A common misconception among the elderly is that they have no idea how to work anything tech-related. Many brands skip catering to seniors because they wrongly believe there’s no point. However, those that do this are robbing themselves of a very worthwhile demographic. Seniors—or those 65 and older—are living longer and increasingly getting involved in the online/mobile world. In 2014, 74 percent of people 65 and older owned a mobile device, and over 39 million seniors had social media profiles. Indeed, older peeps are the fastest-growing group of social media users, and they rely on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms for the same reasons as their younger counterparts.
Want to appeal to the gray and white-haired members of your target audience? Check out the following tips to help you out:
Keep It Simple
‘Simple and straightforward’ goes a long way with regard to mobile marketing for seniors, both in text and visual formats. Forget trendy slang words and opt for relatable language that’s specific to your products or services. The point is to make it clear why your older audience needs and wants your products/services, so avoid any wording that feels vague.
Easy ‘User Onboarding Process’
If you’ve been successful in encouraging the seniors in your audience to download your app, the next step is to ensure the user onboarding process is easy to understand. It shouldn’t include a long list of steps or inundate your audience with too many personal questions. If your process is too complex, you can kiss the vast majority of your elderly audience buh-bye. For best results, aim to enlarge small buttons, provide thorough explanations each time you ask for personal information, and otherwise make certain people understand the benefits you’re offering.
Don’t Forget the Visual
Seniors, like most people, are very much about the visual. If your mobile marketing campaign isn’t eye-catching, you aren’t going to grab the attention of the seniors in your audience. Pair straightforward language with stunning visuals, and see if the number of seniors in your target audience doesn’t double or triple.
Include a Sweet Deal
Many of today’s seniors grew up during periods of economic strife, and are all about scoring a great deal. If you really want to market to seniors, engage them with awesome deals they can’t resist. Whether you choose to send coupons through text or email or announce deals on your social media platforms, know that seniors always love a great discount. Make your loyalty rewards program irresistible to them and reap the benefits of a boomer-focused mobile marketing strategy.
Seniors don’t like to be talked down to (Well, who does, really?), so remember to always be respectful. Pandering to them in ways that make them feel decrepit isn’t going to help you, so make sure your mobile marketing efforts are respectful in nature. If you have a brick-and-mortar business location, make certain employees treat all older patrons with the respect they deserve. Seniors will love it, and you’ll love the increase in revenue.