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How Brands Can Capitalize on Health Conscious Millennials

How Brands Can Capitalize on Health Conscious Millennials

Millennials care about health and fitness and this is affecting their purchasing decisions and consumer habits. Learn how brands can capitalize on health conscious millennials and gain loyal customers.

Health Conscious Millennials Influence Industries

There is a growing interest in fitness and health among the millennial generation. According to the JWTIntelligence Report, The Future 100: Trends and Change to Watch in 2015, “The face of the youth is changing as Millennials become more aware of their health longevity. Fitness and health are being rebranded in hip and sociable ways.”

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10 Reasons Snack Brands Should Advertise to College Students

10 Reasons Snack Brands Should Advertise to College Students

10 Reasons Snack Brands Should Advertise to College Students

  1. College students significantly influence the snack industry

The serious snacking habits of college students contributed heavily to the $18.5 billion worth of snack sales in US restaurants, vending machines, and mobile vendors that was expected last year.[1]

  1. College students are willing to spend on snacks

Consumers between the ages of 18 and 24 spend the highest percentage of their income on snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.[2]

  1. College students consume a lot of snacks

At least 35% of the meals eaten by Millennials aren’t meals at all, but snacks.[3]

  1. A significant portion of college students snack daily

Four in 10 Millennials snack more than once daily, reports research firm Technomic.[4]

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How Restaurants Can Appeal to Millennials

How Restaurants Can Appeal to Millennials Restaurants need to focus on appealing to millennials in order to tap into this lucrative, trend-setting demographic. This blog discusses the importance of the millennial demographic on the restaurant industry and how restaurants can appeal to millennials, gain customers, and remain relevant.

Why Restaurants Need to Appeal to Millennials:

  • Millennials have cut back annual restaurant visits by 21% over the last seven years.[i]
  • Millennials constitute 25% of the US population.[ii]
  • Millennials will spend more than $200 billion annually starting in 2017 and $10 trillion in their lifetimes, a significant portion of which will naturally be on foods and beverages.[iii]
  • Millennials set trends in the food and beverage industry and carry significant influence over their peers, as well as generations before and after them

How Restaurant Can Appeal to Millennials:

  • Provide millennials with a social experience by offering communal seating, tapas style dining to encourage sharing, a themed night, or another experience that encourages socialization.
  • Offer global flavors, unique food combinations, and customization options to appeal to millennials’ quest for adventure and personal expression.
  • Provide them with a brand story to show authenticity and transparency; millennials want to know where their food is coming from.
  • Offer new items periodically to keep interest up; millennials love to try new things and will quickly get bored with a restaurant if there isn’t the option to try something new.

How to Advertise Your Restaurant to Millennials:

  • Hire millennials to gain insight into the demographic in order to create authentic campaigns that resonate with millennials.
  • Use social influencers to spread the word about your restaurant.
  • Encourage co-creation by having diners upload pictures of themselves onto social media accounts for the chance to win prizes.
  • Drive traffic to your restaurant by passing out coupons on college campuses.
  • Encourage feedback from diners and listen to what they like and don’t like.
  • Keep your campaign fun, entertaining, and relevant.

 How Restaurants Can Appeal to Millennials Example

Buca Di Beppo College Poster

Buca di Beppo created a campaign designed to appeal to college students—a lucrative subset of millennials. Buca’s goal was to raise awareness among students, student groups, fraternities and sororities, and other campus organizations to increase patronage and encourage students to use Buca for student functions and events. Buca made college students feel special by offering an exclusive college student discount.

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Restaurants Should Use College Marketing to Attract Customers

College students are impulsive, social, and adventurous—making them an ideal target audience. Restaurants should use college marketing to gain clientele.

Restaurants, especially more expensive dining establishments, have a tendency to neglect advertising to college students—casting them off as cheap. However, this is a mistake as college students value experiences over consumer goods, are adventurous eaters, and love social gatherings. Plus, “87% of Millennials will splurge on a nice meal even when money is tight.”[1] These qualities make them ideal customers.

So how do you attract college students to your establishment? First and foremost, take a look at your menu. Do you offer unique flavor combinations? Do you have a wide variety of options? Do you allow customization of items? Do you mention where your food is coming from? Millennials appreciate high-quality food that tastes good, but the experience is of equal importance.

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