AARP Social Media

Monday Buzz: How AARP Gets Social Right

Get an insider's perspective into AARP's social media successes. Plus: an early look at Windows 10's email features.

Just because an association is huge, doesn’t mean it can’t be nimble and innovative. And just because many of its members are in their later years, doesn’t mean that they’re not keeping up with communication trends.

In a piece that originally appeared in the NTEN: Change Journal, AARP Studios Vice President Tammy Gordon pulls back the curtain and reveals some of the association’s social media inner workings.

“According to an AARP study, nearly 60 percent of our members between the ages of 50-59 have a smartphone and a whopping 76 percent of those who do are checking their social media on it,” Gordon writes, smashing stereotypes about older people’s inability to adapt to new technology.

And AARP isn’t just tackling Facebook and Twitter. It’s also reaching out via Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and even Vine.

AARP’s efforts are propelled not by national directors or local social media experts but by the organization’s members and audiences.

“We let our audience lead the way,” Gordon writes. “They tell us where they are interacting and what they like to share each and every day on social. We see it as our job to amplify what is working and create experiences just for them.”

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Morgan Little

By Morgan Little

Morgan Little is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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