Make it an event!
The largest generation to date, Gen Y is the most active, both socially and physically. They gain inspiration from each other and strive to have their voices heard, their ideas expressed. They want to be part of the community and contribute to the world around them. They are activators and expressionists, who collectively evangelize and inspire change.
One of the most effective ways to capture this energy and leverage it for your brand is through event marketing, focused on the passion points of this generation. This can provide a clear pathway for success that can then be leveraged and used as a springboard for deeper conversation and social media outreach.
There are numerous ways for brands to get involved with event marketing that will not only hit their target but also are cost effective. The most important thing to think about is staying true to your brand while aligning with Gen Y's passions. Executive coach and author Bea Fields recently listed in a post some of the best areas to find this audience:
This is just a smattering of the ways to begin your campaign but you can, of course, always develop events of your own. Because Gen Y cares about everything from authenticity to having quality time with friends, the range of events that appeals to this group is especially varied.
Gen Y wants to be out there and involved -- be it for charity, the environment, personal betterment or other causes. Use events as a way to not just reach Gen Y but to extend your brand messaging and reinforce your brand values. For instance, if your company's values are strongly tied to improving the environment, consider building out a series of local events that raise money or develop an awareness for all things green.
Leverage social media to promote the events and use Gen Y evangelists to blog, tweet and generate excitement about the experience. As we have seen in the social media space, Gen Y is more than happy to help promote a brand that aligns with their values and that they consider authentic. Use offline events to prompt an online experience.
This is a generation that doesn't simply want to be connected; they long to be part of something bigger, to have a voice that resonates in the larger chorus of ideas and sentiments that they share with their peers. An event, whether it's an online campaign or a live gathering, has the potential to galvanize, tapping and underscoring Gen Y's clearly defined values as it heightens awareness of a brand or cause.
When it comes to reaching Gen Y, a happening can make it happen.