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FuturistU > Demographics > Micro-Generations Matrix > Module 4 / 5

Millennial Micro-Generations

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Millennials
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This module focuses in on the most-discussed, yet least-liked generation: Millennials. Millennial trends have an undeniable impact on society, but how does one make sense of the plethora of opinions surrounding this generation? The Micro-Generations Matrix sees three Millennial Micro-Generations: the Nouveau, Mid, and Pro Millennial.

Despite the rampant stereotypes surrounding this generation, Trend Hunter attempts to take a more objective approach to Millennial trends and the motivations of this varied group. Acknowledging that no 21 year-old feels the same as a 35 year-old, Chief Insights Officer Armida Ascano will walk you through the similarities and differences of the world's most notorious generation.
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Workshop Questions:
1. How could you help the Pro-Millennial battle Millennial misconceptions?
2. What is one small tweak that could help soothe Mid Millennials' anxieties?
3. How would your company change if Nouveau Millennials had more responsibility?
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Streamlined Support
Devices built into chat apps create closeness among young consumers
Implications - Given Millennials are the largest generation in North American history, Trend Hunter splits the Millennial group into three micro-generations. The Nouveau Millennial is the youngest of the group; through a combination of professional dissatisfaction and a dependency on interpersonal relationships due to helicopter parenting, this group is more reliant on their friend groups. Services that facilitate bonding in this group's recognized communication channels help them balance important friendships with their newly attained adult responsibilities.
Workshop Question - What can you do to encourage bonding among fans of your brand?
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Milestone Social
The competitive older Millennial is satiated with adult achievement-sharing sites
Implications - The Millennial generation is the largest in North American history; Trend Hunter splits the group into micro generations, identifying the 'Pro Millennial' as the oldest. The Pro Millennial uses social media more competitively than other Millennial groups as it entered into their lives during early adulthood when future planning was already a focus. Social media sites that enable milestone sharing appeal to this generation as they provide an opportunity to share more meaningful content they can be proud of.
Workshop Question - How are you appealing to the Pro Millennial's competitive nature?
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Monetary Mindfulness
Mental health and finance combine to motivate younger consumers
Implications - Younger consumers who are just starting to consider their financial goals often find the money management process daunting and stressful. To alleviate this, the finance world is becoming more mindful of mental health and the need for holistic motivation. This shows a more sensitive, informed approach to a youth demographic who is delaying traditional milestones.
Workshop Question - How can you help ease the stresses of the youth demographic?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Decentralized Affiliate
New ecommerce apps enable everyday consumers to earn commissions
Trend - Tech companies are revolutionizing affiliate marketing by launching new shopping apps that break down traditional barriers. Platforms like Locker are leading the charge by ditching the follower-count and aesthetic requirements that often exclude potential affiliates. This inclusive approach opens the affiliate ecosystem to a wider range of consumers, empowering everyone to become a brand advocate and earn from their genuine endorsements.
Workshop Question - How can your brand empower everyday consumers to share genuine product recommendations?
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Social Community
New social media platforms are launching with an emphasis on personal connections
Trend - Companies are opening new social media services with the intention of fostering more intimate connections between users. In a rebellion against social medias built around endless feeds, these platforms connect users with similar interests and have convenient public and private group chat systems.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its products or services are meeting the needs of its more niche consumer demographics?
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Decentralized Social
Developers are launching decentralized content platforms
Trend - Independent developers are using shared protocols to create decentralized content aggregator platforms. Companies do not own or moderate these platforms, which offers better privacy than large alternatives. Many of these platforms communicate with one another to form the 'Fediverse.'
Workshop Question - How could your brand adapt to, decentralized social media platforms to better reach modern consumers?
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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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Chat Commerce
Brands are enabling users to order and pay for products directly via messaging apps
Trend - Retailers are utilizing social messaging apps to allow shoppers to interact with businesses and pay for products while they remain in-chat. What this means is that shoppers can use their favorite messaging channels to discover products, place orders, make payments, and track packages.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize convenience and personalization?
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Authentic Sharing
Some demographics are turning to more authentic forms of social sharing
Trend - As large social media platforms prioritize filtered aesthetics and monetization, some consumers are turning to social platforms that focus on more authentic forms of P2P interaction. These platforms and forums help users share moments and opinions that are less curated and more honest.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize authenticity in its products, services or campaigns?
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App-Based Parenting
Businesses offer parenting apps that go beyond raising infants
Trend - While parents have access to apps that help them raise infants, apps that help users with parenting throughout their children's many developmental stages are just now becoming popular. These apps help caregivers with everything from scheduling to prioritizing their kids' mental health.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make its customers' lives easier?
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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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