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FuturistU > Demographics > Micro-Generations Matrix > Module 3 / 5

Generation X Micro-Generations

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Convenience Culture
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The third Micro-Generations Matrix module is all about Gen X trends. Born between two large, highly discussed generations, Generation X is often forgotten. At Trend Hunter, we break this generation into two segments to better understand their needs and impact.

Known to most as the generation behind the first wave of technology, grunge music, and more, Generation X is at a prime age for impacting business trends. However, Gen X trends vary across these two Micro-Generations. Their shared experiences as former latchkey kids have different results in terms of how they view family; their view of the dot-com bubble bursting has created varied approaches to work-life balance. Which Gen X trends will most impact your organization, your target demographic, and your future business?
Related Trend Report: Convenience Culture
Workshop Questions:
1. What could you do to help Gen XS achieve a feeling of accomplishment?
2. How could you better leverage your Gen Xenos employees' rebellious streak?
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Stimulated Disruption
Entrepreneurial thinkers can swap ideas to easier find inspiration
Implications - Trend Hunter's research shows that younger members of Gen X -- dubbed 'Generation Xenos' -- are more likely to start businesses than Millennials. Their inherent desire to think disruptively means they spend more time ideating than other entrepreneurial generations. This process is streamlined through listening tools and social networks solely dedicated to stimulating creativity.
Workshop Question - How are you giving your more insatiable team members a platform for disruption?
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Micro Saving
Apps use micro payments to invest and pay down debts
Implications - Brands are offering financial apps that allow users to invest, save or reduce debts with small sums of money. This shift comes as consumer debt in the U.S. remains higher than it has ever been, and the majority of Americans fear stock markets–in part due to past experiences with financial crises, and a lack of education in the subject. The use of micro investment, debt reduction and saving apps resolves the intimidating nature of growing financial portfolios by removing reluctance-evoking barriers, including high risks and steadfast commitment.
Workshop Question - How can your business reduce some of the barriers associated with customers committing to its brand?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Wealth Accessibility
Gen X as a whole is more focused on building generational wealth
Trend - As a whole, Gen X is being very intentional about building generational wealth. This demographic is using family-centric investment and banking services to not just build wealth, but to establish financial literacy among family members.
Workshop Question - How can your brand prioritize accessibility in its area of expertise?
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Mindful Entrepreneurship
Brands release programs that help users learn about and build businesses
Trend - Between competitive markets and economic instability, entrepreneurship has become more challenging for the average consumer to take on. Programs that help users learn about and navigate the process of building a business (or aspects of it) are becoming popular among aspiring entrepreneurs.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better support employees or customers in their personal pursuits?
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Gen Z Investing
Investing for young Gen Z consumers is made easier with apps and communities
Trend - Gen Z is entering a new world of fintech, and banking apps, community platforms and services are being designed to help them navigate investing in the modern age. These platforms ensure that young consumers are able to set themselves up for the future in today's changing financial landscape.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize customer education and support?
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Eco Banking
Finance apps allow users to make eco-friendly decisions
Trend - Banking and sales apps are allowing consumers to be more sustainable by offering features that have a positive impact on the environment. These include everything from clothing resale functions to making eco-conscious investments.
Workshop Question - How is your brand empowering sustainability?
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Eco Organization
Apps help consumers prioritize eco-conscious fashion choices
Trend - With the fahion industry being an enormous contributor to worldwide pollution, some brands are releasing apps that help users make better choices when it comes to buying, repairing and generally extending the life cycles of their wardrobes.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing sustainability?
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Streamlined Crypto
Platforms are emerging to allow users easy access to trade and invest in crypto
Trend - As cryptocurrencies boom around the globe, consumer interest has grown and platforms are emerging to help the average consumer engage in the expanding market. The apps favor a hands-off approach without missing out on vital opportunities in the market.
Workshop Question - How can your brand streamline its products or services for easier consumer access?
4.6
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Increased Output
Video conferencing platforms are offering more service diversity to consumers
Trend - Brands are optimizing video conferencing platforms and tools to deliver increased effectiveness to users. These new features strengthen the experience by enabling increased and diverse output—from podcasts to digitized minutes.
Workshop Question - How can your brand increase the productivity of consumers at home?
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Appified Side-Hustle
Tech brands are incorporating side hustle-specific features in their apps
Trend - Developers are creating mobile applications that can assist consumers and budding entrepreneurs with building and maintaining their side hustles. The platforms include useful features, pertaining to organization, investment, and so on.
Workshop Question - How can your brand help individuals multi-task?
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Virtual Journaling
Digital journaling platforms adapt to modern-day consumer habits
Trend - Virtual journaling is increasingly popular and functions as an alternative to keeping a written journal. These apps help consumers stay consistent in the process of writing about their days, feelings, and goals.
Workshop Question - How could your brand modernize some of its more traditional products/services/campaigns?
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