It sounds so negative, but it could be useful. Ponder your brand for a second. What does it mean to you? What do you think it means to others? Then think about how the four Ps of marketing (product, promotion, price and placement) fit into your audience perception. Did you ever consider that each generation will relate to your brand differently, and thus, your marketing and promotional efforts as well?
Apparently it’s true, but I like to keep an open mind about these things. I can’t help but think sometimes that generation descriptions are more like horiscopes… if you think it’s about you, you can relate. When I read my horoscope, I’m like, “Yes! That’s so true! I totally need to start wearing brighter colors and let loose for a girls night out.” Yeah, me and everyone else. I think generation labels can be the same way. I’m a Gen Y and very much agree with most of what I read and hear, but then I think to myself, if I was a Baby Boomer, could I relate to that too? The answer is yes, I could.
Baby Boomers are loyal and hard workers, Gen Xers want their MTV and Gen Yers are all techie and apparently we’re all supposed to fall into only one of those categories. So what do you make of generational profiling? Is it legit, or just part of some conspiracy to satisfy our human need to be a part of something meaningful? How do you think your marketing strategies should change with each generation?