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Video MarketingJUL 2022|Team Colormatics

How to Grab Gen Z's Attention in 8-Seconds or Less

Gen Z has been exposed to digital advertising their entire lives. Scanning, sifting, and sorting information quickly is second nature.

If brands don't grab Gen Z's attention within an 8-second window, you’ve lost - they’ve already scrolled on. 

In this article, we will help you learn how to get your point across quickly and effectively to Gen Z.

Gen Z vs. Millennial Attention Span

Attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. 

The early 2000s showed that millennials' attention span tapped out at 12 seconds. And for Generation Z, the number is even lower at 8 seconds.

Diminishing attention spans isn't exactly news; the biggest difference between Gen Z and Millennial attention spans is what channels each demographic gravitates towards and how they digest information.

Millennials are scattered - distracted - viewers because they flip between 3 screens at a time

Gen Z juggles up to 5 screens at a time and has a shorter attention span - but ironically, they have a higher ad recall rate.

Advertisers need only seconds to break through with Gen Z.

In a recent study, 56% of Gen Z participants could remember an ad they watched for less than 2 seconds. Their recall rate was two times better than participants over 40!

There could be a lot of reasons why we see diminishing attention spans and increasing ad recall rate, but the implications for advertisers are clear.
Communicate brand and product messages as clearly as possible in the shortest amount of time. 

How to Get (and keep) Gen Z Attention

When it comes to Gen Z, video is the way to go.

Short-form videos are perfect for the social media platforms Gen Z engages with and video has a high chance of being watched until the end - when done correctly.

Follow these seven tips and you'll be on your way to creating great content that will grab attention and keep it.

1. Aim for Under 2 minutes

Keep in mind that Gen Z switches between five devices. The objective is to communicate the message in the least period of time while maintaining brand messaging.

2. Tell a story

The best way to connect with Gen Z is by telling a story. Stories are how we connect with one another, so use this to your advantage.

Or better yet - help them tell their story. Doing so will ensure that it will appeal to your target audience.

Gen Z can spot a fake from a mile away. Be relatable, be genuine and most importantly be yourself.

3. Clean Visuals

This one goes without saying, but make sure your visuals are on point.

No one wants to watch a shaky, dark, and blurry video.

Hire a video production agency so your visuals are clear and of high quality.

4. Add Subtitles

Gen Z is scrolling through social media on their phones; with the sound off.

Add subtitles. Not only will this increase the likelihood that someone will watch until the end, but it also improves the understanding of your video; two things that are crucial for ad recall.

5. Vertical Video

Gen Z is more likely to watch videos on their phones and when it comes to social media, vertical video has a 5% higher chance of being watched to completion than horizontal.

Love it, or hate it - vertical video is here to stay.

6. Use Hashtags

Hashtags connect your brand with new audiences, thus, increasing your reach.

They also help you tap into trends, which is especially important for short-form videos because they can quickly become outdated.

But be careful not to overdo it. Use 1-2 hashtags per post so as not to look spammy.

And make sure they are relevant to your video and brand.

7. Include a CTA

A call-to-action (CTA) is essential for short-form videos because you need to give the viewer a next step.

It can be as simple as asking them to follow your social media accounts. The important thing is that you include a CTA so the viewer knows what to do next and how they can stay up-to-date with your content.

Final Thoughts

With Gen Z consumers, 8 seconds is all you get to grab their attention. 

If you want to hit Generation Z with your brand's intended message, you need an approach that's fast and easy to digest.

This is no small feat, which is why most brands fail at the first hurdle: creation. 

Getting it right requires experience in the process of developing and producing short-form videos. 

The best way to establish this process is by working with a production partner who has these three characteristics: technically adept, operationally savvy, and culturally on-point.

Oh, hey - that’s us. Hit that pink chatbot in the bottom right-hand corner and a Colormatics team member will be happy to help.