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1. MOST CLICKED: Is the wine industry forecast becoming cloudy, as "oenophile boomers" are replaced by frugal Millennials?

That's what the Silicon Valley Bank predicts in its annual State of the Wine Industry report. (How am I not a subscriber?) Beverage World reports that the bank is placing the blame squarely on the younger generation.

"While demand for premium wine will increase this year, there are clouds on the horizon that should be considered. We believe total and per capita wine consumption in the U.S. will drop for the first time in more than 20 years due to emerging generational shifts in consumption patterns that we see accelerating in the near term," says Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division and author of the report.

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It's hard to believe that one month is already in the history books for 2016. I hope the New Year is treating you well, and hope you'll explore the weekly mature marketing stories that had people talking and sharing. Have something to share? We'd love your comments.

MOST SHARED: Women rule...according to a recent MediaPost article. The piece highlighted insights from a Fona International report that explored the impact and influence of women in spending. Per the author, women control $20 trillion (yes, trillion) in spending annually — a total that is expected to rise to $30 trillion over the next 5 years.

According to the report ...

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Baby Boomers and seniors are seeking a new lifestyle, not just a new home in a new community. Whether they plan to downsize, upsize or rightsize, at the end of the day what they are really seeking is a new home and new community which enhances their lives.

Recently I spoke at the International Builders Show. Conversations with attendees and attending others’ sessions reinforced the idea that adults aged 55 or better want out of their current homes where they have lived for 10, 20, 30 years or more. But what do they want to get into?

You don’t need to watch more than one day of HGTV to understand that everyone wants open concept, but these buyers also want lower-maintenance homes (inside and out thank-you) with greater function. More often than not 55-plus homebuyers stay relatively close to their current neighborhood but proximity to conveniences also is of prime importance.

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This week I am writing from the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. I'm particularly excited because during this year's conference I will be part of a panel of real estate industry suppliers discussing housing for Baby Boomers and Millennials.

To read some of the headlines, you’d think these weren’t only two generations, but two different species. But we aim to reveal similarities that could lead builders and developers to greater success in marketing to both groups. On Thursday, January 21st, I'll be addressing this topic with experts from KEPHART, an architecture and land planning firm, and Market Perspectives, a real estate research firm.

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Boomers have more complex household structures than any prior generation ...

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This post features two quick hits relevant to those marketing to 55 plus consumers. You'll also quickly note a theme ... Read on for why!

Betting on Brands

MarketingSherpa last year conducted an online-only survey in which they looked at who follows brands on social media. Key findings included:

"The older generations were also less likely to follow brands. Only 35% of 55-64 year olds and 35% of participants 65 years and older followed brands on social media, compared to 95% of 18-34 year olds, 92% of 35-44 year olds and 85% of 45-54 year olds."

This was pretty much in line with Creating Results' ongoing studies of Social, Silver Surfers. Our multi-year research into the preferences of older adults shows a great resistance to becoming a social follower.

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Happy New Year! Like many, our office went into stealth mode during the last weeks of 2015, as our team enjoyed the holidays with family and friends. Yet the Internet doesn't sleep ...

Here are a few items that caught the attention of 50+ marketing pros during recent weeks:

1. MOST CLICKED: The Silver Group calls this "a stunning video shows ageism is alive and well," and we agree. Australia's Apia Insurance staged a stunt -- really a social experiment -- with a group of dynamic 50+ers and a separate group of young advertisers.

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Good morning! Each Monday we recap the top activity on our social channels the previous week -- which links / resources got the most clicks, likes, shares, etc. on Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Facebook. Here are three items that caught the attention of mature marketing professionals.

1. MOST SHARED: Does it "pay to be gray"? Is there a "silver lining" to recent data showing the U.S. middle class is disappearing?

The Pew Research Center has released new study that shows that middle class Americans are "falling behind relative to upper income adults," as co-author Richard Fry states. However, "The biggest winners since 1971 are people 65 and older."

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