Marketing to the Ageing Consumer: The Secrets to Building an Age-Friendly Business


As the populations of Europe and the US, soon to be followed by China, grow older, it is vital that marketers understand the effects of physiological ageing and their impact on marketing. The book that provides this advice is yet to be written.

This book contains models for companies to use to evaluate how successful their own strategies are and provide strategies and tools for improving their age-friendly marketing campaigns.

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As the populations of Europe and the US, soon to be followed by China, grow older, it is vital that marketers understand the effects of physiological ageing and their impact on marketing. The book that provides this advice is yet to be written.

This book contains models for companies to use to evaluate how successful their own strategies are and provide strategies and tools for improving their age-friendly marketing campaigns.

While most other marketing books focus on how ageing changes consumer behavior, the different ways of segmenting the older market, and the impact of ageing on the ways companies communicate, they simply address physiological ageing as a subsidiary subject. This book proves how the physical effects of ageing impact all consumer groups and nationalities, as well as all parts of the marketing cycle from the development of new products to post-sales support.

Current population demographics ensures that the issue of ageing will continue to increase in importance, as will the demand for informed comment and knowledge of the subject. Marketing to the Ageing Consumer represents a turbaning point in the sophistication of the techniques and tools available to companies to exploit the surge in numbers of older consumers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Marketing to the Ageing Consumer is a much-needed pioneer. Our population is ageing and it is common knowledge that older people have different needs and preferences to younger people. Yet, there is virtually no literature that documents the changes that are necessary to make the market environment more age-friendly. This book does exactly that. It is thorough, well-written and to the point, and a must-read for marketing executives and anyone interested in consumer economics." – Professor Christopher Pissarides, London School of Economics, Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences, 2010

"This book provides a wealth of insights that the youthful communications industry needs to listen to and act on – because there is a wealth of opportunity to shape how our businesses and brands behave towards what will be an ever increasing and more valuable market…….this book can be your guide." – Chris Thomas, Chairman & CEO, BBDO Asia, Middle East & Africa

"This book comprehensively sets out a compelling case for change in a clear, unambiguous and balanced way. Even better, it offers practical steps for how marketers, executives and their advisors need to change their approach to product design, marketing communication, customer service and engagement. It is one of the very few business books I send proactively to my clients." – Chris Kaye, Head of Insurance, Asia Pacific, The Boston Consulting Group.

"This book provides a much-needed corrective to the torrent of negativity that we hear about population aging. By focusing on ways that businesses can adapt to, and indeed thrive in response to, an older customer base, Dick Stroud and Kim Walker guide us toward seeing the opportunities that aging brings. Because population aging is taking place worldwide, this book shines a light that will be useful everywhere. 'Age-friendly' practices, as elucidated herein, can revolutionize the operation of both business and government, and are an essential part of the way we need to respond to an aging world." – Professor David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard

"Being somebody who is (very) firmly in the 50+ bracket I have a clear sense of how , and how not , to be marketed to. This book will be of great value to anybody who wants to reach me." – Dominic Proctor,?President, GroupM Global

"This book examines the essential commercial implications of the unique phenomenon of rapid ageing. As the world's population of over 60's doubles by 2030 and almost trebles by 2050, societies will need new coping mechanisms, and companies will need to adapt to a big shift in the structure of their consumer markets. Dick Stroud and Kim Walker take an important and innovative approach to show why and how." – George Magnus, Senior Economic Adviser, UBS Investment Bank, London

"This book informs brand owners on how to grow value by opening up to new audiences, an absolutely essential strategy in saturated markets. Marketing to the Ageing Consumer looks at the positives that marketing to an older consumer can bring to brands. Stroud and Walker's debate around age-friendliness adds a very fresh perspective to the age debate." – Jo Rigby, Global Insight Director, Omnicom Media Group

"Marketing to the Ageing Consumer isn't just about age-neutral marketing in the mode of the brilliant Apple case. It goes way beyond that and powerfully points out the lost profit opportunities for companies that fail to appreciate the enormous purchasing power of older consumers and to understand their needs." – Professor Malcolm McDonald, Emeritus Professor, Cranfield School of Management

