Decoding Millennial Concertgoers

Today’s post comes from Ypulse’s Research Intern Phil Savarese.

Decoding Millennial Concertgoers

In today’s smartphone-obsessed society, it’s rare that you’ll go to a concert where people aren’t snapping pictures, recording videos, or updating their status during the show. Millennials are extremely interested in seeing artists live and partaking in epic experiences; according to Ypulse research among 339 13-34 year olds, four of five Millennials have been to a concert before. However, the “in the moment” experience of a concert has collided with the timelessness of the digital age. As an avid concertgoer, I‘ve found that smartphone and tablet use during shows has created four types of fans:

“I’ll never get a chance to see this again!” – The Capturer

These are the people that shed some light on the “sea of hands” at concerts, literally. They hold their phone or tablet as high above the crowd as possible to capture the concert forever. Fully, 67% of Millennial concertgoers said that they have taken a picture of a performer with their smartphone. These capturers want to permanently document the concert for future reference. Additionally, 47% said they have filmed parts of the concert. Sometimes this involves distracting oneself from the show or viewing it through a screen, but they sacrifice fully enjoying moments live so that they can enjoy it over and over again.

“Guess where I am?!” – The Bragger

Braggers are the ones who take their attention completely off of the show for a moment to tell their network of friends where they are and what they’re doing. Half of the Millennials surveyed (51%) said they’ve updated a Facebook status during a show, while a quarter (24%) said they’ve Instagramed the performer. They want their friends to know where they are and how much fun it is…

 
 

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“I want to work for myself so that I can have more flexibility and be my own boss. I have an online business.”
—Female, 16, FL

Fast fashion is only getting faster as Asos & Boohoo outpace industry front-runners, Zara and H&M, moving clothes from concept to sales floor in less than four weeks. These up and comers’ fast paced supply chains, coupled with millennial-minded tactics and strong social media presences, are driving a 30-35% expected sales growth for Asos and 50% for Boohoo. A major contributor to Boohoo’s profit margin is its army of celebrities, bloggers, and other influencers who promote its clothing across Instagram. Zara and H&M, meanwhile, saw slowing YOY sales growth; H&M has admitted its need to speed up and announced plans to change its supply chain accordingly. (QuartzThe Guardian)

A new Doritos bag will be loaded with the entire Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack, via a built-in cassette player. A limited number of the “Awesome Mix” soundtrack bags will be available on Amazon tomorrow, and influencers will be activated to take the bag to surprising locales and sing a song of their choice. Fans will also be invited to go to custom pop-up recording booths, record their track, and upload it to social media for a chance to win prizes. Thanks to social media posts and unboxing trends, packaging has the potential to become a spotlight stealer, and brands are thinking outside the box to make packaging as interesting as the product. (Creativity)

Apple wants to be Gen Z’s Starbucks. The brand is reimagining stores to encourage teen hang out sessions, rebranding the Genius Bar as the Genius Grove, and aptly adding some foliage to the space. The start of a series of educational sessions next month will also bring in photographers, artists, and musicians to teach lessons and in some cases, perform concerts. Apple’s head of retail says of the effort: “I’ll know we’ve done a really, really great job if the next generation, if Gen Z says, ‘Meet me at Apple. Did you see what’s going on at Apple today?’” Ypulse’s Experiencification trend explored the fact that more retailers are looking to turn stores into social spaces to attract young shoppers. (QuartzApple)

Coachella has become a profit powerhouse, with earnings of $94 million last year, and nearly half of all attendees are 18-34-years-old. Brands have been looking for any way to activate their spending power through the event—including influencer marketing, which reportedly earns an estimated $6.50 for every $1 spent. This year, American Express became the first official credit card of the prodigious festival, using influencers to spread their message on-site instead of signage and “overt product messaging.” One AMEX executive emphasizes, “You can’t deny the power and reach of influencers today.”(Forbes)

Mars’ new ad has gone viral with Gen Z, thanks to the power of online celebrities. The video, promoting popular U.K. candy bar Maltesers as it launches in the U.S, features social media and YouTube stars Caspar Lee, Andrew Huang, and Dytto and has earned almost 2.8 million views in the last few weeks. The campaign encourages positivity in the face of typical “teen crises” as the influencers are shown turning #FML moments into “Fun Maltesers Life” moments. The spot is part of a larger effort, which will include distribution across social media channels, custom content creation with BuzzFeed, and a tour featuring an experiential photo-op, game play zone, and 10 million free samples. (MediaPost)

Quote of the Day: “I don't drink on a typical night, but my choice when I do have a drink is often red wine.”

—Female, 34, FL

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