Who Is Generation Z?
Generally described as individuals born between 1996 and 2015, and currently ages 20 or younger. Many are about to enter the workforce. This is an ideal time to impact retirement savings behavior.
Our focus in the early stage of this initiative will be individuals ages 15 to 20. We will also study the behavior of tail-end Millennials ages 20 to 22 - when many start saving for retirement.
- At roughly 26% of America’s total population, Generation Z recently overtook Millennials as the nation’s largest population segment -- and it continues to grow.
- Grew up in post-9/11, recession environment
- Families experienced the financial crisis of 2008
- Election of the first African-American President of the United States
- Passage of the Affordable Care Act
- Adoption of same-sex marriage in all 50 states
- Introduction of such technologies as the iPod, iPad, smartphone, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, iTunes, Tesla, and the Google Self-Driving Car to name a few
- 50% increase in multi-racial families since year 2000
- Blurring of traditional gender roles
- Lower teen drug use
- Lower teen birth rate
- Extremely tech-savvy
- Friends the world over
- Want to change the world
- Believe that a good college education does not guarantee a successful career
- Multi-task on multiple electronic devices
- Short attention spans
- Build personal online brands, but guard privacy
- Communicate with emojis, selfies, and images
- Have global social networks
- Preference for in-person interaction in some segments
- Favor online shopping
- Share purchasing decisions and product opinions with friends
- Eager to start working
Generation Z Pushing Back Against Today’s Technology
Bershidsky, L. (2014, Nov 18). Generation Z Pushing Back Against Today’s Technology. Bloomberg News. Retrieved from http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article9233846.html
5 Ways the Workplace Needs To Change To Get the Most Out of Generation Z
Bridges, T. (2015, Aug 19). 5 Ways the Workplace Needs To Change To Get the Most Out of Generation Z. Fast Company. Retrieved from http://www.fastcoexist.com/3049848/5-ways-the-workplace-needs-to-change-to-get-the-most-out-of-generation-z
What Is Generation Z and What Does It Want?
Finch, J. (2015, May 4). What Is Generation Z and What Does It Want? Fast Company. Retrieved from http://www.fastcoexist.com/3045317/what-is-generation-z-and-what-does-it-want
Marketing to Generation Z: Millennials Move Aside As Brands Shift Focus to Under-18 Customers
Glum, J. (2015, Jan 13). Marketing to Generation Z: Millennials Move Aside As Brands Shift Focus to Under-18 Customers. International Business Times. Retrieved from http://www.ibtimes.com/marketing-generation-z-millennials-move-aside-brands-shift-focus-under-18-customers-1782220
Make Way for Generation Z
Levit, A. (2015, Mar 28). Make Way for Generation Z. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/jobs/make-way-for-generation-z.html
Tips for Marketing to Generation Z
Martin, D. & Wilbourn, R. (2015, Sept 16). Tips for Marketing to Generation Z. Martin-Wilbourn Partners. Retrieved from http://mwpartners.com/tips-for-marketing-to-generation-z/