Snap Study: Aussie Gen Zs Leading The Way On AR Shopping

Snap Study: Aussie Gen Zs Leading The Way On AR Shopping

Global camera company Snap has today released the 2022 edition of its Gen Z report in partnership with Crowd DNA, shedding light on generation specific emerging audience behaviours, trends and their impact on society. You can read the study in full HERE.

In its second edition, the report highlights the digitally native Snapchat Generation, worth a whopping $95 billion in Australia, is expecting more from brands, technology and themselves post-pandemic.

Conducted across 16 countries including 1000 Australians, the research uncovers what’s at the heart of the Snapchat Generation and their attitude towards culture, brands, technology and community.

1. Visual communication lies at the heart of digital interaction

Gen Z is redefining communication, expressing themselves in more creative and immersive ways to deepen connections with others. The report found the majority (89 per cent) of Gen Z have used some form of visual communication when messaging friends. As the real-life and digital worlds continue to coalesce, communicating visually through the camera lies at the heart of Gen Z and the way they communicate online.

2. Brand connection key to online success

After years of limited social interaction, Gen Z is craving connection – from their peers, and from the brands they love. Almost half (43 per cent) of Gen Z feel it’s more important for brands to build connections with them post-pandemic. Over half (54 per cent) say using AR lenses/filters helps them feel more connected to brands. The research suggests brands who can create a personal connection online are those who will win the hearts and minds of Gen Z.

3. AR shopping is here to stay

Gen Z is trailblazing when it comes to using AR for shopping, and this trend will continue post-pandemic. The findings reveal 88 per cent of Gen Z are interested in using AR to shop, and 79% are interested in using AR to try on makeup and clothes. Gen Z is driving a shift toward more immersive and social shopping experiences made possible by AR, and nearly two thirds (59%) say AR is going to make life easier.

4. Positive reins supreme

Gen Z is actively seeking out and building positive spaces to escape from the pressures of expectation. In fact, two thirds (64 per cent) say they focus on using apps that feel like positive environments. Brands should focus on how to complement the spaces Gen Z are creating spaces of positivity and individuality.

Commenting on the research, Snap’s General Manager for APAC, Kathryn Carter, said: “Gen Z is an interesting and evolving cohort, with distinct characteristics and the ability to influence how we communicate, connect, and consume. A digitally native generation, the camera is an extremely important tool for Gen Z to express their identity, shop, and build connections with friends as well as with brands and the rest of the world.

“The Australian Snapchat Generation is a growing force to be reckoned with and we are confident that brands will see an opportunity in investing in this community, and forging connections with them. By embracing less formal communication, exploring different identities, and putting the camera first, brands can empower playful expression and connect with this increasingly powerful generation.”

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