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Baby Boomers Are Still The 800-Pound Gorilla

Let’s Revisit The Opportunities The media is currently promoting Millennials as targets to pursue. It’s very clear the numbers are impressive, but numbers don’t buy anything. It would be short-sighted of marketers to ignore Baby Boomers in favor of Millennials. In 1946, Baby Boomers began their tremendous influence on the world. No one could have predicted how this generation would …

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Do You Have A Story To Tell? Baby Boomers Want To Hear It

A huge cognitive gap exists between a 30-year-old copywriter and a 65-year-old consumer. The result is that very little advertising aimed at Baby Boomers reflects the way they think because, typically, the young copywriter sees the world through the lens of an under-40 year old. As individualistic as our fingerprints, how we think is influenced by our unique life story, …

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How to Connect With Rich Baby Boomers

While the 50+ segment makes up 50% of consumer spending, only 10% of advertising spend is focused on this group. So we can assume that marketers and advertisers are neglecting the rich baby boomers – those that control 70% of the wealth. Spending by the 50+ segment is expected to rise to $4.74 trillion over the next 20 years (a …

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How To Connect With Baby Boomer Women

In a Marketing Daily commentary, “Advertising’s Gender Problem: Some Brands Are Starting To Get It”, author Jean Freeman writes, “But here is another sad reality about advertising today: Women control an estimated 85% of purchasing decisions in this country, yet over 91% of them feel like advertisers don’t understand them… ‘Women’ have become the latest buzzword in the ad world, …

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Boomers & Older Customers Are Writing a Brand New Book

Many marketers today are not prepared to reach baby boomers and the fifty-plus, a class of customers who have more money to spend than any other group in history. “Boomers and older customers today are affluent, and they are disproportionately represented among most retailers’ customer bases,” says Sandra Gudat, president of Customer Communications Group. “It’s typical for a company to …

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Ten Behavioral Distinctions of Older Customers

Marketers continually look for ways to group targeted customers to connect efficiently with them. The following offers insights into understanding better older customers. 1. Increased individualism Older customers are less subject to peer influence than younger customers are. Keeping up with the Joneses is not as important as it once was; thus advertising that invokes social status benefits does not …

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Checklist for Creating a Website for the 50+

Baby Boomers, seniors and 50+ consumers interact with brands online and use the internet when making purchasing decisions on a daily basis. One of the first and most important interactions with your brand is a visit to your website, and designing your site to increase the satisfaction quotient and reduce the frustration quotient for aging audiences is essential. In Alice …

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How to Design Your Website for Seniors, Boomers and the 50+ Audience

Know Your Target Computer usage by those 50+ is soaring. Statistics show that the rate of internet use has been rising for all ages, and older adults are now among the fastest growing groups of internet users. The 50+ age group has made the internet an integral part of their everyday lives. According to a 2016 Pew Research poll, roughly …

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Marketing To Baby Boomers – Is It A Game Of Chance?

by Jim Gilmartin – An esteemed colleague once told me that no category of business expense contains as much waste as marketing. The amounts are astounding. Some marketing-related activities are estimated to cost companies about $500 billion annually. There are those that consider that figure is double what it should be. That claim is not as outlandish as it might …

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Marketing To Baby Boomers: Stories Connect

By Jim Gilmartin – Most of us love stories. That’s nothing new. However, marketers need to understand better the value of storytelling in communicating messages. As we age, stories play an even more important role in how our brains process information about your products and services. Jonas Kaplan of the University of Southern California published a study in January 2016 …