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A core belief at Creating Results is that true understanding is what leads to creative insight.

We often illustrate this with the analogy of a beach ball.

If I'm holding the beach ball closely, I only can see the color facing me -- let's say, blue. If Beth is holding it, she'll see the color facing her -- let's say, red.

If Beth and I can't truly understand that the other person sees a different color, a different perspective, we'll be prone to Us vs. Them thinking when we what really need is a little Me Plus You. Recognizing there is another side to the beach ball, and working to understand how it impacts communications, is why our marketing programs create results.

This week's collection of top mature marketing links could be seen through that beach ball. Is there a way to shift these Us vs. Them perspectives?

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:

I love it when my passions align.

1. MOST CLICKED: Is the wine industry forecast becoming cloudy, as "oenophile boomers" are replaced by frugal Millennials?

That's what the Silicon Valley Bank predicts in its annual State of the Wine Industry report. (How am I not a subscriber?) Beverage World reports that the bank is placing the blame squarely on the younger generation.

"While demand for premium wine will increase this year, there are clouds on the horizon that should be considered. We believe total and per capita wine consumption in the U.S. will drop for the first time in more than 20 years due to emerging generational shifts in consumption patterns that we see accelerating in the near term," says Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division and author of the report.

Good morning! Each Monday we recap the top activity on our social channels the previous week -- which links / resources got the most clicks, likes, shares, etc. on Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Facebook. Here are three items that caught the attention of mature marketing professionals.

1. MOST SHARED: Does it "pay to be gray"? Is there a "silver lining" to recent data showing the U.S. middle class is disappearing?

The Pew Research Center has released new study that shows that middle class Americans are "falling behind relative to upper income adults," as co-author Richard Fry states. However, "The biggest winners since 1971 are people 65 and older."

Many moons ago when Creating Results began to focus exclusively on marketing to boomers and seniors there was a "basic rule" for choosing images: Pick photos that showed people 10 to 15 years younger than the age you were targeting. Why? Because, "they" said, that's how people saw themselves.

Literature and movies have long played with the idea of people's perceptions of themselves as different from reality. Those perceptions extend to the labels we choose to accept or reject for our tribes and ourselves. A new study from Pew Research gives insights into how Millennials, Gen X, Boomers and Silent Generation members feel about their generational labels.

There's a wonderful Yiddish proverb my father has quoted to me frequently: "Man plans, and God laughs." This week's round-up of top baby boomers marketing links touches on plans made and un-made.

1. MOST SHARED: Ever wonder what purchases upscale Baby Boomers and GenXers have planned? Or course you have. These are folks with a net worth of at least $1 million or living in a household with income of at least $250,000, and more than half are planning a luxury purchase this year. Definitely consumers to covet.

The Shullman Research Center has released statistics ...

Time once again for our round-up of links and resources which got the attention of mature marketers. A varied and at times emotionally-charged bunch this week. Please share your own feelings in the comments section! 1. MOST CLICKED: Does Generation Y (aka Millennials) suffer from a sense of entitlement? And are baby boomers to blame for their children's belief that their…