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Why Tampa Bay Tax Preparation Services Must Advertise

Nov 11, 2019 7:15:00 AM / by Larry Julius

By April 15th next year, 1.2 million residents of Tampa Bay will file a tax return.  More than 53% of these returns will be completed by the taxpayer themselves, either by hand or with the help of an online provider like Turbotax.

Every season, Tampa Bay small business owners who specialize in tax preparation services lose customers to the do-it-yourself options.  This year, 589,000 local consumers will spend $113,000,000 with professionals. But, based on the average cost of services, more than $129,000,000 will stay in the wallets of the DIY crowd.

To clawback this enormous amount of money from the DIY market, Tampa Bay's tax services will need to advertise the valuable benefits of using a professional.

The best advertising option for professional tax professionals is on Tampa radio stations. Here's why.

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Topics small business, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, radio advertising, social media advertising, small business advertising, consumer spending, tax preparation services, accountants

Market To Baby Boomers In Tampa Bay

Nov 2, 2019 11:38:50 AM / by Larry Julius

The first Baby Boomers were born in Tampa Bay during 1946, and they kept coming until 1964.  Today, this generation represents 21.8% of the population.

According to Visa, however, when it comes to the ability to buy goods and services from local business owners, people 50 and older are responsible for 56% of all retail spending.  In Tampa Bay, that equates to $33-billion.

Forecasts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate the spending power of the Baby Boomer generation will remain dominant through at least 2025. This is fueled, in part, by the Boomers' continued participation in the labor force.

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Topics store traffic, best way to advertise, radio advertising, retail stores, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa, consumer spending, baby boomers

Does Advertising on Tampa Radio Work For Local Small Business Owners?

Oct 29, 2019 3:39:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Advertising is critical to the growth and ultimate success of a Tampa Bay small business. The U.S. Small Business Administration recommends that mature businesses should budget 7-8% of its annual income for advertising the company's goods and services. 

Businesses that are in an early growth phase, however, should plan on investing 10-12%.  Start-up companies that may not yet be familiar to their target consumers should consider investing even a larger percentage.

Deloitte, the world's largest business consulting firm, recommends that "radio advertising should be a big part of the mix for those buying advertising."

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Topics small business owner, best way to advertise, retail stores, advertise on tampa radio, advertising in Tampa, small business advertising, effective advertising

Where Will Tampa Bay Consumers Shop For The Holidays?

Oct 25, 2019 4:17:05 PM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay shoppers are expected to spend $7.3 billion this holiday season.  This will be approximately 4% higher than last year. These estimates are based on forecasts by the National Retail Federation and Deloitte.

To claim a fair share of the Christmas cash, local small business owners will need to battle some giant competitors. Advertising on Tampa radio stations may be the perfect weapon to ensure success.

According to information published in the retail trade magazine Chain Store Age, as of right now, here is where consumers are planning to shop...

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Topics small business owner, store traffic, best way to advertise, tampa radio, retail stores, advertise on tampa radio, advertise in tampa bay, holiday shopping, consumer spending

Marketing To Tampa Bay Pet Owners: A Small Business Guide

Oct 22, 2019 2:14:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay small businesses that sell products or services to pet owners should sit up and take notice.  Local consumers will spend $753,000,000 this year on behalf of Fido and Fluffy. This amount has increased 323% since 1994, with no sign of letting up.

According to the American Pet Products Association, here's how local spending on furry companions breaks down:

  • Food: $301,527,000
  • Supplies/OTC Medicine: $161,795,000
  • Vet Care: $183,858,000
  • Live Pet Purchases: $22,062,000
  • Other Services: $66,188,000

The biggest month for sales of pet-related products and services in Tampa Bay is, by far, December. That is when 10.5% of all annual spending happens in this category.

