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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

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

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

How To Create A Podcast For A Tampa Bay Small Business

Mar 11, 2022 3:23:39 PM / by Jason Muth

If you're anything like the 2.2 million Tampa Bay consumers who, according to Nielsen, listen to or download a podcast every month, you probably already see the value in podcasting as a relatively new audio medium that entertains, enlightens, motivates, or informs listeners.

But if you're part of the 75% of local adults who are not regular podcast listeners, you're probably wondering why on earth would anyone want to listen to a podcast, let alone create one for their Tampa Bay business.

Launching a podcast might seem like a daunting test for small business owners without much technical background or an understanding of how to structure a compelling conversation that will engage prospective customers.

In reality, local small business owners can easily reach new customers with podcasts and complement their traditional advertising in Tampa Bay with a longer-form, conversational medium that showcases the company's knowledge in an authoritative manner.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, tampa small business owners, digital advertising, online advertising, small business advertising, small business marketing, podcasts, internet, internet advertising, podcasting

Best Way To Advertise Construction Job Openings In Tampa Bay

Mar 1, 2022 11:34:49 AM / by Larry Julius

Construction companies in the Tampa Bay area will need to recruit 6,600 blue-collar workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2022 to meet the demands of the current building market. These statistics are based on forecasts from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), an association comprised primarily of U.S. firms that work in industrial and commercial construction sectors.

"The construction industry desperately needs qualified, skilled craft professionals to build America," said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO. "The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in November and stimulus from COVID-19 relief will pump billions in new spending into our nation's most critical infrastructure, and qualified craft professionals are essential to efficiently modernize roads, bridges, energy production, and other projects across the country. More regulations and less worker freedom make it harder to fill these jobs."

The construction industry's appetite for new hires in the Tampa area will continue into 2023, according to ABC. It is expected that during that year,  an additional 5,991 blue-collar workers in addition to the normal pace of hiring.

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Topics best way to advertise, radio advertising, recruitment advertising, passive job seeker, radio recruitment advertising, blue collar, online job boards, job boards, employment advertising, help wanted, active job seekers, monster.com, indeed, zip recruiter, construction, hire qualified candidates, construction workers

Best Way To Reach Likely Voters in 2022: Advertise On Tampa Bay Radio

Feb 11, 2022 12:25:38 PM / by Larry Julius

No matter which Tampa Bay television station or cable channel adults tune to in 2022, they can expect to be assaulted by a deluge of political advertising. Often entire commercial breaks are stuffed with back-to-back pleas and promises to secure viewers' votes.

But is advertising on WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, or WFTS, the most effective way to reach likely voters in the Tampa Bay area? Or is advertising on cable channels provided by Xfinity, DISH, DirecTV, and Spectrum the way to go?

The answer is neither. According to research from Nielsen, the best way to reach local adults who are most likely to vote is by advertising on Tampa Bay radio.

Every week, 1.4 million likely voters will listen to Tampa Bay radio stations. This is significantly more than watch local TV, cable, and streaming video. More that use social media and streaming audio. More than will read newspapers.

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Topics Cable TV, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, radio advertising, politcial advertising, political advertising, political rates, voters, registered voters, likely voters, political rate card, republican voters, democratic voters, independent voters

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