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Smart Speaker Usage in Tampa Bay: A Conversation With Alexa

Jun 23, 2022 1:30:34 PM / by Larry Julius

Me: Alexa, how many consumers In Tampa Bay have access to a smart speaker?

Alexa: According to a recent Nielsen study, 863,282 Tampa Bay adults own a smart speaker. This is 32.9% of the local population.*

Me: Alexa, what exactly is a smart speaker?

Alexa: According to Wikipedia, A smart speaker is a type of loudspeaker and voice command device with an integrated virtual assistant that offers interactive actions and hands-free activation with the help of one "hot word" (or several "hot words"). Some smart speakers can also act as a smart device that utilizes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other protocol standards to extend usage beyond audio playback, such as to control home automation devices. This can include, but is not limited to, features such as compatibility across a number of services and platforms, peer-to-peer connection through mesh networking, virtual assistants, and others. Each can have its own designated interface and features in-house, usually launched or controlled via application or home automation software. Some smart speakers also include a screen to show the user a visual response.

Me: Alexa, what brand of smart speakers are Tampa Bay consumers likely to own?

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Advertising On Tampa TV: Where Have The Viewers Gone?

Jun 13, 2022 3:25:36 PM / by Larry Julius

During the past seven days. according to Nielsen, only 67.1% of local consumers tuned in to Tampa television stations like WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, WFTS, WEDU, or WFXT.  TV's diminishing reach among adults 18 and older has been eclipsed by the audience size for social media, cable, and Tampa radio. Furthermore, streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Disney+ are quickly reaching parity with over-the-air options.

The erosion of local TV station audiences is stunning when comparing prime-time ratings from the past.  In 1980, the highest-ranked TV show was Cheers with a 21.3 rating. The 30th-ranked show was The Wonder Years with a 14.2 rating.

Twenty years later, Survivor was the number one show with a 17.4 rating and Family Law was the 30th ranked show with an 8.8 rating.

Finally, in 2019, Sunday Night Football was the number one ranked show with a 10.9 rating. Survivor tied with Dancing With The Stars in 30th place with a 5.5 rating.

It is stunning to think that the number one TV show in 2019 had a 24% lower rating than the 30th-ranked show in 1980.

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Topics TV, Television, small business, small business owner, Cable TV, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, tampa small business owners, small business advertising, pay-tv, direcTv, small business marketing, satellite TV, OTT, CTV, avod, svod, local television, streaming TV

Advertising On Tampa Bay Radio Still #1 Way to Reach Consumers

Jun 8, 2022 2:00:23 PM / by Larry Julius

Every week, according to new Nielsen data, 2,225,469 adults tune in to a Tampa Bay radio station. This is more consumers than use social media, access local cable, watch broadcast TV, stream video channels, listen to streaming audio, read a newspaper, or download a podcast.

Based on per capita estimates from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Tampa Bay consumers are expected to spend between $50.5 and $51.4 billion at retail in 2022, a six to eight percent growth over the previous year. Utilizing radio's enormous advertising reach, local business owners can compel shoppers to spend this large pool of cash in their stores and on their websites.

The number of consumers reached is critical to the success of an advertising campaign.

According to a Nielsen study, after the actual content of the commercial message itself, reach is the most potent advertising element that can drive sales. Reach is more important than brand, recency, or even context. Tampa Bay radio provides local business owners with the most significant reach among consumers.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, reach, tampa small business owners, retail stores, in-car advertising, small business advertising, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, reach & frequency, in-car audio, small business marketing, advertising reach, retail spending, advertising return on investment, advertising roi

Father's Day 2022: Tampa Bay Consumers Will Spend $203 Million

May 31, 2022 2:27:51 PM / by Larry Julius

Father's Day this year is on Sunday, June 19. Based on projections from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Tampa Bay shoppers are expected to spend $203.1 million on the dads in their life. This is on par with the record-breaking $204.1 million spent in 2021.

“Despite growing concerns about inflation, consumers plan to spend approximately the same amount as last year in celebration of Father’s Day,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Spending patterns also reflect the sentimental nature of the holiday as consumers are prioritizing unique and meaningful gifts.”

