01 Sep Gen Xers are Online the Most

It’s not the Millennials that are the most savvy in the digital world. Generation X—the first generation to grow up with PCs—are the ones plugged in the most. These 34- to 45-year-old consumers are heavy users of digital tools, but they also watch more TV than any other age segment.

A new eMarketer report, “Gen X: Demographic Profile and Marketing Approaches” indicates that this group is as comfortable with digital as with traditional media. “To effectively engage with Gen X, brands need a strategy that incorporates multiple channels—including mobile, social and online video—with authentic, relevant messaging,” the report notes.

Since this demographic actively loves TV along with their digital conveniences, video marketing is a smart choice to reach them.

eMarketer forecasts that 74.2.% of Gen X internet users will watch online video at least monthly in 2011, and that percentage is expected to grow to 80% by 2015.

It’s their shopping habits that speak the loudest of this generation. They are more likely than the general population to visit online retail stores mobile retail sites.

Some common characteristics of Gen X

Generation X came of age in an era of two-income families and rising divorce rates. Women joined the workforce in large numbers, spawning an age of “latch-key” children. As a result, Generation X is independent, resourceful and self-sufficient.

The first generation to grow up with computers, Gen Xers are comfortable using smartphones, e-mail, laptops, GPS, iPads, and more.

Many Gen Xers lived through tough economic times in the 1980s and saw their workaholic parents lose hard-earned positions. Because of this, they are less committed to one employer and more willing to change jobs to get ahead than previous generations. They adapt well to change and are tolerant of alternative lifestyles.

Tell us how you market to this audience – do you employ different strategies or use the same message and discipline for all your potential clients?

Sibet B Freides