Canada’s Generation Z—the kids and young adults in the country born between 1997 and 2012—is a lucrative demographic for brands, especially as it ages into higher levels of income. But it’s the unique perspective of these youth that makes them different from millennials and requires a rethink from brands targeting these coming-of-age consumers.
What are the top digital attributes of Gen Z in Canada?
Gen Z consumers are more engaged across every digital behavior—including social media, smartphone usage, and digital video. They also rely on these tools in almost every aspect of their lives, including schoolwork, connecting with family and friends, and expressing viewpoints and personality.
What sets Gen Z apart from millennials?
Millennials were the original digital natives, but Gen Z takes it to the next level in terms of engagement. They’re on the leading edge of discovering and bringing new platforms like TikTok mainstream. There’s also a distinct ideological streak in Gen Z, which makes them hyperaware of social responsibility, social justice, and the sustainability efforts of brands.
What brands are exhibiting best practices in Gen Z marketing?
Brands that appeal to the Gen Z mindset and show tangible support for causes have established a connection and have gained privileged access to these consumers. But it’s not just messaging that matters: Meeting them in the channels where they spend their time is critical.
WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? Our latest forecast for Gen Z internet and smartphone usage, social media usage, and digital video viewership in Canada. It highlights how Gen Z spends time and money and which brands are doing the best job of engaging them.
KEY STAT: 99.0% of adult Gen Z consumers ages 18 to 24 use social media, higher than any other age group by far.
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