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TikTok for Mobile Video Games: 7 Keys to Activating Gen Z

TikTok for Mobile Video Games: 7 Keys to Activating Gen Z

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So, you have decided to make your mobile video game popular on TikTok. It’s a decision that you just cannot go wrong with.   Just take one look at TikTok’s numbers quarter over quarter.

 

TikTok is unknown territory for most mobile video game developers. Consider the sheer popularity of this social media platform however?  Make sure your mobile video game marketing strategies includes TikTok. Period.

 

The majority of the TikTok population is Generation Z.  It is crucial for the mobile video game developers to understand the intricacies of TikTok. Most importantly, how to genuinely capture the attention and activate Generation Z.

 

This is exactly what we are going to cover in this extensive TikTok guide for mobile video game developers. So, without  further ado, let’s dive in.  And figure out what it takes to activate Generation Z in 2020.

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A blue and red neon sign on a brick wall that reads: GENERATION Z

What is the Generation Z?

 

Generation Z is often referred to to the generation that was born between 1996 and 2010.  In other words, the generation that follows the millennials. Digital natives raised on the internet and social media, Gen Z is a must for any marketer.  It is important for the video games industry to understand the characteristics, traits, values, and trends that can help them develop in-depth statistics of Generation Z. About their screen and social media consumption, social behavior, interests, communication style, psychographics, and more.

 

In the United States, Generation Z is said to be the largest consumer demographic. Finishing college by 2020, they will be entering the workforce starting next year. How can you attract the attention of this generation on TikTok? Well, for that you have to dive deeper into TikTok’s consumer insights to create meaningful marketing strategies.  All to activate and influence this soon-to-become largest cohort of consumers.

 

7 Keys to Successfully Activate Generation Z

 

Here are some of the best ways for video games developers to come up with a solid TikTok marketing strategy to attract  Generation Z. Let’s discuss them in detail.

 

1. Generation Z’s TikTok Usage Patterns

 

Why has Tiktok grown so quickly with Generation Z? First  because Tiktok was designed to satisfy their constant need for more content. It emphasizes on short-form video content and makes the platform easy to use.

 

Additionally, Tiktok has successfully fired up Generation Z’s desire for entrepreneurship and becoming an online creator or an influencer. Generation Z experiences little fear or friction before creating content.  Content that will help them build an audience of like-minded people.

 

Generation Z uses social media platforms like Tiktok, YouTube, and Instagram to show the best version of themselves. Contrary to popular belief, this is more related to projecting self-confidence rather than insecurity.

 

2. Gen Z Vs. Millennials: TikTok Usage Pattern

 

It is very important to factor in the TikTok usage pattern of millennials and Generation Z. 42% of the 13-16-year-olds use TikTok which shows that the social media platform is gaining momentum among young teens who are very much into mobile video gaming.

 

Almost 40% of the total TikTok population comprises the Generation Z. Millennials make up the rest of the users. When it comes to content creation, Generation Z is way ahead than millennials.  Millennials, on the other hand, are more likely to “consume” content on the platform.

 

3. Social Causes/Purposes Gen Z Uses TikTok For

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social cause activism protester gen z millennial

With so much information going around on the internet, Generation Z is very much into showing their concern about different socio-political issues in and around the country.

 

What does this mean exactly?  They are very much against turning a blind eye to issues.   Whether about racial injustice, or inequality or about gender bias and more. And their inclination towards speaking out against injustices can be found across Tiktok.

 

For example, the #blacklivesmatter had over 6 billion views on TikTok. Instead of creating dancing and lip-sync videos, which is what TikTok is made for, Generation Z uses the opportunity to raise voice against injustice.

 

This behaviour pattern can be used by mobile video game developers to attract the attention of Generation Z. Creating content in support of social causes and purposes can bring you closer to your target audience. 

 

4. Personal and Relatable Communication Style

 

Millennials and Generation Z are unforgiving when it comes to being manipulated online. They have been on the Internet and social media platforms for a long time.  They clearly know exactly when you are hitting them with fake content.

