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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“My work schedule can be hectic, so I snack on nuts, berries, or other non-deadly foods during any downtime.”

—Male, 32, KY

AwesomenessTV and fashion/beauty brands are coming together to make branded series for Gen Z. In the past, AwesomenessTV has worked with numerous brands to produce original content, including CoverGirl and Kohl’s. Now they’re planning a 24-part docu-series with Hollister called “This is Summer,” following teens’ high school journeys—while they’re clad in shoppable Hollister clothing of course. Our own Chief Content Officer explains that Ypulse has “found Gen Z to be fairly open to watching sponsored entertainment,” with 77% of 13-17-year-olds agreeing, "As long as the story is interesting, I don't mind that it is sponsored." (Glossy)

Fullscreen agrees that Gen Z is the generation that’s most receptive to branded content. Their survey found over half of Gen Z doesn’t mind even undisclosed branded content, and significantly more Gen Z teens than Millennials have engaged with social branded content (viewing photos, liking and sharing content and tagging friends) in the past six months. Influencer marketing wins out with the group, with over half of teens preferring influencer content to pre-roll, sponsored posts, banners, and traditional TV commercials. The sweet spot for advertisers may be branded video, especially when influencers are involved. (TubefilterAdweek)

Graduation spending is expected to reach a record $5.6 billion for the Class of 2017. Over half of the graduation gifts given will be cash, followed by greeting cards, gift cards, apparel, and electronic devices. Another trend for the year is more and more peers giving each other gifts, with a 6% lift year over year. Younger consumers will spend an average of $78.42 ,compared to 45-54-year-olds’ $119.84 and 65-and-over’s $112.34, and while greeting cards are also most popular, they’re also almost twice as likely to gift clothing. (ConsumerAffairs)

Instagram has the “most negative impact on young people’s mental wellbeing,” followed by Snapchat, according to a recent study. The image-centric platforms could “driv[e] feelings of inadequacy and anxiety,” and were rated the most poorly for their impacts on sleep, FOMO, and body image. Out of the top five most popular social media platforms, YouTube was the only one that earned a positive score. The silver lining? Some argue the evaluation is “blaming the medium for the message,” and social media/online communities are also Gen Z and Millennials’ top resource for learning about “mindfulness, meditation, and wellness,” according to Ypulse data. (The Guardian)

Lego is being called the “most powerful brand in the world,” beating out Google, Visa, and Nike. Brand Finance’s latest valuation report shows Lego’s brand value increased 68% over last year, looking at metrics like “familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation.” At least some of the lift can be attributed to the successful movie franchise (The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie) and its strategic partnership with Star Wars.

(Business Insider)

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