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How To Choose The Best Tampa Radio Stations To Advertise On?

May 16, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Larry Julius

There are many ways for Tampa Bay small business owners to advertise. Options include local newspapers, local magazines, local television, and online. But to achieve the “3-Rs” of advertising success, Reach, Recall, and Return, no other medium delivers results as effectively and efficiently as advertising on Fayetteville radio.

"I didn't think radio advertising would work. I was not a believer," says David Perritt, Regional Operations Manager of Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Mr. Perritt's opinion changed after he experimented with advertising on Tampa radio stations when the club first opened in January 2017.

"I have been extremely pleased with the results," he says. "The data shows just how successful radio has been working for us. Choosing the right Tampa radio stations was crucial."

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Topics Advertising Frequency, Frequency, small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, radio commercials, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners

How Big Does A Small Business Need To Be To Advertise on Tampa Radio?

May 13, 2019 7:50:00 AM / by Larry Julius

How big does a small business need to be before it can afford to advertise on Tampa radio? The owners of Ana Delicias Bakery will be the first to tell you: size does not matter.

Ana Delicias Bakery in Tampa is not just a small business. It's a tiny, family-owned business with big ambitions. Advertising on local radio is helping the business raise the dough to grow.

"Radio advertising is not an expense for us, It is an investment," says Paula Tavarez who co-owns the bakery with her cousin Ana Lizardo. "That investment has paid off."

There are more than 200,000 small businesses in Tampa Bay.  Each of them is competing for a share of the $54-billion area consumers will spend this year.

To succeed, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) recommends that to succeed, every local business consider advertising. 

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Topics Return On Investment, Restaurants, small business, Bakery, store traffic, best way to advertise, radio advertising, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, retail stores, Hispanic radio, Spanish Radio

Do Consumers Pay Attention To Commercials On Tampa Radio?

May 9, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Just about every adult in Tampa Bay spent, on average, 15 hours last week listening to the radio.  As a matter of fact, more people tuned-in to their favorite Tampa radio station than watched TV; read a newspaper, or logged-on to Pandora and Spotify.

"Sure," a St. Petersburg small business owner says. "People are still tuning-in to local radio stations, but do they switch stations when my commercial comes on?"

Not to worry. Unlike TV, which makes avoiding commercials a breeze, there is no ad-skipping technology for radio.  As a result, a study by Nielsen reveals that 93% of radio listeners stick around for the ads.

This raises the question: Consumers are not button-pushing during radio commercials, but are they paying attention to the content of the advertising? Research says YES.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, radio commercials, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, retail stores

What is the Best Way For Retail Stores to Advertise in Tampa Bay?

May 6, 2019 7:40:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Over the next 12 month, Tampa Bay consumers will spend $54 billion on retail products.

Small business owners who want to compete for a share of this cash will need to advertise. As Professor Jef Richards at Michigan State University points out, “Advertising is totally unnecessary…unless you want to make money.”

Bottom line: Tampa consumers will only buy from retailers they know about.

There are many ways small business owners to advertise. This includes local television, newspapers, or streaming media platforms like Pandora and Spotify.

But regardless of what product a retailer sells, advertising on Tampa radio the best option. Radio reaches significantly more consumers in every major retail category than all of the other media choices.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business, store traffic, radio advertising, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, retail stores

Be Heard: The #1 Job of Every Commercial on Tampa Radio

May 2, 2019 6:32:24 AM / by Larry Julius

The number one job of a radio commercial is  not  to sell products for the sponsoring Tampa Bay small business owner. 

The number one job is not to build store traffic or to create top of mind of awareness.

The number one job of a radio commercial is not to build brand or deliver ROI.

The number one job of every commercial on Tampa radio is to be heard. Period. When a commercial is heard, then all the rest will follow. But being heard is not easy.

At the exact second a radio commercial begins, 11,000,000 other pieces of information are all wrestling for the listener's attention.  Sadly, a consumer's brain is only capable of dealing with about 50 bits of that information at a time.

If you are a local business owner who would like to secure a larger share of the $54.1 billion Tampa Bay radio listeners will spend this year, then what you say first in your commercial is crucial to winning the battle for a consumer's ear.

