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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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Today's roundup has a senior living emphasis -- we touch on the trend of people entering senior living at an older age and the need for engaging the teams that serve them. BONUS non-senior-living item at the bottom of the post!

MOST CLICKED: Models for senior healthcare must evolve to respond to the increasing number of people entering senior living at older ages.

This was a key point of discussion at the Spring Investment Forum of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC), and it was the item that most caught the attention of 50+ marketing pros last week.

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Today's round-up of top posts for marketing to older adults is like a "choose your own adventure" novel.

Feeling business-like? Check out the insights into marketing preferences via MarketingSherpa. Curious about mortality? The CDC's stats on centenarians should interest you. Ready for a good cry? Grab your hankie and listen to Maurice Sendak's words of wisdom.

MOST CLICKED: How do Baby Boomers want to discover and then learn more about products? And how do their preferences differ from that other big cohort, the Millennials?

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There is a new trend in the housing market within the 50-and-over age demographic: Rentals.

Per a new study, conducted by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, there is a rising number of middle-aged home renters.

According to the report, America’s Rental Housing, “recent declines in homeownership rates have lifted the number of middle-aged renters.” In fact, over the last decade, the number households occupied by middle-aged renters increased from 10 million to 15 million. As a result, the 50-and-over demographic accounted for over half of renter growth from 2005 through the third quarter of 2015.

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Happy Leap Day! The calendar is generously giving us a few extra hours -- use them to catch up on work, for folly, for whatever.

In that spirit, we'll try to give you a little something extra in this weekly round-up of the links that rose to the top with boomer and senior marketing pros in recent days.

MOST SHARED: Creating Results' Director of Media Strategies has a talent for making complex media changes more easily understood ... and acted upon.

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A day late, but not a dollar short, this week's links reveal a need to be nimble. All industries must adjust to the changing and growing needs and expectations of an aging population.

We look at both ends of the financial spectrum here — from those who can afford to look for, and demand, options to fit their busy lifestyles, to those who are simply trying to survive without a pension or retirement funds.

MOST CLICKED: In the senior housing market, builders are increasingly looking at the preferences of the younger buyer.

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