"We are getting old – and we are all in a state of denial about the physiological and practical impact. Large and easy opening containers are never sexy topics but organisations, private and public, that want to grasp the opportunities that demographic change represents, have an essential tool in the 'age-friendliness' framework outlined in this book. Read it and prepare your organisation for the future." – Alex Batchelor, Chief Operating Officer, BrainJuicer

"The commercial world has belatedly woken up to the need to address the 50+ population respectfully and strategically. Dick Stroud and Kim Walker's work is thorough, insightful and backed by both empirical evidence and an instinctive understanding of the various types of character in this age group. This book proposes an important, ambitious and practical new metric to help businesses address what is without question one of the biggest issues of the 21st century." – Neil Barrie, Global Planning Director, TBWA\Chiat Day Los Angeles

"Kim Walker and Dick Stroud say: 'Population ageing will soon equal sustainability as a global trend that the corporate world must understand and devise policies to embrace.' I agree – and I would further argue that age-friendliness is inextricably linked to sustainable development and therefore to corporate sustainability. Happily, becoming age-friendly makes business sense and is the right thing to do too." – Prof David Grayson CBE, Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management

"Marketing to the Ageing Consumer is a timely offer not to be missed. The approach, the first of its kind, is firmly based on the latest scientific insights on the physiology of ageing, which the authors then translate into practical marketing knowhow needed to create an age-friendly business. Their work is an indispensable business guide to marketing to the ageing consumer." – Professor Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, HSBC Professor of International Business, University British Columbia, Global Economic Advisor, MasterCard Worldwide

"The populations of Asia Pacific, Europe and the US are getting older. The physical effects of ageing mean that companies must adapt their products and re-invent the customer experience. This book is a handbook to help executives navigate this future." David Sinclair, International Longevity Centre (UK)

"The older consumer population is in growth globally and our collective understanding in how to best engage with this audience is decades behind where it needs to be. Read this book now if you want real expertise and actionable insight on how to build an effective strategic approach" Buy this book." – Orlaith Blaney, CEO, McCann Erickson Dublin

"With its informative and straightforward approach to understanding older people, this book has wide relevance to people working across the creative industry. A timely and much-needed publication." – Rama Gheerawo, Deputy Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art

"All good marketers need to be able to look into the future and anticipate business opportunities. Few aspects of the future as certain as the ageing of individuals and populations. The authors are unusually perceptive guides on how to prosper in this different world." – Hugh Burkitt, Chief Executive, The Marketing Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230378193
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

DICK STROUD is a consultant, lecturer, and writer. He is the author of Europe's best-selling textbook on the business issues related to the ageing population—The 50-Plus Market. Dick is considered to be one of the leading thinkers in his field and is a regular speaker at conferences and is quoted in the media and research related to population ageing. Dick is the founder and MD of the marketing consultancy 20plus30 ( that helps companies improves all aspects of their marketing to the older generation. His clients include Royal Mail, Diageo, Virgin, Unilever, and Anchor Trust. Dick is a regular commentator on the use of new technologies and how they relate to older people. He is the author of, a blog that discusses how marketers can use apps to reach the older market. In addition, he authors, a blog that discusses how older people use Web video.

KIM WALKER is the founder and CEO of SILVER, a business consultancy that helps companies leverage the opportunities presented by the ageing demographic. Business and the media alike respect his opinions on this subject and in the past year he has been interviewed by the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Channel News Asia. Prior to establishing SILVER, Kim was President and CEO for M&C Saatchi advertising in Asia and prior to that he was COO for Aegis Media. He managed the global expansion of these networks into the Asian markets of Korea, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and India. He is the founder and Chairman of APRAIS (, a London-based, global leader in B2B company performance evaluation, with 42 consulting partners worldwide. Most recently he has been involved with Dick Stroud in the development of tools and methodologies that enable companies to evaluate their readiness to thrive in an older world.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The ageing consumer – a historic perspective
Chapter 2. Population ageing – situation analysis
Chapter 3. Introduction to physiological ageing
Chapter 4. Understanding customer touchpoints
Chapter 5. The ageing senses
Chapter 6. The ageing mind
Chapter 7. The ageing body
Chapter 8. The meaning of 'age-friendly'
Chapter 9. Evaluating age-friendliness
Chapter 10. Creating an age-friendly strategy
Chapter 11. Age-friendly employers and governments
Chapter 12. The future

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