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Authentic relatable true story video sharing Tiktok

Using Tiktok to attract the attention of Generation Z through insincere content and highly aggressive sales copy? Forget it.  Not gonna work. Your entire focus should be about making your content and Advertising more personal and relatable.

 

Google claims that almost 26% of Generation Z expect retailers to provide a personalized buying experience based on the customers shopping patterns and preferences. Needless to say, authentic voice, genuine ratings and reviews for your mobile app or game is key.  This is true whether to attract Gen Z’ers on Tiktok, or as part of your mobile game’s overall app store optimization strategy.

 

Therefore, make sure the content you publish on Tiktok is what your target audience is looking for. Want to create an impressive brand personality in the minds of your target audience? Start by giving them what they want.

 

5. Creating Snackable Content in Bulk

 

To succeed on TikTok, you will have to invest in creating short snackable content with a major focus on video. One of the reasons why we recommend you create search content is because the average attention span for Generation Z is reducing drastically.

 

While the average attention span for the millennial generation stands at 12 seconds, the same for Generation Z is a mere 8 seconds. Well, this is even less than the attention span of a Goldfish. So, what’s the reason behind this plummeting attention span?

 

The most common reason that also has been well documented for the significant reduction in the attention span of Generation Z is the growth in the number of digital platforms. Generation Z often finds themselves using many digital platforms simultaneously.

 

How exactly?  Generation Z can be found to be using 5 digital platforms simultaneously- at the same time. The shorter attention span is also the reason why Generation Z hates non-skippable ads and pop-ups. 

 

Targeting Generation Z with video ads? We highly recommend using a shorter format. TikTok, therefore, is a great social media platform for you to share your video content.

 

However, you must invest in creating more and more content for your target audience. Make it easier for them to remember your brand. But, this should not be an excuse to create low-quality content. Your video should be extremely entertaining and high quality at the same time.

 

6. Taking Privacy Protection Policies Seriously

 

Generation Z is quite concerned about privacy protection. Almost 88% of the Gen Z population ranks privacy protection at the top of their list when it comes to consuming content on the web.

 

Less than one-third of Generation Z claims to be comfortable sharing personal information online.   But 61%  believe they can do it without any concern with brands they trust.

 

How do you do that?  Want to gain the trust of your target audience on TikTo? First, you have to step up. Be 100% transparent when  collecting user information from Generation Z.   Be wholeheartedly committed to keeping data safe and secure.

 

7. Ability of Micro-Influencers to Rule Generation

 

Need a helping hand?  Partnering with micro-influencers who are popular in your niche can play a huge role in making your brand successful on TikTok. Influencer marketing has always been a powerful marketing tactic.  And the potential size of the  population you can attract when done right?  Positively HUGE.

 

There are many popular Gamers on TikTok. Influencers create highly entertaining sometimes niche content for their audience. Generation Z population is very much inclined towards gaming, especially with the eSports revolution. There exists a great, under-utilized opportunity.  One for you to create your OWN highly-targeted audience on this social media platform.

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Competitive eSports Arena

But why are video platforms so successful?  One of the reasons why influencer marketing works on video platforms like TikTok on YouTube is because almost 70% of the teenage population easily relate to online creators than traditional celebrities. Online creators are simply more relatable and trustworthy.  Aka One of Us.

 

Therefore, invest in micro-influencers on TikTok. Invest in them to help them help YOU.  Influencer marketing is a relatively expensive marketing technique but it can bring you exceptional results in a short amount of time, when done right.

 

Final Thoughts

 

We have shared in-depth information related to the latest TikTok statistics for Generation Z.  Always remember to take a more personalized approach in the decision-making process. Video game developers understand what the young generation likes.  It is equally important to have a one-on-one discussion with their marketers.

 

Come up with groundbreaking marketing strategies. Be authentic, be real, personalize communication, and give Generation Z what they want – in short snack-able video format.  Respect privacy, and be transparent.  When needed, seek help from trusted micro influencers.  Help them help YOU.  

 

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