Even in the small state of Rhode Island, we have big opportunities to continue to learn and grow when it comes to aging services. Recently, I attended the annual LeadingAge RI trade show and want to share with you some of the highlights from the educational tracks and key takeaways from the show.
In 2013, we blogged about smartphone and tablet usage in the United States by age and gender. In those five years, a lot has changed: A mobile-first focus for websites, better information access, new social media apps, enhanced online shopping and more. Here's an updated look at the current landscape of mobile device ownership and usage, especially among older adults.…
My brother finally gave in and joined the social media world this week when he unveiled his Facebook profile. For years, people would ask him what he was waiting for, and his response was always "not EVERYONE is social." According to Pew Research, while not everyone embraces social media platforms, the number of those who avoid them is shrinking. In…
Happy Monday! Rather than our normal most clicked and shared recap, we thought the timing was right to focus today’s post on content and how to impact your marketing strategy for 2018. How-To Videos and Mature Consumers “7 in 10 viewers often use YouTube to solve a problem when it comes to their job, studies or hobbies,” states Think with…
Next week is Halloween.
In many places, there will be no costumed children going door-to-door for sweets. Instead they’ll hit malls, church parking lot “trunk or treat” events, or another alternative. Like the candy sold in stores, Halloween has been shrunk down and packaged for our safety.
While Halloween may no longer be a night of frights, it turns out that seniors do have some valid fears … about digital marketing!
Our Social, Silver Surfers research revealed two areas that spook the very consumers we hope to enchant on our websites.
I hate parading my serenading | As I'll probably miss a bar,| But if this ditty is not so pretty | At least it'll tell you | How great you are. - Cole Porter, “You’re the Top”
Creating Results’ Social, Silver Surfers e-book recently went live on Amazon and iBooks. This is the latest edition of a proprietary national study of Boomers' and seniors' digital marketing preferences. Three chapters explore what older adults do/don’t want from social media marketing, websites generally and housing/senior living websites specifically.
At times the picture the data paints isn’t so pretty.
Dissatisfaction with websites has risen with each edition of Social, Silver Surfers. Respondents have more to complain about and do so in greater volume.
Today we’re sharing insights which, if applied to website development, could help your organization become – if not the top – more effective with mature consumers.
Today we went live on Amazon and iBooks with the latest e-book in our "Social, Silver Surfers" study of Boomers' and seniors' digital marketing preferences.
This one-of-a-kind proprietary national study of 40+ers began in 2010. That first Social, Silver Surfers effort resulted in a small PDF that captured what older adults like / don’t like about websites and social media. Creating Results repeated and expanded our research in 2013, this time publishing an Amazon e-book which captures the data and related marketing recommendations.
The most important result, however, has been the improved effectiveness of our client’s digital marketing programs.
We’ve also received positive feedback from those who are targeting Baby Boomers and seniors in a variety of industries. These marketing pros tell us their ROI improved by applying the tips from Social, Silver Surfers.
That motivated us to go even further with this new e-book.
I recently had the opportunity to spend three hours a day for one week learning more tricks of the PPC (pay per click) trade from the comforts of my own home, all while making caramel lattes. I don’t want to brag here, but Starbucks may want to ask me for my recipe (#justsaying). Anyway, the people at Unbounce created PPC…
Every Monday, we review our most engaging and shared articles from the previous week. For this week's most engaging, we explore why Boomer parents feel the need to pass on their cherished items and why their grown children don't want them. The most shared article is by columnist Kyle Ranally, who addresses some reasons why we must embrace Boomers and…
When we're designing websites for older adults, a client sometimes will ask, "Can it have ____? I saw it on such-and-such's website and it's so cool!"
I'm a creative person so I like cool.
But I like results even more.
What's cool and trendy can, at times, actually turn off the baby boomers and seniors our clients are trying to attract. These mature consumers don't want fuss and bother. They want functional, easy-to-use tools that help them make decisions and take action.
That said, there are two "trends" I think are relevant to our older adult targets.