What Google+ Means for 50+

August 4, 2011

By Michael Epps Utley

Google+ has been invitation-only so far, but growth has been astounding. It has reached 20 million users in 24 days compared to 1,035 days for Twitter and 1,152 for Facebook. It offers new features such as Circles and Hangouts, which seem to be more intuitive for many managing different areas of life.

 [Source: https://plus.google.com/112418301618963883780/posts]

For those serving the 50+ markets, this new entry raises questions. Is Google+ going to replace Facebook, which boomers and seniors have been adopting in great numbers over the past couple of years? And how can I do social media well if it is always going to be a moving target? Read the rest of this entry »

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Have we reached a new tipping point?

March 28, 2011

By Kathi Scharf

Last Monday my 65-year old mother called and calmly told me that she and my father were suing me for breaking up their marriage.

Dumbfounded, I cautiously asked “Why?”, at which point she told me that they had stayed up all night playing with the new iPads we had given them that weekend for their birthdays.

Laughing, she went on to share all the apps she’d installed, like CNN, QVC, Angry Birds, and four different poker apps, just to mention a few. This, from a woman who has a brand new laptop but still struggles to regularly find her Gmail account! Read the rest of this entry »


Moving Beyond the Coupon: Boomers Need More Than Bargains

November 5, 2010

by Jonathan Boehman

Deal sites. Discount sites. Clearance sites. Coupons, Groupons, and Gray Poupon–oh my.

Groupon's site has spawned a slew of copycatsDon’t get me wrong–deals and coupons can be great. And they’re a hot tactic for us online marketers right now because they lie at the intersection of the consumer’s painful awareness of the poor economy, the explosion of the social graph, and location-based services. But to just implement the tactic blindly–it’s a rookie mistake a lot of companies are making as they seek the holy grail of better user engagement.

These tactics can be a key piece of the puzzle, but they need to be built onto a solid strategic foundation. Read the rest of this entry »


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