1. What is a Baby Boomer?
It depends what year it is when you read this, but according to the internet, they were probably born between 1946 and 1965. So they could be my Dad, or they could nearly be my husband.
2. What should I do if I want to design packaging for them?
Consider the hands. Their hands are going to fall off soon because of arthritis OR holding on too hard to their Harley-Davidson handlebars, so don't use that plastic they put new pairs of scissors in (that you then can't open - because you haven't got any scissors), or small buttons. Pre-1974 Sellotape is good, as is Velcro. (Those tapes they put on peas don't make sense to people of any age, so don't use those.)
Consider the eyes. As everyone knows, when you get past 40 your eyes fail and you go from being able to see the "9" on front of the Number 9 bus from a mile away to not being able to read the back of a packet of biscuits (let alone the back of prescription painkillers, which is why you can't remember what happened last Tuesday). Because of this, you will be able to get all sorts of crap past anyone over the age of 40 - for e.g. "contains equivalent of 23 spoons of sugar", or "1 portion = 156g saturated fat", or even "Contains formaldehyde". No-one knows this, but this is why the lard piles on when you get past 39. It is not the fault of your metabolism. It is the fault of your failing eyesight.
3. What is the ideal retail environment for Baby Boomers?
Somewhere full of expensive, branded stuff they can buy and then take home and enjoy because the kids have finally left home.
4. What should I do if I sell cars?
Stop being a mental and designing cars for 25 year olds. They haven't got any money. Design cars for older people. They are loaded and have enough time to use the self-parking function while listening to "Sting Live In Montreux" on the 'car stereo'.
5. Are they comfortable with technology?
Steve Jobs was a Baby Boomer FYI. Also Gates. Etc. Baby Boomers are watching cat videos like the rest of us. If they are not doing that, they are reading The Sunday Times on their iPad minis.
6. Do they like music?
Their musical references and taste are approximately 100,000 times better than "Millennial Teens" (whatever the fuck they are).
You will say "One Direction", and they will just look at you and say, "The Rolling Stones". You will say, "Katy Perry", and they will say, "Joni Mitchell". "Justin Bieber", says the youth. "Talking Heads", says the Baby Boomer. This one could go on forever. What is interesting is that Baby Boomers are able to like OLD music and NEW music and hold both in their heads at the same time - while also using the self-parking function and listening to "Sting Live in Montreux".
In conclusion, using either Bob Dylan and/or Petula Clark to sing a tune for your commercial is probably a good idea.
7. What do they worry about?
a. Their children living at home forever.
b. Retirement funds.
c. Getting tickets for "Sting Live At The Albert Hall"
If you can invent a product that solves any of these problems, you will become rich.
8. What do they look like?
They come in many shapes and sizes. You can choose depending on what you like the look of. Here are some good examples:
|No-one needs to see this sort of thing, Baby Boomer or not.|
|If this is what being a Baby Boomer |
is like, I am IN.
|If this is what Baby Boomers look |
like, I am ALSO in (their pants).
Coming soon: A Marketer's Guide to Millennial Teens (whatever the fuck they are).