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Generation Z: Forget Everything You’ve Learned About Millennials

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Amanda Kemsley, Account Manager 

 

Move over Millennials, we have a new target market in town: Generation Z (A.K.A Gen Z). The marketing stream has been hyper-focused on millennials for awhile, but now enters the next generation to be in the spotlight, and not one to be ignored. Born in the mid-nineties, Gen Z has grown up in the digital age, with ubiquitous internet access and bred to navigate the world with ease. Making up approximately 17 per cent of Canada’s population, it is a generation worth watching and brands are noticing.

For many, especially marketers, it seems obvious that digital would be the only channel worth connecting with this generation. But, do we have it all wrong? If you were to guess the generation that prefers print books over digital ones, enjoys shopping at brick-and-mortar stores and as few as 14 per cent own a smartwatch, you probably wouldn’t associate this with Gen Z. But those are Gen Z preferences, including characteristics of being more inclusive, accepting and risk-adverse.

There’s a fine balance with this generation between digital and traditional. Even though their lives revolve around a digital sphere, they tend to ignore the constant stream of ads and messaging and turn away from the digital noise. Information consumption for Gen Z is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Engaging with them digitally isn’t enough. To help accurately market to Gen Z, it is important to differentiate this generation from others. Here are a few things we know that sets them apart from their millennial predecessors:

 

They are digital AND non-digital.  

They haven’t forgotten traditional mediums such as TV and paperback books and they easily straddle between digital and non-digital. While, Gen Z does receive most of its information from social media, it’s not solely digital for their means of information.

Key takeaway: e-commerce strategies are important for marketers, but don’t exclude in-store service – focus on the shopping experience.

 

 

Instant gratification is everything.

Thanks to social media and technology, the retrieval of information can happen whenever and wherever, making immediate gratification a must. Convenience is important here, more than any generation before. With same-day shipping, Google at your fingertips and apps to keep you from having to stand in line, patience is not a virtue.

Key take-away: this is not to be mistaken as laziness, but rather efficiency and simplicity – there’s no need to overcomplicate a message or product.

 

 

Gen Z is realistic and cautious about finances.

They grew up alongside the recession and were taught to be mindful with their money, even more so than millennials. Being internet-savvy, this generation knows how to find a great deal and get the most out of their money. They can find hundreds of similar products, so what makes yours stand out?

Key takeaway: it’s not enough to be price conscious, this generation is also looking for the value add.

 

 

Gen Z is not just an exaggerated version of millennials. They are unique, open-minded, money-conscious and resourceful. It is an important group of potential customers, clients, employees and employers who can help influence the future. As a brand or company, understanding these characteristics will help to accurately deliver products, services and experiences to this up-and-coming generation.  Welcome Gen Z, we’re glad you’re here!

 

Amanda is an Account Manger at Brookline Public Relations. She has an insatiable appetite for exploring – ironically since she doesn’t like getting lost. She flourishes on bringing broad-minded, creative ideas to the table and trying things outside of the norm – perhaps these are millennial traits?

 

Brookline takes to new heights with JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Amanda Kemsley, Account Executive

 

At Brookline, our aim is to always provide our clients with the best service by continually going above (literally) and beyond for every project. On May 8th, we took to new heights with the topping off of Edmonton’s newest luxury hotel JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences. In the construction world, the topping off of the structural portion of a building is a major milestone. So, in Brookline style, we had to celebrate.

For the event, ICE District treated media and VIP’s to the 46th floor of the tower, the highest vantage point the public has been in the city to date.  Here, the media got an exclusive look of the tower and panoramic views of Edmonton’s ever-changing landscape. Once complete, the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences will stand 56 storeys high – the first 22 storeys as hotel space and The Legends Private Residences above the hotel.

 

 

Promising approachable luxury, the hotel will feature 356 rooms of elegant accommodations, luxury spa offerings and Edmonton’s largest ballroom at 10,500 sq. ft. The Legends Private Residences will be the ultimate in luxury living, with sophisticated and functional condominium homes with panoramic city views.