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Topics top of mind, radio advertising, radio commercials, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners

What Is The Best Way To Advertise in Tampa Bay?

Apr 29, 2019 7:40:00 AM / by Larry Julius

If you don't have time to read this entire article, then I will tell you right now. The best way for any Tampa Bay small business owner to advertise is on Tampa radio.

A key function of advertising is to build mental availability, which nudges a consumer toward the purchase of a product or service. It also serves to provide public notice that a product or service exists and is available for purchase.

Consumers in the Tampa Bay area are expected to spend at least $54 billion at retail this year. To claim a greater share of this giant pool of cash requires local business owners of every size to advertise their goods and services. As Professor Jef Richards at Michigan State University points out, “Advertising is totally unnecessary…unless you want to make money."

The bottom line: It is difficult for anyone in Tampa Bay to purchase a product or service from a local business owner if they aren’t aware of it.

There are many ways for local area small business owners to advertise. Options include local newspapers, local magazines, local television, and online. But to achieve the “3-Rs” of advertising success, Reach, Recall, and Return, no other medium delivers results as effectively and efficiently as advertising on Tampa Radio.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business owner, recall, best way to advertise, reach

How To Successfully Drive Foot Traffic Into Your Tampa Bay Business

Apr 25, 2019 8:59:42 AM / by Larry Julius

There are 252 Metro by T-Mobile stores in the Tampa Bay area. As Manager of Field Marketing for the wireless company, Audra Wolf is responsible for bringing customers into every single location.

"It's all about driving in-store foot traffic," says Ms. Wolf. "Every dime we spend is about getting people through the door and have them make a purchase. We have been very happy with the return-on-investment (ROI) we receive from our promotions on Tampa radio stations.

"We have a number of ways we track sales," she adds, "so we know our radio plan is working for us."

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, wireless, store traffic

Tampa Bay Business Owners: Skip Ads on Pandora and Spotify

Apr 22, 2019 7:26:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Of all the advertising options available to Tampa Bay small business owners, streaming audio services like Pandora and Spotify are the least effective.  Here's why.

According to Nielsen, after the content of a commercial is considered, the element of an advertising campaign that drives sales the most is reach. In other words, making sure the most people possible are exposed to the advertiser's message is crucial.

When it comes to achieving reach among consumers, Pandora and Spotify rank dead last.  Advertising on Tampa radio stations, actually, can reach 266% more consumers than these two streaming-audio platforms combined.

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Topics Spotify, Streaming, pandora, Streaming Audio

Do MIllennials Listen To Tampa Radio? Local Business Owners Ask.

Apr 18, 2019 3:40:00 PM / by Larry Julius

It's time to set some misguided Tampa Bay small business owners straight.  When we say everybody listens to Tampa radio stations, we mean everybody.  Generations X, Y, and Z. Baby boomers, and, yes, the millennial generation.

You know...millennials. Those are the "kids" who came of age at the turn of the millennium (which is, debatably, either 2000 or 2001).  This means 18-34 year olds. 

In the Tampa Bay metro area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties), 904,100  millennials make-up 35.6% of the adult population and will deliver $16.7 billion to local cash registers.

But here's the thing about millennials that many Tampa Bay small business owners get wrong: millennials listen to the radio.  Almost all of them. 90.4% of them to be exact.

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Topics millennials

Brandon Bakery Successfully Mixes Tampa Radio & Television Advertising

Apr 15, 2019 7:01:00 AM / by Larry Julius

In May 2008, Susan and Jose Moreno opened Moreno's Bakery with three employees in a 2500 square foot storefront in Brandon.

"We were lucky to do $100 in sales per day back then," says Ms. Moreno. "Eleven years later, we now serve 600-1000 customer per day and have 50 employees."

Ms. Moreno cites her husbands baking skills and her advertising instincts for the success of their Tampa Bay small business. Ms. Moreno further credits a mix of cable TV advertising and commercials on Tampa radio stations with Moreno's Bakery's incredible growth trajectory.

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Topics Cable TV, Television Advertising, Bakery

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