Data-driven consumer clustering: why is it important to analyze generations?

Companies tend to analyze consumer insights primarily in the context of their brands, products and services. As a result, they place the brand at the center of their research.

By flipping the lens and putting the consumer at the center, companies can change their perspective and gain a broader and more strategic view of their target audiences and clusters.

Cluster to optimize

In this inverted perspective, it is crucial to analyze the entire consumer kaleidoscope, and the first clustering that is important to do is generational clustering. Understanding generational differences is helpful in developing marketing and communication strategies that resonate with different age groups.

Many aspects of who we are and what we do depend on the generation to which we belong. There are currently six generations, but only 5 generate 90% of total consumption.

So which ones are the most interesting for brands to analyze?

  • Alpha Generation
Born from 2011 onwards, they are the children of Gen X and Millennials. They strongly influence the consumption of their parents and grandparents.

  • Generation Z

Born between 1995 and 2010, this generation is the first to grow up entirely in the digital age. They are often characterized as diverse, entrepreneurial, and socially conscious

They have the pandemic as defining event, and their dominant insight is the concept of genderlessness. Although they are digital natives, they like to enter the point of sale and touch products with their hands.

  • Millennials

Born between 1980 and 1994, this generation grew up during a time of rapid technological advancement and globalization. They are often characterized as tech-savvy, aware of global problems, and socially conscious.

They have the 2008 economic crisis as defining event, and it is with them that the concept of "sharing is caring" was born. They are among the leading advocates of recycling and alternate their purchases between online and offline, although they often browse products at the point of sale and then buy online.

  • Generation X

Born between 1965 and 1979, this generation grew up during a time of economic and political upheaval. They are often characterized as independent, skeptical, and adaptable.

They have the digital transformation as defining event and are average users of technological tools. Their dominant insight is the pursuit of work-life balance. They shop both online and offline, but still prefer to go to stores.

  • Baby Boomers

Born between 1946 and 1964, this generation grew up during a time of significant social change and prosperity. They are often characterized as ambitious, idealistic, and competitive.

They have the economic miracle as defining event and have more purchasing power than any other generation. They are currently living a second youth and like to buy products by touching them with their hands, although they are increasingly moving towards online shopping (especially after the pandemic).

  • The Silent Generation

Born between 1928 and 1945, this generation grew up during the Great Depression and World War II.

They are often characterized as hardworking, frugal, and loyal to brands.

Why is important to analyze generations? Valuable insights and smart data

Each generation has its own specific characteristics, which provide an essential knowledge base for any brand: it is generational characteristics, in fact, that define 80 percent of our consumption behaviors.

Lifestyles, attitudes, behaviors, needs, consumption habits, relationship with technology and emotional purchase levers are primarily dependent on the generation to which we belong.

That is why all of our services are based on this type of analysis.

Analyzing generations is important for several reasons:

  1. Understanding consumer behavior - Generational differences can have a significant impact on consumer behavior, including shopping preferences, communication styles, and brand loyalty. Analyzing generations can help to tailor brand marketing efforts to better reach and engage different age groups.
  2. Identifying trends - Analyzing generational trends can help brands identify emerging opportunities in the marketplace. By understanding the changing needs and preferences of different age groups, companies can develop products and services that meet those needs and stay relevant to their customers.
  3. Creating targeted marketing strategies - Different generations respond to different marketing tactics, messages, and channels. Analyzing generations can help brands to develop targeted marketing strategies that are more effective at reaching and engaging their customers.
  4. Improving customer experience - By understanding the needs and preferences of different generations, companies can tailor the customer experience to better meet those needs. This can lead to higher customer satisfaction, loyalty, and retention.

Overall, analyzing generations is a fundamental element of brand strategy. By gaining a deeper understanding of generational differences, retailers can develop more effective marketing strategies, identify emerging trends, and create better customer experiences. This can ultimately lead to higher sales, revenue growth, and competitive advantage in the marketplace.

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