Millennials & Gen Z’s 10 Favorite Tech Brands

Tech brands top the list of brands that young consumers think are most innovative, and the kinds of brands they say they’re loyal to—but which tech brand is their favorite? We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds to tell us…

When we explored the brand loyalty of young consumers in our recent trend Loyal-ish, we found that overall, young consumers are more likely to say that they “have a brand they prefer but don’t mind using other brands” than that “they have one brand they like and will always use”—except when it comes to technology. Almost half of 13-34-year-olds told us that they will always use the brand of smartphone that they already like, and only 13% told us that the brand of their smartphone doesn’t matter to them—far lower than categories like personal care products, food/beverages, and clothing/accessories.

As we’ve said before, their dedication to their tech brands is likely a result of just how embedded their devices are in their lives. Tech addiction is a very real thing, and unsurprisingly, young consumers struggle most. GfK’s global study shows that a third of internet users find it difficult to disconnect, jumping to 44% for 15-19-year-olds, followed closely by those 20-39-years-old. Because of their attachment to tech, we’re always looking at their feelings about devices and screens, from the tech Millennials think is the coolest on the market to their tech shopping habits. But what are their favorite tech brands? In our recent monthly survey of Millennials and Gen Z, we asked 1000 13-34-year-olds to tell us, “What is your favorite technology brand?”* to find out. Here are the top 10 responses:

*This was an open-end response question to allow us to capture the full range of tech brands that Millennials and Gen Z like most—without our preconceived ideas shaping their…

 
 

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Nordstrom is stocking up on Instafamous brands like Allbirds, Everlane, and Reformation. The company announced that “strategic” brands account for about 40% of their current revenue and that’s expected to rise. While they benefit from indie brands’ popularity with young consumers, the direct-to-consumer brands are getting an expanded physical footprint, too. In the case of Reformation, Nordstrom explains that they “can bring sustainable fashion to a new (and much bigger) group of customers and closets.” (Business Insider)

A baseball team struck out with their “Millennial Night” promotion, putting Twitter in an uproar. We’ve warned brands that making fun of Millennials is not the way to get earn their spending power, and minor league baseball’s Montgomery Biscuits learned the lesson first-hand. Their “Millennial Night” offered participation ribbons, selfie stations, napping areas, and “lots of avocados,” while playing into stereotypes about Millennials being lazy. A Biscuits exec explains that “Something got lost in the sarcasm,” but instead of offering an apology, they doubled down with another cutting tweet. (AdweekInc.)

Nearly half of Millennials think that “their credit scores are holding them back.” OppLoans found that 27% of 18-34-year-olds haven’t been approved for a new car because of their credit while 25% have been declined for an apartment or house. Debt, a top financial concern for Millennials, is partly to blame: 15% said that their debt “is unmanageable.” Education could help dig them out of the hole, as 24% feel they’ve never learned how to build good credit. (Moneyish)

Baby Einstein is growing up for Millennial parents with a new mission and campaign. Their “Ignite a Curious Mind” effort goes after parents, not kids, with short spots that encourage curiosity. They’re also working on new toys, moving beyond their “sweet spot” of zero to 12 months for toddlers. Baby Einstein’s parent company, Kids II is also planning on reworking other brands, like Bright Starts and Ingenuity. (Ad Age)

Quote of the Day: “[American Eagle Outfitters’] clothes are generally what I wear and are my style. They're comfortable and affordable. They do not do a great deal of vanity sizing and offer something for guys and girls of every size.”—Female, 23, GA

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