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"It's getting awfully tricky to advertise to this audience."  So says Mark Dolliver in an AdWeek article that offers insights into how to reach 65+ consumers.  The author does a nice job of sharing and explaining recent research.  Todd Harff is among the experts he spoke to for perspective and strategies. For Sandra Timmermann, executive director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute,…

British researchers have theorized that working past retirement age can delay dementia.  The Boston Globe theorizes that this may be a benefit to older Americans forced to continue working.  On one point there is no question: Since the start of the recession, more people nearing or just past retirement age have opted to stay in the workforce. Polina Vlasenko, a researcher…

Kia's marketing team may be aiming their efforts at "young non-conformists" (see coverage in MediaPost and BNET) but their average owner is aged 52.  (One year younger than the industry average and firmly in the Baby Boom generation.) The ad for the Soul is actually a nice example of ageless marketing.  The message of non-conformity and fun speaks to all…

Who's behind those Foster Grants? Smart marketers who seem to understand that marketing without regard to age is the best marketing. We applaud Foster Grant for their recent selection of Raquel Welch (68) for a new ad campaign. Welch seems a great match for the brand's message: both are sexy, authentic, and timeless.

Resources for marketers looking to connect with the 40+ market, including Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation: White Papers and Reports Is your website primed for 50+ visitors? - A website usability guide for satisfying silver surfers. A Focalyst study on Green Marketing - "Green means more than money when targeting Baby Boomers." Webinars What's working (and what's missing the target) with…

27% of Americans plan to put off home purchases because of the economy. We're glass half full people. To Creating Results, that means 73% of those in the market are still open to opportunities. Where will they be looking? 87% say the web. A survey by the National Association of Realtors provides some insights into who is looking and how.…

This is the first generation where it is acceptable to be a single woman, but you'd never know it from much of the advertising targeting 50+ers. There are 13.1 million single women over the age of 50. Only 3.6 million are low income. Yet seldom are single women shown in advertising, and even more rarely are they confident, successful and…

People who refuse to retire are changing retirement communities. "One thing is clear. It isn't business as usual. While the old style, heavily amenitized communities in resort locations will continue to have some appeal, even they will have to adapt. The good news is that niche communities that are narrowly targeted to these highly desirable mature worker bees will thrive."…