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eLearning > Demographics > Micro-Generations Matrix > Module 2 / 5

Boomer Micro-Generations

Instructor: Armida Ascano
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Now that you are familiar with the methodology introduced in Module 1: Intro to Micro-Generations, it's time to meet the first set of Micro-Generations, which fall within what's traditionally referred to as the Boomer generation. We begin by acknowledging existing well-known Boomer trends, and their current state as the largest retiring-age demographic in North American history.

But what key differences are discovered when this group, originally spanning a 16-year age range, is split into two? How will it impact Boomer trends of the future? This module explores how the meaning of these shared experiences shifts when a few years of age difference are taken into account, creating groups that focus on social good, the redefinition of age, and extended careers to varying degrees.
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Workshop Questions:
1. How can you help the Leading Boomer maintain a sense of adventure?
2. How can you help the Neo Boomer rebel against Boomer stereotypes?
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Redefined Age
Baby boomers turn to spaces that evoke youthful nostalgia
Implications - Going against misconceptions that baby boomers in North America simply golf and go on cruises once they retire, individuals in this cohort are turning to a range of activities and spaces in which they're able to participate in what are traditionally considered to be youth-oriented activities. Such spaces cater to seniors seeking experiences that enrich their lives when they finally have time to do so, while rebelling against the stereotypes associated with their generation.
Workshop Question - How could your brand turn misconceptions about its targeted demographics around?
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Integrated Charity
Boomers turn to more lifestyle-integrated forms of charitable donations
Implications - Boomers are increasingly seeking forms of charitable contributions that they are able to seamlessly integrate into their lifestyles and daily routines. These passive forms of social good are ideal for individuals in retirement who are prioritizing leisure over labor, allowing them to positively impact various causes without taking away from their primary interests.
Workshop Question - How could your brand seamlessly integrate a charitable element into its product/service?
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Branded Stability
Post pandemic, companies step in to help customers get back on their feet
Trend - Times of crisis can take emotional, physical, mental and financial tolls on many. During these times of volatility, consumers will respond positively to brands that provide support. Once these times of crises pass, however, the aftermath can leave a sense of instability that brands can still help alleviate.
Workshop Question - What is one way you could help ease your customer's daily stress?
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Boomerlennials
Boomers' appetite for experience and story-based brands comes to the forefront
Trend - Despite stereotypes, Boomers and Millennials have a lot in common. Both generations have a large representation in North America, making them popular marketing targets. There are parallels between social media and hippie movements–preferences for activism and a focus on relationships. With this in mind, Boomers will begin gravitating toward products typically associated with Millennials.
Workshop Question - What is one tactic you've seen or used to target Millennials that would suit your ageing customer well?
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Boomerpreneur
Support tools for Neo-Boomer entrepreneurs lean into the power of community
Trend - The life of an entrepreneur can often be a lonely one but increasingly, Neo-Boomer who own businesses are turning to resources that offer support from a community of their peers—offering them learning opportunities they otherwise would not have.
Workshop Question - What does community support look like for your target demographic? Is it found online or in-person?
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Boomer Naturality
Aging demographics turn to purity-focused wellness to ensure contingent health
Trend - Though North American Boomers are widely known as a generation redefining age, they are still susceptible to the health concerns associated with aging. However, they are more open to alternative wellness products. This is why an increase in naturally health products for Boomers can be observed.
Workshop Question - How could you reframe the life stages of your target demographic's age group to better suit their generation's behavioral nuances?
6.7
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Anti-Shareable
Service-based businesses prioritize smartphone-free experiences
Trend - With the movement against constant smartphone use being small in impact but tenacious in achieving its goal, brands that offer services like dining or travel services are limiting how much their customers are able to use their personal devices.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create memorable, rather than shareable, customer experiences?
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Boomerized Digital
Empowered Boomers turn to tech-powered fitness tools to stay in shape
Implications - An increasing number of fitness-related apps and devices are being used to encourage seniors to lead healthier lifestyles. These tools offer the dual functionality of allowing aging consumers to more seamlessly monitor their wellness paths, while staying abreast of emerging technologies. This confirms the appetite that many Boomers have to experiment and engage with technology more generally and speaks to the way technology facilitates more diverse expressions of wellness for this demographic.
Workshop Question - How might your brand use technology to better connect with Boomers?
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Festival Wellness
Health and wellness take inspiration from music festivals
Trend - Brands focused on health-related products and services are adopting the festival model to create large, festival-like events for consumers to experience. These events tap into the loyalty of their more passionate customers.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize a festival that centers around your business' brand, products and/or services.
5.2
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Wearable Coach
Fitness-focused wearables uplevel their capabilities to give feedback
Trend - Consumers have been using wearables to track their everyday and fitness activities for some time now. More recently, however, technology breakthroughs have made it so that wearable products are able to give more meaningful feedback and tailored coaching on workouts, providing a more personalized experience.
Workshop Question - How well does your brand leverage technology in order to help consumers reach their goals?
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Brain Gym
Brands create spaces that aim to enhance mental fitness alongside physical
Implications - Brands are aiming to create all-encompassing fitness spaces by incorporating programs designed to boost mental health. Creating fitness studios and programs centered around this area of expertise caters to a niche consumer base concerned with enhanced customization when it comes to their health and wellness.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize consumer desires for both physical and mental well-being?
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