidedly more social media-worthy) viewing experience. A metal base and caging has been replaced with a high glass wall from floor to sky, and so-called “skyrisers” will let visitors sit right on the edge of it all—and snap a selfie. (Curbed)

“People have been planning outfits since the start of the year [for prom].”—Male, 15, NC

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