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"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." -Tenneva Jordan

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. You deserve the entire pie.

At the beginning of every week, we share the most engaging content from the previous week.First up, the U.S. Census Bureau has found that the percentage of Millennials in the U.S. has overtaken the percentage of Baby Boomers.

Then, gfk.com reports that over half of adults in the U.S. live in "cellphone-only" households, with 40% of those households belonging to seniors.

Sit back and enjoy your fresh brew while we round up the "most clicked" and "most shared" 50+ marketing content from the past week.

Most Clicked: Scientific Proof that Happiness is for the Aging

Carolyn Gregoire of The Huffington Post gives us a snapshot on how life is better as you age. Gregoire expands on this scientific proof by acknowledging our culture tends to correlate youth with happiness which, she says, “couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

According to research and the author: “80 percent of life’s defining moments occur by the age of 35 – suggesting that there may not be much to look forward to in the second half of life.” College years, getting married and having children are pivotal moments in our lives and most of us experience this before 35.

How is it possible our happiness peaks after these landmarks?

Another year gone by, and boy was it a doosy! Against the backdrop of dramatic political change and cultural shifting, our industry remained homed in on issues relevant to how the mature market is evolving.

Read on for the hot topics Creating Results explored in 2016, including: embracing novel approaches to marketing to seniors, the importance of visual storytelling, an increase in renting among older adults, surprising similarities among generational preferences in communities, and changes to Google advertising.

Pokémon Go isn’t the only app that has millennials burying their heads in their smartphones these days. Despite having been around for almost five years, Snapchat is more popular than ever with the younger generations.

In fact, according to Power Digital Marketing, 60% of 13 to 34 year-old smartphone owners in the US are Snapchat users, thus providing many marketers a new avenue through which they can reach this demographic. As of June 2016, Snapchat has more daily users than Twitter.

Should marketers focused on older adults -- Baby Boomers and seniors -- be considering Snapchat?

Our Monday recap of top mature marketing links is, this week, a Tuesday recap thanks to a day out of the office celebrating America's independence.

Sorry, there are no s'mores below but you will find a few tasty insights to improve your communications.

MOST CLICKED:

We often chuckle about the number of headlines focused on marketing to Millennials. (Almost as many as there were hyping the Baby Boomers turning 50 some years ago.)

If you are looking for Millennials, we can tell you where to find them:

A new week, a new round-up of the content that grabbed the attention of marketing pros!

Each Monday, we tally which were the boomers / seniors marketing articles, research and other items that got our followers engaging on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Ghost-Town Plus ... er, I mean Google Plus.

Then, we share the top items here on our blog. Be sure to follow us on those social platforms for even more 50+ marketing insights!

MOST CLICKED

Where are Baby Boomers moving to? Which metro areas are they leaving behind?

Headlight Data analyzed the most recent U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey for an actionable summary of trends:

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:

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.

Diversity Driven

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

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.…

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