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Each week, we take a look back at the content that our followers engaged with the most during the previous week.

This week is all about email marketing. First, a new study from MarketingCharts shows why senior marketing professionals should start placing more focus on their email marketing programs.

Then, a study conducted by Mailjet gives marketing professionals insight into how they can increase click rates within their target demographics, especially email among recipients ages 45 and above.

MOST CLICKED: Email and Content Marketing Perceived to be Top Lead Gen Tactics

A new study from MarketingCharts shows that marketing influencers believe that email and content marketing are the most effective tactics for online lead generation.

Officials are clamping down on social media abuse of nursing home residents

Some Mondays our recap of the top mature marketing links is filled with fun and frothy items -- wine! brain games! leisure travel plans!

And some Mondays we get to share articles and resources related to heavier topics.

As the philosopher Thomas Carlyle said, "There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune."

Today's featured articles have an inherent mix of the "good" and the "bad," and we hope soon there will be changes to mood and fortune.

MOST SHARED: "Exploitation on social media is a form of abuse."

NPR reports that officials from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin checking the policies of all nursing homes to be sure they are explicitly prohibiting staff from taking (and posting) demeaning photographs of residents.

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Pokémon Go isn’t the only app that has millennials burying their heads in their smartphones these days. Despite having been around for almost five years, Snapchat is more popular than ever with the younger generations.

In fact, according to Power Digital Marketing, 60% of 13 to 34 year-old smartphone owners in the US are Snapchat users, thus providing many marketers a new avenue through which they can reach this demographic. As of June 2016, Snapchat has more daily users than Twitter.

Should marketers focused on older adults -- Baby Boomers and seniors -- be considering Snapchat?

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Each week, we recap the news items that most engaged our followers over the past week.

This week, a Reuters Institute study explains how digital media has overtaken print media as a primary news source -- for some generations, that is --, while a study from MarketingCharts emphasizes the importance of using radio to advertise to Generation X.

Also, we take a look at how news headlines often say one thing, but mean another -- especially in senior health and aging industries.

MOST CLICKED: The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016 has confirmed what has been obvious to marketers and consumers for years now: the adoption of digital platforms as a means of accessing the news has led to a decline in the print news industry.

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Happy August! Today's recap of top 50+ marketing links covers ins and sins -- some more deadly than others.

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Our most-commented item of the week compares the costs of events and everyday expenses across the generations to answer the questions:

"Was it really different, back in the day? Do Millennials really have it harder?"

The answers seem to be yes and yes.

Before I go any further a not-so-nitpicky nitpick. The jobapplicationcenter team, which crunched the numbers and adjusted for today's dollars, made an error that really burns me.

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Every week, we take a look at the content that engaged our followers the most from the previous week.

This week, the New York Times gave an in-depth look at the importance of keeping the brain mentally-stimulated, and the increasing popularity of "brain gyms" in retirement communities.

Also, a study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that there is still a long way to go instilling confidence in adults 40+ as they finance their long-term care plans.

Real Estate Logo Design learnings from the HOW Conference

I recently attended the HOW Design Conference in Atlanta, where thousands of artists, designers and design enthusiasts from around the world gathered to celebrate and promote design in all its forms.

It was a great chance to absorb, learn and be inspired by this amazing, eclectic design community‪.

One particularly helpful session I attended was Design Globally–Think Locally, presented by Sagi Haviv from the New York agency Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv (CGH)‪.

Haviv shared a challenging logo design project that resonated with me because it was so similar to several real estate logo design experiences we've had at Creating Results.

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As we recap the mature marketing content that our followers were most engaged with during the past week, we will gain further insight into how marketers can better address the needs of the 50+ demographic.

This week, an AARP study provides insight on the steps marketers should take in order to address the concerns and desires of older adults as they begin looking towards retirement.

In addition, an in-depth look at the modern news consumer provides food for thought for marketers as they strategize which platforms will deliver their messaging now, and in the future.

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A core belief at Creating Results is that true understanding is what leads to creative insight.

We often illustrate this with the analogy of a beach ball.

If I'm holding the beach ball closely, I only can see the color facing me -- let's say, blue. If Beth is holding it, she'll see the color facing her -- let's say, red.

If Beth and I can't truly understand that the other person sees a different color, a different perspective, we'll be prone to Us vs. Them thinking when we what really need is a little Me Plus You. Recognizing there is another side to the beach ball, and working to understand how it impacts communications, is why our marketing programs create results.

This week's collection of top mature marketing links could be seen through that beach ball. Is there a way to shift these Us vs. Them perspectives?

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Last month, Erin Read and I spoke at LeadingAge Massachusetts on why organizations should be using video in their integrated marketing strategy.

But, what if you’re not ready for video?

According to Dr. James McQuivey of Forrester Research, the value of a one-minute video is 1.8 million words. However, as the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, which means photography can be very powerful.

Media Post reports there are 2.6 billion images shared daily across all visual channels, which has changed consumer shopping behaviors drastically.

The biggest challenges marketers face in today’s visual world are:

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