Purchasing as commitment: How brand values matter to Gen Z

When it comes to the future, Gen Z is hopeful but uncertain. In part two of our series on Gen Z and the future, we explore how Gen Z’s outlook plays a key role in their purchasing decisions—and what this means for brands.

What does the future hold for Generation Z?

Gen Zs have mixed feelings when it comes to what lies ahead—both for themselves and the world. We explore what this means for brands in a two-part series.  

A sneak peek inside one Gen Zer's festival bag

Coachella 2019 may be in the books, but festival season is just getting started. We asked one Gen Zer to tell us about the go-to items in her festival bag (although, with a little bit of effort you probably coulda figured it out for yourself...'cuz, ya know, the festival bag is clear).  

Why some Gen Zs are breaking up with social media

Gen Z is the digital-first generation—but that might soon change. As Zs become privy to the negative effects social media has on their lives, some young people have gradually started to step away. We’re taking a look at why some Gen Zs are ‘breaking up’ with social media and how brands can adapt accordingly.  

An inside look at how Gen Z students shop for household essentials

For most Gen Zs, going off to college means being independent for the very first time. We asked them how they shop for common household goods now that they're on their own. Here's what they said.  

Gen Z chooses 'head over heels' love over financial stability

Gen Zs are practical. But as the only generation that values love more than money, they remind us that happily ever after isn’t about the commas in your bank account. It’s about that feeling of butterflies in your stomach.

A sneak peek inside one Gen Zer's makeup bag

The beauty industry has been growing like crazy, fueled by a crop of independent brands that Gen Zs adore. To understand how Gen Z discovers new brands and what they look for in cosmetics and skincare products, we asked a Gen Z what's in her makeup bag. Here's what she said.  

Gen Z and the standout moments of 2018: Here’s what they said

2018 was a big year for Gen Zs. We asked them to recap the personal and political moments that mattered, in their words. Their response is illustrative of the trends that define this generation.  

Marketing done right: As told by a Gen Zer

As a Gen Zer, I’ve seen my fair share of the good, the bad and the cringeworthy marketing tactics. Understanding us is by no means a simple feat, but here’s three examples from brands that have passed marketing to this Gen Zer with flying colors.

An open letter to retailers from a Gen Zer

Dear Retailers, When I was in middle school, the only way I realized that something was trendy was if Teen Vogue was writing about it or if Kim Kardashian (pre-72 day marriage) was wearing it. When it came time to go shopping I had to find something that resembled what I’d seen a year ago on TV.  It was a pyrrhic victory. Not all size fours are created equal and even if I did find something that fit, it was definitely out of my price range. That outfit, or a great knock-off, was finally acquired and shortly went out of fashion after. In-store retail was a boring maze of racks, and online shopping was a confusing mess. Store layouts weren’t fun enough to engage me, and the lack of online reviews made me want to give up all together.  Shopping was time consuming, disconnected and an expensive hobby. Ten years later – the game has only *kind of* changed. Here’s why:

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