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Advertising in the newspaper (with a specific, non-vanity ad) is also effective. Don't forget that no matter what market you choose, your message must contain an irresistible free offer, and your media choice must be consistent.

Morris Creative Group LLC
(865) 637-9869
401 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN
 
Leon E. Spencer
(865) 679-8900
6450 Papermill
Knoxville, TN
 
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(865) 238-0108
347 High St
Maryville, TN
 
Blount Today Blount County Bureau
(865) 981-9104
318 S Washington St
Maryville, TN
 
Red Deluxe Brand Development
(901) 522-9242
120 South Front Street
Memphis, TN
 
Davis Newman Payne Marketing Communications
(865) 688-3151
4700 Coster Road
Knoxville, TN
 
Identity Ideas
(865) 525-0331
PO Box
Knoxville, TN
 
Rivers Advertising
(865) 977-6536
100 E Harper Ave
Maryville, TN
 
Mma Creative
(931) 528-8852
705 N Dixie Ave Ste A
Cookeville, TN
 
Bingham Advertising
(423) 472-6870
3447 Ridgeway Dr Nw
Cleveland, TN
 

Identify Your Market for Effective Use of Messaging and Media

Identify Your Market for Effective Use of Messaging and Media



by Valerie VanBooven

Let’s discuss MARKET. What is your target market? When it comes to senior service providers, we think in terms of older adults. AARP defines a person as hitting that "senior" mark when they turn 50 (God forbid!! I know a lot of 50 year olds who don’t appreciate that at all!) In fact, there are a lot of 80 year olds who think of themselves as youngsters. However, with all of this being said, we still need to define a market segment that "typically" utilizes our services.

There are dozens of ways to define your market. Here’s an example: If I were considering a direct mail piece regarding reverse mortgages, I am going to choose people age 62+, who own a home, who have an income of $80,000 per year or less, and who live in my geographic area. I might also choose to narrow that list down to people who have credit card debt, or who subscribe to Reader’s Digest magazine.

If I were marketing an independent living facility, my target market might look much different than this. An upscale community will target an upscale market that may have members who are as young as 55.

Moving on, a home care agency might have a more specific "geographic" target market.

What about the adult children of aging parents -- their caregivers? How do we target those folks? An adult child of an aging parent might be your 30-year-old next-door neighbor with two small children and a full-time job. It is very difficult to do a "mailing" to that market, because it could be anyone!

Here’s my secret: Mass media works a little better to reach adult children of aging parents, because you can never get an accurate targeted list of those people. This is also why consistency in your message is the key. (Those who have NO issues with an aging parent today might be faced with many challenges a week from now!)

For about four years now, we have advertised on a local talk radio station in St. Louis (population approximately 2 million) by having the talk show host do a "live testimonial" for us on his show. His father died of Alzheimer’s disease, so he understands the importance of having a team of professional caregivers and experts at one’s fingertips! When this man speaks, the phones start to ring. He gets it. His listeners are a more male demographically, with an age range of 25-55. At first glance, this would seem like a disastrous move for advertising, but it actually hits the mark.

Men call to get more information for their wives, sisters, etc. The guys know that their wives and sisters are doing most of the caregiving, and this is their way of reaching out to get some relief for their loved ones.

Advertising in the newspaper (with a specific, non-vanity ad) is also effective. Don’t forget that no matter what market you choose, your message must contain an irresistible free offer, and your media choice must be consistent.

Message, Market, and Media . . . this is the formula fo...

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