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According to the Pew Research Center, 38% of daily newspaper readers are ages 55 to 64, while 50% are older than 65.  People 50 years and older watch the most television, Nielson reports.  Baby-Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964.

Top Magazines Read by Boomer Women

Many of the top 20 magazines in the U.S., according to Statista, have significant female boomer audiences.  (Source: – Sept. 2016)

AARP reported reach of 44.78 million readers.  59% of readers between the ages of 50 and 69 are women.  Below are stats reported by AMA for other top magazines:

77.5 million readers
73% are women
32% are Baby-Boomers

Better Homes
48.12 million readers
81% are women
51.5% median age

45.52 million readers
48% are women
50.0 median age

Digital Savvy

The younger end of the Boomer age range may be computer-savvy, while the older end may be less compelled by digital outreach. The Nielsen report suggests younger boomers must be using the web: the 50-plus segment spends almost $7 billion online.

The internet is also boomers’ primary source of intelligence when comparison shopping for major purchases.

Today, the marketing focus remains on the younger generation. “I agree that 18 to 34 is still the celebrated demographic,” says Denise Fedewa, Leo Burnett’s executive vice president and strategy director. “There’s both ageism in our culture and ageism in our profession of marketing. But some of it’s not even malicious ageism. Some of it is just, ‘I want my brand to feel young and modern and youthful, and the only way to do that is to be targeting it to the young and modern and youthful.’ But that’s simplistic thinking.”

The Baby-Boomer age range also includes a variety of caretakers: some are still caring for their own children, some have taken adult children back into their home and others are caring for their parents. Baby-Boomer women are often in transition between caring for children and focusing on herself, which changes spending habits.

Willing To Change Brands

It is important for a marketer to understand the female boomer audience, to address certain myths.  For instance, that she’ll use the same brand of hair spray or soap that she started using at age 28.  Brand proliferation has completely changed the marketplace.  Research shows that Baby-Boomers are willing to try a new brand if there is better customer service, as opposed to a better price.

Willing To Spend

Are Boomers saving for retirement? Yes and no. We shouldn’t just assume that Boomers are only interested in saving their money. They’ve worked a long time to save their money and to spend their money.

They may be looking for something new such as a faster computer or sporty car or nicer furniture. It’s their turn now, after years of spending money on their kids.

Research shows that Boomers think of themselves as ten years younger than they are. They are not sitting around wrapped in a blanket in an old rocking chair. Boomers in their 50s are very different from women in the 50s when they were growing up.

Marketers typically use images of extremely active Boomers or very old, nothing in-between. Fedewa says, “It’s like they’re either showing Boomers as a feeble person who’s no longer relevant, or you’re showing them as this uber-in-shape person who can do what a 25-year-old can do,” she says. “That’s not relevant, and that doesn’t resonate with people, either. Those are some of the clichés we need to overcome.”

Universal Insight

There may be ways to reach the female boomer without specifically naming her or featuring her image. Fedewa ran LeoShe, a Leo Burnett effort that focused on marketing to women 45 years and older.

The study found that women took pride in their wisdom, experience and in feeling good about their current phase in life.

“Yes, it would be nice for society and culture to acknowledge boomers a little more, show them a little more inclusively, to include them in visuals and so on,” Fedewa says. “But there are also certain universal insights, certain formative times in your life, that people have. They continue to be able to relate to those experiences for the rest of their lives. I don’t want to say the only way to appeal to boomers is to show boomers or to portray insights about boomers, because sometimes it’s just human experience insights that will resonate with them, too.”

Fedewa says much of her work at Leo Burnett has considered the voice of the female consumer and the older consumer, and she also espouses the idea of changing the story. “We feel really energized by this opportunity to change the conversation,” she says. “We have almost taken it on as a mission for ourselves.”

Experience success!

NIta Black, CEO/Business Strategist

“We provide business tools to help clients monetize their ideas.”

Baby Boomers are those born between 1946 and 1964, making them 54 to 72 years old, and the U.S. Census Bureau indicates an estimated 74.1 million of them in the U.S.

Photo:  Carolyn Michael-Banks
CEO/Founder of A Tour of Possibilities, LLC ~ at the LevelUp Conference 2018

The estimated number of Boomer women is 38.44 million. In addition to their existing assets, Baby-Boomers are set to inherit $15 trillion over the next 20 years. Add to this the fact that women drive 70% or more of all consumer purchasing.

