Author: Gabrielle Carruthers

Pickle Kits and Vodka Pasta – What can CPG brands learn about Gen Z from TikTok Trending

We’ve all seen the weird and wonderful food combinations that go viral on TikTok. While they are often unusual products, they command the attention of Gen Z consumers and drive sales through the roof. Consider the pickles wrapped in fruit roll ups, stuffed with Takis, and drizzled with Tajin that have been going viral lately – #pickle now has upwards of 4 billion views on the social media platform. In this article, we dive into what CPG brands can learn from TikTok about Gen Zers’ tastebuds.

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Keeping up with a ticking trend cycle in the TikTok era

In the past, a trend cycle could be anywhere from 5-10 years, with new trends introduced by public figures, celebrities and corporations. However, with the introduction of social media and particularly TikTok, trends are fast and fleeting, more aptly described as ‘microtrends’. This can be difficult for brands to navigate, and almost impossible for trend forecasters to pin down, as by the time a trend arises it is already too late to develop new products. In this article we consider ways that brands can gain Gen Z attention without chasing every trend that passes by.

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Gen Z is Losing Steam: The New Role of CPGs

Generation Z are the most diverse generation yet, typically pitched as activists, driven by values and keen to make a difference in the world. This has impacted their interactions with brands, demanding stronger ESG commitments and social justice action. Lately we’ve noticed a shift in Gen Z’s behaviours, which influences brand strategy for CPGs; for example Unilever have already taken the decision to stop ‘force fitting’ purpose into their brands. In this article we explore how this plays out in 4 key areas: Technology, Politics, Sustainability and Economy.

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Gen Z Goes IRL

Time online has hit a ceiling, first beginning to slip in 2019, and then seeing a momentary increase during the pandemic; we are now back to nearly pre-COVID levels, with the most marked decrease since pre-2013. This, coupled with fact that foundational internet behaviours like searching for information and reading news are all slipping, is an indicator that we may be ready to step offline. In this blog we take a deep dive to see how this trend manifests for the younger generation. We highlight four key areas, connecting each to a key learning for CPGs.

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Gen Z vs. Millennial Marketing – How to Target Gen Z

When it comes to marketing strategy, there is a danger of grouping Millennials and Generation Z into one category, a monolithic ‘Young People’. Closer analysis will reveal a set of key differences between these groups, and failure to recognise these could alienate your ideal customer. In this article we discuss the differences between Gen Z (age range 11-26) and Millennials (aged 27-42), based on their worldview and values, before revealing what makes for uniquely Gen Z marketing.

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