Redefining “Social” As Millennials Switch Mediums 27 Times An Hour

Today’s post comes to us from Matt, a Youth Advisory Board member who, like many Millennials, notices how often his generation switches from one medium to another in search of new entertainment and information. This frequent shift of attention among technologies — which occurs 27 times an hour! — has inevitably impacted social situations and how Gen Yers interact with each other. Yet, it's also created a new definition of "social" as Matt explains weighing in on the pros and cons of having tons of technology at our fingertips. This desire to multitask and move between mediums creates a challenge for marketers as they have to work harder to capture Millennials' attention, but they can do so by providing ads that are entertaining and worthwhile for the consumer...

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Redefining "Social" As Millennials Switch Mediums 27 Times An Hour

Switching Devices FrequentlyThere were many lazy afternoons this past semester when I would be sitting in my living room with a couple of friends. The sun was pouring through our sliding glass door, the television was on, and music was blaring from my roommates’ bedroom. Meanwhile, each person was glued to their smartphone playing Words With Friends or another interactive game with someone who wasn’t even in the room.

I remember looking around the room and thinking that this completely sums up how technology has changed how Millennials interact. We have so many choices to be entertained and informed that it’s so easy to neglect what’s right in front of us, often the people we’re with.

But that’s not to say that technology has made us less social. It may, in fact, be the opposite; we can stay connected to more people than ever through…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: "My favorite place to shop online is Sephora, because I love high end makeup and I love reading about what's new and watching tutorials on how it works.” –Female, 26, MA

We’ve seen everyone from food startups to fast-food chains label their food “artisanal” to appeal to Millennials—and there is good reason. It turns out there is generation gap when it comes to consumers’ reaction to “artisanal” and “craft.”  Millennials are more likely than older consumers to say that the labels “handmade/handcrafted, “craft,” and “small batch” tell them a product is high quality, and also more likely to say that descriptors like “artisan/artisanal” have some influence on their purchases. (MediaPost)

To sell wine to Millennials, brands have had to drop the exclusivity and embrace a more unpretentious attitude. Sparkling wine brand Chandon is relying on Instagram to get their bubbly message across to young females, making it their top social platform, over Pinterest. Their colorful, summertime images, featuring captions like “Today calls for Rosé,” are a part of their effort to get sparkling wine “out of the holiday rut.” (Digiday)

Older generations who hear about anonymous apps like Whisper and YikYak why have one main question: why? Question and answer site Ask.fm’s recent study asked them, and found that 40% of 13-18-year-olds said anonymity online allows them to talk about difficult topics—only 4% said they would talk about the same things if their name was being used. (IBT)

New parents will do just about anything to get their kid(s) to go to sleep, as one self-published book is proving. The picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep made the Amazon bestseller list by claiming to put children straight to sleep. Sales skyrocketed quickly, going from selling just 324 copies on August 16th, to 29,000 at the end of last week. It’s rumored that Random House has bought the rights to the miracle book. (Publisher’s Weekly)

Restoration Hardware is going after the teens “who ha[ve] everything.” Their new high-end post-childhood line RH Teen includes chandeliers, and fine art photography, and the brand hopes to capture young consumers as they are finding their own identity and becoming independent as decorators of their space. Unlike some brands, who are co-creating their products and marketing with young consumers, Restoration chose to launch RH Teen without focus groups or studies. (WSJ)

According to Pew, a third of Millennials frequently use their phones in public for “no particular reason,” and 13% say they frequently use their mobile devices to avoid interacting with other people. (Queue the “anti-social Millennial” pieces.) But another study might shed some more light on their “for no reason” phone use: 60% believe their smartphones enhances their leisure time. The research hypothesizes that young consumers are using phones for moments of “micro-leisure” throughout the day. (Washington PostSocialTimes)

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