Six o’clock is about the time I come home from a full day of class, work and a mildly maintained social life. With a coffee in hand, I sink into my 70’s style sofa crammed against the wall of our microscopic college apartment and begin my nighttime ritual. Phone? Check. Laptop on? Check. TV on and season one of “The Office” blaring? Check. Indie rock playing from my tablet? Check. Doing homework while all of this is happening? Check. Sensory overload? Definitely check.
According to Urban Dictionary, (yes, I think that at times, it can be considered an accurate source), there are two wings of "millennial" that are often at odds with each other: Generation Y, people born between 1981-1991, and Generation Z, people born between 1991-2001. Both Generation Y and Generation Z can be called "Millennials," with the primary difference between the two being technology. Generation Y (my generation) grew up on personal computers, cell phones and video game systems. Generation Z has been attached to tablets, smartphones and apps since birth. While neither likes to be “lumped in” with the other, both generations are transforming and altering communication and identity all over the world. These changes directly effect how companies and associations are (and should be) marketing to millennials.
Since social media management became popular and then, essentially, part of my job, I have seen a lot of changes, trends and missteps. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve been companies and associations make is discounting being on and effectively using LinkedIn. Too many times I have heard business owners, board members and even professionals say, “Yeh, we’re on LinkedIn, but we don’t do anything with it because we don’t have that many followers.” Those words are like pins in my eye. They hurt. So many messages are going unheard because there are still so many people who really don’t understand the power of LinkedIn.