Celebrating Through the Ages: Generational Insights on Holidays and Occasions

Celebrating Through the Ages: Generational Insights on Holidays and Occasions

You asked and we delivered: insights on holidays and occasions are here! Make the most of seasonal festivities by using this data to better connect with both younger and older consumers.

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Our 2019 Holidays and Occasions research reveals what marketers and insights leaders need to know to connect with consumers around major holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween, and special occasions like barbecues and nightlife. We’ve gathered our findings and recommendations from this research into a series of mini-decks that explore how consumer attitudes and behaviors surrounding these events vary across generations. In this bundle of decks, you’ll find insights specific to each celebration along with executional examples of brands activating on consumer festivities.

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While major holidays remain important across generations, Gen Z and Millennials over-index on minor holiday celebrations. These niche and culturally-specific holidays are an opportunity to connect with younger consumers who are more diverse and tend to be more inclusive.

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Younger consumers are more open-minded towards advertising around niche and culturally-specific holidays. Show Gen Z and Millennials you’re in-tune with what they care about: don’t neglect these holidays and make sure to provide an accurate representation that doesn’t feel “culturally appropriative.”

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Gen Z and Millennials are culturally diverse and incorporate their unique backgrounds into traditional holiday celebrations, like eating both ethnic foods and turkey at Thanksgiving. Make sure to capture the “unconventional” yet realistic ways that consumers celebrate holidays to create a personalized connection.

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Motherhood in the Age of Social Media

Motherhood in the Age of Social Media

While consumers of all ages and backgrounds engage in social media, Millennial and Gen X moms participate in specific social media behaviors that marketers and insights professionals need to understand.

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FOR many moms, social media provides community and social interaction during a hectic and isolating season of life. It’s a place where they can turn to friends and strangers alike for crucial parenting advice, life hacks, and tried-and-true product recommendations as they navigate motherhood. Many even seek out information directly from brands on social media such as product details, promotions, and sales. In fact, Millennial and Gen X moms (those with children aged 14 or younger)


actually use social media at higher rates than their non-mom female counterparts
to obtain product and brand information.

As the graph below shows, about two-thirds of all moms (of children 14 or younger) “like” or “follow” products or brands on social media. This is especially the case for non-Hispanic moms, who are about twice as likely to do so as non-Hispanic non-moms: 66% versus 33% respectively. 

This indicates that moms are leaning on social media as a trusted source for product information beyond traditional media advertising and brands’ e-commerce sites. Brands that lack an accessible and descriptive social media page that showcases their offerings will be behind the curve with the many moms who rely on this source of product information.

More so than non-moms, most moms across segments like sharing their experiences and opinions about products and brands on social media. This is especially true for non-Hispanic moms, who again, are about twice as likely to engage in this way than non-Hispanic non-moms (63% versus 32%). Their difference with Hispanic moms (50%) is also statistically significant. If your brand wants to facilitate dialogue and shared experience on social media, then you should target those most inclined to participate: non-Hispanic moms followed by Hispanics moms.

You may be wondering which non-Hispanic segment(s) is driving the non-Hispanic mom over-index. We are too! So we’re going to be conducting research and digging deeper into the non-Hispanic moms group in 2020.

Both of the above data points align with trends we’re seeing on social media today. A growing number of moms are stepping into influencer roles to capitalize on the community and wealth of product recommendations they’ve accumulated through experience. For example, Claudia Felix-Garay (@thelatinamom), a Hispanic mom influencer with over 80k followers, Naomi Davis (@taza), a non-Hispanic White mom influencer with 463k followers, and Jennifer Borget (@jenniferborget), a Black mom influencer with over 90k followers all run accounts that evolved out of successful blogs. They write about their lives as mothers while also inviting readers to adopt aspects of their lifestyle by sharing what products they use and places they like to go. Brands that are interested in partnering with powerful social media influencers should consider moms!

As you head into the end of the year and prepare for your next social media push, remember to keep these stats (and moms!) in mind.  And keep an eye out for upcoming blogs on moms and our moms study coming out in 2020.

’Tis the Season for Insights into Consumers’ Christmas Attitudes and Behaviors

’Tis the Season for Insights into Consumers’ Christmas Attitudes and Behaviors
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Christmas is a widely celebrated and much-loved holiday across racial and ethnic segments. And the associated spend is massive—more than 1 trillion dollars in 2018! Brands should go big during this festive season to ensure they capture their share of America’s increasingly diverse population.

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Our recent research on holidays identifies the major similarities and differences in how consumers across racial and ethnic segments think about and celebrate Christmas. Brands should use these learnings to ensure their Christmas activations have wide reach and resonate deeply. Get in the holiday spirit with these three takeaways, and make sure to download a sample of the research, below

1. Across segments, most consumers’ Christmas celebrations include family time, food, and gifts. Brands can have mass appeal by activating on these shared elements.

From your personal experience, what do you need to celebrate Christmas properly?

