Teen Shopping Habits and Trends

Teen Shopping Habits and Trends

May 11, 2017 12:03 pm

Whereas entrepreneurs are preoccupied with satisfying the wants of millennials, one other demographic group with monumental spending energy is nipping at their heels: youngsters.

There are about 26 million teenagers in the USA and 39 % of them are employed half-time. Teenagers are a part of the bigger Era Z demographic group — these born between 1996 and 2015.

Whereas just like millennials, teenagers have some distinct preferences. The just lately launched Spring 2017 “Taking Inventory with Teenagers” report from funding agency Piper Jaffray offers insights into teen on-line and offline buying developments. Based mostly on a survey of 5,500 teenagers — seventy five % common revenue and 25 % higher revenue — the report describes buying developments and spending patterns. Piper Jaffray has finished this semi-annual survey 33 occasions.

How Teenagers Differ

The time period “digital natives” has been used to explain Era Z. They're the primary era to all the time have the Web at their disposal. They grew up in a world that's seamlessly related. Teenagers are model acutely aware however not model loyal. They search for high quality merchandise and depend on social media to advise them.

Forty-one % of teenagers determine an athletic attire model as their most popular clothes model with Nike topping the record.

They're the primary era to all the time have the Web at their disposal. They grew up in a world that's seamlessly related.

They don't seem to be spendthrifts. Regardless of having $forty four billion in shopping for energy, youngsters are usually shopping for much less. Spending by teenagers dropped 2.four % from 2016 to 2017 to about $2,500, in response to the Piper Jaffray survey. Thirty-9 % of teenagers are employed half-time and the drop in spending isn't essentially an financial problem. Mother and father’ contribution to teen spending was at sixty three %, down from sixty eight % within the earlier survey.

A rising choice for experiences over possessions gave meals a much bigger share of their budgets. For male teenagers, meals was the most important expenditure adopted by clothes and video video games. Females ranked clothes their prime spending precedence adopted by meals and private care gadgets. General, attire gross sales fell to 19 % of youngsters’ spending, down from 21 % in the identical interval in 2014.

The place Do Teenagers Store?

Whereas they haven't given up on brick-and-mortar shops, the times of roaming by means of malls for hours are over. On-line-solely retailers captured 17 % of youngster purchasing time, up from 10 % in fall 2013, and have become the second hottest channel. Specialty brick-and-mortar shops was the place teenagers spent most of their time in 2016 with a 24 % share, down from 27 % in fall 2013.

Specialty chains that cater to teenagers and millennials are both submitting for chapter or closing shops. The newest is teen clothes retailer rue21, which lately introduced it's closing four hundred shops nationwide to give attention to on-line gross sales. Moist Seal, one other former teen favourite, closed all its shops this previous January. Aeropostale, as soon as a teen favourite, emerged from chapter in 2016 with solely 230 of its roughly 800 retail shops remaining.

Favourite Web sites

Not in contrast to older individuals, teenagers like to go to Amazon. It's the favourite website for each men and women, capturing forty three % of Web share. The subsequent hottest websites have been Nike and American Eagle, each garnering 5 % of stripling visits. eBay suffered a small decline in share, garnering 2.5 % of sweet sixteen consideration.

Amazon Prime adoption has grown throughout all revenue brackets in every of the previous six Piper Jaffray surveys, most just lately displaying fifty eight % of households with youngsters subscribe to Amazon Prime.

Social Media

Snapchat and Instagram are the teenagers’ favourite social media platforms. Eighty-one % of teenagers go to Snapchat at the very least as soon as a month and seventy nine % go to Instagram. Twitter is available in third at fifty six % and Fb registers fifty one % of teenagers visiting no less than as soon as a month.

When requested “What's the easiest way for a retailer/model to speak with you about new merchandise or promotions?,” fifty two % of sweet sixteen respondents stated Instagram. Second hottest was e-mail at fifty one %.

YouTube is rising in popularity amongst teenagers for watching video, second solely to Netflix. YouTube reaches extra teenagers and adults ages 18 to 34 than any cable community. For the primary time, YouTube outpaced cable TV as to how teenagers spend their free time.


  • Youngsters are absolutely immersed within the digital world. Retailers ought to use digital channels to realize their enterprise.
  • Cellular is the best way to go. Many teenagers stay in a family and not using a landline or a desktop pc. Cellular is how they convey and store.
  • To succeed in teenagers, retailers ought to interact them on Snapchat and Instagram.
  • Promoting to teenagers on Amazon is a profitable technique.

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