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+ 11-10 Annual Conference of the American Association of Retirement Communities. Gene Warren will present How Baby Boomers Will Change Retirement at these meetings. November 3, 4, 5, 2010.
+ 10-10 National meetings of the National Active Retirement Association. Gene Warren will hold a seminar on Marketing Your Community to Retirees at these meetings. October 20, 21, 22, 2010.
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+ 04-10 Alan Church and Gene Warren presented expert testimony on demographic issues associated with the incorporation of Tusayan, Arizona
+ 03-16-09 Gene Warren was featured in “Arizona a ‘fresher’ Florida?” in the Herald Tribune” of Sarasota, Florida
+ 02-19-10 Gene Warren presented How Baby Boomers Will Change Retirement to the 50+ Housing Council of the Southern California Building Industry Association.
+ 02-03-09 Gene Warren was featured in “Austin Retirement community Plans a $100 million expansion” , in the American Statesman of Austin, Texas
+ 02-03-09 Gene Warren was featured in “Tidal Waves: Immediate outlook grim, but as boomers age and retire, housing boom should follow” in Retirement Lifestyles.
+ 01-19-09 Gene Warren was featured in “Market Crash Will Affect Florida Retirees” on WFTV, Channel 9 in Orlando, Florida
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  Insights For Attracting Baby Boomer Retirees
   
 

TW+A Research has been advising developers and communities on how to attract resourceful retirees for the past decade. Because of this experience, we have gained insight into how Baby Boomers will change retirement. Here are a few of our insights for appealing to these new active adult home buyers.

    • Know Your Market.  Baby Boomers are not like their parents. They dedicated their younger years to rebelling against their parents and their lifestyles. You also need to recognize that the leading edge Baby Boomers who led the social revolutions of the 1960s are different from the younger Baby Boomers who brought us the ‘Me Decade’ of the 1970s.

    • Market To Pretirees.  Once Baby Boomers have made the decision to retire, they have also probably made a decision of where they are going to spend their retirement years. Thus, your marketing should not be directed to retirees but to pre-retirement Baby Boomers (pretirees), those age 55 to 64. Today, these are leading edge Baby Boomers.

    • Market Your Community Not Your Development. Most new active adult developments are well designed and attractive. However, no one is going to relocate to a development simply because they like a design or a floor plan. Baby Boomers are interested in lifestyles, not accommodations, and lifestyles are defined by the community in the development is located.

    • Recognize Your Strengths.  No two communities are created equal in the eyes of today’s Baby Boomers. Take the time to do a thorough assessment of what makes your community distinctive. And don’t forget to determine which of the distinctive features will appeal to the Baby Boomer retirees you want to attract.

    • Emphasize Your Individuality.  Don’t try and be everything to everybody. Baby Boomers have always been individuals and danced to their own beat. If you have a vibrant social scene, capitalize on it and those Baby Boomers retirees who want that lifestyle will find you.

    • Understand PLM.  That’s People Like Me. Every community in America has grown on PLM because everyone, retired or not, wants to live in a community with people who have similar socioeconomic backgrounds and lifestyle preferences. Baby Boomer retirees are no exception. Unless you are building a new retirement community in the wilderness, find out about the characteristics of the people living in your community.

    • Communicate Efficiently.  Once you find out what makes your community distinctive, tell the world! PR, targeted marketing, ambassador groups and word-of-mouth testimonials can be cost effective ways to get your message out to receptive audiences. Mass marketing has become too expensive for most developments.

    • Cooperation is Key.  If you want to attract today’s retirees, make it easy for them. If your community needs more hotel rooms or better restaurants, get local business leaders involved. It is a win-win situation for everyone because Baby Boomers have the bucks to spend.

    • Green is Growing.  For Baby Boomers, the environment is king. Baby Boomers were the original flower children of the 1960s. They loved nature then and always will. However, the environment is the cheapest amenity you can add to your development. Bring nature back to your development; think hiking trails, nature preserves, community gardens, and outdoor recreation areas.