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eLearning > Demographics > Forecasting Micro-Generational Desire > Module 5 / 5

Forecasting Gen Z Desires

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Toys
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The final module in our course on Forecasting Micro-Generational Desire is dedicated to the youth generations. Combined, Z-Tribe and Z-Alpha comprise what's traditionally known as Generation Z. Although they are the newest generations in the realm of generational study, they are the largest globally.

The world is moving faster than ever, meaning the differences between micro-generations will only become more pronounced. What's most commonly known about these generations is that they are tech-savvy, highly diverse, and politically aware -- but what does that mean for their future? How does it impact what they want, and what they ultimately will change about the world in adulthood?
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Workshop Questions:
1. How could you better listen to, or collaborate with, members of Generation Z?
2. What are you doing to prepare for Generation Z gaining buying power, or entering the workforce?
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EQ Education
Early childhood education integrates emotional development to speak to modern needs
Trend - Now that Pro-Millennials have reached parenting age, expectations for the education system are shifting. Millennial parents are particularly interested in the emotional development of their children. Changes to the education system take time, but businesses are developing services to provide children with opportunities to foster self-awareness, and psychological well-being.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better provide emotional growth for your customer?
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Teen Payment
Teen and youth-focused payment platforms are on the rise
Trend - Teen and youth payment platforms are on the rise as businesses recognize the buying power of Gen Z consumers. For the generation itself, these platforms appeal by catering to their preference for empowerment and independence in the purchase decisions they make, along with the convenience that comes with streamlined programs.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better cater to Gen Z consumers?
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Authentic Connectivity
North American consumers increasingly engage with global cultural trends
Implications - North American consumers, particularly those among Millennial and Gen Z demographics, are less culturally insular than the generations that preceded them, and are increasingly seeking authentic cultural connections and entertainment from abroad. Despite obstacles that include differing cultural norms and language barriers, the increasingly two-sided nature of cultural influence allows brands more diversity and flexibility in their process of appealing to a range of global entertainment and lifestyle rituals.
Workshop Question - Consider how your brand could prioritize cultural authenticity?
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Taught Masculinity
Brands present healthy interpretations of masculinity to young men and boys
Trend - The absence of healthy notions of masculinity can be harmful on the mental and emotional development of young boys, and brands are now taking it upon themselves to be part of the process that teaches the younger generation that masculinity doesn't only encompass the sometimes-restrictive perceptions that their predecessors were raised with.
Workshop Question - How could your brand present healthy ideals to its customer?
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Virtual Skill-Building
Virtual skill-building platforms are aimed at children
Trend - Brands are creating virtual services that help children learn various skills online. These platforms include everything from language-learning to virtual cooking camps--all of which prioritize skill-building in children.
Workshop Question - How is your brand responding to changed habits amidst the ongoing pandemic?
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Digital Parent
Digital tools are allowing for new forms of engagement between parents and children
Trend - Digital parenting tools are allowing parents to create connections with their children in new ways. Everything from personalized conversation cues to positive reinforcement-based teaching are being used via various platforms to ease the parenting process.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better help its customers cope with the stress of their responsibilities?
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Gen Z Creative
Gen Z consumers aim to develop skills outside of the traditional school system
Trend - Today's Gen Z consumers are increasingly turning to platforms, services and spaces that expand their worldviews and skills, but without the constraints of traditional schooling. Everything from photography programs to financial literacy courses allow them to better hone skills that they aren't often exposed to in the education system.
Workshop Question - How could your brand appeal to Gen Z's sense of creativity and personal expression?
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Parental Support
Brands are launching specific platforms to support parents amid COVID-19
Trend - To support families amid COVID-19, brands have launched resources to help new parents cope with the challenges of the "new normal." These range from mental health platforms to virtual parenting communities and seek to alleviate some of the burdens of raising children in the midst of a pandemic.
Workshop Question - How can your brand support specific consumer needs during crisis?
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Smart Savings
Connected piggy banks establish fiscal responsibility in kids
Trend - A heightened interest in connected piggy banks taps into the inclination that many Gen Z consumers have towards saving, while leveraging the smart capabilities that digital natives are familiar with.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an offering your company could put forth that leans into the financial habits of your target demographic
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Interactive Cardboard
Brands leverage cardboard for the basis of eco-friendly playtime
Trend - Cardboard toys and kits provide kids with craft-oriented playtime that is low-tech. Such products help to encourage children’s creativity while appealing to environmentally-conscious parents who can recycle the items once their child has outgrown them.
Workshop Question - Consider how your brand could leverage eco-friendly materials to align with your consumer’s interests.
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Educational Wellness
Health and safety programs in schools offer solutions to contemporary issues
Trend - Traditional physical education programs in North American schools are being supplemented by alternative programs that teach children, teens and young adults coping skills that focus on current topics surrounding health and safety. These new programs show how brands and institutions can adapt to hone in on the social issues that young people now prioritize.
Workshop Question - How could your brand enable creative wellness programs for its customers or employees?
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