I joined Simon in a live chat on the topic and have included the fun, casual yet informative conversation below…
Let’s start with this, the definition of Millennials is imprecise, with the consensus being they’re aged around 18-34. But one of the key points that I emphasized in our discussion is that marketers shouldn’t think of Millennials as a generation based on age, but on living a connected lifestyle.
I introduced the audience to the term Generation C (for connected). This would include ‘Millennials’ who have grown up pinching their screens, but also the older generations that have adapted from the heavy bricks with buttons to the connected lifestyle enabled by modern technologies. It’s an important distinction because as a marketer you may be creating your campaigns around mobile and tablet usage, but your target demographic might be older.
I see brands getting into trouble because they don’t make the time to explore this critical distinction, and have started trying to act cool without regard to whether it’s appropriate for their audience. I mentioned ‘Brands Saying Bae’ as an example of this, and it’s certainly worth a look. Sometimes brand try to hard without actually trying.
In our discussion, we also review whether brands need Millennials on their marketing team, how brands are adapting their campaigns to suit Millennials, and how marketers can succeed if they’re not from the Millennial generation.
You can watch a video of the live chat below.
Brian Solis talks about marketing to Generation “C” at the Adobe Summit EMEA in London.
Brian Solis speaks with Entrepreneur Magazine’s Jason Ankeny on the future of business.
How to get your business noticed in a sea of content and media.
I recently partnered with Genesys to explore the state and future of customer experience (CX).
Customer experience is meant to be evocative, not reactive, and the current state of call centers isn’t helping.
Why it’s not enough to simple be present on every digital channel
These last few years have been an interesting ride. As fun as it has been, it is the next few years that will be the most telling and also transformative if all goes according to plan.
In a late 2013 study, Gallup found that only 13% of workers actually feel engaged at their jobs. What’s worse is that 63% of the workforce is not engaged at all.
When I published the first in a new series of reports exploring the state and future of Digital Transformation, it was almost the antithesis of a typical technology report.
Every day, there’s seemingly yet another disruptive trend that emerges out of nowhere which affects consumer behavior and the future of everything along with it.
Digital Darwinism is a fate that threatens most organizations in almost every industry. Because of this, businesses not only have to compete for today but also for the unforeseeable future.
I follow the Maker Movement as a consumer, analyst and also as a maker. What is the maker movement?
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There’s a lot of talk about the future of work… Technology is indeed connecting us in ways that improve communication, discovery and connectivity.
Today, I’m proud to announce the release of Altimeter Group’s second report on Digital Transformation. This new report is aimed at executives and digital strategists to help them (you) further understand the state of digital transformation as you plan your next steps and investments.
How teens use social media and why it matters to you. Generation Z = (Today’s Teens, Preteens and Children)
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“Digital transformation” isn’t a trendy moniker to signify an increase in technology investment. It’s a renewed focus on the customer and the human side of business.
Last month, we published our report, The State of Social Business 2013, based on data and analysis from four years of Altimeter’s annual digital strategists’ survey. Today, we’re happy to release the data charts from that report, in a downloadable, easy to share PowerPoint presentation that you can take and inject in your own presentations.
By now you’ve more than heard about Yahoo’s massive $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr. The deal is done, another Internet entrepreneur and early employees become multimillionaires, Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo earns a new shot at digital relevance, and hundreds of millions of Tumblr users go about their Tumbling life as if it were just another day.
The potential for social influence is enormous on both sides of the equation. Services that rank and identify “influence” open the door to new opportunities for businesses to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with digital tastemakers and authorities.