Rob Callender writes: The media landscape continues to evolve rapidly, but even as Millennials soak up most of the attention Centennial teens are quietly driving many of the changes.
We’ve been telling clients for years now that Facebook’s role in youth culture is shifting. To some extent, recent arguments over whether the site is doomed or just fine, thank you very much miss the point. Declining Centennial enthusiasm for Facebook isn’t an existential threat so much as a shift in priorities: teens regard Facebook as more operational than aspirational. Facebook is where the younger generation goes to communicate with teachers, family and those friends who don’t rate constant, uninterrupted contact.
Facebook’s day-to-day entrenchment remains valuable, to be sure. But it’s a marked shift from the heady days when a more exclusive Facebook was the alpha and omega of the youth universe.
A New Face
WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell acknowledged this shift as he announced the creation of Truffle Pig, a new content-marketing venture from WPP, Snapchat and the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail.
“If you look at the data that [Kantar Futures] has produced on the media habits of Centennials, their attitude to Snapchat is markedly different from Facebook,” Sir Martin told Business Insider. “So that seems to indicate generational changes.”
Centennials Front and Center
Sir Martin isn’t the only one with Centennials on his mind. In the few short months since The Futures Company coined the Centennials name, we’ve seen tremendous pickup from industry and cultural heavyweights around the world.
Here’s some extracts from that coverage of Centennials.
Business Insider India‘s version:
What’s a centennial? A younger, better version of a millennial. Sucks, doesn’t it?
AdAge reported that “smart marketers are looking ahead and making small, fast bets to avoid losing touch with the next crop of teens.”
Losing touch? “HThinkVine.,”, said
On Medium, Alana Hope Levinson used the story as a peg for an engaging visual essay.
And there’s more: everywhere, in fact from BuilderOnline, to Business Insider, to Inphantry, to Marketplace, OnSparks, Popsop, Publicis, The Verge (in passing in a story about David Letterman), Wells Fargo and Yahoo.
If you want a Centennials snapshot, head over to Agencia Clepsidra in Argentina, which republished our handy infographic.
Rob Callender is Director of Youth Insights at The Futures Company. Image by iStock.