Speaking to the luxury theme, the topping off celebration included a short formal program with words from Edmonton’s Mayor Don Iveson, Martin Stitt from Marriott Hotels Canada and Glen Scott from Katz Group Real Estate, concluding with a ‘topping off’ of a cake replica of the tower. The event also included ICE District partners, government officials and executives from ONE Properties, JW Marriott, Oilers Entertainment Group, as well as Edmonton media.

 

 

JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District is slated to open in Q1 of 2019 and we can’t wait to experience all the state-of-the-art offerings. The Legends Private Residences is set to open from Q2 to Q4 of 2019. If you’re looking to be a homeowner, hurry because it is already over 90 per cent sold!

 

 

Amanda is an Account Executive at Brookline Public Relations. She has an insatiable appetite for exploring – ironically since she doesn’t like getting lost. She flourishes on bringing broad-minded, creative ideas to the table and trying things outside of the norm.

 

Brookline helps launch Edmonton’s newest unique shopping destination

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Jenna Hamilton, Intern

Edmonton shoppers rejoice! The Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Edmonton’s first enclosed outlet offering has officially arrived and is sure to attract shoppers and travelers alike. The Premium Outlet Collection EIA, owned by global real-estate leader Ivanhoé Cambridge, is unlike any other with its standout features that provide an exceptional shopping experience for all Edmontonians. This includes features catered to travelers passing through the EIA, such as the flight status screens and boarding pass printing stations.

 

 

With many clients in the Edmonton area, Brookline was thrilled to leverage its Edmonton expertise to provide public relations and event planning support leading up to and during the mall’s grand opening week in early May 2018.

Prior to the opening, Brookline provided media relations support for the mall’s career fair, which offered more than 1,000 jobs to Edmontonians and surrounding residents. Thousands of applicants arrived with their resumes, with many leaving the fair as a new employee of the outlet mall. The positive news buzz generated 61 pieces of coverage, reaching a total of 9,030,907 impressions. Following the career fair, Ivanhoé Cambridge hosted a behind the scenes construction tour, inviting Edmonton and area media and influencers to get a sneak-peak of the nearly-completed shopping centre. Media enjoyed this exclusive day, and resulting coverage across all major Edmonton outlets included Global Edmonton, the Edmonton Journal, CBC and CTV Edmonton.

In the midst of the PR excitement, the Brookline events team commenced the planning of an unforgettable grand opening week. From a full-scale VIP event and Edmonton Oilers Alumni appearances to a custom-made chalk wall, roaming entertainment and a kid’s activity area, Brookline pulled out all the stops to ensure a memorable grand opening experience.

 

 

Grand opening day kicked-off with a DJ entertaining the thousands of shoppers waiting in line to be the first to enter the new mall, and the Edmonton Eskimos cheer team roused up the crowds ahead of the doors opening.

Beyond the doors, Edmonton’s favourite radio host Ryan Jespersen emceed an exclusive VIP ceremony. As the countdown began for the ribbon cutting, everyone in the ceremony could hear the roaring crowds from outside, joining in on celebrating the opening of the new shopping destination. Once the doors opened, shoppers were also invited to participate in a charitable to giving program – Vote For Your Tote. Influential Albertans were asked to design or decorate blank canvas tote bags, which were then displayed at the mall where the public were encouraged to vote on their favourite design, with each vote resulting in a $1 donation to the United Way. Notable tote bag designers included country music star Paul Brandt, Canadian Olympian Cassie Sharpe and Edmonton Oilers legend Kevin Lowe. A total of $10,000 was donated to the United Way on behalf of the new shopping centre as a result of the program.

 

 

Brookline’s overall public relations strategies resulted in over 25 million impressions, 184 media stories and coverage in several markets throughout the initiatives, as well as several successful and well-attended event initiatives.

 

Jenna Hamilton is an Intern at Brookline Public Relations. Her passion lies within the realms of event planning, strategic communications and media relations.