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Part 3 of a series on marketing to Baby Boomers and beyond through social networking. PART 3: FACEBOOK PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOOMER, SENIOR MARKETING First, the headlines touted how Baby Boomers (especially women) were flocking to Facebook. Then, statistics showed many older social networkers flocked right off again in the spring. Despite that dip, as of July 2009 usage among users…

Part 2 of a series on using Social Media to market to Boomers and beyond.

PART 2: BABY BOOMERS, SENIORS AND TWITTER

The media appears to have fallen in love with Twitter (heck, even my 97-year-old Nana has heard of Twitter by now). Who’s on Twitter? The New York Times reports that younger Boomers are fueling Twitter’s growth, while Sysomos data suggests 81% of all Twitter users are 29 or younger.  How important is Twitter for marketing to Baby Boomers and seniors? Paul Briand of the Examiner notes “Baby Boomers 55 to 64 are Twitter users on a slightly lower level, but at a greater frequency than users aged 18 to 24. That's because Twitter has become less of a social network and more of a marketing/social network.” We see that as in keeping with this cohort’s lifestage; it’s a time in their lives when they are focused on both social and vocational development. The New York Times points out mature consumers and technology adoption are not actually strange bedfellows.
As the Web grows up, so do its users, and for many analysts, Twitter’s success represents a new model for Internet success. The notion that children are essential to a new technology’s success has proved to be largely a myth. Adults have driven the growth of many perennially popular Web services. YouTube attracted young adults and then senior citizens before teenagers piled on. Blogger’s early user base was adults and LinkedIn has built a successful social network with professionals as its target.
At Creating Results, the jury’s still out on Twitter’s effectiveness as a business engine for effectively motivating seniors and Boomers to buy.

Twitter, the current media darling, is not effective with older consumers.  Online video such as YouTube, no longer the new kid on the block, is growing its audience across all ages.  That's the bottom line from two recent reports, and useful data for marketers deciding where to invest time/money to motivate Boomers and Beyond. eMarketer shares the results of LinkedIn/Harris…

This just in! People of different ages respond differently to advertising! Now that we’ve got your attention … Lightspeed Research and the Internet Advertising Bureau have released the results of a recent survey to see what kind of ads grab attention online. The results show key differences by age group that should guide marketers. As MediaPost summarized, “The survey found…

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.…

Research tells us that mature consumers place a high value on product trials, and on referrals. Vaseline's new campaign tracking lotion recommendations in an Alaskan town demonstrates the power of one plugged-in 40+ consumer. As Stephanie Clifford notes in the New York Times: "Rather than creating an online social network, [Vaseline] is aiming to map the social network of a…