Millennials are so yesterday. That’s the growing sentiment among brands as they make the shift away from the once-coveted Millennial consumer to now court the new generation in town, Gen Z, or the “iGeneration.” The oldest Gen Zers are now entering adulthood and look very different than their Millennial counterparts. They are the country’s most racially and ethnically diverse generation ever. Additionally, they are on their way to becoming the best-educated generation, according to a Pew Research Center report.
Millennials have been ruining everything for the past five years. From the workplace to grocery stores, Millennials have been blamed for every marketers’ woes imaginable in the past decade. However, there’s a new disruptor in town, and they’re older: Boomers. Millennials have blamed them for almost everything as well but let’s not get into that. In our 2018 Total Market Media report, we found that Boomers are disrupting something that they aren’t typically credited for, live TV. An audience that marketers have relied on for tuning in for their regularly scheduled programs are now taking the leap into streaming like their younger counterparts
Mobile apps are experiencing a retail renaissance. Nike’s revenue has done a complete 180 this year, showing one of their strongest quarters in the past decade,driven primarily by their new mobile strategy which leveled up its mobile app to include gamification features. Starbucks’ mobile app has transformed the way coffee lovers order and pay for their favorite brews, and McDonalds’ new mobile app strategy has managed to appeal to younger consumers and lower labor costs. For a technology that’s showing its age (apps have been around for a decade now), it’s exciting to see a renewed interest in it by retailers and brands, despite a string of headlines alluding to “the death of the mobile app.”
Advertising for Mexican beers imported to the U.S. is on the uptick. Everything from TV commercials to digital in-stream ads point to Americans’ love affair with the light, crisp flavor of lagers you can only get south of the border. About two-thirds of America’s imported beer is Mexican, most of which is distributed by Constellation Brands, Inc. In a recent shareholder report, Constellation reported fourth-quarter sales and profit above Wall Street estimates, driven by strong demand for high-margin Mexican import beers, Corona and Modelo. Beer sales, which accounted for about 77% of the net sales in the quarter, rose nearly 12% to $997.2 million. To cater to the rising demand, Constellation will spend $900 million in 2019 to expand capacity at its breweries in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico.
ThinkNow co-Founder Mario X. Carrasco recently presented our latest research findings on Gen Z at the 2017 Qual360 North America Conference at Gallup’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Entitled “Cross-Cultural Gen Z: How to Think About Culture & Ethnicity with Gen Z”, Mario shared key insights about this young cohort, such as how they interpret culture and ethnicity and the role these factors play in their lifestyle choices and purchasing habits.
How Hispanic Attitudes Towards Family Influence Hispanic Advertising There was a time when nearly all U.S. Hispanics could be found in the West and Southwest. Now, the fastest growing Hispanic populations are in North Carolina and Georgia. Midwestern States, such as Iowa, have experienced triple-digit Hispanic population growth over the past fifteen years. In market research, we often use someone’s inherited race and culture as a way of predicting their preferences and behaviors. Does this approach still have value at a time when cultural groups are now dispersed across the country?