Wavemaker, together with Nestlé Health Science, have released their fifth report on seniors in China, Embracing Spring of the Silver Economy. In it, the latest finding predict that "2021 is destined to become a milestone and fresh new start for China's silver industry" because of three significant changes in policy trends, industrial structure, and driving force. More smart elderly companies and innovative products, as well as marketing and advertising campaigns, emerged and connected with silver consumers, defining them from "passive users" to "active consumers."
Wavemaker has been publishing this research on senior citizens' hidden values and power in China. Now there are 250 million silver consumers in China since 2019. Underlying the reports is the knowledge that by 2025, there will be 300 million senior citizens in China.
Family planning policy (the one-child policy) adopted in the late 1970s will exacerbate the aging problems in the coming years, and at the same time, bring more business opportunities to the silver economy.
Age anxiety has eased, as they are not worried about retirement and have more expectations for their life after retirement. With the emerging consumption and the new generation of senior citizens in China enjoying a more digitised and intelligent life, the report called it "silver generation 2.0".
But the market is still imbalanced with not enough supply. In terms of health, beauty and fashion, transportation and travel, finance service, markets still need exclusive products tailored for silver consumers.
The report also pointed out that alongside an increasing penetration rate of emerging medical devices, water purifiers and smart health products, the penetration rate of FSMP (food for special medical purpose) among Chinese silver consumers is only 2%.
Wavemaker’s previous four chapters of silver economy reports analysed the trillion-dollar “growth opportunity for now” and “growth driver for future”, discovering that prejudice is the biggest barrier to engaging seniors.
For more information, see Wavemaker's Crash Course on marketing to China's silver generation.