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"Little Things Can Mean A Lot."

Each Monday our team recaps a few of the "little things" that meant a lot to our subscribers and followers over the past week. Articles that inspired, stats that answered a burning question, and more.

Taken together week-after-week, these LITTLE things can have a BIG impact on integrated marketing programs aimed at baby boomers and seniors.

MOST CLICKED: A tie!

Lois Bowers discovers in senior living marketing, little (positive) things mean a lot. http://bit.ly/2k9RHRG

Lois is senior editor at McKnight's Senior Living, and she recently spent a few days at a senior community, trying to view it as a future resident might.

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Every Monday, we recap the most engaging content from the previous week.

This week, the Houston Chronicle takes a look at why more Baby Boomers are opting to forgo homeownership in favor of renting. Also, you can never have too many leads in the senior living industry; McKnight's Senior Living takes a closer look at the newest referral source for senior living communities.

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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.

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Every Monday on this blog we recap the most engaging content from the previous week.

This week, our top article was actually a consumer-focused guide to having those tough conversations with aging loved ones about their housing situation. As experts in marketing senior housing, Creating Results suggests three ways you can build brand awareness around holidays and "The Talk."

We also wanted to give a shout out to our President, Todd Harff. His post on 2017 Marketing Plans was one of the most shared items!

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“I'm about to just give you all of my money And all I'm asking, hey, is a little respect” (Otis Redding in 1965. Made popular by Aretha Franklin in 1967.)

Be honest.

Looking at all of your marketing initiatives, is your team truly respecting people?

Mature consumers are experienced buyers and they want to give someone a whole lot of money. Since Baby Boomers and seniors value respect, make emotional decisions and hate BS, they do business with organizations that they trust and feel good about.

If you want their money, challenge your organization to be more personal and demonstrate R-E-S-P-E-C-T in every aspect of your 2017 Marketing Plan.

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Who would have guessed 25 years ago that anyone (even a 5-year-old!) could take — and instantly share — great photos using a device that's about the size of a wallet?

The visual world changed dramatically in the 1990s with the invention of a chip making that possible. By 2003 more camera phones were sold worldwide than stand-alone digital cameras, and by 2006 half the world's mobile phones had a built-in camera.

Today, many organizations are still struggling to react to the challenges this paradigm shift in photography have created.

Looking ahead to 2017 it is critical not only to acknowledge — but to embrace and thoughtfully plan for — photography as a necessary investment. How?

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Happy Monday!

It's not an oxymoron. When you enjoy your work and the people you work with / for, Mondays can be happy.

Which rather neatly ties to the theme of this week's Monday mature marketing round-up. Our top links this week all touch on how work can help us enjoy active, independent lives as we age.

MOST SHARED: There's no age-based 'shelf life' on senior's ability to live independently

Carol Bradley Bursack has a website dedicated to caregiving, and she answers caregiving related questions in a column for North Dakota's Inforum.

Just before Thanksgiving, Bursack answered a question from an adult child who was receiving pressure to move his very independent 73-year-old father out of his own house, to begin to take over managing the father's life.

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Happy Monday - I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, spent with family and friends. We are certainly thankful for our subscribers, today and every day!  Each Monday we recap the mature marketing stories from the past week that generated significant interest. Today, we explore the positive impact of companions in geriatric healthcare and why we shouldn't necessarily call…

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