In this campaign, I teamed up with eight interns at VSA Partners and led UX research workshops to establish campaign narrative, supported creative lead on creative direction and developed a fully responsive website with social media campaign.
What are the new expectation of brands among Gen Z consumerS?
For months, COVID-19 has ravaged the U.S. and the world. After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, thousands across the world are fed up with racism’s persistent hold on everyday American life. Though wildly different, COVID-19 and BLM's resurgence have brought the same conclusion: something needs to change. Therefore, we decided to take on the focus of social injustice to reflect consumer's expectation in the newly formed normal.
We want to convince brands that Gen Z’s expectations are forever changed, inform them on these new expectations, and motivate them to change how they listen, speak, and act.
After conducting qualitative interviews and summarized our research into a findings report, we identified the following key problems to tackle.
The young adult consumer landscape is permanently changing, and brands are feeling the pressure. Amidst these social movements, brands' positions as influencers and innovators are being put to the test. It's do or die.
As these young consumers come into their spending power, brands that cannot engage them risk serious losses.
Brand values must shine through in all macro and micro decisions, not just in external messaging.
Gen Z wants brands to recognize their roles in the communities they serve and to hold themselves accountable for being good community members.
As a generation of digital native, Gen Z keeps tabs on what their favorite brands are doing, whether brands publicize it or not.
Gen Z demands transparency, authenticity and empathy from brands, and they won’t hesitate to use their spending power to advocate for it.
Gen Z wants to know that brands are not only listening, but actively deconstructing the norms that have created this moment, even if it’s uncomfortable. They reject going back to “business as usual.”
Gen Z is critical because they care. They see brands as influencers who can facilitate lasting change. For brands struggling to gain Gen Z’s approval, there’s a simple solution: ask them for input.
To have a better understanding of our targeted audience, we conducted a persona workshop and brainstormed two personas based on a collection of industry professionals who work for a young-adult-facing corporate that addresses social issue.
After an in-depth research phase, we came up with three actions for brands to make their promise tangible.
unlearn to relearn
Listen to the people on the ground. Learn their stories and truths. Amplify their voices.
speak up with purpose
Find comfort in vulnerability and be capable of empathy
action 3: Take a Stand
Brands should use their platform for meaningful action. To put their money where their mouth is. To elevate voices within the community — not speak over them. To be clear — avoiding buzz words and generic language. To provide resources and change the world.
Social Media Campaign
Gen Z spends an average of 2-3 hours on social media daily, so we lean on to social media to amplify their voices.
We designed campaign assets focusing on getting the message out to not only brands, but also the general public. Strategic wild postings and OOH placements will do the heavy lifting in guiding viewers to our website.
Wall Street Journal & Newspaper
We targeted brand decision maker's online and physical habitat — business journal site and their doorsteps to ensure that brand leaders hear the message.
We drove individuals and brands to a website including actions for brands, a pledge to sign and a promotional video.
↑ Homepage in action
↑ Action items hover animation creates dramatic contrast to catch attention
↑ Action page in action