Category Archives: Millennials
NAM Youth Marketing was featured in an article recently by Sports Events Magazine—a magazine dedicated to helping planners of sporting events and competitions become more successful. Here’s an excerpt of the questions I was asked for the article with my responses:
1. What are the major challenges of getting millennials’ attention?
Technology plays a significant role in millennials’ lives and causes their values to rapidly change. For instance, smartphones and social networking allow millennials to connect with friends without leaving home. This challenges industries that historically relied on more-active participation. These businesses must now reimagine how to capture the attention of increasingly distracted and electronically connected youths.
One of the biggest college marketing mistakes professionals and agencies make is believing that they understand the college market. Don’t make this college marketing mistake when advertising to students!
Why Marketing Professionals Believe They Understand the College Demographic
Oftentimes, marketers mistakenly believe they understand the college market. This can happen for a couple of reasons, the first being that they specialize in marketing to millennials. Millennials are a hot topic in marketing today and tons of research have been conducted on this niche market. However, the college demographic (18-24 year olds) is a specialized segment within this niche group and needs to be treated as such, as their desires, motivations, consumer behavior, and lifestyle habits vary greatly from other millennial groups.
College marketing gives brands the opportunity to reach college students where they study, live, work, and play. Promote your brand at high-traffic events where college students go for entertainment, such as sporting events, fraternity and sorority gatherings, and music festivals.
Use College Marketing to Reach College Students Where they Play
Reach College Students at Sporting Events
Everyone knows that college sports play a prominent role in college students’ lives. In fact, some people decide where to go to college based on the school’s sports team. A student at Ohio State University says in the New York Times article, How Big-Time Sports Ate College Life, “It’s not something I usually admit to, that I applied to Ohio State 60 percent for the sports. But the more I do tell that to people, they’ll say it’s a big reason why they came, too.” This kind of loyalty and fandom only increases when they become students and are officially a part of the school community.
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.”
10 Reasons Snack Brands Should Advertise to College Students
- 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.
- 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.
- College students consume a lot of snacks
At least 35% of the meals eaten by Millennials aren’t meals at all, but snacks.
- A significant portion of college students snack daily
Four in 10 Millennials snack more than once daily, reports research firm Technomic.
Today I want to share our most popular college marketing blog posts of 2014.
1. 3 Innovative Back to College Marketing Ideas
Back-to-college marketing is always one of the biggest college advertising opportunities of the year. However, finding a way to stand out from the competition requires creativity and innovation. This blog explores three innovative back-to-college marketing ideas, so you can reach college students successfully.
2. Why Only Using Digital Marketing to Target College Students is a Mistake
Why Fitness Brands Should Advertise to College Students?
College students are interested in leading healthy lifestyles and fitness brands can help them reach their goals and fuel their passions. Fitness brands should advertise to college students to develop brand loyalty and to set lifetime patterns in motion.
Opportunities abound for fitness brands looking to expand their college and youth consumer base. Fitness brands should view college students as an ideal marketing segment for several reasons. First, they genuinely have an interest in fitness and health; unlike older demographics that oftentimes join gyms or alter their diets based on health-related problems or aging, college students and teens are pursuing healthy lifestyles on their own initiative. They’re taking proactive measures to improve their quality of life now.
Why do you think American football is losing ground with college students?
This article explains some of the reasons why American football is losing ground with college students, including changes in technology, new forms of entertainment, bad publicity, and the concussion epidemic.
A major problem college football teams face is declining student interest and attendance at football games. This is worrisome because it could reflect future trends in viewership among the youth population at both the college and professional level. Attracting millennials’ attention is critical in maintaining the popularity of the sport, so it’s important to analyze the different factors that are influencing this shift in behavior in order to determine ways in which this trend can be reversed.
Understanding the Demographics Wants and Needs is the First Step in Developing Admissions Recruiting Strategies
The business world fluctuates wildly as emerging markets advance and economies rise and fall. Just as businesses must react swiftly to the changing markets in order to succeed, business schools need to adapt quickly to the changing mindset of the youth in order to appeal and successfully recruit college graduates.
When trying to recruit soon-to-be college graduates and young professionals to your business school, you have to look at what this generation wants out of life and what they value. Entrepreneurship is an important aspiration to many in this demographic. In fact, “48 percent of Millennials say that owning their own business is a top life goal.”