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What We’ve Learned About Marketing To Baby Boomers – Part IV

By Jim Gilmartin – In Part I, Part II and Part III of this series, we’ve shared the marketing implications of how Baby Boomers think. This is the final article in the series. Research has shown that customers’ final decisions are not the direct product of the reasoning process; in fact, emotions drive Baby Boomers in their purchase decisions. The …

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What We’ve Learned About Marketing To Baby Boomers – Part III

By Jim Gilmartin – There are many perspectives on how to effectively market to Baby Boomers. We’ve shared several in Part I and Part II of this series. We believe we can roughly divide Baby Boomer behavior perspectives into two approaches. The first emphasizes the objectivity of science and that the customer is considered a rational decision maker. In contrast, …

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What We’ve Learned About Marketing To Baby Boomers – Part II

By Jim Gilmartin – In Part I of this series, we shared some of what we’ve learned about marketing to Baby Boomer and older populations. We’ve learned that marketing activities exert an enormous impact on individuals and that consumer behavior is very relevant to the dynamics of marketing practices. We’ve also learned that a good understanding of how the brain …

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How The Boomers Took America Global

By Barry Robertson – When January rolls around, many Americans turn their thoughts to vacation planning. And, as in most other areas of the U.S. economy, Boomers are the driving force behind the travel industry. It’s not just about loading the family into the minivan for an interminable are we there yet road trip to see the world’s largest ball …

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What We’ve Learned About Marketing To Baby Boomers – Part I

By Jim Gilmartin – Our Understanding of the Baby Boomer Consumer Mark Twain wrote, “The problem isn’t the things that we don’t know; it’s the things we ‘know’ that ain’t so.” His comment is simply a reflection of a common sense reality. Today, marketing and selling draw on a lot of things “we ‘know’ that ain’t so.” For instance: Marketers …

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Thanks To Those Spoiled Boomers

By Barry Robertson – The doting parents of the Boomer generation grew up in tough times. The economy crashed in 1929 triggering the Great Depression of the 1930s – during which unemployment never once fell below 14% – followed immediately by World War II. So when the U.S. entered a period of incredible post war prosperity and self-confidence that lasted from 1945 until the mid-60s, our …

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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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How Boomers Revolutionized The Luxury Car Market

By Barry Robertson – The 2016 LA Auto Show opened on November 18 and will run through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It gives Los Angelenos a chance to walk off all that turkey and holiday goodies. Who knows, maybe somewhere in the glittering array there are vehicles as transformative as in the 1990 show when the shiny new Lexus LS400 was on display. Thanks to …

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Marketing To Baby Boomers – For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn

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 …

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The 50+ Digital Marketing Opportunity

By Mike Neerhof – originally posted on Lever Interactive’s blog Coming of Age, together with Lever Interactive and Google, recently hosted a happy hour marketing event at Google’s Chicago office entitled “Untapped: The 50+ Marketing Opportunity in Digital”. Through presentations from Jim Gilmartin of Coming of Age, Adam Yellin of Google and Brian Yaro of Lever Interactive, we learned about …