Happy birthday to this Tumblr! The #AARPsocial team is in Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Interactive festival. We hope to show you some of the discussions and tools on display during this huge event.

Happy birthday to this Tumblr! The #AARPsocial team is in Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Interactive festival. We hope to show you some of the discussions and tools on display during this huge event.

#Winning at the Oscars!

The Oscars was a huge night for many talented actors, actresses, and other talented Hollywood players.

It was also a huge night for many brands, as you’ll see in this awesome round up by AdWeek:


Brands were bringing their A-game with this year’s Oscars. We can’t ignore that there were some pretty legendary moments on social media. It was a #winning night.

To see our name on AdWeek's list was really awesome. We were #winning too! We got super ecstatic when we saw our name right next to Chevrolet and Sprint, let alone near Samsung at all (that selfie…was legendary). And we couldn’t have done it with your support, so thank you. 

It was quite a big accomplishment for us and we’d love to relive it. Relive with us below:

First, we’ll start off with Digiday’s recap.




Thanks for the awesome shout out, Digiday! You hit the nail right on the head. :-)

And to wrap up our little roundup, here’s one of our favorite interactions from the night:


AARP en Español’s (Early) Holiday Gift


For AARP en Español, the holidays came a bit earlier - and it came in the form of 10,000 likes. We are SUPER. DUPER. Excited.


Jill Greenberg, the person that helped make it all happen, is super excited, too! Engaging posts and trendy content are part of the secret to success, but she decided to share some of her other tips that she’s gathered along the way. Might help if you’re out to reach and connect with your Hispanic audience! See below:

On behind-the-scenes action

Advertising. We got a commitment from business units to dedicate advertising dollars to our Spanish speaking audience and it made a big difference. We also had a small budget to boost pieces that were performing well organically, which also helped.

Team getting more engaged. We have seen editors getting more involved as they become authors on the AARP en Español blog and they are sharing content in their networks.

On content

Content creation. Our content creators have shifted the types of content they are developing. As I talked about earlier, we started a Spanish language blog to focus on more timely and newsy pieces and have seen engagement jump as a result of this type of content.


Video. We know that Latinos enjoy watching video online. Specifically, Nielsen says that Hispanic video viewers are 68% more likely than non-Hispanic White viewers to watch video on the Internet, and 20% more likely to watch video on their mobile phone. So we made sure we had video content like our Secretos de Cocina con Denisse, which focused on short, punchy videos that received a great response on our Facebook page.

Asking more questions, asking for interaction. We have seen our engagement jump 50% in the second half of the year by simply creating more interactive content that encourages our audience to habla con nosotros: talk to us.

News you can use. Earlier this year, an internal AARP research report found that Hispanics enjoy information that offers simple steps to healthy living and financial planning. Working from this idea, we promoted content that focused on those practical tips and news you can use.  Our health content in particular has been a highlight - we have seen a 69% increase in clicks in the second half of the year on our health content.

On demographics

Overall demographics. With the 50+ market becoming the fastest growing in social media, this applies to everyone regardless of ethnicity. Just because people want information in Spanish, it doesn’t make them much different than the overall audience. While you might need to tweak things here and there, it is probably true that there are more similarities than differences.


Understanding that our Twitter audience and Facebook audiences are very different. Our audience skews older on Facebook and younger on Twitter… this is not uncommon on the English language side either, but it is more pronounced on the Spanish side. It’s also important to realize that the Hispanic audience reach is much bigger on Facebook. According to Ad Age, you can reach 64% of the Hispanic population on Facebook, compared to a reach of 15% on Twitter. Tailoring content and phrasing has increased engagement overall.

Don’t forget to “Like” the AARP en Español Facebook Page while you’re at it! Happy Holidays!

Five Reasons Beth Carpenter Should Make Forbes #30Under30

1. That Time Beth Relentlessly Tweeted About Michael Jordan Turning 50 During the NBA All Star Game… And Ended Up Getting on National TV. Twice.


So, maybe Michael didn’t accept his AARP card at the game like we really, really wanted. Who cares? Beth’s tweets ended up being broadcast live during the game. And, was featured on Yahoo Sports and ESPN Sportscenter the next day. (Also known as, when social media becomes media relations…)

2. That Time She Tweeted Sir Mix-A-Lot About AARP Membership Using Baby Got Back Lyrics. And, He Replied. And, So. Did. She. In. Lyrics.


3. When Jeff Daniels Won An Emmy for Newsroom and She Was So Prepared for Awesome to Unleash.


I was sitting next to her when Jeff Daniels took the stage (we screamed), then he said, “The only award I’ve ever won was from AARP! And with all due respect to AARP, I’m moving the Golden Baralounger [Movies for Grownups] award over.” And, then we died. Came back to life one second later and Beth sent this. It was re-tweeted over 900 times - 63% above the average number of mentions during the 2013 Emmys.

