Should we entrust the care of people in their 70s and older to artificial assistants rather than doing it ourselves?
Today, this is a non-blog blog entry: I am not targeting any specific vendors. But I think it has to be put out on the table. There is a not-so-fine line between offering products that assuage fear and pitching product offerings within a terrifying context. I saw such a pitch today and I was so upset, I had to leave the room. >>> Read more . . .
Some called me crazy. Maybe an analyst who sees the non-tech world of aging through a tech-focused set of tinted glasses. When this blog began and I ranted about the importance of describing and shaping a business market of technology to help boomers and seniors successfully age in their own homes, I received virtual quizzical looks from many experts. I am a determined (some might say obnoxious) sort, however, and as I began to interview people, go to conferences, speak to industry experts, and write what I'd learned, I became more and more convinced. >>> Read more . . .
Good NEWS! This week on Wednesday, you can access the 2009 Market Overview docs from this site. A download page will be presented to anyone who is willing to fill out a short contact form that we will then use to build the newsletter distribution list. If you want to comment, this blog entry will be the one to comment on.
So let's get right to the point -- why does this market overview matter?
It describes a real and viable market that is emerging now but will grow to match the need! >>> Read more . . .
I spent some quality time this weekend writing and then losing a blog entry to a software crash. Computers. Gotta love 'em. But I got to thinking about simplification, packaging, and reuse. If you think about it, how resourceful and enterprising business people are! Just think -- from one year to the next, contractors and interior designers move from new home building and decorating to renovation and retrofit. Car rental companies like Hertz get into the hourly car use business to compete with Zipcar. >>> Read more . . .
Vendors never want to miss a market, inadvertantly bypassing an audience that may love to buy their products -- if they only knew more about them. So why don't vendors with great potential in boomer and senior audiences -- and even some loving customers -- try harder to make this match clearer? Is it because in our youth-oriented product culture, they don't want to use the 'age' word? Is it because the product execs are too youth-oriented themselves? Fearful of alienating some by being specific about others? >>> Read more . . .
Times are bad. Agreed. But here are a few items that are a reminder that marketers will market and enterpreneurs will seize an opportunity when they see one. Taken individually, these items may seem unrelated. But together, they confirm the growing interest in hleping people get more out of life as they age, and they clearly represent business opportunities in a less-than-ideal business climate. Tell me if you agree: >>> Read more . . .
These are tough times to sell products. Period. But before being ossified into a state of discouragement, it's good to know that the baby boomer market segment is not tapped out yet as the attached two studies make clear. >>> Read more . . .
I guess it's an idea whose time has come. Once you start to look for these senior villages, NORCs (naturally occuring retirement communities), village networks, or 'virtual assisted living' -- they are typically aggregated concierge-type services for boomers and seniors -- they're everywhere. >>> Read more . . .
So: older users are heading for their computers -- but how to make it easier for them to do so? A few months ago I offered the idea that for tech in their home, support to seniors would follow the model of 'GoToMyPC', a product from Citrix that enables intentional sharing of a PC with another individual or remote access to your own PC. I was trying to make the analogy that seniors who 'opted in' to permitting this could get help with any in-home technology through remote connection by a service provider -- a home care agency, a geriatric care manager, a home automation technician, or even a tech geek to help with home networking problems. >>> Read more . . .