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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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Boomer Girls Still Just Want To Have Fun

by Barry Robertson – Who says Boomers aren’t adaptable? For sure, not the defunct music cassette industry… Back in 1980, when Donna Summer rocked our disco world, vinyl records were at the peak of their popularity – we just called them “records” in those days, the traditional term handed down from our parents and grandparents. However, cassette sales were already …

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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 …

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Want To Connect With Baby Boomers? Get Your Messages Creatively Right

By Jim Gilmartin – Contrary to the perception that aging brings a calcification of shopping habits, many over-50 consumers diversify their spending habits as they grow older. That diversification, plus the narrower tactics of contemporary marketing practices, makes them much tougher to reach through advertising. As older consumers and the Baby Boomer cluster move from the crowd-think of their youth …

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Memo To Smartphone Marketers: Don’t Put Boomers On Hold

by Barry Robertson – One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy … Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-1973) was a TV favorite among leading edge Boomers. It debuted on NBC Television as the top-rated series of the 1968/69 season, with an average rating of 31.8 (TV Facts, Cobbett Steinberg). Eat your heart out, Big Bang Theory (3.4 rating, season finale May 12, 2016, Nielsen). Okay, it’s …

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People Make All Purchase Decisions

“All purchase decisions are made by people.” Gavin Finn, CEO of Kaon Interactive, wrote in a recent article. “While data science and analytics have become an essential element of every modern marketing arsenal, it is wise to remember that people make all purchase decisions.” He goes on to say, “Even in business purchases, the individual decision-makers are subject to the same …

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50+ Marketing Happy Hour Event Recap

Thank you to all of the local marketers and business owners who joined us at Google’s Chicago office on Thursday, August 25 for our happy hour event – Untapped: The 50+ Marketing Opportunity in Digital. Coming of Age, Lever Interactive and Google each shared insights into identifying and connecting with the 50+ markets using digital marketing. The presentations were kicked off …

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Advertising to Boomers: Early Adopters will be too late

By Barry Robertson – In the Golden Age of cheesy sci-fi movies, scaly mutants in low budget rubber costumes, claymation monsters and rear projection creepy-crawlies ruled. One of our favorites is the 1954 Toho Film Company classic, Godzilla, starring a prehistoric dinosaur with a seriously bad attitude due to being awakened by H-bomb testing. Sure, anyone would be irked but, …