4. She Launched a Facebook Campaign That Resulted in 29% More Interest in Our Brand 

The “AARP Real Possibilities” campaign is now a Facebook Ads case study and was a finalist in the 2013 Digiday Social Media Brand Campaign of the Year. But most importantly, it made more people over 45 interested in AARP - by targeting them with ads. And those ads were written in such a voice that those targeted didn’t even realize they were ads. That’s just AARP chatting on Facebook. As we do. 

A lot goes into chatting, crafting posts in the right voice for your audience, with the right compelling graphics, and tracking those results to share with the organization. 

5. No One Is Safe From Her 50th Birthday Fun. Not Even Time Traveling Brits.


And, finally….

Despite All Of Those Folks Who Thought It Was Me. Or a Hack. “We Miss You, Biggie” Was All Beth. Targeting Gen X. Which Start Turning 50 Next Year.



While AARP is hyper focused on the 50+, we on the social media team are hyper aware that over 20% of our social media audience is Gen X and that they start turning 50 in 2015. We’re betting that if you’ve been following us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for five years before your card arrives, you might be more likely to join. Stay tuned, AARP research is on it.

So, Forbes… it’s in your hands. But either way, it’s a win for me having someone as talented and creative on team #AARPsocial. 

Want More? Stay tuned and follow #AARPsocial and follow Beth Carpenter on Twitter, here: https://twitter.com/bethshanna

image[Photo: Beth Carpenter, Tammy Gordon and Jen Martin at the 2013 Digiday Social Media Awards.]


"Both my kids will have graduated from college in 4.5 years, and I’m heading to Mexico. I’m not kidding. Social Security goes a long way down there. For $300 a week, I could have a place to stay, a satellite dish, a fishing pole, and some rum."


"Both my kids will have graduated from college in 4.5 years, and I’m heading to Mexico. I’m not kidding. Social Security goes a long way down there. For $300 a week, I could have a place to stay, a satellite dish, a fishing pole, and some rum."

Using Scavenger Hunts to Learn About Social Media

Seeking: Graphic Designer for Social Media

Us: Millions of members strong grassroots organization fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare, keep utility costs low for consumers, fight fraud and ID theft, make sure that the voices of the 50+ are heard in Congress, and more.

You: Social media savvy graphic designer who loves the daily news game, knows the 20% rule inside and out, changes their Facebook cover photo on the go, and can help tell the story of our advocacy work in a compelling, multimedia way.

Five things we can’t live without:

*Photography and video experience

*An awesome portfolio

*Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of graphic design experience

*Ability to create Facebook cover photos, share graphics, and gifs from your phone, laptop, or even your parent’s old PC

*Social Media Presence (send us the links!)

You should message us if:

*You want to make a difference in the big battles around Social Security, Medicare, utilities, fraud, and more.

*You love using visuals and video on social media to influence policy decisions

*You’ve checked out @AARP and @AARPAdvocates and Facebook.com/AARPAdvocates and think you can meet our tone while upping our game

Here’s how to submit your resume: https://recruiting.aarp.org/psc/HCMPRD/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRS.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB&Action=U&TargetFrameName=None

But feel free to drop us a line at socialmedia@aarp.org with your portfolio or other supporting materials – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Creating the Good on Facebook


If you’ve been following Create the Good on Facebook, then you might notice something different…

Don’t see it?

Hint: It’s the Like count!


Create the Good (CTG) uses its Facebook Page to build relationships with its audience and connect them to volunteer opportunities available on CTG and in their local neighborhoods. That’s why we’re beyond thrilled that CTG has grown a network of over 20k fans to date! It means spreading the word about giving back to even moar people!


We talked to Jen Martin, manager/Admin of the CTG Page, on how CTG built its fan network. A key theme that Jen mentioned is experimentation. It’s all about trying new and different things for your Page, finding out what works, and investing in what works. Her overall insights were valuable, and they could be valuable for you as you grow your Pages too! Check ‘em out below:

- Think social media marketing tools, like Facebook Ads Manager image

Facebook Ads Manager was key to helping Create The Good grow its presence on Facebook. Jen ran a variety of different ads via Ads Manager: ones with the logo, ones without the logo, ones on the right side of your News Feed, ones targeting Page fans, ones targeting not-Page-fans. Jen also used Power Editor. You name it, she did it. A diverse ad campaign such as the one above can help any Page Admin find the ad that works the best and leverages the best results - like an increase in engagement and overall Page likes. 

- Create engaging posts: Ask questions & post awesome pictures 

It’s important to keep your current fans engaged - it’s what keeps them around and it’s what makes a prospective fan stick to your Page. Have a conversation with them. Share news and interesting articles with them. Share your original content with them and ask them a question about it. Most of all, post interesting photos that’ll catch their eye. 

- Experiment with time

Last but not least, experiment with time. Post your content at different times of the day and on different days of the week, and see what times your fans engage with you the most. Once you find that particular time, use it! Jen found that 11:00pm ET, as well as weekends work best for the CTG audience and engagement has increased ever since.


Everybody Fails

Everybody gets hurt once in a while. 

Brilliant social video from Funny or Die

Check out today’s Google Hangout On Air with Ralph Johnson and Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire.