There has been a lot of focus on how to target and market to Millennials, especially since their purchasing power has grown to an estimated $200 billion annually. However, there has not been much talk about directing efforts specifically to Millennial parents, which is strange since Millennial moms, for example, represent 46% of women in their age group. How can brands win Millennial parents over with their marketing efforts? Follow these tips:
Show blended families.
The make-up of the Millennial family is quite different from prior generations. A growing number of marriages are interracial, and a lot of Millennial moms are single parents. When marketing to this group, advertisers must take this new kind of family into account. Advertisements should no longer show only the typical mom, dad and two kids living in suburbia in commercials, and should instead try to appeal to Millennial parents by showing more diverse families.
Adopt healthy practices.
Six out of 10 Millennials claim to have healthier eating habits than their parents, and this behavior becomes even more pronounced once Millennials become parents. Millennial parents are interested in purchasing foods loaded with fruits and vegetables, vitamins and nutrients. In fact, price is not an issue when it comes to healthy eating for Millennials. Although higher income Millennial parents can easily afford to shop at natural or organic food stores, lower income parents cannot. Instead, this group of Millennial parents practices healthy eating by researching healthy recipes and buying fresh ingredients from regular grocery stores. Food distributors should take this into account when merchandising to attract Millennial parents and pair items that can be used in recipes together.
Connect to them.
Although Millennials have traditionally been considered as adventurous eaters, this changes slightly when this generation becomes parents. When Millennials have kids, they are more likely than Millennial non-parents to buy comfort foods that somehow tie into their heritage and less likely to buy exotic foods that they don’t relate to. For example, Southern Millennials would be more likely to buy barbeque foods than non-parent Millennials, but less likely to purchase Mexican or Chinese foods. These parents are also drawn to foods that remind them of their childhood, which was the basis for the “Bring Back the Awesome” campaign by Fruit Loops.
It’s no surprise that Millennial parents are strongly influenced by social media, especially when it comes to beauty, fitness and fashion. Millennial parents spend, on average, four more hours per week on social media than non-Millennial parents, giving brands one more reason why they should direct advertising dollars to these platforms. Research shows that corporate Millennial moms are more likely to research beauty products than stay-at-home moms, probably because they have to use them on a daily basis. However, the group that spends the most time researching these categories is Hispanic Millennial moms. Because there is a huge opportunity to target Hispanic Millennial moms who are obviously looking for more information online, beauty supply distributors and brands should work together to coordinate in-store and online efforts directed at Hispanic moms. Brands should create how-to videos and actively show these moms ways to do their hair and makeup using Pinterest, Instagram and other platforms. These platforms should then direct buyers to stores where they can purchase the different products used.
One trait that does not go away when Millennials become parents is the desire to give back. Millennial parents are attracted to brands that have charitable backgrounds, and a few brands have had major success using this tactic. For example, Target was able to tie in their charitable efforts with a major life event–kids going back to school. When parents purchased back-to-school supplies at Target, the company matched the purchase with a donation to the Kids in Need foundation. Brands should attempt to create charitable campaigns around major life events that Millennial parents care about, whether it’s having a baby or starting kindergarten. This will help Millennial parents connect to the campaign and drive them to participate.
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