Baby boomer generation
Purpose -- The purpose of this paper is to remind loyalty marketers to harness the power ofthe often-forgotten generation that truly values brand loyalty -- the Baby boomers. Design/methodology/approach -- The approach take the form of exploring Boomers' demographics and influence on themarketing community and outlining some of the best practices to which marketers can look when building programs and offers for Boomers. Findings -- By 2010, one-third of the US population will be over50; by 2020, one in five Americans will be over 65. In the near future, the oldest segment of the US economy will control the largest share of the US economy and marketers will be wise to make 50 +consumers visible in their marketing strategies. Boomers will find the brands that resonate with them and continue to fuel revenue and growth for years to come. Practical implications -- If one hasestablished a relationship with Boomer customers and one has maintained the integrity of those relationships, they will stay with one for years to come. The biggest mistake one can make is to change one'soffers and messaging to them just because they hit retirement age. Originality/value -- The paper presents exclusive interviews with representatives from some of the largest marketing firms in theindustry today. Tangible tips and tools to utilize in the real world marketing plans are offered. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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