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Topics Television Advertising, best way to advertise, radio advertising, tampa radio stations, retail stores, advertising in Tampa, online advertising, facebook advertising, newspaper advertising, consumer spending, pet marketing

5 Facts Tampa Bay Business Owners Need To Know About Radio Advertising

Oct 17, 2019 2:15:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay small business owners have depended on radio advertising to market their goods and services since 1922.  That's when the Tampa Times newspaper put the first local radio station, WDAE, on the air.

Today, there are 27 radio stations that serve the five counties of Tampa Bay. Each provides a unique blend of music, information, and entertainment.  Some stations focus on politics or sports. Some play country music. Some play the hits. Some play classic rock. Some are on the AM dial. Some are on FM.

When WDAE began broadcasting, there were no TV stations in Tampa. Those would come 29 years later. Also, there was no social media, YouTube, Sirius/XM, Pandora, Spotify, or smartphones. Each of those would be products of a new Millenium.

With an overabundance of advertising options now available to small business owners, does advertising on Tampa radio still make sense?  Here are five facts that serve to answer that question.

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Business Owners Ask: How Do Tampa Bay Consumers Spend Their Money?

Oct 14, 2019 7:57:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay consumers are expected to spend $59.3 billion at retail this year, according to Nielsen. This means that every household, on average, will be paying out $45,646

To capture a larger share of these dollars, local small business owners need to know the answer to two questions.

The first question is, where is this enormous amount of cash being spent?  The list below details the answer.

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Topics small business owner, best way to advertise, tampa radio stations, retail stores, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa, small business advertising, consumer spending

How Tampa Bay Retailers Can Earn A Greater Share Of Holiday Spending

Oct 10, 2019 6:40:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay consumers are expected to spend $7.3 billion on this year's holiday shopping, based on predictions by The National Retail Federation.  This would be a 4% increase over last year.

Deloitte, one of the world's top four accounting firms, forecasts similar growth.

"The projected holiday season growth is, in part, due to the current health of the labor market,” said Daniel Bachman, Deloitte's U.S. economic forecaster. “Near record-low unemployment rates, coupled with continued monthly job creation, may encourage people to spend more during the holiday season. The economy is still growing, albeit at a slower rate. Additionally, we continue to see consumer confidence elevated, which also helps boost holiday spending."

For most Tampa Bay retailers, holiday spending brings in about 20% of annual sales But, long gone are the days when the bulk of this shopping occurred between Black Friday and Christmas.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, tampa radio stations, retail stores, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa, small business advertising, holiday shopping, christmas shopping

The SHEconomy: Is Your Tampa Bay Business Benefiting?

Oct 8, 2019 10:03:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Last week, according to Nielsen, 601,626 single, adult women tuned-in to a Tampa radio station.  This is 88% of every consumer who fits this description.

Why should Tampa Bay small business owners take note of this demographic? A study by investment bank Morgan Stanley finds 41% of working-age women are single. That number is expected to increase to 45% over the next ten years.

The study, called 'Growth of the SHEconomy', indicates that single women outspend the average household in many retail categories. Remarkably, says, Erica Sweeney of MarketingDive, "Women purchase more than half of products traditionally considered 'male' including autos, home improvement products, and consumer electronics."

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Topics best way to advertise, retail stores, advertise on tampa radio, advertising in Tampa, advertising to mothers, advertising to moms, advertise to women, advertise to single women, SHEconomy

Why Advertising On Tampa Radio Might Fail

Oct 3, 2019 7:39:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Every so often, when a Tampa Bay small business owner advertises on a local radio station, it isn't successful.

There can be no debate, though, when implemented correctly, advertising on Tampa radio works, and works well.

"Last year," says Jon Polizzi, "our business grew 67%.  The only thing we did differently was to add radio advertising into our marketing mix. I attribute most of our growth to what we have done on the radio."

Mr. Polizzi along with his brother have owned Electric Today, LLC since 2004. The company provides residential electrical and air conditioning repairs to customers in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee counties.

"We advertise on Tampa radio every week with very high repetition. Our return on investment (ROI) has been really good," say Mr. Polizzi. "I know if I can beat my name into someone's head enough times, they will know us when they need electrical or air conditioning repairs."

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