It looks like Boomers and a growing number of seniors are becoming fully entrenched in online media. Although they still trail their younger cohorts, this year alone, 71% of those aged 50-64 and 59% over 65 have used at least one social networking site (Facebook still rules) compared with 26% in 2010 and 1% in 2008. They also love online video sites (Winner: YouTube), and 77% are using their mobile device simultaneously with “second screens.”
But as we discovered through our most recent research, those stats are only part of the story. Check out the infographic below to see what media types they’re using, and how much time they’re actually spending there.
MARKETING INSIGHT: We’re seeing a ton of content around the mature market and their relationship with the shifting technology and media landscape – from the downright informative to the just plain condescending. But as more Americans shift their media consumption habits, brands must also retool their content marketing strategies to satisfy prospects’ needs. On the technology side, device manufacturers need to keep access and usage top-of-mind, while on the marketing side, content producers should be cognizant of practicality and relevance.
*Source: Google & Ipsos MediaCT, “Reaching Today’s Boomers and Seniors Online,” May 1, 2013
The Varsity Team