Email may be the most popular channel among Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers. But Gen Z consumers prefer social media, according to Generational Shifts In Marketing Preferences, a study by Data Axle.
Of the Gen Zers polled, 63% like social media for brand communications. Of course, 56% also like email.
In contrast, 58% of boomers are partial to email, as are 53% of Gen Xers and 64% of millennials. And only 47% of millennials like social media, along with 35% of Gen Xers and 20% of boomers.
What do consumers like about it email? Overall, 59% sign up for email newsletters to receive sales, deals and offers. The study describes email as “a versatile channel.”
Gen Z also has a contrarian view when it comes to influencer marketing — 29% want it, as opposed to 17% of millennials, 14% of Gen Xers and 3% of boomers.
At 40%, boomers are most partial to TV ads, outranking Gen X (34%), millennials (27%) and Gen Z (27%). But text messaging is favored by only 12% of boomers, 16% of Gen X, 20% of millennials and 20% of Gen Z.
All generations desire personalization, including 88% of millennials, 87% of Gen Zers, 82% of Gen Xers and 77% of boomers. But their choices vary slightly by industry.
With 58%, Gen Z is first in wanting personalization from entertainment marketers. Otherwise, food & beverage category is first, selected by 53.4% of millennials, 53.4% of Gen Xers and 49.7% of boomers.
Gen Z also has the most positive view of brand reputation — 42% say it is important. And they share this view with 41% of boomers. But only 31% of millennials and 36% of Gen Xers agree. Overall, 84% of consumers are engaged when they see an ad or communication from a brand they are loyal to.
And Gen Z is also mostly likely to be swayed by getting exclusive offers and deals in real time. Here’s what attracts consumers in social media:
I like hearing the brand’s point of view on current and cultural events:
The brand posts funny memes or is entertaining:
I like getting exclusive offers and deals in real-time:
I enjoy the product and want to support the brand:
Data Axle surveyed more than 1,000 consumers.