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ENGAGING BABY BOOMERS ONLINE SURVEY ANALYSIS AND WORKSHOP PREVIEW OACAO CONFERENCE 2014 PRESENTED BY: SUE HESJEDAHL AND LISE DUBE.

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1 ENGAGING BABY BOOMERS ONLINE SURVEY ANALYSIS AND WORKSHOP PREVIEW OACAO CONFERENCE 2014 PRESENTED BY: SUE HESJEDAHL AND LISE DUBE

2  Engaging Baby Boomers Grant  Engaging Baby Boomers Online Survey  How Boomers Are Different  Why Centres are experiencing Challenges in attracting boomers  Top Programs for Boomers  Successful Marketing Initiatives  Changes That are Working to Engage Baby Boomers  Baby Boomers and Volunteering  Regional Workshops  Interactive Website OUTLINE 2

3  March 2014 received a $25,000 grant from New Horizons for Seniors Program for project focused on engaging baby boomers.  Goal is to create tools and resources to connect boomers to our OACs and encourage their engagement and attendance  Project arose from the input of OACAO members who suggested recruiting younger seniors will be the single greatest challenge to face Older Adult Centres over the next two years (OACAO Member Profile 2013).  Considered 3rd highest issue faced by our Centres with 6.9 out of 10 Centres indicating this need. ENGAGING BABY BOOMERS GRANT 3

4 “Boomers” (also known as baby boomers) is a term used to describe people born during a period of increased birthrates in Canada lasting from 1946 to about 1965 (Historica Canada), making boomers years of age. WHO ARE BABY BOOMERS? 4

5  Conduct an OACAO member survey to gather sector information about the challenges and successes of programming to the Baby Boomer sector  Present survey findings at OACAO Conference  Conduct research and collect best practices  Use survey findings and research material to prepare and present workshop presentations in 7 regions across the province  Post resources on OACAO interactive online website available for membership across the province GRANT DELIVERABLES 5

6  Survey posted July 29 and closed August 14  54 responses out of 132 invitations, 2 opted out  41.5% response rate  Majority of Centres responding were stand-alones  52.2% of Centres said between 10-20% of their members were boomers  However, % of boomers at Centres ranged from 2-75% ENGAGING BABY BOOMER ONLINE SURVEY 6

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8  OACAO members noted many areas where boomers are different from their current membership  Want to stay fit  Interested in life-long learning  Larger disposable income  BUSY  Still working  Have a broader range of interests HOW ARE BOOMERS DIFFERENT? 8

9  Tech Savvy HOW ARE BOOMERS DIFFERENT? “an older adult member will ask for information about our next trip in a hard copy while a boomer will say can you text me that info please.” 9

10  More demanding, opinionated, higher expectations  Do not see themselves as old  Don’t like commitment HOW ARE BOOMERS DIFFERENT? 10

11 HOW ARE BOOMERS DIFFERENT? “BBs are more self- involved and want programs tailored to their needs. They are worried about being associated with much older people even if the older adults are in better physical condition. They are busy with family obligations. They have different goals for themselves.” 11

12 WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW  How Boomers truly are different  How these differences may influence their participation at OACs  Demographic information about Boomers REGIONAL WORKSHOP DELIVERABLES 12

13 Centre PERSPECTIVE  Centres not understanding/meeting the needs of boomers  Centres are stereotyped or stigmatized  Facilities are aging; too small  Don’t have the right equipment, want a gym setting  Facing competition from the community  Centre hours not fitting with boomer needs  Integration with the older generation is hard WHY CENTRES ARE EXPERIENCING CHALLENGES IN ATTRACTING BOOMERS 13

14 BOOMER PERSPECTIVE  Boomers have the wrong image of our Centres  Boomers feel too young to be going to a Centre  Boomers are too busy to join  Boomers are not typically joiners  Boomers want no commitment WHY CENTRES ARE EXPERIENCING CHALLENGES IN ATTRACTING BOOMERS 14

15 Boomers are not ready to accept their age! 15

16 However, some Centres are not having a problem attracting boomers!  Some Centres, when asked, answered, not applicable.  “Our Centre does not have this experience.” Why are some Centres more successful in engaging boomers? WHY ARE CENTRES EXPERIENCING CHALLENGES IN ATTRACTING BOOMERS? 16

17 TOP PROGRAMS FOR BOOMERS BY CATEGORY 17

18 167 responses  50% of responses related to a fitness activity  Top responses Yoga (17) and Zumba (13)  Tablet training showing success (9)  Special events also popular with boomers TOP PROGRAMS FOR BOOMERS 18

19  “I have a fairly good number of boomers at my Centre - If anything the declining segment is the older seniors for us and the activities that they take part in (bridge and other card games particularly) are declining in numbers and falling off our calendar.” TOP PROGRAMS FOR BOOMERS 19

20  Only 68 responses  Foot care highest rated individual response (10)  Top 3 categories:  Health Services (e.g., foot care, physio) (20)  Alternative and Complementary Health Practice (e.g., massage, reiki) (10)  Health Information (8). TOP 3 SERVICES FOR BOOMERS 20