2. Even though common elements appear across segments, culture shapes how consumers celebrate Christmas. For example, many Hispanics’ biggest celebration is with family on Christmas Eve (Nochebuena), not Christmas day. And Hispanics of Mexican descent often enjoy tamales during this gathering. Brands can differentiate themselves by showing consumers how their product(s) naturally support culturally-specific celebrations.

The way I celebrate Christmas is different from a typical “American” Christmas.

3. While Christmas stems from a common religious heritage, the expression of faith can vary widely. For example, Black consumers are more likely to pray, while Hispanics go to church. In order to achieve an authentic portrayal of Christmas, reflect the nuances in faith for each segment.

From your personal experience, what do you need to do to celebrate Christmas properly?

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Pass the Plate: Thanksgiving Research

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Our latest research on Holidays and Occasions identifies where segments differ in their Thanksgiving attitudes and behaviors. Commonly associated with family time and eating turkey, this holiday actually has segment-specific nuances that brands must understand in order to win multicultural consumers. 

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Win with Experiences – Adapt to How Diverse America Engages Through Holidays and Occasions

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Here are three key insights from our findings that will help your brand authentically and effectively connect with multicultural consumers on this special day. Scroll down to download a sample of the research.

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African Americans’ have bigger Thanksgiving celebrations and incorporate more non-food elements. Use activities like watching football and watching a parade as opportunities to connect with the segment. Reflect the wide array of activities in your content to show you understand them.

What do you need to do to celebrate Thanksgiving properly?

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Both Hispanic and African Americans are more likely to involve non-family members in their Thanksgiving celebrations. Highlight the friendship and community component of Thanksgiving when activating with these segments.

Who do you celebrate Thanksgiving with?

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Both Hispanic and African Americans see Thanksgiving as a time for reflection. Do not be flip in your activations—your message should clearly connect with the holiday’s spirit of gratitude and the many ways people recognize this.

What do you need to celebrate Thanksgiving properly?

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Feast on This: Generational Insights on Thanksgiving Celebrations

Feast on This: Generational Insights on Thanksgiving Celebrations

THANKSGIVING: the classic foodie holiday everyone knows and loves. Make Thanksgiving stand out by activating on these generational insights that reveal some untraditional perspectives on ways consumers celebrate Turkey Day.

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Thanksgiving is a widely celebrated and lighthearted holiday that presents brands with an opportunity to stay top-of-mind with consumers before holiday shopping rolls around. To appeal to Gen Z and Millennial consumers, segments that prize authenticity and experiences, brands need to show up in a genuine and engaging way. In summer of 2019, Collage Group fielded a survey to 2,800 people and analyzed the data to help members understand how to connect authentically with these young consumers around a variety of holidays. Below are three learnings from this research initiative that will help you connect with Gen Z and Millennials at Thanksgiving.

1. Gen Z and Millennials increasingly spend Thanksgiving with friends, reflected in the growing popularity of “Friendsgiving.” Use this as a secondary opportunity to activate consumers around the Thanksgiving holiday and stretch the time span of holiday consumption.

“Who do you celebrate Thanksgiving with?”

2. Almost half of consumers do not drink alcohol with their Thanksgiving meal. Appeals to alcohol consumption are best targeted at Millennials and coincide with the “Friendsgiving” narrative. For a family-centered approach, highlight other ways the holiday is festive, such as baking or watching football together.

“What do you tend to drink on Thanksgiving?”

3. Younger cohorts value nontraditional activities to celebrate Thanksgiving such as spending time with friends or shopping. Present younger consumers, especially those age 23-28, with opportunities for a holistic and unique shopping experience that doesn’t require them to sacrifice family time.

“What do you need to do to celebrate Thanksgiving properly?”

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Spooky Stats to Keep You up at Night: The GenYZ Halloween Insights Deep Dive

Spooky Stats to Keep You up at Night: The GenYZ Halloween Insights Deep Dive
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With Halloween a little over a month away, brands are starting to roll out their creepy (or festive!) campaigns. Keep the following generation-specific insights in mind while you finalize your campaign or consider a quick social media activation. Beware…creepy but creative activations and frighteningly useful insights lie ahead!

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1. Eating and giving out candy is a major component of most consumers’ Halloween. Build activations related to trick-or-treating activities and sweets for all ages, not just children.

2. While Gen Z and Millennials are most likely to describe their Halloween celebrations as lively and rowdy, 18-28 year-olds are the most likely to celebrate Halloween at a party. When targeting 18-28 year-olds, tap into these younger consumers’ exceptionalist tendencies with aspirational, lively party vibes. This approach is particularly well-suited for alcohol brands that have the right to play in the party space.

Americans of all ages celebrate Halloween with a wide variety of activities, not only trick-or-treating and parties. Brands have numerous avenues to make themselves relevant such as home decorations, costumes, and haunted houses. Pursue options that allow your brand to seamlessly fit into the Halloween season.

Trick or Treat: A Deep Dive into Halloween

Trick or Treat: A Deep Dive into Halloween
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Boo! Halloween is quickly approaching and many brands are putting the finishing touches on their spooky holiday campaigns. Use the following insights to make sure your approach hits the mark with diverse America.