Despite these figures, Nielsen estimates that less than 5% of advertising dollars are targeted to adults aged 35 to 64. According to the report, “Typically, once a group of consumers reaches the so-called ‘cut-off’ age of 49, marketers ‘go back to go,’” the report says.

Knowing more about Baby-Boomer women can help you market to them. 7+ facts:

1. Once the college bills are out of the way and children launch their own households, the discretionary spending power of 50-plus women soars. They spend 2.5 times what the average person spends. Women are the primary buyers for computers, cars, banking, financial services and a lot of other big-ticket categories.
– Marti Barletta, Primetime Women

2. Born between 1946 and 1964, Baby-Boomer women represent a portion of the buying public no marketer can afford to ignore. With successful careers, investments made during the “boom” years, and inheritances from parents or husbands, they are more financially empowered than any previous generation of women.
– Mary Brown, Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., Marketing to the Ultimate Power Consumer—The Baby-Boomer Woman

3. Over the next decade, women will control two thirds of consumer wealth in the United States and be the beneficiaries of the largest transference of wealth in our country’s history. Estimates range from $12 to $40 trillion. Many Boomer women will experience a double inheritance windfall, from both parents and husband. The Boomer woman is a consumer that luxury brands want to resonate with.
– Claire Behar, Senior Partner and Director, New Business Development, Fleishman-Hillard New York

4. The number of wealthy women investors in the U.S. is growing at a faster rate than that of men. In a two-year period, the number of wealthy women in the U.S. grew 68%, while the number of men grew only 36%.
– The Spectrem Group

5. Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases including everything from autos to health care:

  • 91% of New Homes
  • 66% PCs
  • 92% Vacations
  • 80% Healthcare
  • 65% New Cars
  • 89% Bank Accounts
  • 93% Food
  • 93 % OTC Pharmaceuticals

American women spend about $5 trillion annually…over half the U.S. GDP.

6. Women represent much of the online market – Digital Divas by The Numbers

  • 22% shop online at least once a day
  • 92% pass along information about deals or finds to others
  • 171: average number of contacts in their e-mail or mobile lists
  • 76% want to be part of a special or select panel
  • 58% would toss a TV if they had to get rid of one digital device (only 11% would ditch their laptops)
    51% are moms

Source: Mindshare/Ogilvy & Mather

7. Women and sports. Women make up:

  • 47.2 % of major league soccer fans
  • 46.5% of MLB fans
  • 43.2% of NFL fans
  • 40.8% of fans at NHL games
  • 37% of NBA fans
  • Women purchase 46% of official NFL merchandise
  • Women spent 80% of all sport apparel dollars and controlled 60% of all money spent on men’s clothing
  • Women comprise about one-third (34%) of the adult audience for ESPN sport event programs

Source –

Here’s what research says, as provided by Jan Marino,

As the unofficial spokesperson I feel compelled to let you know what I’m hearing from 10K of my closest boomer friends. Here’s a list of ten things that we Boomers want and need from service providers:

  1. Explanations and education about your product or service intelligently delivered informing us why we should invest in your product. 
  2. Options about what the trend of the service/product is … i.e. what’s its “shelf life” 
  3. Engagement with us. We really want to mentor and help others not make the same mistakes we did. We may appear arrogant, but we’re not…we just don’t want to be ignored. 
  4. We want you to know that we control over 70% of the disposal income in this country and we have lots of places to spend that money. We won’t spend it with companies that ignore us or call us aged or aging (even if we are both … you don’t need to remind us). 
  5. Use clever and well thought out campaigns for marketing. Don’t be afraid to go mobile. Offer us deals and great products especially women’s clothing. We have lots of money to spend on clothing, but not many of us can wear a size 0 or show our midriffs. 
  6. We are health conscience and not as worried about our sex lives as ads claim. Help us stay in shape and look good. 
  7. Our pets are part of our family and we think they need stuff, so we’ll splurge on them. 
  8. Our parents are a huge part of our lives and we are taking care of them. Products and services that makes life easier for them and us will sell if treated in an intelligent way…. i.e. NO cold calling…form relationships with families. 
  9. Reinvention and career services that help us stay on top of trends and technology are imperatives. We want to stay well-informed, so we can talk to our children and grandchildren. 
  10. We still care about changing the world and philanthropy. Get large numbers of us interested in worthy causes. We fully understand that the earth’s resources are limited, and alternative methods hold great returns.

NIta Black, CEO/Business Strategist

“We provide business tools to help clients monetize their ideas.”

Nita Black - Business Strategist

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