Marketing to Boomer Women: Recognize the Joy of Being Grandma

There are more than 70 million grandparents in the United States, and 1.7 million new grandparents are “born” each year. With the growth of inter-generational households, grandparents lead 37% of all US households. And, with the average age of a first-time grandparent at 48, more than half of these grandparents are Boomers.

Beyond the demographics of grandparents is the joy of being Grandma and Grandpa (or Abuela and Abuelo)! Of all grandparents, 72% think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their lives. And that’s where the real marketing to Boomer women opportunity presents itself.

Marketing to Boomer Grandparents

These Boomer women who love life as a grandma are active, lively and astute. They may knit, but it’s not because they are stuck at home. Here’s how some brands are marketing to Boomer women grandmas.

Marketing to Boomer Women: Recognize the Joy of Being GrandmaMormor is an online Norwegian store that sells baby and children’s wear from the time when Grandma herself was a wee lass (Mormor is Danish for Grandma). Even the employees stem from an era when everything was made by hand. All products are handmade, from pure wool, alpaca wool or cotton. Old knitting and crocheting techniques and patterns have been revived, and colors and materials updated. The products meet modern demands for fashionable children’s clothing as well as for old-fashioned quality and honest materials. Cool little touch: clothes come with a small nametag signed by the Mormor that made the item.

One charming product I came across is My Granny’s Purse by P.H. Hanson, a cross between a pop-up book and a grab-bag, with lots of compartments, each with an intriguing item inside. Filled with colors, textures, shiny objects and sounds, My Granny’s Purse helps the grandmother share times of discovery and delight with her infant or toddler grandchild.

AIG SunAmerica Mutual Funds offers grandparents a program to help educate their grandchildren about such critical matters as saving, planning, and investing for their financial future. The company developed the much-acclaimed K.I.D.S. program (Kids Investing for Dollars and Sense) to help educators, parents and grandparents teach young children the fundamentals of saving and investing.

Do grandmas buy your brand? If you don’t know, find out! This worthwhile market segment is full of joy– and full of desire to spend money as part of their role as grandparent.

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About Marti

To The Huffington Post, she’s “the High Priestess of Marketing to Women;” to TIME magazine, “the Chief Rabbi of the Sheconomy.” Renowned business guru Tom Peters calls her “the First Lady of Marketing to Women” and says she “is one of the best presenters, male or female, I’ve ever seen.” Marti Barletta shows you how to get more customers, make more money per customer and keep customers loyal longer - simply by getting smarter about women. Her first book, Marketing to Women, is available in 19 languages,” and her latest book, PrimeTime Women, focuses in on the market’s high-spending sweet spot - Boomer women in their mid-life prime – and shows marketers how to use this prime segment’s growth, size and buying power to propel their business for the next 20 years. As the go-to authority on marketing to women, women in leadership and women’s growing role in shaping the 21st century, Barletta has been quoted on CBS, ABC, MSNBC and NPR, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, USA Today, Fast Company, TIME, Business Week, Inc., and many other publications worldwide. Ms. Barletta’s consulting clients have included Diageo, Ford, Kodak, Pfizer, Volvo Worldwide and others. A popular speaker internationally, she has enjoyed rave reviews on every continent except Antarctica, including in Australia, Chile, Dubai, Japan and Sweden. She has spoken for hundreds of companies, conferences and associations; and across dozens of industries, including consumer products, financial services, travel and tourism, retail and real estate development, to name a few. She is proud to say that numerous clients have booked her for return appearances. Her dynamic style, command of her subject and passion for her topic make her a popular speaker. Audiences love her practical tactics tailored to the interests of each audience, her lively style and sense of humor, and her memorable stories about men, women and marketing. Specialties:I show you how to attract more customers, keep them longer, and earn more money from every customer simply by getting smarter about today's mightiest market - women.

2 thoughts on “Marketing to Boomer Women: Recognize the Joy of Being Grandma

  1. Joe Sturniolo

    Marti, You always have good advice and incite. I have a new book out, The Master’s Plan, where I do mention you and quote you. Thought you would want to know. Joe

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