What’s the largest market in the U.S., eclipsing even the tremendous buying power of the Boomer generation?
If you said it was Generation Y, you’re correct. With over 80 million Americans belonging to the under-3o market segment, so-called “millennials” have more buying power than any other age group in America.
Marketing To The “Net Generation”
Look, everyone knows that MMA is extremely popular right now… but if you think that’s the only service you can market to this age group, you’re wrong.
The fact is, consumers in this market segment may very well be interested in the full gamut of martial arts programs and fitness services you offer… however, the key to capturing the attention of this market follows two very closely related guidelines:
- They have to like you.
- They have to be able to relate to you.
Now, by “you” I’m not necessarily talking about you personally, but instead about your “brand” or “image”. Consider that with smaller schools, the instructor/owner tends to be the brand, but that still doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be constrained by your personal preferences when it comes to creating your school’s image.
Things to remember about millennials are that:
- They tend to be influenced heavily by the relationships they create and the social groups they belong to,
- They react very negatively to plastic/fake/insincere marketing,
- And they are strongly attracted to companies with a genuine interest in social responsibility on a local and global level.
Reaching Gen Y With Low-Cost and Grass Roots Marketing
First of all, it helps to be seen where they are… namely, on the internet; more specifically, on social networking sites, social video sharing sites, and in the blogosphere (via micro-blogging services like Twitter and blog platforms like Blogger and WordPress).
However, marketing using these methods can be tricky – be aware that if you go for the hard sell, you’ll lose their attention every single time. The best methods of getting your marketing message to this audience involve building relationships and then gently letting your “friends and followers” know what you do and offer.
Remember also that you should be on websites like Facebook and using service like Twitter to interact and communicate with your clients. In turn, your clients will be telling others about your service… that is, if they are happy with and impressed by the services you are providing.
Certainly, there’s tremendous opportunity in capturing the attention of the under-30 crowd. Smart school owners will be spending time studying this market segment to deepen their understanding of what makes them “tick”, and learning to reach them by establishing an online presence on social networks and using social media.
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