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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.…

Occasionally our CCRC and 50+ clients will ask about purchasing email lists to reach more of their Boomer and Senior target market through their email marketing program.  I've always subscribed to the school of thought that you should NEVER purchase an email marketing list. Instead, focus on individuals who have raised their hands and want to engage with you.  Recently…

What timing. The same day that Senior Housing News posed the question "Is Facebook the New Frontier for Marketing Retirement Communities to Seniors?" the Center for Media Research shared an answer: "No." Well, actually what they shared was survey data showing that when it comes to influence on consumers, TV is still King. And when it comes to older consumers,…

Happy Monday!  Last week was a hotbed of social activity---here are the top tweets, shared links and general insights that garnered the most attention for marketing to boomers and seniors.  Enjoy! MOST CLICKED:  Top Five Regrets of Dying What would your greatest do-oever be as you faced your last day of life?  This touching article from the guardian included insights…

Email marketing consistently seems to be a hot topic around the water cooler at our agency. We talk frequently about leveraging email to reach boomers and seniors, especially for the best way to use it for our continuing care retirement community and 50+ housing clients.  We know it works because we've done extensive research on the topic and see great…

Lately, I've been thinking I'm our Vet's best customer. I've taken our little Ebony there 3 times in 5 weeks and haven't seen any other "repeats" in the waiting room. At our last visit I noticed something new: "House calls available." My initial reaction was "whoa, my internist doesn't make house calls and neither does my daughter's pediatrician." After giving it…

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released its second 'Generations" reportlast week, with data about what various cohorts - from Gen Y/Millennials to Baby Boomers to the Greatest Generation - are doing on the Internet.  Turns out, these cohorts are becoming more alike in their online activities.  A quick synopsis: Activities Dominated by Millennials Pew found that Gen Y/Millennials…

Thanks to a tweet this a.m. from Bill Vick, we can share some updated statistics on what 65+ seniors do online.  New data from Nielsen Online shows that email is still the number one activity of these older Americans.  The next two activities - getting maps and weather - suggest gift-givers might safely consider buying their grandparents a GPS or…

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…

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