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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

How Much Time Do Tampa Bay Consumers Spend Watching Streaming TV?

Feb 17, 2022 9:32:53 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 1.7 million Tampa Bay adults watch video programs delivered via the internet. This content goes by several interchangeable names, including OTT (Over-The-Top Television), CTV (Connected TV), and Streaming Video. For this article, we will refer to this type of content as Streaming TV.

Unlike traditional TV, cable, and satellite where the viewer needs to be in a fixed location, Tampa Bay consumers can access streaming TV anywhere using an internet-connected device. These include SmartTVs, Firesticks, Roku, smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles.

In all, according to Nielsen, 95.2% of Tampa Bay households have one or more devices capable of connecting to streaming TV. Although this medium is still new, streaming TV now rivals legacy media in its ability to reach local consumers.

Every week, Tampa Bay consumers are spending more-and-more time engaged with streaming TV.

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Topics Cable TV, Television Advertising, Streaming, digital advertising, online advertising, OTT, CTV, streaming video, avod, svod, advertising options, streaming television, internet advertising, streaming media, streaming TV

Advertising In Tampa Bay During A Time Of Inflation

Jan 27, 2022 10:10:25 AM / by Larry Julius

The current high rate of inflation is tempering how much Tampa Bay business owners can spend on advertising.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 124,00 small businesses in the Tampa Bay area. There is one thing each of the owners of these companies has in common, whether they own a hardware store in Clearwater, a furniture store in St. Pete, or a restaurant in Seminole Heights. They are all experiencing the negative consequences of inflation.

In a monthly survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business Owners (NFIB), inflation now ranks second as the single most important problem companies face. A year ago, inflation was barely an issue.

Inflation has not hampered the enthusiasm to spend among Tampa Bay area consumers keeping retail sales hovering above pre-Covid levels. But, inflation is taking a dramatic toll on the amount of revenue business owners can keep.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, small business owners see inflation-fueled price increases in almost every cost of operation, including inventory, utilities, rent, and wages.

Because of these rising operational costs, Tampa Bay business owners are looking to cut expenses where they can, including advertising expenditures. But, because there is still robust consumer demand for goods and services, these companies need to make sure that the amount they do invest in advertising has the best return possible.

By almost any marketing metric, advertising on Tampa radio provides the greatest return-on-investment (ROI) of any medium available to local business owners.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, tampa small business owners, small business advertising, advertise on a budget, small business marketing, advertising options, inflation

Online Advertising In Tampa Bay: How Much Will Be Spent in 2022?

Jan 20, 2022 6:08:41 PM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay area business owners are expected to spend $1-billion advertising online in 2022. This, according to Borrell Associates, a company that tracks advertising expenditures across the country.

Borrell's forecast indicates that almost 50% of Tampa Bay's online expenditures will be in the form of paid search. The most recognizable type of this advertising is the paid ads that appear adjacent to the results of almost every search query on Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Borrell's forecast also indicates that approximately 27% of online expenditures will be in the form of display advertising. This consists of traditional banner ads that appear across millions of websites and apps, including social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. According to SmallBizGenius.net, the average Tampa Bay area consumer is served more than 1700 of these ads per month.

Video advertising in Tampa Bay is forecast to account for 21% of all online ad dollars in 2022. Like search and display, millions of websites can support this type of advertising. This includes sites, apps, and platforms like YouTube, Roku Channel, Hulu, Paramount+, and most social media sites.

The remainder of online advertising dollars is expected to be spent on audio advertising, including streaming sites like Pandora and Spotify; or email marketing campaigns.

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Topics Streaming, Streaming Audio, digital advertising, online advertising, social media advertising, millennial parents, borrell associates, social media, OTT, streaming video, ad spending, advertising options, streaming television, internet advertising, streaming media, streaming TV, search engine marketing, sem

Tampa Radio Still Reaches More Local Consumers Than All Other Media

Dec 10, 2021 3:09:35 PM / by Larry Julius

When WDAE-AM became Tampa Bay's first radio station in 1922, there was no Facebook, no Xfinity, no Sirius/XM, no Netflix, and no podcasts. It would be 31 years before there was even a local TV station.  Consequently, it was pretty easy for radio to become the number one reach medium among local consumers.