The NRF projects that nearly 60%, of all Father's Day purchases in Tampa Bay, will be for special outings, clothing, gift cards, and electronics. Although most category spending will be down slightly from last year, the amount of money spent on special outings such as dinner is expected to increase by over 8%.

Here is how this large pool of Father's Day cash in Tampa Bay is expected to be distributed in all retail categories.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, tampa small business owners, small business advertising, holiday, holiday shopping, consumer spending, small business marketing, holiday advertising, advertising options, father's day, father

Television Advertising In Tampa Bay: What Are Consumers Watching?

May 11, 2022 2:15:53 PM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 2.5 million Tampa Bay consumers watch something on TV.

Not too many years ago, when a Tampa Bay consumer sat down to watch TV, the program options were limited to what was on WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, WFTS, WEDU, or maybe, what was on a handful of cable channels.  That was then. This is now.

Today, according to Nielsen, each time a TV is turned on in a Tampa Bay living room, the viewer has more than 817,000 options not only from broadcast stations and cable systems, but also from streaming video platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Peacock, YouTube, Amazon, Tubi, Crackle, and FreeVee.

Of course, Tampa Bay consumers don't even need to sit down in front of their big-screen LCD, anymore. Most of the 817,000 available programs can also be viewed on their computers, tablets, gaming devices, and smartphones. But as far as viewers are concerned, though, it's all just television.

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Topics TV, Television, Cable TV, Television Advertising, Streaming, pay-tv, direcTv, satellite TV, CTV, streaming video, avod, svod, local television, streaming television, streaming media, streaming TV

Tampa Bay Radio Listeners Lead The Return To 'Normal'

Apr 28, 2022 1:26:12 PM / by Larry Julius

Each week according to Nielsen, 2.2 million consumers tune in to a Tampa radio station. This is significantly more adults than watch local TV stations, cable, or streaming video. It is more than browse social media. It is more than listen to streaming audio services or podcasts. It is more than read local newspapers.

There are two traits Tampa Bay radio listeners have in common. First, they are very loyal to their favorites, tuning-in to, on average, only 2.8 different stations each week.

Second, and of particular importance to Tampa Bay small business owners, radio listeners are returning to 'normal' at a faster rate than the general population after more than two years of pandemic.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Nielsen has been measuring consumer sentiment in regard to normal behaviors. In a survey conducted in March of this year, 83% of adults say they are "ready to go and feel life is becoming more normal". This is up dramatically from the same time last year.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, tampa small business owners, retail stores, small business advertising, consumer spending, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, small business marketing, consumer confidence, retail spending

Mother's Day Spending In Tampa Bay Will Top $322 Million In 2022

Apr 22, 2022 12:17:29 PM / by Larry Julius

Eighty-four percent of all adults say they will celebrate Mother's Day in 2022. Based on per capita forecasts from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Tampa Bay consumers are expected to spend $321.8 million on the moms in their lives. This is a 13% increase over last year.

“Consumers are eager to find memorable ways to honor their mothers and other important women in their lives and are willing to spend a little extra on this sentimental holiday,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

The NRF spending projections indicate that Tampa Bay consumers will spend $70.8 million on jewelry and another $53.6 million on special outings such as dinner or brunch. This will be the highest level of Mother's Day spending ever in these categories.

Here is how this large pool of Mother's Day cash in Tampa Bay is expected to be distributed by all retail categories.

The NRF research indicates that men will outspend women 3-to-1 this year on Mother's Day gifts. Most of these dollars will go towards presents for their moms, stepmoms, and wives.

Of all the money spent, Tampa Bay consumers are expected to spend 36% online, 30% at department stores, 27% at specialty stores, and 23% at local small businesses.

