NextGen are purpose seekers. While their parents focused on building status and standing out in their careers, these youngsters want to make a career in every aspect of life. On a macro-level, they are on a personal quest for meaningful lives, macro-meaning. They want a smooth and happy life in all aspects and strive for what one could call life careerism.
This is certainly reflected in what NextGens expect from brands; brands should not only fuel their micro-interests; they should also add up to this meaningfulness. Brands need to have a purpose, a greater goal beyond their commercial agenda.
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NextGen demands from brands that they do good, that they care for the world they are taking from. Millennials and Gen Z wants companies and brands to create a better world. Corporate Social Responsibility no longer is a simple checkbox, it should be a brand’s manifest. And it does not lead to market differentiation either; youth considers these programs as a minimum viability for brands to participate in today’s market.
This generation is consciously thinking about the day after tomorrow. They are aware of the impact of their consumption on the environment. Sustainable is the new norm and brands are challenged to give back to the planet they are taking from. NextGen demands brands to think about the long term and provide sustainable alternatives.
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A product’s value is no longer only defined by what it can do today, but also by what it can bring in the future, the extent to which it can be recycled and create a sustainable base for new products to come. Brands are not only challenged to give a second life to products, but also to think about the next lives a product could bring. This macro-view on the world and acceptance of diversity have made today’s youth rejecters of micro-views and stereotypes. Brands need to correspondingly reflect this macro-vision and provide a meaning.
How TOMS fuels macro-meaning by improving lives through giving
TOMS, the shoe brand that also carries eyewear, bags and coffee, breathes social responsibility. The company’s famous one-for-one business model refers to its promise to deliver a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes sold. Similarly, when TOMS sells a pair of eyewear, part of the profit is used to save or restore the eyesight of people in developing countries. Since its launch in 2006, TOMS has donated more than 70 million pairs of shoes to children in need. The brand has clearly paved the path for the rise of other private companies to engage in social change. TOMS and similar initiatives do not only do good as a company, their model, connecting one donor with one recipient, makes the connection of the good cause more tangible as such, combining macro-meaning or purpose with guilt-free consumption at the customer’s side.
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