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GEN Z ZING 
7 WAYS TO PUT THE 
ZING INTO GEN Z 
INNOVATION
PUTTING ZING INTO GEN Z 
INNOVATION 
Generation Z is the next big 
opportunity for brand 
innovation. How will we create 
...
1. DIGITAL DNA 
If Gen Y ‘Millennials’ were the 
connected generation, then Gen Z 
is hyper-connected. Gen Z’ers rely 
on ...
2. CREATIVITY CALLING 
Gen Z are growing up into a new 
‘Maker’ movement where 
technology is not just about 
consuming an...
3. REALISM RULES 
If Gen Y were relentlessly upbeat 
and optimistic, Gen Z are shaping 
up to be more realistic about the ...
4. SHARE NO MORE? 
Gen Y were open and compulsive 
sharers, but Gen Z prefer private 
and selective sharing through Ello, ...
5. BUBBLE-WRAP ME 
Sometimes dubbed the 'bubble-wrap 
generation’, Gen Z are being 
brought up protected and safe 
from th...
6. LIFE AT LIGHT SPEED 
Gen Z has a need for speed. 
Living in an accelerated culture, 
real-time is the new prime time 
a...
7. RENT IT 
Why own something when you can 
rent it? With values being forged 
by streaming technology, digital 
feeds, su...
‘GEN Z’ ZING 
1. Digital DNA… deliver the 
connectivity fix they crave 
2. Creativity Calling… help, inspire 
and enable c...
WHY THE ‘GEN Z’ ZEAL? 
Generations, like people, have 
personalities. While there are many 
differences within generations...
RESOURCES 
Anatole, E. (2013). Generation Z: Rebels with a cause. Retrieved July, 30, 2013. 
Anderson, J. (2004). Educatin...
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The 'Hunger Games' Generation: 7 insights into 'Gen Z'

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Whether or not they’re your target audience today, Gen Z are already starting to influence how the world works. Their traits are only just starting to emerge but they show a marked difference to Gen Y / Millennials. Brand Genetics distilled existing studies and its own experience to uncover key Gen Z needs, identifying 7 relevant innovation opportunities that can help your business stay ahead of the game.

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The 'Hunger Games' Generation: 7 insights into 'Gen Z'

  1. 1. GEN Z ZING 7 WAYS TO PUT THE ZING INTO GEN Z INNOVATION
  2. 2. PUTTING ZING INTO GEN Z INNOVATION Generation Z is the next big opportunity for brand innovation. How will we create products and services to appeal to this cohort of kids who are post- Millennials, second-generation digital natives born at the turn of the century? Under-researched, Gen Z is still a generation in the making with formative experiences yet to fix generational traits. Nevertheless innovation opportunities are emerging along with a distinctive set of Generation Z needs
  3. 3. 1. DIGITAL DNA If Gen Y ‘Millennials’ were the connected generation, then Gen Z is hyper-connected. Gen Z’ers rely on no fewer than five screens for their digital fix, and 40% of their free time is dedicated to screen-time. Digital is not merely native to Gen Z, it is innate. Consuming, communicating and creating their lives via connected screens, digital connectivity is the new oxygen for this cohort of hyper-connected kids Gen Z Opportunity #1: deliver the connectivity fix Gen Z crave and expect
  4. 4. 2. CREATIVITY CALLING Gen Z are growing up into a new ‘Maker’ movement where technology is not just about consuming and communicating, but creating. From productivity apps to 3D printing and self-publishing, Gen Z are bathed in a culture that increasingly reveres creativity, and the technology that can now deliver it. For Gen Z, it’s as much about making stuff as consuming stuff Gen Z Opportunity #2: help, inspire and enable a new generation of Gen Z creatives
  5. 5. 3. REALISM RULES If Gen Y were relentlessly upbeat and optimistic, Gen Z are shaping up to be more realistic about the world and their place in it. Technology is not seen as the panacea to all ills, and this cohort takes its technology with a dash of Hunger Games-style dystopia. Realistic about the dark side of technology in limiting freedoms, privacy and opportunities, Gen Z are digital realists Gen Z Opportunity #3: help Gen Z win against the System and deal with digital dystopia
  6. 6. 4. SHARE NO MORE? Gen Y were open and compulsive sharers, but Gen Z prefer private and selective sharing through Ello, SnapChat, Secret and Whisper. Growing up in a world of Big Data, Big Brother surveillance and identity theft, privacy is shaping up to be a matter that matters massively to this generation Gen Z Opportunity #4: harness the renewed desire for privacy and confidentiality
  7. 7. 5. BUBBLE-WRAP ME Sometimes dubbed the 'bubble-wrap generation’, Gen Z are being brought up protected and safe from the world of recession, corruption, volatility, and insecurity. As they grow out of the bubblewrap and into an unsafe and threatening world, Gen Z may seek refuge in a new 'safe place’ Gen Z Opportunity #5: bubble-wrap the lives of Gen Z by offering safety and security
  8. 8. 6. LIFE AT LIGHT SPEED Gen Z has a need for speed. Living in an accelerated culture, real-time is the new prime time and there is a need to communicate with speed. Instant, on-demand technology, rapid-fire communication and a culture of instant-obsolescence is shaping a now-or-never generation who need satisfaction faster or not at all. Less patient than Gen Y elders, Gen Z hate to wait Gen Z Opportunity #6: help Gen Z live and love life in the fast lane
  9. 9. 7. RENT IT Why own something when you can rent it? With values being forged by streaming technology, digital feeds, subscription services, and an emergent ‘sharing economy’ Gen Z is shaping up to become ‘generation rent’. Having all the benefits of ownership without the hassle of ownership makes smart sense to this generation Gen Z Opportunity #7: find new ways to consume, share and enjoy without owning
  10. 10. ‘GEN Z’ ZING 1. Digital DNA… deliver the connectivity fix they crave 2. Creativity Calling… help, inspire and enable creativity 3. Realism Rules… help them deal with digital dystopia 4. Share no more?… deliver on privacy and confidentiality 5. Bubble-wrap me… offer safety and comfort 6. Life at life speed… helping live and love life in the fast lane 7. Rent it… new modes of non-ownership consumption
  11. 11. WHY THE ‘GEN Z’ ZEAL? Generations, like people, have personalities. While there are many differences within generations, not least across cultures and regions, our connected world means global cohorts increasingly share key influences; from a common life-stage, to global media and the shared experience of major events and trends. The result is a generational mindset that is more global than ever before: Generation Z - second-generation ‘digital natives’ - are at tomorrow’s cutting edge of this shift We believe that by collaborating with lead Gen Z (and Gen Y) thinkers and influencers, future-focused brands will identify exciting new opportunities that are internationally relevant & scalable
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