12 June 2006

Boomers in Candyland

Here's a comprehensive piece by Renee M. Covino in the June, 2006 issue of Confectioner Magazine:
The problem is that prior to the Boomers, "many advertisers felt that the over-50 market is not worth pursuing. They focused on the 18- to 49-year-old marketplace; now, many are beginning to realize the spending power of Boomers," explains Peter Koeppel, founder and president of Koeppel Direct…
And you'll find a few quotes by guess who. Here's one:
"In England, they've done a lot of studies about 'wrap rage,' and it goes much deeper than not being able to open a bottle of medicine, for instance. It's anything, any consumer goods packaging that people have trouble opening, and as Baby Boomers are starting to age, they are very sensitive to this," says Chuck Nyren, who just happens to be another Baby Boomer and also creative strategist and consultant, as well as author of "Advertising to Baby Boomers." According to him, "bad packaging can make Baby Boomers feel incompetent; as marketers, you don't want to remind this group of people that they don't have the physical skills they had when they were younger."

Of course, the above has nothing to do with me. I can rip open any dumb, stupid candy wrapper with my bare hands .... as long as one of my bare hands is holding a pair of pliers.

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