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The 50+ Market: Your Next Great Opportunity International Home Furnishings Center October 24, 2005.

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1 The 50+ Market: Your Next Great Opportunity International Home Furnishings Center October 24, 2005

2 IHFC October Introduction: Youre 50, so what? What happens when you wake up and you are 50? You still have hopes and dreams and plans You are still working, living, loving Often caring for children and parents Probably in your peak earning years, and yet You have dropped off many marketers radar screens -- no longer an adult 18-49

3 IHFC October Introduction: Youre 50, what do you want? What do Americans 50 and older want? to continue to enjoy their lives to the fullest to have the homes and lifestyles theyve always wanted to be able to live in comfort Not to be marginalized

4 IHFC October Why You Need To Know About This Market It is enormous in size and wealth, and growing It is complex 3 distinct generations, not one they differ by mindset and life stage Its growth is being fueled by Leading Edge Baby Boomers they have influenced American society, industry and marketing since 1946 and will continue to do so as they age they are redefining what it means to grow older

5 IHFC October Myths of the Older Market Older people think and act OLD There arent that many of them compared to the under 50 population, and they are dying off They dont have that much to spend, except on health care products and services They are brand loyal; they wont switch brands, so why spend money on them Theyve grown comfortable with their home furnishings and dont want to change They are techno-phobic and computer-illiterate

6 IHFC October Demographic Destiny Currently, 292 million people in the US 82 million are % of the population by 2020, 116 million will be % of the population Median age of population is now 36 in 1980, it was 30 in 1900, it was 23 When the Boomers begin turning 65 between the 65+ population will grow 35%, while the under-65 population will increase just 4%

7 IHFC October The Healthiest, Wealthiest Cohort More than 90% of those 50+ have no functional limitations due to health Americans 50+ control more than two-thirds of HH wealth income levels are 35% above the US mean they represent two-thirds of all stockholders Poverty rate for those 65+ is at an all-time low -- fewer than 10% One in eight (13%) own more than one home They spend $30 billion per year on their grandchildren, including home furnishings Three out of ten refurnished or remodeled their primary residences in the past year (30%), and 17% expect to do so in the next year

8 IHFC October They Are Savvy, Independent Consumers Older people (45+) are no more brand loyal than younger ones They will spend more for quality from a company they know and trust More than 60% of consumers 50 and older have Internet access at home Even among the oldest segment (80+), one in three has Internet access Consumers 55+ who buy online spend more online than any other age group They are more diverse in their thinking than younger people since they have a lifetime of experience and knowledge which they use to make decisions

9 IHFC October Beyond Demographics Its even more important to understand where they are coming from Cohort groups are most influenced by events in their formative years -- from Core values are established The pull of the cohort group is redefining age 50 just isnt what it used to be

10 IHFC October Three Distinct Segments GI Generation (Born before 1925) Silent Generation ( ) Leading Edge Baby Boomers ( )

11 IHFC October GI Generation Born into a world without television; most people did not have phones or cars Grew up during the Depression, fought in WW II and were defined by both Believed in the future and the American Dream, fueled by the GI bill Created the world we live in today -- consumerism, suburbia, discount shopping, fast food, highways First generation to own their own homes in significant numbers First generation to live long enough to enjoy life after work Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima 1945

12 IHFC October The Silent Generation Came of age during the Cold War, the McCarthy Era, years of conformity Women were encouraged to marry, discouraged from having careers Defined more by what they werent than what they were--neither war veterans nor boomerslike the proverbial middle child When the turmoil of the 60s caught up with them, there was a huge backlash Levittown, NY 1948

13 IHFC October Leading Edge Boomers Leading Edge Boomers (born 46-55) are all over 50 Came of age during the first child-centric era (Dr. Spock, Howdy Doody), the first mass consumers The 1950s was a time of unprecedented growth and prosperity The Woodstock generation, the protest generation Formative years were the turbulent 60s Cold War, assassinations, Vietnam Civil Rights movement, Womens movement, student protests

14 IHFC October Leading Edge Boomers Have always embraced the new and unknown, maybe because they felt so safe and secure Their numbers alone would be enough to change the world of aging, but it is their expectation that business and industry should meet their needs that is redefining everything 60 is the new 30 age rebelliously the new middle age They are still trying new things, new places

15 IHFC October GI Generation - 10 million, 80 and older Optimistic Patriotic, sense of history Entrepreneurial Can-do spirit Outer-directed Traditional values, family oriented First senior citizens

16 IHFC October Silent Generation - 42 million, More cautious Little sense of their place in history Corporate rather than entrepreneurial Outer-directed, mediators Highest rate of divorce Never felt young till they were middle aged First beneficiaries of the Womens and Civil Rights Movements

