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How to Build a Sought After Senior Living Community


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Written by Ashlie Jones
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As a marketing manager in the senior living space, it's important to build a pipeline of leads. Having a pipeline of interested prospective residents is crucial in ensuring maximum capacity and occupancy within your community. In this article, we will discuss the importance of becoming a brand that those residents would seek and even accept being on a waiting list for, and how to proactively identify those segments of your market.


Becoming a senior living community People Would Wait For

To create a sought-after senior living community it's important to showcase what sets your community apart from others. A distinctive approach to senior care services or unique amenities can go a long way in creating an attractive brand. Highlighting these unique features in your marketing materials and website can help create a feeling of exclusivity.

Additionally, showcasing an engaged and welcoming community can help foster excitement and anticipation around joining your community. Hosting community events or providing avenues for community interaction can help cultivate a sense of belonging, resulting in a strengthened interest in your community.


Proactively Identifying Narrow Segments of Your Market

Conducting market research and identifying the demographics of your right-fit residents can help you proactively target specific segments of your market. Consider the following approaches when narrowing down and identifying these segments:


Analyze Current Residents

To effectively target prospective residents, it's essential to understand the demographics and psychographics of your existing residents. Analyze data such as age, income, and lifestyle preferences to identify commonalities and trends. Determine what led them to choose your community and if those reasons can be leveraged to attract new residents.

One way to gather this information is through surveys. Ask current residents why they chose your community, what amenities they value the most, and if there are any areas for improvement. Analyze the responses to identify patterns and develop marketing strategies to attract similar individuals.


Leverage Marketing Channels

Once you have a clear understanding of your target audience, it's time to leverage marketing channels to reach them effectively. Social media, retargeting ads, and email marketing campaigns can be highly effective in targeting interested seniors who have engaged with your brand in the past.

Retargeting ads, for example, allow you to reach a narrow segment of your market that has shown previous interest in your community, possibly through interactions on your website or any of your social media channels. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram allow you to create highly targeted campaigns based on age, location, and interests.

By leveraging marketing channels and using data to inform your strategies, you can attract more qualified leads and build a strong pipeline of potential residents (who would be willing to be on a waiting list).

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Start Testing and Refining Your Strategies

Now that we've established the importance of finding your target market of right-fit residents, let's talk about how to reach these seniors (and their children) through effective marketing strategies. With the right approach, you can develop a solid pipeline of interested prospective residents. Consider the following approaches:


Use Social Media for Senior Living Community Promotion

Social media is an excellent tool for reaching potential residents. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have robust targeting options that allow you to reach a very specific audience - for example, individuals who are interested in senior living communities, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, or memory care. Social media is also a great way to engage with individuals who have already expressed interest in your community.


Use email Marketing Campaigns to attract senior residents

Email marketing campaigns are an excellent tool for provoking engagement with your brand. Growing and maintaining a list of leads can be done through automated email outreach, newsletters, special promotions, and other incentives. By engaging with prospective residents through email, you'll have a better chance of making an impact and fostering strong brand loyalty.


Create Engaging Blogs and Infographics for prospective senior residents

Engaging blogs and infographics can be a wonderful way to showcase your community and attract interested prospects. With compelling content, you can provide prospective residents (and their families) with real value that they can bookmark or share with others. Blogs and infographics containing comprehensive information on senior living communities, and advice on senior care management, can help attract potential residents looking for a community to join.


Host Regular Webinars, Podcasts, or Q&A Sessions for prospective residents

Webinars, podcasts, or Q&A sessions can be powerful tools for engaging with potential prospective residents. These formats provide an opportunity for personalized interaction and allow for more engaging conversations about your community's features and amenities. Having community webinars or webcasts can be a powerful brand marketing driver, and help you grow your pipeline of potential residents.


Partner with Local Businesses and Agencies

Partnering with like-minded businesses or agencies can be an excellent way to attract new residents. Consider partnering with hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, or other businesses in your industry. Partnering with businesses that cater to your target audience can help introduce your community to interested individuals who are actively looking for a senior living solution.


Final Thoughts

In conclusion, building a pipeline of leads is crucial to ensuring maximum occupancy within your senior living community. Creating a brand that people would be willing to wait for, and proactively identifying narrow segments of your market are vital for success.

By implementing these strategies, you can ensure a steady stream of interested residents, resulting in maximum occupancy within your community. If you're still unsure of where to begin, you may want to consider hiring a dedicated team of marketing professionals.