As retailers adapt to the increased use of digital and online shopping methods, many companies have shifted their omnichannel marketing efforts to focus heavily on the online shopper, especially for the younger, more tech-savvy millennials. But according to a report from SmarterHQ, 50% of millennials actually prefer shopping in-store - and that means some retailers may be failing to engage this 80-million strong demographic. This article is copyright 2017 The Best Customer Guide.

"While we're seeing much more mobile traffic than we ever have in previous years, especially with the younger buyer, our survey found that brick-and-mortar is alive and well with millennials, and the need for a strong, well-executed and cohesive omnichannel presence beyond online is key when capturing millennial spend," said Michael Osborne, CEO of SmarterHQ.

Another finding that stood out was that while security may be a concern with older shoppers, 70% of millennials are actually comfortable with retailers tracking their purchasing and browsing behaviors, if it means they'll receive more relevant communications. This further emphasizes the need for strategic personalization, in an industry still plagued by mass marketing techniques.

Additional survey findings retail executives and marketers should keep in mind when targeting millennials include:

  • Millennials are distracted
    95% of this demographic are doing other things while shopping, including working, watching TV, or talking to friends. Real-time, personalized communications can break through the distractions.
  • Don't bombard millennials with marketing tactics
    74% of millennials said they are frustrated with too many marketing communications, and the majority prefer 1-3 marketing emails per month. Quality not quantity - with relevant content - will make those emails truly count.
  • Brand loyalty is limited
    Only 6.5% of millennials respondents considered themselves brand loyal, however, those who prefer personalized communications have a 28% higher brand loyalty than those who do not.
  • Personalized emails trump batch and blast
    70% of millennials are frustrated by brands sending irrelevant emails, and prefer to receive personalized emails offering certain info like sale notifications for previously carted items, sale notifications for previously browsed items or categories, and recommended products based on their interests.

To review all of the survey findings and additional tips that retail marketers should know to help create effective personalized marketing campaigns, you can download the report, 'Millennials: Where they shop, how they shop, why it matters', here: