• Unplugged
    Generation Z, those born in and after 1995, will never know a life without computers, tablets, nor cellphones. They're 23 million and growing strong. Pew Research Center surveyed teens ages 13 to 17 and found the following.
  • The Teens They Are A-Changin'
    One of the easiest traps to fall into when thinking about teens is to think back to your own teen years for guidance or inspiration. Those halcyon days of yesteryear may be wonderful to reflect on and reminisce about with friends but, trust me, they aren't going to help you understand the current crop of teens. Why? Because the teen experience changes all the time.
  • The Retail Revolution
    Not so long ago, when a teen decided he needed a new pair of sneakers, the first step in his process would be to plan a trip to the mall. Today, teens' path to purchase for nearly any product, from buying shoes to picking a restaurant, is increasingly diverging from traditional retail processes. Technology has had an obvious impact on young people's shopping habits, but so have key shifts in consumer mindset.
  • Why Engaging Gen Z Is Key To The Future Growth Of Blue Chip Companies
    When Snapchat, the messaging app popular with teens and millennials, recently announced that it was monetizing its geo-filter digital stickers, a global brand was the first to sign on: McDonald's restaurants. Customers who visit any of the fast food chain's U.S. locations can now add digital stickers to their Snapchat posts with cheeseburgers, fries and other brand-specific illustrations.
  • Peeling The Onion
    Eight hundred billion dollars in global consumer buying influence. Two hundred billion in the U.S. You wouldn't expect those figures to be linked to teenagers. But study after study shows that this is the reality. In my opinion, it earns teens a seat at the table and their due respect as significant players in our marketplace. So, as marketers, how do we reach them and how do we make it stick? Teens are subdivided into more lifestyle groups than just about any other demographic.
  • Connecting With Teens With Special Needs
    Most of what is said about connecting with teens assumes the teen you're connecting with is typical (but really, what does typical even mean?). The fact is there are millions of teens across the U.S. who face some challenge or another. As the father of one of these teens, I thought it might be useful to talk a bit about how my son experiences the world, what he wants from life and how the people, institutions and businesses around him can help.
  • Gen Z Gets Schooled
    When Millennials were in high school, getting into the best college was paramount in their lives. As the largest generation on record, they knew there would be stiff competition to be accepted into their dream university. For many, the entirety of their secondary education was devoted to achieving this goal. This caused them plenty of stress in the build-up, and, in the end, their reward for achieving the desired result was a heap of student debt-which rose to more than $35,000 for the class of 2015. As Gen Zs have replaced Gen Y in high schools, their approach to college ...
  • Teens Are More Entrepreneurial Than Ever; What Your Brand Can Do To Connect
    When I was a teen, getting a job usually meant one thing: flipping burgers at a local fast-food chain. Today, teens are just as likely to launch their own businesses as to take an entry-level job.
  • Promposal - The Crazy Cost of Getting a Prom Date
    Prom season is just winding down and across the country parents are still trying to lift their jaws off the floor due to the costs of this annual rite of spring. The good news is that costs have come down when compared with recent years but that doesn't mean they aren't still high. At a meeting earlier this month, the CEO of a company told me his daughter wanted $100 to have her makeup done for her junior prom!
  • Working For A Living
    Summer is just around the corner, and the vast majority of young people will find themselves out of school with months of time to fill before they have to once again set foot in a classroom. In previous decades, most would get jobs or help out around the house, but the job market-particularly for entry-level gigs-has dried up and young people are finding it harder to land jobs that were once reserved for teens.
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