"Battle of the Brands" (with detailed report, including custom slides and personal consultation)

Compare your brand to your competition: Which resonates the deepest (and why) with Millennials and Gen Z? (detailed report)


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How does your brand compete with others in the battle to win today’s youth?

Brands that succeed with this key demo of Millennial and Gen Z consumers can enjoy their loyalty for years to come. This 13- to 24-year-old group is often given short shrift by brands that have a more adult target. That can prove to be short-sighted thinking. Teens and young adults not only spend significant amounts of their own money, they also influence the spending of parents, siblings, and other adults in their lives.


  • Compare and contrast the relative strengths across a variety of measures of 57 youth-oriented brands. (See "Additional Deliverables" below for a full list of the 57 measured brands -- from Axe to YouTube!")
  • See how your brand is "personalized" -- learn where it statistically maps across 32 brand personality dimensions.
  • Discover how the 57 brands fare on the key measures of Awareness, Brand Interaction, Brand Connection, Brand Popularity, and Motivation.
  • Take away key insights into why some brand succeed, while others struggle, with these Millennials and Gen Z consumers.
  • These brands have been selected from a wide range of categories, including social causes, media and entertainment, retail, technology, and consumer packaged goods.


They are the adult shoppers of the future; building a relationship with them now can translate into loyalty that lasts their lifetime. This study shows you exactly where your brand fares among this critical cohort right now, and what you need to do increase young consumers' engagement with your brand. Become a co-sponsor of this actionable today! Increase your brand's youth standing tomorrow.

Methodology: Quantitative

Quantitative Design

Number of Interviews: 1200

Interview Length: 15 minutes

Statistical Analysis:

Correspondent analysis provides positioning maps for all 57 brands across 32 brand personality measures. These maps have been drawn in total, across categories and key demographic groups (age, gender, etc.). The dataset is designed to allow for other positioning techniques to be employed.

In addition, a full analysis of how brands stack up on key brand health indicators is also provided.

Design Rationale:

When designing this study, we aimed to fill a gap that has arisen as some longstanding youth syndicated studies of youth are no longer available. We focused on core measures of brand awareness, health, and personality. Many brands may already conduct custom studies focusing on their brands and likely a few key competitors; but, they are unlikely to be measured within a such a broad context of leading youth brands or among this particular age group. The resulting positioning maps can be eye opening to brand managers and strategists, fostering essential conversations and initiatives to improve and strengthen a brand’s position with young consumers.

How Sample will be Segmented:

This study utilized quota sampling in order to provide a nationally representative youth sample. Quotas were set by age, gender, region, and race/ethnicity; targets are proportional to US Census targets. The resulting dataset has been weighted to correct for minor imbalances in the quota sampling.

Sample Source:

The online sample was sourced from SSI, a leader in online samples for the market-research industry.

Quantitative Research Target

Gender: 50% Male, 50% Female

Ethnicity: Approximates national population distribution

Ages: 13 to 24

Geography: US Only; Approximates national population distribution


Reporting: Formal Report; Topline Report

Presentation: Web-based

Additional Deliverables:

There are two distinct set of deliverables for the study, which result in two different price points. Both versions include an SPSS data file and the standard data tables. This more expensive option includes significant analysis and consultation. Specifically: a custom banner we'll design with your input; a 30-40 page PowerPoint deck that will feature a few slides customized to your brand and category, including personality brand mapping based on the 32 attributes; and a one-hour phone consultation/presentation with John Geraci, the research lead and president of Crux Research.

Bath & Body Works 
Above the Influence
Boys & Girls Club
Gap (Red)
It Gets Better Project
No Kid Hungry
Stand Up to Cancer
Do Something
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Cosmopolitan Magazine
Adult Swim
American Apparel
Under Armour
Ben & Jerrys
Taco Bell
CDC: TIPSm Campaign
FDA: The Real Cost Campaign

Timing: Available Immediately


Company: Crux Research Inc.

Previous Projects: 2

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Supplier's Qualifications:

Crux Research is a market-research firm dedicated to connecting decision makers with consumers, inspiring new thinking, and setting new standards for customer service. We focus on delivering insight with the power to drive change by building on a solid understanding of your business and culture.

The professionals associated with this project have been conducting research among youth for more than 25 years. We employ widely recognized experts in the youth research field who are often quoted in the national media on youth issues, present at youth industry events, and are regarded as a trusted source of insights into the Millennial generation. We have worked with some of the most well-respected brands and organizations that serve youth.

The “lead client” for this project is Truth Initiative, the national anti-tobacco youth campaign, which has proven that powerful branding can positively influence youth attitudes and behavior. Truth Initiative is dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco.

Also consulting on this project is former TRU CEO, Peter Zollo, who’s spent the better part of his career helping many of the world’s most well-known brands succeed with youth. His latest venture is Collaborata.

Supplier's Team:

The project lead project for this study is John Geraci, President of Crux Research. A seasoned researcher with a broad base of experience, John has earned a reputation as a go-to researcher for understanding today’s youth generation and for market research in educational settings. A veteran of one of the nation’s largest research firms (Harris Interactive), John has overseen nearly two million interviews. His clients have included public school districts, colleges/ universities, consumer packaged goods companies, advertising agencies, media, manufacturers, dot-com businesses, technology firms, foundations, and associations. He has directed more than 2,000 market research projects.


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