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Each week we explore mature marketing articles that were of particular interest to our followers. This week we explore how technology continues to help us age better and retirement by the numbers. Have something to share? We'd love to hear from you in our comment section. MOST CLICKED 40% of Baby Boomers have stayed with the same employer for 20+…

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More people of all ages are watching / sharing online videos than ever before.

And studies show video marketing has power to motivate consumers – including Baby Boomers and Seniors – to act or buy.

Yet many senior providers don’t know how to integrate video into their marketing.

Over the next month, Jessica Ruhle and I will be sharing best practices for creating both product and lifestyle videos to strategically position senior-serving organizations. We’re honored to have been invited to speak to the topic at both the LeadingAge Massachusetts and LeadingAge Pennsylvania conferences.

Why are continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), 55+ housing or any organizations focused on older adults considering video at all? Is it because executives are demanding it? Because they see everyone doing it?

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Happy Monday! This week our mature marketing recap focuses on how shared space is shaping (or re-shaping) multi-housing and the impact of boomer nostalgia on tourism. But these certainly weren't the only articles sparking conversation and ideas over the last week. We'd love to know what inspired you, so be sure to share within our comments section. MOST SHARED: As…

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Last week I had the advantage of joining nearly 500 other paid search and digital marketers in the city of brotherly love for HeroConf, a conference focused on paid search marketing.

The program highlighted trends, best practices and even gave a few brief glances into the crystal ball of search engine marketing. I have so many actionable takeaways I was able to bring back to implement for our clients!

I wanted to share the love and reveal three exciting takeaways for senior living and real estate search marketers.

1. Don’t ignore Microsoft Bing.

Sure, Google is the giant (and you should be spending more with Google AdWords) but the power of search by the Bing Network is really growing.

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I have a long-lasting love of pigs.

A few things reminded me of this affection last week.

One, a discussion with my college-bound teens about what should or should not go with them to university. She wants to bring her Harry Potter wand. I stopped protesting after recalling that I headed off to "adulthood" with three stuffed pigs, including one who snorted loudly when stepped on in the middle of the night. (My roommates loved me.)

Two, this tweet from our Director of Business Development, Beth Spohn:

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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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Way back in 2010 Creating Results asked recent, mature movers what frustrated them about housing websites.

#1 with a bullet? "Don't say price."

We asked the question of hundreds of Social, Silver Surfers because we wanted data to back up our recommendations to senior living providers. Our team kept saying "you need to talk online about your pricing" and their teams kept saying "no!"

Now that recommendation carries even more weight, thanks to the team at Lead InSite.

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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 ...

Top 50+ marketing links of the week focus on Gen X

Each Monday, our team collects a few "top links" related to marketing to older adults and shares them on the Mature Marketing Matters blog.

MOST CLICKED: Give a shout if you're a member of Generation X. A little louder? A little louder? Hmmm. I still can't hear you.

The problem isn't with your voice.

It's with advertisers' ears.

The Gen X cohort (disclosure: my cohort) has been largely ignored by marketers of all ages. Born between 1968 and 1979, we're not as rowdy or large as the cohort that came before us, the Baby Boomers. We're high-tech, low-maintenance and we're entering our peak earning years (or should be).

And yet, as Robert Klara wrote in AdWeek:

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