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Journal of Consumer Marketing

ISSN: 0736-3761

Online from: 1984

Subject Area: Marketing

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Interactive media usage among millennial consumers

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Title:Interactive media usage among millennial consumers
Author(s):Marguerite Moore, (College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
Citation:Marguerite Moore, (2012) "Interactive media usage among millennial consumers", Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 29 Iss: 6, pp.436 - 444
Keywords:Cohort analysis, Decision trees, Individual behaviour, Interactive marketing, Marketing starategy, Millennial generation, User studies
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/07363761211259241 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to determine a comprehensive model of millennial usage of interactive technologies in the current marketing environment based upon actual behavior.

Design/methodology/approach – A data mining approach using decision tree analysis (DTA

) generates two comparative models (i.e. millennial versus generation X and millennial versus baby boomers) of interactive media usage across 21 technology applications. A large national sample (n=3,289) sourced from the Kantar Retail IQ constitutes the data for the models.

Findings – Millennial respondents indicate significantly higher usage of interactive media compared to both generation X and boomers across 14 applications. Models indicate that millennials use interactive technologies for utilitarian/information gathering purposes as well as for entertainment. However, they are less likely to purchase online compared to their older counterparts.

Research limitations/implications – Models provide evidence that both supports and extends previous research into interactive media from a uses and gratifications perspective. Findings suggest theoretical directions for research for economic versus emotional uses of interactive media.

Practical implications – Findings suggest that while millennials are adept at using technology for research and interactive purposes they tend to buy in stores, presenting opportunities for multiple channel marketers and challenges for those who market online exclusively.

Originality/value – The paper provides a realistic, comprehensive empirical model of interactive consumer behaviors across three prominent US cohorts within the current generational cycle.

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