As technology changes the way consumers live their lives, so does it affect the way marketers reach coveted groups such as Millennials.
David Rich, vice president of North America sales and business development at MasterCard Advisors, the professional services arm of MasterCard, said big data can provide a new look beyond the usual marketing parameters based on geography, demographics and psychographics. Specifically, MasterCard Advisors uses the data from 80 billion anonymous credit card transactions to better understand Millennials. Compared to the general population, for instance, Millennials spend three times more on beauty products and at department stores, 3.5 times more on shoes and five times more on women’s apparel. They tend to make more transactions but spend less per transaction. Furthermore, in 2011, Millennials between the ages of 16 and 34 numbered 79 million in the U.S., or 3 million more than the Baby Boomers, ages 47 to 65. By 2030, the number of Millennials will hold steady at 78 million, while the Baby Boomer population will diminish to 56 million.
Even within the Millennial segment, subgroups exist. Old-school Millennials who prefer to meet in person rather than connecting on Facebook and Millennials who like to live “clean and green” both make up 10 percent of the segment. The gadget-guru Millennials form 13 percent, whereas the anti-Millennials who are too busy taking care of their business and family, 16 percent. Millennial moms who love to work out, travel and pamper their baby make up 22 percent and the remaining 29 percent comprises Millennials who think they can make the world a better place. Millennials also leverage technology to do things differently, such as consuming media and shopping.
“Millennials typically will start watching a movie on one device and finish it three devices later,” Rich said. “The same is true with the shopping experience and the integration of the online shopping experience with the brick-and-mortar purchase.”
The challenge for marketers and brands, he said, is to determine “how do you focus on the clients that you want to have and retain the clients you’ve already got.” They also must keep abreast of the changes enabled by technology, which is only going to be accelerated. “Looking at purchasing behavior of your customers and what is relevant to them is a really good way of getting a better return on investment for your marketing spend,” he said.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast