Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Pumpkin (and/or pecan) pie-induced food comas. And while we're on the subject of favorite Gen Z holiday foods, why not also include pozole, karanjis, latkes and Lebanese tabbouleh? Generation Z — the most diverse generation in American history — will have room in its heart (and stomach) for any and all of these offerings.
So the year is 2018, and Target is suddenly in the business of producing consumer electronics. Meanwhile, Taco Bell is producing its own line of designer apparel. And IKEA, after opening a low-priced boutique hotel in Sweden, is thinking about opening a second one in... Connecticut? Remind me again... Whose version of the future are we living in now? Gen Z’s, that’s whose.
To be successful in marketing these days, brands need to do a better job of understanding Gen Z. But how do Gen Zers act? Rather than provide examples from other marketers or the numbers behind different studies, we decided to sit down with a member of Gen Z and have her tell you for herself. This is your opportunity to hear from a Gen Zer on how she thinks, how she chooses to spend her time and dollars, and what makes her tick.
Campus dining halls ain’t what they used to be. Long gone are the days of standing in line for trays of beige, oily, unappetizing food. Colleges have really upped their food game, offering metric-tons of high-quality options.
In an era where travel gets determined more often by Facebook than by Fodor’s, the definition of “what’s important” to do while vacationing gets blurrier with each passing year. And no single group is redefining what vacation time well-spent means more than Gen Z. With roughly $143 billion at Gen Z students' disposal, it’s high time travel marketers paid closer attention to what activities these new vacationers are looking for.
When it comes to meeting Gen Z’s food cravings, fast delivery isn’t a “nice to have.” It’s an absolute must.
We surveyed 1,893 college students in the US this summer to give you a breakdown of Gen Z’s dining and eating habits. Here’s what we found out about Gen Z, the individuals born after 1995 who currently flex $143 billion in spending power (make that $829 billion if you include what their families spend on them), and will represent 40% of the population by 2020:
Marisa Allan, a Gen Z expert and VP of Innovation at UNiDAYS, sat down with Meg Hall from NCR to discuss all things marketing and Gen Z. Here are some of the tips and strategies she's developed for navigating this hard-to-engage audience.