To compete for a share of record-high Mother's Day spending this year, local business owners will need to advertise. By most key marketing metrics, the best way to reach holiday shoppers is by advertising on Tampa Bay radio.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, retail stores, advertising to mothers, advertising to moms, holiday, holiday shopping, mother's day, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, reach & frequency, advertising reach, holiday advertising, retail spending, advertising return on investment, advertising roi

Advertising ROI: Tampa Bay Radio Best Choice For Retailers

Apr 14, 2022 12:01:58 PM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay area consumers are expected to spend close to $51.3 billion at retail in 2022, based on per capita spending estimates from the National Retail Federation (NRF). This would be an eight percent increase versus 2021.

To capture significant shares of the increased retail spending, the 123,853 small business owners in the Tampa Bay area would typically invest in advertising. Persistent and pernicious inflation pressures, however, are starting to gnaw away at marketing budgets.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business Owners (NFIB), businesses cite inflation as their number one problem. For many Tampa Bay business owners, uncontrollable wholesale, transportation, and labor costs are forcing retailers to raise the prices they charge their customers. But, for many retail products, inflated retail prices can drive customers away. 

To limit consumer price increases and still make a profit, Tampa Bay business owners, then, are forced to cut expenses, including advertising and marketing. This means it is now imperative that the limited investments retailers can make in advertising must deliver the strongest returns possible. 

According to a recent study by Nielsen, advertising on Tampa Bay radio can provide the best return on investment (ROI) for local retailers.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, reach, retail stores, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, reach & frequency, advertising reach, retail spending, advertising return on investment, advertising roi

Advertise In Tampa Bay: Retail Spending To Top $50 Billion in 2022

Mar 22, 2022 8:54:07 AM / by Larry Julius

There are 123,853 small business owners in the Tampa Bay area, according to the US Census Bureau. Each of these companies will need larger advertising budgets to successfully compete for a fair share of the expected explosion in consumer spending this year.

Based on new forecasts from The National Retail Federation (NRF), Tampa Bay area consumers are expected to spend between $50.4 and $51.3 billion at retail in 2022, a six to eight percent growth over the previous year.

The NRF's forecasts exclude restaurants, gas stations, and automotive dealers. Included in the numbers, though, are non-store and online sales, which, in Tampa Bay, could reach as high as $12.1 billion this year. This level of spending would be 13% more than in 2021.

Even though the rate of growth rate for 2022 is lower than the 14% jump in 2021, the NRF points out that this year's spending will be well ahead of the 10-year,  pre-pandemic growth rate of 3.7%

To participate in the expected surge in retail spending will require Tampa Bay business owners to advertise. Especially if retailers want to hold their own against the continued growth of non-store and online competition.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, tampa small business owners, retail stores, small business advertising, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, reach & frequency, small business marketing, advertising reach, retail spending, advertising return on investment

Advertise On Tampa Radio: AM/FM Still Top Choice In Cars

Mar 17, 2022 10:23:22 AM / by Larry Julius

There are about 2,000,000 registered passenger vehicles in the Tampa Bay area. Some are cars. Some are trucks. Some are Hondas. Some are Fords. Some are Teslas. Some have four doors. Some have two. Some go fast. Some go slow. Some guzzle gas. Some sip. Some are red. Some are blue.

The one thing that almost every car and truck in the Tampa area have in common, though, is the AM/FM radio smack-dab in the middle of the dashboard.

The first car radio went on sale in 1930. It was an invention of the Galvin Manufacturing Company. The company named the radio 'Motorola,' and its cost was $130, around $2000 in today's dollars. By 1935, more than three million car radios had been installed.

Today, AM/FM radio is part of every car and truck on Tampa area roads. In addition to the radio, many of these vehicles also provide drivers with other audio options, including a CD player, Sirius/XM, Pandora, Spotify, podcasts, and easy access to personal MP3 collections.

It is fair, then, for small business owners who depend on Tampa radio to advertise their goods and services to ask: with all the audio options on today's dashboards, is anyone listening to local AM/FM radio in the car anymore?

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Topics Spotify, pandora, Streaming Audio, best way to advertise, radio advertising, in-car advertising, in-car audio, automotive, sirius/xm, podcasts, share of listeners, share of ear, podcasting, car radio, streaming media

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