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HALLOWEEN affords brands the opportunity to activate in a lighthearted way, be they a candy brand or not. Our latest research on Holidays and Occasions includes a Halloween specific deep dive. Our research revealed interesting insights on how consumers’ perception of Halloween differ from their celebrations, and we have provided you with great brand activations that align with our insights.

1. There is a disconnect between people’s perception of Halloween and how they actually celebrate it. Celebrate all the preparations consumers make for Halloween, rather than just the “night of” party-related festivities.

2. Multicultural consumers are more likely to think that Halloween costumes are culturally appropriative. When activating around Halloween, be careful about what costumes and identities you portray. Steer clear of costumes that involve tropes associated with minority identities.

3. Almost a third of each segment attends a haunted house during the Halloween season. Haunted houses afford brands an extended time period to activate with consumers on the Halloween theme.

Day of the Dead: A Time for Tradition

Day of the Dead: A Time for Tradition
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Take a deep dive into how consumers perceive Day of the Dead. This excerpt from Collage Group’s comprehensive Holidays and Occasions research reveals important insights into consumer perceptions of this predominantly Mexican holiday.

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Day of the Dead is an important Mexican holiday that often gets tacked on to Halloween advertisements. We heard from many brands that they do not completely understand this holiday or their right-to-play in the space. Our latest research on holidays and occasions helps elucidate how Day of the Dead differs from Halloween, how consumers celebrate it, and solid brand activations around the holiday. Download a sample of the research:

1. Hispanics who celebrate Day of the Dead perceive it as more traditional and religious than Halloween. Do not conflate Day of the Dead with Halloween. Day of the Dead activations should incorporate traditional and religious elements such as creating altars and visiting graves.

2. Day of the Dead is a predominantly Mexican holiday, and the way consumers celebrate varies by acculturation level. Utilize social media for low-cost, targeted activations that highlight acculturation-specific nuances in Day of the Dead celebrations.

Four Things You Need to Know About the U.S. Hispanic Population

Four Things You Need to Know About the U.S. Hispanic Population
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It’s 2019. At this point, no one should be surprised to learn that Hispanic consumers are a must-have for brands that want to maintain and grow market share. Even though the writing’s been on the wall for years, many brands are still struggling to connect with this segment in an authentic and natural manner. A first step to making this sort of connection is to understand who Hispanics are and what they value. Hover over the tiles below to reveal our insights.

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Age

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In addition to being large, the Hispanic segment is also remarkably young, with a median age of 29 compared to 40 for the non-Hispanic population. Hispanic prominence in the U.S. will increase as this young segment ages and their education level and median income continue to rise.

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Heritage

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Although Hispanics firmly believe in keeping and cultivating their cultural heritage, they have had to adapt culturally as immigrants and minorities. As a result, duality is their reality—they navigate the different cultural worlds they inhabit in a way that is easy and authentic. This ability allows the segment to serve as integrators and amplifiers of culture.

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Language

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The Spanish language will be an important feature of the U.S. consumer landscape for the foreseeable future. After all, 72% of Hispanics speak Spanish at home, and 85% of Hispanic parents speak Spanish to their children.

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Family

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Hispanics place an emphasis on family as a source of one’s identity and protection against the hardships of life. They are loyal to family and support each other financially and morally. Family relations are grounded in respect and interdependence.

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Connor is an Senior Analyst on the Product & Content team, conducting statistical and machine learning analysis of Collage's survey data. Before joining Collage, Connor received an M.A. in Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences from Columbia University.

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As the marketplace for online shows and movies gets more and more crowded, reaching young viewers increasingly feels like swimming upstream. These are the insights you need to maximize the share of Gen Z & Millennial eyeballs on your content, platforms, or advertisements.

TODAY’S young consumers and households have high expectations for their show and movie providers. And it’s not because they’re entitled or picky – they’ve just happened to grow up in an extraordinary period of innovation, both in terms of how people access media and the diversity of high-quality content available.

From 1990 to 2010, when Gen Z viewers were just children, the world saw a revolution in entertainment media technology. Digital streaming to personal devices displaced the cable box for many households, and these kids were free to watch whatever they wanted, wherever they wanted. This unprecedented access to content continues to influence their consumer attitudes and behaviors today.

And direct-to-consumer media content allowed for the growth of media giants who don’t have to cater to all of America with their prime-time content. Today’s young consumers are floating down an endless stream of great TV tailored to their specific interests. They’ve matured in the age of “peak TV,” and they don’t expect to crest it any time soon.

These trends impact not only media providers, but also the brands who historically have advertised through them. If young viewers expect more control over their higher-quality media content, it stands to reason that they will be more sensitive towards advertising. Advertisers need to adapt to capture and keep viewer attention, both through rethinking product-content integrations and optimizing the advertisement experience.

To help Collage Group members navigate this new media landscape, in July 2019 we conducted a nationally representative survey of 3085 respondents, oversampling Gen Z and Millennial respondents for precision within these segments. With our members’ input, we designed a survey and conjoint analysis testing key hypotheses on how Millennial and Gen Z consumers compare to older generations, and one another, when it comes to shows and movies.

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