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As for today, we’re digging into what makes your subscribers tick and click on a generational level. Segmenting your email list is one of the best tactics an email marketer can utilize. But it would help to know more about the subscribers you’re grouping together. These 28 facts will give you a clearer picture of your audience’s likes, dislikes, and habits.

Age Segmentation Fast Facts 

Gen Z 18-25: Trusts social proof to the max (and little else)

Millennials 26-40: Comfortable buying via social media, SMS, & email

Gen X 41-55: Prefers in-store shopping or online big-box shops, considered super-loyal

Baby Boomers 56-75: Value hunters with deepest pockets of any generation


Age Group Inbox Buy-In

Americans as a whole are cool with buying via email.

55% bought directly from a marketing email in 2022. 

That’s 8% higher than other global shoppers.

Gen Z bought the least via email (41% of them compared to 61%+ for other age groups)

*BTW banner ads perform 12% better outside the U.S.

Who Values a Buck Most?

age segmentation

Young whipper snappers learned something from their grandparents because…

Boomers and Gen Zers were most concerned with getting a good deal. Millennials were least concerned by a large margin and instead are more into convenience.

Millennials also care most about brands’ values. Gen Z may’ve figured out most brand ‘values’ are dog-and-pony shows that will switch to pony-only shows if public opinion shifts to anti-dog. Boomers cared the least and are just trying to get dinner by 4:45 pm so they can get home.

Now, on-phone purchases.

Mobile Money & Age Segmentation

Overall, 48% of Americans are into “showrooming” – browsing (loitering😂) in a physical store for items they will buy online later.

⭐A bit of a shock that digital content was purchased on mobile by 56% of people.

⭐SMS / MMS messages lead to purchases say 45% of respondents.

Which Gen bought on mobile most? Millennials. 

💰44% of all e-commerce sales expected to be on mobile by 2024 (Zippia)

💰40% of Cyber Monday sales come via mobile devices

💰55% of buyers make a purchase on their phone after seeing a product on social media

Regardless of Age Segmentation, Nobody Wants a Hassle, so Beware

36% of mobile cart abandonments result from Millennial impatience? Boomer tech struggles? Nope…

  • #1 is navigation problems
  • Small images
  • Security concerns
  • Last is checkout process

Me Me Me Me VIP

All 4 Gens are swayed by brands that go the extra mile to make them feel like a VIP. 79% said so. 20% higher than global buyers.  

Boomers (63%) aren’t nearly as impressed by brands that ‘surprise + delight’ them as Gen Z and Millennials (83%) are. Good to know when deciding which segment to lavish with attention, huh?

Who are You Again? 

Age segmentation helps avoid not knowing the customer or client at all. Sending irrelevant content and offering really irks Boomers. They’ll run you off their lawn and inbox.

With all generations a bit more cautious handing out data, it’s hard to get personalized emails and offers right. 

But these screw-ups are easy to avoid:

  • Sending product promos to subscribers who just bought the product
  • Messaging to long-time readers that sounds like they just arrived on your list
  • Cross-selling or upselling a service that a segment has zero need for

Also, nearly 40% of Americans were ticked off about data being used that they did not share with an organization. Example: Socks-R-Us emails you a voucher for a free pair meant to keep “naked sleepers” warm🦶. 

What Moves the Needle for Each Generation?

age segmentation

I mentioned social proof is big with Gen Z. But Boomers like experts – you know, trustworthy peeps like government suits. 

92% of Baby Boomers buy into reviews before making a purchase. Just 8% of them look to any type of influencer. If you have an older segment on your list, mix in reviews next to your email’s CTA.

Two-thirds of Gen Z would take TikTok over all streaming services if stranded on an island. So your youngest email segment is likely to respond to GIFs in emails linked to short-form organic vids.

(Fact #28)

38% of Gen X say brands shouldn’t take social stands / 26% of them aren’t sure (aka scared to say😅). So this segment prolly won’t be moved by a brand’s decision to provide needles for wayward DJs.

Millennials at 26 are not the same as 39-year-old Millennials. At 26, they can legally be on their parents’ health insurance. At 39 they’re making pediatrician appointments for their own kids. Segmentation needs to be as laser-focused as possible.

Those facts will help you make more sales via email. Just don’t forget that with every sale, that’s an opportunity to segment even more precisely. 

Keep reading for fresh stats and today’s asap hack 

Knowledge Base

🔌Knowledge is power, no really…

Don’t underestimate the impact of acquaintances.

🤖Alternative way to track trends (Subreddit ranking).

Hear breakdowns of new marketing books via this podcast. 

🎈Expand your newsletter to LinkedIn (how-to video).


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Facts and Stats

  • Direct purchases via email trounced banner ad purchases by 139% last year (Cheetah Digital)
  • Inflation has caused a 10 percentage point drop in consumer boycotts (Morning Consult)
  • Gen Z trusts brands half as much as Boomers & Gen X (The Hustle)

Bonus: Gmail was missing what until the night before it launched? Answer… a logo

Email Strategy a Hot Mess?

🔥Apple’s MPP has muddied email metrics for marketers.

🔥2023 is seeing new spam filtering troubles. 1 in 6 legitimate emails fail to make it to the inbox.

🔥Budget struggles for B2B & B2C targets. 

🔥As for deliverability? It’s tough to comprehend and full of variables that have marketers on shaky ground. Inbox placement for B2B could be as low as 68%.

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Marketing Musings

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  • Use the same oddball emoji 95% of the time in subject lines
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  • Don’t borrow others’ stories, amp up your own (no one else has access to yours)

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