11 August 2014

How America is Watching TV

Koeppel Direct has put up a juicy infographic about our TV watching habits.  It’s too big for this tiny blog, so here’s a link:

How America is Watching TV

I’ll grab a chunk of it:


Sounds like what I’ve been saying for years.  So have others:

01 November 2006
The steady glow of the Boom tube

15 February 2009
Television Still Shines

15 June 2010
Spending goes where the eyeballs are.

18 April 2011
The Flat-Screen Rectangle of Common Sense

23 July 2014

Leaked: P&G Reconsiders Incontinence

imageProcter & Gamble Co. plotting expansion of its Always brand that would include adult diapers
By Dan Monk
“Procter & Gamble is very serious about this category and they’re going to spend whatever it takes to be successful..”

It wasn’t long before major media outfits soaked it up:

imageP&G Poised to Re-Enter the Unsexiest of Boom Markets -- Adult Incontinence
More Than a Decade After Leaving Category, P&G Lured Back by Aging Boomers
By Jack Neff

P&G Turns to Adult Diapers
By Serena Ng
… While most infants and toddlers wear diapers for two to three years, incontinence suffers typically have to buy products for much longer, as the problem seldom goes away.

So Kimberly-Clark will have some soggy competition.

… The new P&G products may be rolled out under its Always feminine-care brand, suggesting the company will target mainly women, who make up the majority of incontinence sufferers.

Men. I wouldn’t ignore this market.

Through the years I’ve sprinkled posts about incontinence campaigns:

16 September 2009
Boomer Backlash II

08 August 2012
The Ones That Got Away: Underwear

Along with a short presentation:

Or click here for the bigger but fuzzier screen version.

I wonder if P&G will do better.

09 July 2014

Miscellany: Sex, Travel, Tech

It’s too hot to concentrate.  I’ll be going every which way with this post, trying to stay cool by moving around.

I wrote a piece about sex for HuffPo.  Doesn’t everybody who blogs for HuffPo do that?  Your hits go way up – not like if you write about chickens.

huffington_post_logo1Going Nutty Over Older Women's Bodies
I thank my lucky stars I've lived long enough to go nutty over older women's bodies. It's not anything I ever thought I'd go nutty over…

ewald_pattiTampa Bay Times Staff Writer Patti Ewald recently wrote a funny, trenchant column about sex – and referenced my piece:

Still turned on to idea of sex
"There's this popular public perception that as women age, sex becomes unimportant and that women just stop having sex as they get older," said Holly Thomas, a University of Pittsburgh researcher. "From our study, it looks like most women continue to have sex."

At the moment, the article above says I’m seventy-four.  I asked them to change it to my correct age (sixty-three).  However, you’re only as old as you feel – so maybe they got it right…

imageAARP talks travel:

  • AARP Online Travel Study
    Eight out of 10 persons age 50 or older use websites to plan as well as book their non-business travel.
  • Currently those 50 and older use, on average, 4 websites to plan and 3 websites to book their non-business related travel.  Almost a quarter would prefer to use fewer websites to plan or book non-business travel.

Golly gee, did we need to do a fancy-shmancy research study for this info?  I could’ve told you the same things.  In fact, I did.  Over a decade ago:


From my book Advertising to Baby Boomers ©2005, 2007:

Pouncing Mouses

      Many sociologists and futurists are predicting a few more radical social and political upheavals triggered by Baby Boomers  before we’re packed off in coffins and urns, sprinkled over mystical mountains and mundane golf courses, or blasted into outer space so we can eternally commune with the cosmos.

advbbcoverOn the other end of the spectrum, we’ll also be revolutionizing the tourist industry for the next thirty years, taking hundreds of millions more vacations before the ultimate holiday. Travel companies are having big problems trying to figure out what to offer—and how to reach us. We’re not lining up on docks for meaningless cruises on silly ships, nor are we allowing ourselves to be bundled into cookie- cutter cavalcades so we can gawk at decaying castles from the lumpy seats of double-decker buses. Nobody is going to tell us what a vacation is. We’ll tell you.

There’s a cottage industry out there preying on the blubbery and frightened tourist industry, making wild guesses as to what Baby Boomers will want to do with all our free time. I won’t list them all here. They range from ecologically correct junkets to health-nut boot camps to intellectually and culturally themed excursions to the beating down of well-publicized, well-traveled “unbeaten paths.”

This book deals with advertising to Baby Boomers, but I’ll over- step my bounds and propose a business model: Boomers are internet- savvy. Boomers are not passive. We do not want to simply slap one key and have our vacation pop up on a screen. We want to rattle lots of keys, have our mouses pounce and bite off appetizing chunks of graphic and description from all sorts of sources––and build unique, variegated vacations.

Some smart dot-com entrepreneur will partner with thousands of travel companies, resorts, hotels, museums, airlines, car rental companies, and build a modular travel and reservation website. Myriad tempting experiences will be offered. The website will calculate the price of each activity, cataloguing and coordinating everything. It will be a package you fill with goodies.