17 IHFC October Leading Edge Boomers – 40 million, Rebellious and self-confident Connected to the times in which they grew up Best educated, professionals Made up their own rules Inner directed, individualistic Redefined gender roles and relationships Married later or not at all Re-inventing aging and retirement The tail that has wagged the dog of society for the past 50 years

18 IHFC October Generations Defined by Their Wars

19 IHFC October Communications Implications GI Generation Watch more television Patriotic, traditional values Respond to messages showing them as independent Silent Generation Still read newspapers regularly Value opinions of experts Respond to images of extended families, groups of friends Baby Boomers Use the Internet for information and shopping Anti-authority, less likely to respond to testimonials Respond to nostalgic settings, especially from the sixties

20 IHFC October Housing Trends Three out of four seniors live in conventional housing Most prefer to age in place rather than move to health-related facilities More than half of Leading Edge Baby Boomers will modify their homes over the next few years, allowing them to age in place Levers instead of door knobs Grab bars, walk-in showers in larger bathrooms Retractable chandeliers for easier access Wider doorways Skid-proof flooring materials Chairs and sofas that are easy to sit in and get up from Furniture that is easy to move for cleaning

21 IHFC October Housing for Older Adults GI Generation was the first to move to Retirement Communities, starting in the early 1960s Most were age-restricted communities (55+) Now called Active Adult Communities, to appeal to the younger, more active Silents More recently, Continuing Care Communities have become popular, especially with people in their 70s and 80s Nursing home development is slowing down, while Assisted Living and other congregate living facilities are being built

22 IHFC October Boomer Trends Leading Edge Baby Boomers who want to sell the homes where they raised their families are looking for more luxurious housing They can have the homes they always wanted Separate guest suites (for visiting family) Dedicated home offices High-end, well appointed kitchens and baths Cutting-edge technology built in They wont be ready for congregate living facilities for another years

23 IHFC October Implications for Home Furnishings Empty Nesters may downsize in space but go upscale in quality and luxury They can redecorate without worrying about children messing up their new furniture They can buy the homes they always wanted and furnish them accordingly Second or vacation homes are a growing trend Products should be designed to provide maximum comfort and accessibility

24 IHFC October More about the 50+ Market and Home Furnishings Opinion 50+ is… Omnibus study among a projectable sample of 500 people per month, or 6,000 per year Quick, cost-effective way to size a market, identify behaviors, test purchase intent, or learn about attitudes A way to track attitudes, awareness, or behavior over time We studied home furnishings in August

25 IHFC October Affluence Over 50: Second Home and Pleasure Boat Ownership Source: Opinion 50+, July/August 2005Base=1002

26 IHFC October Home Furnishings Source: Opinion 50+, July 2005Base=501

27 IHFC October Its time for a change, and I can afford it

28 IHFC October Boomers furnishings more likely to be worn out, while GIs want things just for themselves

29 IHFC October People 50 and over want furnishings that are more comfortable and easier to care for

30 IHFC October Affordability is most important to the oldest segment, luxury to the middle group More than half the GIs responding said affordability was a major criterion (57%), but its much less important to Silents (17%) and Boomers (11%) Boomers are more concerned about comfort (49%) than are Silents (33%) or GIs (29%) Luxurious furnishings are more appealing to Silents (29%) than to Boomers (11%) Ease of care is a factor for all segments

31 IHFC October Bedrooms and living rooms are the most likely to be redecorated in primary residences

32 IHFC October Bedrooms and living rooms are the most likely to be redecorated in primary residences

33 IHFC October Flooring and wood or upholstered furniture are the most popular items when redecorating

34 IHFC October Boomers seem to favor furniture pieces and lighting; Silents are more likely to change flooring when redecorating primary residences

35 IHFC October On average, people spent more than $4,800, but one in eight spent more than $10,000 Mean=$4,829 Median=$3,625

36 IHFC October The oldest segment tends to spend the most SegmentMeanMedian GI Generation$6,914$7,500 Silent Generation$5,170$3,969 Leading Edge Boomers $4,030$2,750

37 IHFC October Presence of Children Under 18 Source: Opinion 50+, July 2005Base=381

38 IHFC October Internet Usage Source: Opinion 50+, July 2005Base=501

39 IHFC October Internet Activities Source: Opinion 50+, July 2005Base=314

40 IHFC October Learning more about the 50+ Market Traditional research Surveysphone, central location, online Focus groups Seminars and workshops Product-specific, category-specific New product development, positioning, communications

41 IHFC October Main Take-Aways Three segments in the 50+ population GI Generation (80+) Silent Generation (60-79) Baby Boomers (50-59) They want home furnishings that are comfortable, informal but high quality, and easy to care for Communications strategies and executions should be tailored to the segments personalities


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