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Marketing Strategies and Tips for Millennials in 2024

Simple tips to design the best and most effective millennial marketing strategy.

Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, are the first digitally native generation. Their lifelong digital immersion has shaped thinking, connecting, and making decisions. As of 2024, millennials account for a significant portion of the consumer market, making it crucial for marketers to adapt their strategies. Traditional methods used for previous generations often fall short, necessitating a fresh approach tailored to millennials' unique preferences and behaviors.

What is the best way to market to millennials?

Be authentic

Millennials are highly attuned to anything that feels manipulative or phony. According to a 2023 survey by Stackla, 86% of millennials consider authenticity a key factor when deciding which brands they support. Brands like Patagonia and TOMS have successfully leveraged authenticity, building strong emotional connections with their millennial audiences through transparent business practices and genuine storytelling.

Incorporate the personal

Millennials respond well to personal stories and genuine experiences. A 2023 report by Sprout Social revealed that 78% of millennials are likelier to buy from a brand that shares real customer stories. Airbnb excels in this area by showcasing user-generated content that highlights authentic travel experiences.

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Switch the focus

User-generated content (UGC) is powerful. According to a 2024 study by Social Media Today, 70% of millennials trust UGC more than brand-created content. Brands like GoPro have successfully used UGC to create a sense of community and authenticity around their products.

Pay attention

Engaging with millennials involves active listening and quick responses. A 2023 survey by HubSpot found that 90% of millennials expect brands to respond to their comments on social media within 24 hours. Brands like Wendy's have capitalized on this by maintaining a witty and responsive social media presence, resulting in high engagement.

Be human

Humanizing your brand can lead to viral success. Wendy's Twitter account is a prime example, where their humorous and edgy posts have garnered millions of interactions and shares. A 2024 report by Hootsuite highlighted Wendy's as one of the top brands for social media engagement among millennials.

How do you attract millennial customers?

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Social savvy

Occupy the same digital space as your target audience and then optimize the content to generate the most organic activity.

  • Short and compelling posts have the highest shares. They should be attractive and shareable with a succinct emotional connection. No need to be wordy; just make sure that what you say matters.
  • Referral marketing software provides a seamless social sharing option so that your customers will find it easy to tell their friends how much they love your product.
  • When they contact your company via social messaging, be ready to give an immediate response. A delay will make them feel unvalued, whereas immediate communication with a real person develops a connection.
  • Cater the content to the appropriate social venue. Consider what works best on each platform: Photo? Video? Written content? With social posts, one size does not fit all

Work with influencers

Millennials tend to feel a bond with the influencers that they follow regularly. Find out who your target audience follows and establish relationships with those influencers. When an influencer recommends your brand to their followers it feels like a recommendation coming from a trusted friend.

Word of mouth

An effective referral can sometimes be literally word of mouth, but with millennials that word of mouth referral is usually expressed digitally. As a result, one referral can now impact hundreds or even thousands. Birds of a feather flock together; forums like Reddit, or Facebook Groups are a great place to facilitate digital “word of mouth” messaging.

Share their passion

Aligning with causes millennials care about can drive engagement. According to a 2024 Cone Communications study, 75% of millennials are willing to pay more for products from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact. Brands like Warby Parker, which donates a pair of glasses for every pair sold, have built strong loyalty through such initiatives.

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Digital loyalty programs

Customer loyalty programs have long been a proven way to increase sales and encourage repeat business. But to the millennial generation, punch cards have been replaced by smartphones. Gone are the days of losing a punch card and forgetting it at home. A digital loyalty program can be easy to implement and it puts your company – and the rewards – at your customers’ fingertips. Jed Williams and John Swanciger note in that Starbucks saw the positive results first-hand when its rewards program “played a key role in its 26 percent rise in profit and 11 percent jump in total revenue in 2013’s second quarter fiscal results.”

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Offer value

Millennials look for quality, cause, and value. A 2023 report by Deloitte found that 63% of millennials prioritize quality and value when making purchasing decisions. Brands that successfully combine these elements, like Nike with its high-quality products and strong brand values, achieve the best results.

Perks and benefits

Offering tangible and virtual perks can boost engagement. A 2023 survey by Ipsos found that 68% of millennials are more likely to share their experience on social media when they receive free samples. Providing valuable digital content, such as how-to videos or informative blog posts, encourages frequent engagement and sharing.

What are some millennial acquisition strategies?

Marketing Strategies for Millennials

Make it easy

Simplifying the user experience is essential. A 2023 report by Google found that 53% of mobile users abandon sites that take longer than three seconds to load. Ensuring a seamless and quick experience across devices is critical for capturing and retaining millennial customers.

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Referral marketing

Millennials are not looking to be marketed to through salesy ads and one-way communication. They want a referral from someone they know and trust. writes that “customers are 4 times more likely to buy with referrals from friends.” They also add that “referred customers spend an average of 13.2% more than regular customers.” Referral marketing is an extremely efficient and cost-effective way to extend your company’s reach and grow your customer base. Talkable takes you step-by-step through designing the right referral program for your company.


Engaging millennials in product development fosters loyalty. A 2023 study by Deloitte found that 42% of millennials are interested in co-creating products with brands. Campaigns that solicit ideas and feedback from millennials can generate excitement and a sense of ownership.

Cross-device marketing

Consistency across devices is key. A 2024 report by MarketingDive found that cross-device marketing increases conversion rates by 1.4 times compared to single-device marketing. Ensuring your campaigns are visible and consistent across all devices enhances their effectiveness.

Keep up

Staying current with digital trends is crucial. Platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok continue to dominate millennial engagement. A 2024 report by eMarketer highlighted that 70% of millennials use Instagram and 60% use TikTok regularly. Being active on these platforms and adapting to their trends is vital for reaching this audience.


Marketing strategy is not static and must evolve with each generation. Engaging millennials necessitates an organic, authentic approach that appeals to their values. Give them something to care about, connect emotionally, and meet them where they are. The reward is an active clientele that is passionate about your brand and will share that passion with others. No longer merely customers, the millennial generation can be your brand’s best marketing asset.

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