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Millennials Make the Most of Mobile Connections

This generation truly lives the mobile life . / Credit: Mobile connections image via Shutterstock


Millennials, that cohort of 18-to-34-year-olds born roughly between the advent of the VCR and the commercial debut of the Internet, may be the most well-connected generation yet. They are taking their personal connection— with each other and with content — to new levels, new devices and new experiences like no other age group, recent research shows.

Their connectedness and propensity to consume media content, click on mobile ads, socialize and share experiences through mobile devices has led Nielsen to call them "Gen C."  They regularly share sales offers with peers via smartphones and make purchases based solely on recommendations from friends and families, according to research conducted by RadiumOne, a social advertising company.

This generation truly lives the mobile life, RadiumOne said. More than half of them (54 percent) made a purchase from a mobile device in the last six months and nearly one in 10 (9 percent) made six or more purchases. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of those persons were largely driven by personal recommendations (41 percent) and sales-based content (38 percent).

Half of Gen C uses smartphones to share offers such as coupons, sales and ads with friends at the rate of one to three times a month (31 percent), three to six times a month (16 percent) and more than six times (3 percent), the research showed.

And more than half (55 percent) used their mobile devices to comparison shop at least once a week.

"The results of our survey shed light into how brands can better communicate and interact with one of the most mobile and influential consumer groups of our time," said Kamal Kaur, vice president of mobile and display at RadiumOne. "Social sharing across trusted connections and viral buzz via smartphones and tablets are extremely influential to the Gen-C population, requiring new rules of engagement between brands and this highly sought after demographic."

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.

Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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