Apple’s first ever iPhone ad highlighted one special feature: making phone calls

Yesterday marked ten years on from the first introduction of the iPhone, and while the device has gone through seven iterations and multiple design changes, the core of the object has remained the same: it’s a phone.

And that’s all Apple wanted you to know about the first version of the iPhone, a device we now expect to do thousands of different tasks. The company’s first advertisement for the 1st generation iPhone highlighted nothing more than the calling capability of the device.

59% of millennials feel overloaded with digital brand communications.

The latest research by the loyalty management firm Aimia Institute finds that Millenials are the most sensitive to digital overload. 44% of Millenials are likely to unfollow a brand on social media or unsubscribe from newsletters if they feel overwhelmed with digital communications. For comparison, just 13% of Gen X feel the same way.

The researchers call these group “High Volume Sensitive consumers” (HVS). 59% of them feel overwhelmed with emails, 60%—with text messages, 62%—with push notifications from mobile apps.

As a result, HVS consumers block numbers (80%), unsubscribe from newsletters (84%), delete apps (82%), unfollow brands on social media (86%), about 62% adjust settings of their accounts to limit irrelevant information. The most impatient consumers are from the U.K. (49% change settings to reduce communications, others are more radical), the most patient ones are in India (64% are ready to do so).

Ambitions versus pragmatism: how Millenials are different from Centennials beyond technology

Born between 1980s and 2000, Millenials were the first so-called digital generation, while their younger siblings Centennials were the first born with smartphone in their palms.

Access to technology and information has influenced their behavioral patterns globally. However, technological ‘native-ness’ is not the only trait that differs the two younger consumer age groups, a research by the Futures Company finds.

Desire for freedom vs. need for protection
These days both Millenials and Centennials value privacy online. However, there were the days when the former enjoyed the freedom of exploration as early Internet adopters. On the contrary, Centennials as mobile natives from early childhood have to deal with the variety of platforms and abundance of information, so they use tech cautiously. They don’t mind that parents monitor their online activities.

E-commerce vs. c-commerce
With the rise of Internet, Millenials witnessed the growth of online retail as an alternative to traditional stores. Centennials are lucky to live at the dawn of a new business era—the emergence and rise of ‘Consumer to Consumer’ economy. The youngest consumers are perfectly fine with purchasing some crafted goods instead of mass production.

Financial currency vs. social respect
The youngest consumer groups have different vision of success. If ambitious Millenials strongly believed that success was more about money and economic outcomes, Centennials are more pragmatic and do not measure success in commercial or financial terms—they rate influence in the social media higher than dollars.

Ambitions vs. realistic goals
This difference stems from the attitude to success mentioned above. Millenials who grew up with the can-do attitude and had high ambitions, have difficulties adapting to touch economic environment. While Centennials who were born in the times of austerity, have tempered financial and career expectations.

Intrapersonal intelligence vs practical mind
While Millenials enjoy freedom of self-expression, creativity and unique personal strength, Centennials possess ‘practical intelligence: they try to find the best fit between themselves and external demands in the society. Being naturally stress-proof, it’s easier fir them to adapt to the world of limited opportunities.

Fighting the system vs. creating new systems
Millenials use the power of Internet to change existing systems, unite people in communities and fight for their rights.  Centennials, vice versa, are quiet innovators, not fighters. Instead of changing systems, they create their own zone of comfort.

Of course, all these labels are conventional and may change as the consumers grow older. However, these trends will influence attitudes and behaviour of Millenials and Centennials as the progress through life, the Future Company’s analysts argue.

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The tablet wars – Apple vs Samsung

The explosion of tablet computers since the launch of the iPad has been phenomenal with an estimated 67 million tablets sold in 2011.

The biggest war is happening between Apple and Samsung, with both companies spending plenty of time in courts around the world counter suing each other.

An interesting observation has been how both have been marketing their product.

Apple’s advertisement is inspirational and emotional. It doesn’t mention any of the iPads features (or what it lacks) as with Samsung wants to spell it out.

Watch the ads and tell us what you think.