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Good Monday morning before Thanksgiving! Many of us have a short work week, and are thus preoccupied with what's going to be on the dinner table on Thursday. But in the  meantime, let's look at some insights. Our mature marketing links this week tell us that newsprint advertising still has the power to motivate consumers (subscribers), especially older ones, despite the fact that print subscriptions continue to decline.…


Last Monday we started the week on a note of laughter, with jokes from and about outgoing LeadingAge President Larry Minnix. This Monday we find it hard to smile, as news reports are filled with tragedies happening around our globe. Then a friend shared the following quote, and it seemed appropriate to pass it on:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Paris, Kenya, Lebanon, Syria ... May light and love be theirs. Here is this week's round-up of top links for marketing to baby boomers and seniors.

1. MOST CLICKED: "More 50+ baby boomers and seniors own digital devices than ever. What does it mean for your marketing?"

Older person with tablet device

The Pew Research Center has released a new study, "Technology Device Ownership: 2015," which contains some actionable data for those marketing to baby boomers and seniors. In short, more adults -- including those over the age of 50 -- own smartphones and tablets than ever before. And while nearly three times as many 18-29 year old Millennials as 65+ers own a smartphone, ownership of tablets doesn't show the same age gap.

Here are some key statistics and some action items for your boomers / seniors marketing program.


Today we look at a new facet of the increased use of social media by Boomers and Seniors—the need for tech support—and take a look at what the Creating Results Team is up to this week at LeadingAge.


Readers last week were interested in Richard Harris' article on NextAvenue. In Why the New Social Media Fans Are Over 65, Harris writes that as older Americans discover tech's power to connect to others using social media, "they flock to it" ...

direct mail targeting boomers and seniors

Next week Creating Results team members will join thousands of non-profit senior living professionals for the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Boston. This conference offers a mix of inspiration and education for those who provide housing and services to older adults. We'll be doing our own part, sharing senior living marketing insights in two presentations. The first session examines marketing trends and whether it really is the "End of Advertising," as so many headlines have suggested in recent years. Now I don't want to steal any thunder from the presenting team of Todd Harff, Beth Spohn and Willow Valley Communities' Kim Daly Nobbs. But I can give you a little advance preview: ...


While the days are getting shorter and the leaves are quickly falling, there still may be time to get that Fall roadtrip in. In that spirit, we look today at how advertisers are portraying the mature car shopper and driver, and how they are struggling to walk a fine line between insulting and amusing.

1. MOST SHARED: In a recent NPR radio interview, NPR's Scott Simon and correspondent Ina Jaffe discussed the idea that car ads are becoming "Boomer-averse." Jaffe, who covers aging, noticed what seems to be part of a trend in car advertising.


Happy Columbus Day holiday Monday! Our mature marketing links of the week focus on retirement insights from a very insightful source, as well as answering the question: Do billboards still work for advertising? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this as well as other mature marketing stories so don't be shy, that's what our comment section is for. MOST CLICKED: "What…


Many moons ago when Creating Results began to focus exclusively on marketing to boomers and seniors there was a "basic rule" for choosing images: Pick photos that showed people 10 to 15 years younger than the age you were targeting. Why? Because, "they" said, that's how people saw themselves.

Literature and movies have long played with the idea of people's perceptions of themselves as different from reality. Those perceptions extend to the labels we choose to accept or reject for our tribes and ourselves. A new study from Pew Research gives insights into how Millennials, Gen X, Boomers and Silent Generation members feel about their generational labels.


Happy Monday! The mature marketing stories of the past week that drew the greatest amount of interest focused on women and wealth and how when you retire is determined in part by if you have children.

MOST CLICKED: At Creating Results, we share the importance of knowing your target market with our clients when it comes to ensuring your success. Over the next 10 years women will control 85% of consumer wealth.