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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.…

Today we look at a new facet of the increased use of social media by Boomers and Seniors—the need for tech support—and take a look at what the Creating Results Team is up to this week at LeadingAge.

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Readers last week were interested in Richard Harris' article on NextAvenue. In Why the New Social Media Fans Are Over 65, Harris writes that as older Americans discover tech's power to connect to others using social media, "they flock to it" ...

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…

Part 4 of a series on using social media for marketing to Baby Boomers and beyond. PART 4: FIVE WAYS LINKEDIN CAN HELP YOU REACH 40+ PROFESSIONALS Where can you be virtually guaranteed to find affluent, educated and mature consumers online? Try LinkedIn. For companies targeting younger matures (the tip of Gen X, Gen Jones/trailing edge Baby Boomers and those in…

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.