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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.

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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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Every week, we review the mature marketing content from the previous week with which our followers were most engaged.

This week, we will take a look at how technology is expected to impact the way in which society views aging in the future, as well as John Oliver's take on the trials and tribulations of retirement planning in today's economic landscape.

MOST CLICKED: According to Joseph Coughlin, director of the MIT AgeLab, technology and rising expectations are the two factors that are expected to have the most impact on the future of aging.

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Last week saw four members of the Creating Results team on the road to a terrific senior living industry conference in Hershey, PA.

It seems only appropriate, then, that this weekly round-up of top 50+ marketing links has a bit of a travel theme.

“For the next 20 years, baby boomers are without question the financial force behind leisure travel.”

So says baby boomer marketing expert and Creating Results friend Brent Green in a recent TravelPulse feature article. Several studies back up Green's statement.

* AARP found that 99% of Americans would travel for fun in 2016. The association estimates baby boomers spend over $120 billion annually in leisure travel. 32% of those planned an international "bucket list" trip ...

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Each week we take a look at the mature marketing articles from the previous week that engaged our followers the most. This week, we will explore how headlines impact engagement, as well as the top three things that Baby Boomers require as they consider their future housing accommodations. MOST CLICKED Headlines are the first impression that your audience receive from…

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In a previous post about "Fun with the (Marketing) Funnel," we explored how email can be a powerful tool for bringing people into the fold and moving them through the purchase journey.

Today we'll focus on direct mail.

Recently I presented a program called “Making the Dinosaur Dance” at the LeadingAge annual meeting with my colleague Erin Read. The entire presentation explored how the direct mail "dinosaur" still can be incredibly effective with a senior target market.

Why would I recommend direct mail as a part of this integrated strategy?

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Each Monday, we round-up the top 50-plus marketing resources of the previous week. Today's post quickly shaped itself around a certain letter ...

D is for "DISRUPT."

Our MOST CLICKED item of the week was a post by Jo Ann Jenkins, the CEO of AARP, titled "It's Time to Disrupt Aging."

Jenkins reinforces what readers of this blog know: societal perceptions of aging have changed.

"Middle-aged," for instance, was once viewed as starting at 35; now it's 55 or older. Those who are middle-aged also are not behaving the way their grandparents did.

And yet, as Jenkins writes ...

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Each week we share mature marketing insights and articles that capture the eye and create conversation. Let's take a look at those pieces that did just that over the last 7 days.

MOST SHARED: "Let's get back to the basics" is a phrase that I heard repeatedly when studying what would become my passion and profession (and something I share with clients even today when discussing how best to position their communities and offerings).

A recent article served as a great reminder that while marketers must work harder to keep up with the ever changing times, that the overall psychology of marketing hasn't changed at all ...

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