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How Millennials Have Changed Luxury – Updated May 2019

How Millennials Have Changed Luxury – Updated May 2019

It is no secret that Millennials have done much to shape the world as we know it today. One unexpected area that they have changed is the luxury market. This will come as a surprise to many as Millennials largely have avoided the traditional luxury brands. What they have done instead is redefined the word luxury. Historically, high-ticket items such as jewelry and couture have practically been the definition of luxury, but the Millennial generation has pushed that definition in a few different directions.

Three Ways Millennials Have Redefined Luxury

  1. Millennials have changed the way we look at luxury is in the areas where they spend their money. What we have seen recently is again a shift away from the more expensive items typically associated with luxury, and in their place, they are spending money on items with descriptors such as organic, fair-trade, sustainable, and ethically sourced. Items with these descriptions almost always cost more than their counterparts, but their value is higher to Millennials who care about where something comes from and how it was treated.
  2. Millennials are turning to resale apps and websites that give them access to traditional luxury items at a significantly lower price-point. Two such platforms are ThredUP and Poshmark. They allow users to take pictures and post items at a price of their choosing, and some items can even be sent in for authentication. Because the prices on these resale avenues are determined by the owner of the item and their motivation to sell, items nearly always sell for a fraction of the price that they would in a retail store that has overhead and employees to pay for.
  3. Millennials differ from their predecessors in how they look at luxury clothing. Millennials have moved away from couture such as Gucci, Prada, and Givenchy and moved toward brands like Supreme and Vetements that are known for their exquisite streetwear. This is the new phenomenon amongst Millennials: their idea of luxury attire would be categorized as streetwear. In fact, some of the classic luxury brands have even introduced lines of high-end streetwear.

As we have seen, Millennials have changed our world forever, and even a segment usually reserved for the rich and elite have felt their hand. Luxury is changing and Millennials are one of the driving forces behind that. Brands need to recognize these new drivers and shift their focus to match.

What Millennials and Gen Zers Actually Want For the Holidays

What Millennials and Gen Zers Actually Want For the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching, and brands are preparing for the busiest shopping season of the year. As busy consumers complete last-minute holiday shopping for their loved ones, brands are increasingly looking for new and innovative ways to reach these holiday shoppers. However, in order to understand what consumers are looking for this holiday season, brands must understand the changing trends associated with holiday shopping within the marketplace as well as the consumer philosophies behind these trends.

Increased Spending

One such change in the market this holiday season is the actual amount of revenue that will be generated by holiday shopping. Research has shown that during this holiday season, overall spending will largely increase. While retail sales have been predicted to grow this holiday season, the biggest growth rate in spending is projected to be in the online industry. In fact, industry predictions show that online holiday shopping will surge by almost 17% from last year, according to eMarketer.

This migration toward online sales growth seems to be widely influenced by the Millennial and Gen Z generations who have grown up with technology and view it as more convenient and accessible than retail stores. Brands hoping to capitalize on this shift toward online holiday shopping should make certain that their mobile apps are visually appealing and user-friendly and that their marketing strategies target primarily digital audiences.  

Millennial and Gen Zers’ Holiday List

In order to understand just what Millennials and Gen Zers will be spending their money on this holiday shopping season, YPulse decided to conduct a survey of 1,000 Millennials and Gen Zers between the ages of 13 and 35. Their resulting responses provide valuable insight into what these generations will be spending their money on this holiday season.


Based off of the YPulse survey of 1,000 people, both Millennials and Gen Zers reported that the top item on their wishlist this holiday season is money. Rather than desiring physical items from various brands, both of these generations desire cash. Perhaps in response to the growing economic uncertainty or a volatile social climate, both Millennials and Gen Zers would prefer to have money than the newest iPhone or the most popular clothing trend.

While the desire to be given money for the holidays was prominent among Millennials and Gen Zers, interestingly, the age bracket that responded the most with money as being the top item on their holiday wishlist was individuals between the ages of 18 and 20. With overall rising education costs and an increase in the cost of living, it is no surprise that adolescents of student age are the group most likely to ask for money for the holiday season. Brands seeking to reach

Millennial Marketing Strategies – Favorite Celebrities

Millennial Marketing Strategies – Favorite Celebrities

Since the rise of the Internet, fame has taken on a much different meaning from its historical connotation. Now, musicians, movie stars, YouTube personalities, comedians, bloggers/vloggers, athletes, and social media influencers could all be considered famous. To get a better understanding of who Gen Z and Millennials consider “famous” today, Ypulse conducted a survey that simply asked the question, “Who is your favorite celebrity?”

Their results found that the number one celebrity among men and women ages 13-35 is Rihanna, followed closely by Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Justin Bieber. The full list can be obtained from Ypulse here.

There are a number of conclusions that can be drawn both from the survey results themselves and from the way the survey was answered by each age group. First, musicians account for seven of the top ten favorite celebrities, with actors making up the other three. When asked, respondents said that musicians are the most admired and perceived to be the most talented celebrities. Gen Z and Millennials are also most likely to follow musicians on social media. It is also important to note the younger consumers said that they are more likely to pay attention to a paid social media post from a musician than any other type of celebrity.

Secondly, the survey shows that “fame” has been spreading horizontally, not vertically. Over 300 different names were given as responses to the survey question, and about 200 of those names were only mentioned by one or two respondents. This trend is even stronger among Gen Z respondents because an overwhelming majority of their celebrities were only mentioned by one or two survey-takers. To see what resonates with Gen Z in place of celebrity endorsements, Millward Brown Digital completed a parallel study. Gen Z consumers were asked about advertising methods to which they respond positively, and nearly 75% said that humor causes them to be more receptive to an advertisement.

As a takeaway, advertisers should note that Gen Z and Millennials are exceptionally adept at spotting advertisements and their perception of fame is not like that of previous generations. Therefore, it is crucial to make the best possible partnerships (ideally with musicians) and to use humor often but appropriately.

Millennial Marketing Strategies – Entertaining Millennials

Millennial Marketing Strategies – Entertaining Millennials

Millennial and Gen Z consumers have long been known to seek forms of entertainment that do not require them to spend money. They recognize that, oftentimes, you can have just as much fun participating in a free activity than if you spend money on one.  But while free activities remain popular, it goes without saying that younger consumers do spend money on some of their entertainment options. What do they find to be some of the most popular options, and what does this say about their overall entertainment desires?

To help answer these questions, Ypulse did a survey of 1000 men and women between the ages of 13 and 35. They asked the question, “Of all the things that you spend money on for entertainment inside of your home or outside your home, what do you enjoy the most?” The number one response among those surveyed was going out to eat at restaurants. Some of the other top responses were streaming services (such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon), going to the movies, travel, concerts, and video games. There was a difference in the top responses for Millennials and Gen Z: Millennials chose restaurants first, but Gen Z prefers going to the movies first and going out to a restaurant second. Most likely, this is due to the perceived formality that Gen Z associates with going out to a restaurant.

What is consistent among all the responses regardless of age or gender is a desire for communal activities. Millennials and Gen Z have moved away from solely screen-based entertainment and are becoming more social people. They have a strong desire for shared experience and want to experience new things with other people, especially their friend group.

While it is no secret that these generations do enjoy their alone time at home, it is also clear that there has been a shift away from screens when it comes to their primary entertainment preferences. Moving forward, brands should focus on messaging that emphasizes a sense of community among consumers and provide Gen Z and Millennials with the opportunity to experience new things with their friends.