Ypulse Mashup: How Millennial Parents Will Change Families

On June 27th, we’re dedicating our Ypulse Mashup event to Reassessing Millennials. It’s time to stop looking at Millennials as one massive group and pre-prescribing characteristics and misconceptions to all 80 million members. We’re digging into who they really are and the different personalities that exist within the generation by unveiling our first-ever segmentation of the generation. We’re also examining not only how they are changing as they begin to tackle adult milestones, but how they are changing the definition of the milestones themselves.

 The oldest edge of Millennials have entered their 30s, and 4% of Millennials are already parents. That’s over 3 million Millennial parents in the U.S. and growing. Though the generation as a whole has delayed parenthood, 70% of Millennials who aren’t yet parents say that they want kids, and 26% of them want kids within the next five years. That’s a huge wave of Millennials who are going to become parents in the relatively near future, and they’re approaching parenthood with their own expectations. Just as they have begun navigating adulthood by picking and choosing the things that work for them, we’re seeing that these influential and unique consumers are already attempting to tackle parenthood in their own way, and negotiate traditional parenting structures on their own terms. Here are just a few of the ways Millennials could reassess parenthood, and shift family culture:

 

1. Bringing Baby to the Biergarten

Many Millennials are children of helicopter parents who know what it’s like to be doted on from birth. Boomers tended to structure their own families so that their Millennial children were the focus, and gained a reputation for letting their lives and decisions revolve around the kids. And though they appreciate the attention…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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