Planning it will be half the fun, and immediately entice and involve the site visitor. For a few days you’ll be lying on a beach. The next day you’ll travel to a large city and take in whatever sights you wish, perhaps joining a guided tour. In the morning you’ll be driving to a tennis resort for a day or two. After that will come a scenic road trip to a local winery for a prearranged private tour. Keep driving, and you’ll check into a secluded lodge, and hike in the mountains for a few days. Then you’re off visiting another city in another country, mostly to just goof around. Finally, check in your car, hop on a train, and before long you’re naked and slumping into a vat of hot mud at a famous health spa, followed by a shower and reservations at a five- star restaurant.

You could even spend an afternoon in lumpy seats on a double- decker bus if you want.

4 November 2005
My Favorite Cyber-Myth
Hitwise found that visitors to the top travel search engines were by far likely to be over 55 years of age. Hitwise attributed this to baby boomers …

Enough about travel.  I got carried away. 

Last up is tech.  Just for fun, here’s a link to my latest HuffPo piece:

I Am a Digital Dinosaur
2014-07-02-dino.gifFor years, I've been hearing about how old I am based on what I remember. Phonographs, rotary phones, white-out, carbon paper, air-raid drills, fizzies -- the items are endless.

Now there's a new way to categorize absolute oldness: Being a Digital Dinosaur…

27 June 2014

Good To See The Young’uns Catching Up

Marissa Mayer, 2011 InterviewYahoo Wants You to Linger (on the Ads, Too)
By Vindu Goel, New York Times
… Marissa Mayer, the chief executive, has decided that one way to reverse that decline (in advertising) is to turn the company into a media empire with a constellation of what it calls digital magazines…

Ms. Mayer says that she wants to make Yahoo a “daily habit” for its 800 million users. But she doesn’t want people to come to Yahoo just to read email, post photographs on Flickr or get the latest sports scores. She also wants Yahoo to be a place where they curl up and spend some time …. And curling up right beside them would be the advertisers.

wrongSounds familiar.  Should you read all my posts on this subject?  Nah. You’d be here for hours.  One or two’ll be enough.  Click and pick:

Social Media - WOMM - Web Advertising Posts

Actually, Ms. Mayer is talking about Tablets as magazines. A few more musty posts:

15 April 2007
Positioning Magazines for Baby Boomers
There are active and passive parts of our day. Without getting into too much psychobabble, as you get older the passive side needs more nourishment. It’s not really passive. It’s focused absorption. At some point you have to climb out of your frenetic digital nest and concentrate on one thing. It might be reading a book, watching a TV show or movie, listening to music, looking out the window.

Or immersing yourself in a magazine.

28 August 2013
Tablets & The Magic of Muggles
…Tablets could become a major vehicle for advertising.  They’ll get bigger, lighter, much thinner, flexible or semi-flexible if that’s what you’d prefer, easy to handle while sitting, lying down. Finger scrolls won’t be much different than turning pages…

04 November 2013
Smartphones & Tablets, Apples & Oranges
… If I tuck a magazine under my arm and take it with me, is that mobile advertising?  If I’m home on my couch flipping through Flipboard on my tablet that I don’t take anywhere anymore because the thrill of brandishing it is gone, I just use it at home - would those big, almost full screen ads be traditional advertising?

It’s good to see the young’uns catching up.  They may need a bit of help, however:

Human Resources/Brain Power




Ageism Raises Its Techie Head

03 June 2014

A Few New Tech Products

imageOn The Huffington Post (where I also blog), writer Pamela Poole has a savvy take on a handful of new tech products featured and/or inspired by the annual Boomers Business Summit

I’ve been to a few of those…

24 March 2006
At My Table at The Summit
"So can you tell if someone is having sex?"
"…We think so."
"... Good sex?"

Ms. Poole’s HuffPost Piece:

Leave It To Boomers: Transforming Aging With Tech
image… We all know that the physical and cognitive abilities of older people can deteriorate, leaving them unable to manage ordinary tasks and vulnerable to exploitation. It sucks.

Fortunately, thanks to today's tech, we've come a very long way from the "I've fallen and I can't get up" necklace!

The products range from very interesting to old hat to slightly convoluted.  You can sort them out yourself.

The thin, portable reading glasses make sense to me – and/or similarly constructed magnifying glasses. 

imageThe super-duper walker has me wincing. My first thought was of a bag lady pushing a shopping cart - not a good image.

Some hybrid of this and a product I blogged about a few years ago might work:

14 October 2011
Entrepreneurs & Baby Boomers II
SC… Awhile back I received a phone call from a gentleman who’d designed a clever piece of exercise/sporting equipment for rollicking and rolling on trails. It was an adaptation of another clever, successful product, making a certain popular activity much safer – and more fun.

I’m just not convinced that people would want to mosey around with a shopping cart.

More about technology, baby boomers, entrepreneurs, advertising:

10 April 2013
Entrepreneurs, VCs & Health Tech
… I’ve always been a big fan and supporter of tech and health tech.  Fabulous stuff is on the way.

But there will be backlash.