Chinese consulting company iReseach realized the White Book of Chinese fashion shoppers born after 1990s (九零后, referred as Post-1990s-ers later). The report covers the attitude, content and platform preference, as well as the buying behaviour of such emerging fashion consumers.
As of November 2018, short videos Apps’ MAU reached 720 million, and 394 million were Post-1990s-ers –the era of short video has arrived in China and Post-1990s-ers are the main players. What followed was the deepening of social and e-commerce integration – the customer journey is greatly shortened, and the “content + e-commerce model” is stronger than ever – the success of social-e-com platform RED is an evident proof for that.
Post-1990s-ers regard fashion is much more than news but integrated with multiple dimensions such as shopping, entertainment, and social. They are extremely interested in reading about fashion – more than 60% of them read fashion information every day, more frequently than any other age groups.
Fashion Contents and platforms
Besides browsing Alibaba marketplaces (Taobao and Tmall), short videos are the most popular platform for reading about fashion. Post-1990s-ers are “upgraded” their fashion interests from basic category like apparel and shoes to accessories and watches, celebrities fashion styles etc. In terms of fashion content, UGC, “outfits in movies and TVs” and “celebrities’ street styles” are the most popular.
Post-1990s-ers purchase fashion goods with a higher frequency, additionally, they are willing to spend more on fashion items. About 40% of them at least buy 1 fashion item every week.
To attract Post-1990s-ers via online marketing, fashion brands could try to work with broader range of KOLs – more than fashion bloggers but creative minds, not necessarily macro yet with stronger personalities and a like-minded community. Additionally, product placement in TV shows and movies is still a great choice for “seeding”, especially when combined with related fashion articles published on social media channel.
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