Embracing Millennials’ Adventurous Side

Concert CrowdMillennials are adventure-seekers. They want to live in the moment, have fun with their friends, and make memories. They’re willing to spend their money on experiences such as concerts and trips to have a good time and document what they’re doing. As affordable adventures become increasingly important to Millennials, companies should take note and find ways to offer them experiences as well.

We often hear that Millennials want to be a part of epic activities whether that’s attending the coolest concert, partaking in a fun ski weekend with their friends, or making their own fun while thrift shopping. They want to have a story to share and pictures to prove how awesome it was. FOMO (fear of missing out) and YOLO (you only live once) became common catchphrases in the past year, highlighting this Millennial mindset that you should live your life to the fullest. Moreover, social media has amplified this sentiment. Millennials, now more than ever, have exposure to everything they are missing out on, making them more inclined to do and try everything. Where one checks in and what images they post help garner likes and social currency. That doesn’t mean material possessions don’t matter to Millennials, but they’re very interested in experiences that they can partake in with their friends and share with the rest of the network.

However, given the difficult economy, Millennials are practical in how they pay for these adventures. Many use sites such as Groupon or LivingSocial to achieve these cool experiences at a reduced cost. They’ll try a restaurant they may not ordinarily be able to afford, or plan a cool activity like whitewater rafting. They may do these things ordinarily without using deal sites, but regardless, they’re savvy in figuring out options that fit their budget and they’re…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “Bojack Horseman was my favorite show last year because it was funny and real. Maybe too real, just beautiful.”–Male, 23, AZ

Binge drinking in college is common, and suggested reasons for the behaviors range from boredom to helicopter parenting—but it’s also possible they’re drinking to extremes to escape extreme stress. Today’s college students can have an “intense preoccupation with success” thanks to the competition it takes to get into schools, fear of the tough job market, and looming loan debt. In this context, “blacking out has become so normal that even if you don’t personally do it, you understand why others do. It’s a mutually recognized method of stress relief. To treat it as anything else would be judgmental." (NYTimes)

Once again, Millennials’ food preferences are “killing” a major product. Young consumers’ preoccupation with health have caused a yogurt problem for General Mills, where sales in the category have nosedived 15%. The downturn is likely due to the new perspective that sugar, not fat, is the real diet evil, a shift that has caused low-fat and low-cal foods to “fall out of vogue.”(As we predicted.) In more positive, related, news for the brand, organic and natural products have seen “immense growth.” (MediaPostMSN)

More teens are on YouTube than on the biggest social networks, according to research from the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft. Their poll of 13-17-year-old internet users found that 91% say they use YouTube, compared to 66% who use Snapchat, 65% who use Instagram, and 61% who use Facebook. Their heavy use of the site is one of the reasons that YouTube creators have more influence over their purchase intent than traditional TV and movie celebs. Interestingly, the second most-used platform was actually Gmail, with 75% of teens reporting they use the email app. (eMarketer)

Millennials have been called out as a threat to the diamond industry, causing Twitter to offer their own blunt explanationsfor why the generation isn’t buying the “sparkly status symbols.” But hold up: De Beer’s annual report has declared, “Millennials spent nearly $26 billion on diamond jewelry [in 2015]…acquiring more than any other generation.” So why is everyone saying they aren’t buying diamonds when they reportedly purchased 45% of retail sales in four major markets? It might be another case of a narrative about the generation being more click-worthy than the reality. (Forbes)

This month, the Generation Beauty event brought together Instagram beauty influencers, beauty brands, and their loyal teen fans for a weekend of meet-and-greets and product samples. Young consumers are undoubtedly looking to their favorite digital personalities for product recommendations, and say it’s best “when they give their honest opinion,” trusting those posts more than those where copy is read directly off a package—“a dead giveaway that it’s sponsored.” Collaborations between brands and social influencers are reportedly especially popular with fans. (Racked)

Quote of the Day: “Jane the Virgin was my favorite show to watch last year because it was dramatic, yet relatable and hilarious. I also love the fact that it features many women actors and actors of color.” –Female, 17, Guam

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