Using native video to reach Gen Z

Gen Z is perhaps most notable for having a remarkably different digital upbringing than any of its predecessors.

Millennials can reflect back on a time when smartphones, or even the Internet, weren’t part of day-to-day life. Gen Z has grown up in a world where their first phone was likely Internet-connected. As a result their identities have formed (and are forming) in lockstep with their relationship to their phones. It shapes who they are and is their primary means of escape.

A smartphone is not just a phone and a computer to them… but also a television. By virtue of having their phones with them at all times, they transcend the classic “lean back” home TV viewing behaviour to a full day of watching and being entertained at school, work, waiting in line or hanging out at home. There is not a single “mobile” viewing style though: depending on where they are Gen Z show very different preferences for sound, full screen vs. in-feed viewing and reading.

From an advertising perspective, Gen Z is both unique in that they are constantly reachable, while also being the hardest generation to guarantee attention for. They are comfortable giving partial amounts of their attention to whatever content appears in their mobile feeds, but also make near instant judgements about its potential value.

To break down this generational shift, Sharethrough set out to examine how Generation Z is engaging with and watching content on their phones, as well as their perception of native advertising and how it influences them. To do this, we surveyed 300 consumers in late June 2016 between the ages of 18 and 21 about their habits and attitudes toward content online, using Qualtrics.

Gen Z video consumption ()
  • Gen Z are more than one-third more likely to watch video on a phone each day than the TV: 71 percent report using their phone to watch video daily, compared to 52 percent on a TV and 45 percent on a computer.

  • It’s not just about frequency with Gen Z, it’s about volume, too. Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of Gen Z watch more than 30 minutes of mobile video each day and 1-in-6 watch more than two hours.

  • 87 percent of Gen Z say that they use their phone all of the time to access content, while 51 percent say they use their computer as frequently. 

Read the rest of this article at Sharethrough.

Sharethrough is a member of FIPP.

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