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FuturistU > Demographics > Micro-Generations Matrix > Module 5 / 5

Gen Z Micro-Generations

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Gen Z
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Trend Hunter's Micro-Generations Matrix course caps off with a look at the youth generation, answering the question: which Gen Z trends are shaping our world, and how will they shape the future? This elusive generation of digital natives is known by their unmatched understanding of the Internet, expectations surrounding inclusivity and politics, and love of social communities.

That said, there is more to learn about Gen Z trends and the motivations shaping them. For this, we split the generation into two, allowing a better understanding of how things like influencer marketing or hashtag activism have impacted, and will continue to impact, this group. Perhaps the most integral of all, this module will help you understand how to better prepare for the future of generational study and consumercentricity.
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Workshop Questions:
1. What are you doing to prepare for Z-Tribe entering the workforce?
2. How could you better assist in Z-Alpha reaching their full potential?
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Featured Insights

Youthful Omnichannel
Older Gen Z's conflicting needs are consolidated through retail tech
Implications - The older half of Generation Z -- dubbed 'Z-Tribe' through Trend Hunter's research -- has conflicting appreciations for both in-store shopping, and streamlined digital experiences. Omnichannel consolidates these needs. Some retail brands are taking this a step further by explicitly targeting this youth generation through store design, experience, and integration of their social media habits.
Workshop Question - What demographic represents your biggest opportunity, and how can you more explicitly target them?
6.4
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Fan-Funded Influencer
Content creators are supported directly by peers as opposed to brands
Implications - Up until this point, the formula for successful influencer marketing was fairly cut and dry; a person becomes an influencer by creating engaging content, gains brand partnerships, and monetizes content as an ambassador. This model is turned on its head with peer-to-peer funding platforms that enable fans to send money directly to content creators. The shift to a many-to-many model speaks to the true intended nature of social media influence, placing more focus on truly entertaining content than the influence or exposure of a third party.
Workshop Question - How could consumer-generated content become a threat to your company, and how are you preparing?
5.7
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Autonomous Education
Kids gain autonomy with responsive technology that encourages self-education
Trend - As kids become increasingly accustomed to technology, parents are turning to products that feature heightened interactivity and responsive qualities to add an element of education to their early upbringing. More than just a source of entertainment, these toys offer smart, responsive technology to provide education in a more engaging, autonomous manner. Offering ways to learn through methods of playful engagement, these examples not only showcase the use of smart technology among kids, but also the move toward more autonomy and self-education.
Workshop Question - How could you adapt your product or service to offer your consumers more autonomy and independence?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Phygital Retail
Brands merge physical and digital worlds in retail spaces
Trend - Though digital elements in retail spaces aren't new, brands are now designing "phygital" in-store experiences from the ground-up. These stores offer a blend of experiences--the interaction of in-person retail, the convenience of e-commerce, and the novelty that's associated with tech-forward retail experienes.
Workshop Question - What kind of customer-focused experiences can your brand create?
8.2
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Retail Finance
Banking apps are including online retail features and functions
Trend - Banking apps are becoming increasingly functional, now with extended features that allow people to shop (or sell) within the apps. These features help customers consolidate some of their lifestyle habits, merging banking and shopping to create simpler online experiences.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing convenience for its customer base?
6.1
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AR Edu
Branded educational experiences use augmented reality to enhance engagement
Trend - Brands are using augmented reality-powered educational platforms and features that help them better engage with customers. The use of AR in educating customers helps brands enhance the product/service experience for users.
Workshop Question - How could your brand incorporate educational AR to better engage customers?
6.6
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Digital Parent
Digital tools are allowing for new forms of engagement between parents and children
Trend - Digital parenting tools are allowing parents to create connections with their children in new ways. Everything from personalized conversation cues to positive reinforcement-based teaching are being used via various platforms to ease the parenting process.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better help its customers cope with the stress of their responsibilities?
4.7
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App-Powered Store
Brands in China are partnering with WeChat for experiential in-store experiences
Trend - The use of WeChat to create in-store shopping experiences that feature digital experiences and enhancements is on the rise in China. These partnerships allow for more seamless interactions considering the prevalance of the WeChat app--allowing customers to engage in-store without having to download any additional apps.
Workshop Question - How is your brand catering to the digital habits of younger demographics?
6.1
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Disappearing Chat
Social media sites are introducing features to delete user content and messages
Trend - As social media continues to be a primary tool in daily communication, apps are fighting to be the top choice for consumers' online chats. To appeal to consumers, these platforms are introducing new features that automatically erase messages and posts after a specified time, enabling online activity to be temporary.
Workshop Question - How can your brand cater to consumers' desire for privacy in your products or services?
2.4
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Gen Z Creative
Gen Z consumers aim to develop skills outside of the traditional school system
Trend - Today's Gen Z consumers are increasingly turning to platforms, services and spaces that expand their worldviews and skills, but without the constraints of traditional schooling. Everything from photography programs to financial literacy courses allow them to better hone skills that they aren't often exposed to in the education system.
Workshop Question - How could your brand appeal to Gen Z's sense of creativity and personal expression?
5.5
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Experiential Addition
Retail brands make the store a destination post-Pandemic
Trend - Still betting on the experience economy, brands are launching retail initiatives that are seemingly unrelated to their products or services. These are solely designed to provide such a high level of surprise and delight to override concern for visiting public spaces. These activations are created with COVID-19 safety and hygiene guidelines in mind, yet also draw over-the-top inspiration from adjacent industries.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an experience that will fit into the COVID-19 climate.
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