Over the past 99 years, Tampa Bay business owners have come to depend on the mammoth reach of radio among local shoppers to successfully market the goods and services they sell. Advertising on Tampa Bay radio has helped Florida companies to survive and thrive during world wars, natural disasters, recessions, depressions, and even a pandemic.

Heading into 2022, local consumers have more media choices than ever before. But, despite the overabundance of social media, video streaming, audio streaming, cable, and other technological marvels, Tampa Bay radio is still the most used advertising medium.

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Topics Spotify, pandora, Streaming Audio, reach, radio advertising, tampa radio, advertise on radio, advertising reach, tampa bay radio, advertising options, streaming media

Advertise In Tampa Bay: Top 5 Articles From 2021

Nov 29, 2021 2:53:37 PM / by Larry Julius

Based on projections from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Tampa Bay consumers are on track to spend $46.3-billion with retailers by the end of this year. This would be 13.5% higher than was spent in 2020.

To earn a significant share of these retail dollars, Tampa Bay area business owners are expected to spend $1.6 billion to advertise by year's end, according to Borrell Associates. This company tracks advertising expenditures in local markets across the U.S.

To ensure they are spending their advertising and marketing dollars wisely, many Tampa Bay business owners research how to best target prospective customers by using local media. An exceptional resource for local business owners to investigate the media habits of localconsumers is on the advice section of AdvertiseInTampaBay.com.  

Here are the top five most-read articles on the site in 2021:

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B2B Advertising: Why Job Sites Depend On Tampa Radio

Sep 2, 2021 12:55:05 PM / by Larry Julius

If you were one of the 2.2 million adults who tuned in to Tampa radio last week, then chances are excellent that you heard advertising for ZipRecruiter.  That's because the company purchased 1,436 advertisements to air on local stations during the month of August, according to Media Monitors.

ZipRecruiter is an online recruitment site that helps companies of every size advertise open jobs. Overall, more than 2.8 million companies have posted an opening on ZipRecruiter.com

It is no wonder that ZipRecruiter and its competitors like Indeed have been making significant advertising investments on Tampa radio. Finding qualified workers is one of the toughest challenges facing local business owners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings in the U.S. has reached a record high 10.1-million jobs with just not enough candidates to fill them.

If you've heard these commercials on Tampa radio, then you know that ZipRecruiter is not advertising to attract job seekers to its website.  Rather, the company's goal is to convince local business owners to buy help wanted ads from them.

So, why has ZipRecruiter chosen Tampa radio as a business-to-business (B2B) advertising resource?  The first reason is revealed in the first line of their commercial.

"According to research," says the announcer, "82% of people remember radio ads."

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, tampa small business owners, recruitment advertising, radio recruitment advertising, small business advertising, small business marketing, b2b, business to business, indeed, zip recruiter, advertising options

Who Listens To Tampa Radio Stations Online?

Aug 27, 2021 1:49:25 PM / by Larry Julius

When Tampa Bay's first radio station, WDAE, began broadcasting on May 31, 1922, the station needed a tall antenna and lots of buried copper cable to transmit its signal.  Radio receivers at the time were mostly homemade and involved a piece of crystalline mineral and a wire coil.

Over many decades in Tampa Bay, both the broadcasting and receiving equipment improved. In the mid-1920s this meant store-bought radios. In the 1930s this meant car radios. In the 1960s this meant transistor radios. In the 1970s this meant boom boxes. And, in the 1980s this meant Walkmen. But, despite these improvements, the fundamental technology of big towers sending a signal through the air to a radio receiver remained the same.

In 1994, there was a new way for Tampa Bay consumers to listen to the radio. That was the year local stations across the country began streaming their signals over the internet and listeners could use their computers (later their smartphones and smart speakers) as receiving devices. No big antennas, no wires, and no actual radio needed.

In 2021, according to Nielsen, Tampa radio reaches more local consumers than any other advertising media option.

Neilsen finds, too, that 34.8% of all consumers who listen to a Tampa Bay radio station over-the-air will, at some point during the month, also connect to a local station via the internet. 

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