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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

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

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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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, advertise on tampa radio, advertising in Tampa, advice, effective radio commercials, small business advertising

Recession? Why Tampa Bay Business Owners Need To Keep Advertising

Sep 25, 2019 4:15:46 PM / by Larry Julius

In the history of the United States, there have been more recessions than presidents, 47 vs. 45.  Many economists believe number 48 could be imminent.  

The textbook definition of a recession is a period of declining economic performance across an entire economy, frequently measured as two consecutive quarters. In other words: it's a time when most Tampa Bay small business owners sell fewer of their goods and services.

There is one thing a recession is not.  It is not a time for local business owners to stop advertising.

One of the greatest marketers of all time, Henry Ford, once said, "The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time."

There are many examples of companies that have proven this aphorism to be true. Your bowl of cereal this morning could be one example.

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Topics small business owner, best way to advertise, tampa radio stations, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa, small business advertising, recession

Tampa Bay Media: Reach By Consumer Demographics

Sep 12, 2019 3:13:31 PM / by Larry Julius

Advertising is critical to the success of every Tampa Bay small business owner.  One of the most powerful elements of any advertising campaign is how many people it reaches.

Nielsen, the world's largest consumer insights company, found that advertising reach has a more significant effect on sales than branding, recency, and context.

There are many ways a local business owner can advertise. This includes traditional media like Tampa radio, local TV, and newspaper. It also includes online advertising options such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pandora.

They type of customer an individual business needs to reach depends on the goods and services the company sells. For instance, a daycare operator might want to reach households with young children. On the other hand, a real estate agent could be looking for consumers in the market to purchase a new home.

The charts below reveal how the different advertising options available to Tampa Bay business compare in terms of the ability to reach customers with specific characteristics. This includes age, income, education, employment status, political affiliation, number of children, ethnicity, and purchase intent.

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Topics small business, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, reach, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, retail stores, Hispanic radio, Spanish Radio, advertise on tampa radio, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, small business advertising

Advertising In Tampa Bay: Get In The Last Word

Sep 4, 2019 7:43:00 AM / by Larry Julius

When a Tampa Bay small business owner advertises on a local radio station, the first words determine if consumers will pay attention. The article "Be Heard: The #1 Job of Commercials on Tampa Radio" discusses this topic in-depth.

When it comes time to buy, however, getting in the final word can be equally important.  Advertising on Tampa radio is often the last voice a customer hears before making a purchase in-store or online.

Being the last voice serves as a potent reminder to consumers that a business or product exists.  Especially since our brains make things very easy to forget. Science says it's so.

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