21 WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW  Expand on Programs, Services and Special Events that are appealing to boomers  Explore why certain programs and services are more appealing  Suggest program adjustments which could make programs attractive to all age groups  Hear input from experts in the field of recreation and leisure REGIONAL WORKSHOP DELIVERABLES 21

22 MOST POPULAR RESPONSES  Change Centre name  Maximize use of social media “ We increased our focus on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc... great responses and lots and lots of new members.” SUCCESSFUL MARKETING INITIATIVES 22

23 “In the past year our Centre has become much more heavily engaged with social media and creating an online web presence. We can see that this is having a positive impact, as people are reporting that they found out about some of our events though Facebook. We are also able to share updates with our funders via Twitter. Our website is attracting over 4000 views per month which helps us sell space to advertisers… These are cost effective ways to reach out to a younger, more digitally literate baby boomer population to let them know the breadth of what we do and build brand awareness for the future.” SUCCESSFUL MARKETING INITIATIVES 23

24 ADDITIONAL RESPONSES  Promote new and popular programs  Revamp promotional material to a more modern image  Expand outreach  Increase methods of reaching people (print, online, etc.)  Keep Centre looking up to date SUCCESSFUL MARKETING INITIATIVES 24

25 ADDITIONAL RESPONSES  Remember word of mouth still effective marketing tool SUCCESSFUL MARKETING INITIATIVES 25

26 WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW  How to use social media to engage boomers  Marketing to boomers, what seems to work?  Is age neutrality important?  Sharing marketing success stories REGIONAL WORKSHOP DELIVERABLES 26

27 MOST POPULAR RESPONSES  Offering classes that appeal to boomers  Offering weekend and evening programming  Increased flexibility, more drop-in programs “People seem to want the flexibility to go to a variety of classes instead of committing to a certain class for the whole session. Instead of signing up for a 12 week fitness class, they want to go to fitness one day, yoga the next, Pilates the next etc.” CHANGES THAT ARE WORKING TO ENGAGE BABY BOOMERS 27

28 ADDITIONAL RESPONSES  New partnerships  Off-site programming  Increased social opportunities to visit Centre “We're aiming to increase the "social" opportunities for someone to just come into the facility. We encourage potential members to just stop by and enjoy a coffee and "see" what we're all about.” CHANGES THAT ARE WORKING TO ENGAGE BABY BOOMERS 28

29 WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW  Explore Centre models; are certain models more appealing to baby boomers?  What is on the horizon for OACs? REGIONAL WORKSHOP DELIVERABLES 29

30  Of Centres responding on average baby boomers formed 19% of the volunteer pool  Range 0-80%  10% (9 Centres) and 15% (8 Centres) most commonly cited responses BABY BOOMERS AND VOLUNTEERING 30

31  Executive positions  Committee members  Special Events  Program Leaders  Public Relations  Tech related positions WHICH VOLUNTEER ROLES ARE BOOMERS FILLING? 31

32  Positions with a short-term commitment  Positions with flexibility  Positions where they feel they are adding value  Those that have financial benefits For example, a desirable position would be: “Program facilitator for a program they like & have flexibility to say ""I am busy, I cannot attend this week." WHICH VOLUNTEER ROLES ARE BOOMERS FILLING? 32

33 “I've found roles where they feel valued and needed are important. We currently have a recently retired "Manager" whom has enjoyed being asked to help on an organizing committee…We benefited from her valuable skills and she enjoyed seeing us accomplish something which would have been difficult without her help.” WHICH VOLUNTEER ROLES ARE BOOMERS FILLING? 33

34  Kitchen  Hands-on positions  Arts and Crafts  Long-term, high commitment positions  Meaningless Tasks WHICH VOLUNTEER ROLES ARE BOOMERS NOT FILLING? 34

35 “I believe the younger volunteers don't want to feel "stuck" in a volunteer position. They want and are willing to help where they can, but don't want to feel like "they're back at work". What they do has to have importance and they need to feel valued as their leisure time is important to them. (I believe if they still wanted to work, they would have just semi- retired.)” “They don't usually like a position that requires them to commit to a regular weekly task.” WHICH VOLUNTEER ROLES ARE BOOMERS NOT FILLING? 35

36 WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW  Synopsis of the latest info on baby boomer volunteers from Volunteer Canada, academic literature, reports and other sources  Proven boomer volunteer recruitment/retention techniques  How to make Board and Committee work more recognized and prestigious REGIONAL WORKSHOP DELIVERABLES 36

37 REGIONAL WORKSHOPS A great opportunity to share stories and learn from each other! NEXT STEPS 37

38  South West Region - Thursday, October 30 Life After Fifty - Windsor  Golden Horseshoe Region - Wednesday, November 5 Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre  Grand River Region - Friday, November 21 Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge  Metro Region - Monday, November 24 Rexdale Community Health Centre (satellite location) in Toronto  Central Region - Wednesday, November 26 Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre – John St. Branch (Room 4)  Eastern Region - TBA REGIONAL WORKSHOPS 38

39 INTERACTIVE WEBSITE  Material about engaging baby boomers will be posted at oacao.ca:  Resources for Older Adult Centres website  Home of the Volunteer Management and Fundraising Toolbox  Webinars will be scheduled for early 2015  If you have suggestions for content or if you have contributions for the website: NEXT STEPS 39

40 THANK YOU


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