Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Are Baby Boomers The Unicorn In Social Media?

Boomers and their use of social media are creating a lot buzz lately. Are they really participating? Is this the best way to reach older consumers? Is it a tactic to be layered with other more traditional tactics? We were seeking to understand Boomers activities in the social media space and launched a research study to answer these questions.

The first, and not surprising, finding is that when it comes to social media, older boomers behave more like seniors (the cohort known as "Ikes" or the Silent Generation) and younger boomers behave more like the Gen-X cohort.

The biggest takeaway may be the last line of this chart. Fifty percent of seniors are not participating on any social network, while 47% of older boomers and 45% of younger boomers are not. So while half of older consumers may have no interest in social media, the numbers who are "reachable" is still in the 35-40 million range.

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