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Embracing Generation Z

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Mar 28, 2017 • Laura Boyd • Blog

Marketing Trends



Move over millennials, there’s a new generation in town.

Generation Z, or Gen Z for short, consists of individuals born after 1995. This new generation is about to take the workforce by storm and companies must prepare. To put things into perspective, consider that this generation has an influence of nearly $44 billion in discretionary spending a year.

More so than millennials, Gen Z grew up in a technology-centered, social media-filled world, making them true digital natives (they were a mere nine years old when the first iPhone was released in 2007). Here’s a quick overview of what else sets them apart from millennials:

Additionally, Gen Z-ers are described as: private, diverse, hard working, responsible and practical. Overall, they want to change the world and put in the hard work to do so. But because they place such a strong emphasis on improving the world around them, they expect the companies they work for to do the same.

As your organization prepares to welcome Gen Z into the workforce, keep these tips in mind to attract and retain the best and brightest.

  1. Live your company’s values. Highlight how your brand helps change the world for the better through sustainability practices, and community service projects and partnerships.
  2. Underline growth opportunities. A future-focused group, Gen Z desires an organization that offers a clear career advancement path, as well as mentorship opportunities.
  3. Be authentic. This is not a one-size-fits-all generation. Tailor your messaging to appeal directly to them and underscore the authenticity and transparency of your organization. Thought leadership blog posts and articles hold a lot of clout with Gen Z.
  4. Go where they are. Be present on social platforms such as Instagram, YouTube and SnapChat to connect with this generation.
  5. Narrow your focus. This generation moves quickly. While it’s important to be cognizant of the latest social media trends, place your focus on excellently executing a handful of channels, for example YouTube. Gen Z expects the best and values excellence over omni-presence in the social media sphere.

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