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Web Traffic Is Soaring For Tampa Bay Small Business Owners

Apr 24, 2020 3:10:07 PM / by Larry Julius

Since the onset of the Coronavirus crisis, consumers are not flocking into the showrooms, storefronts, offices, or dining rooms of Tampa Bay small business owners. It turns out, though, social distancing has not proven to be an impediment to shopping.

Florida consumers are still spending money despite the chaos imposed by the pandemic, according to Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell & Associates. His company specializes in the collection of marketing data from business owners across the country.

"During depressions, recessions, floods, hurricane, earthquakes, fires, and, now, pandemics, commerce goes on," Mr. Borrell told members of Tampa's small business community during a recent teleconference.

To prove his point, he shared research from IBISworld  which, indicates spending continues despite a plunge in consumer confidence.

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Topics small business, small business owner, Attribution, best way to advertise, radio advertising, online advertising, consumer spending, corona, coronavirus, covid19, web traffic, website visitors, e-commerce

Advertising On Tampa Radio Remains Best Option During Corona Crisis

Apr 15, 2020 3:34:56 PM / by Larry Julius

The chaos created in Tampa Bay by the onset of Coronavirus has been a disruptive force among consumers. 

Work routines, buying habits, family life, and media consumption have all been palpably affected. These are all factors that need to be considered by small business owners who continue to advertise their goods and services during the crisis.

Before the current chaos, advertising on Tampa radio, by any metric, was the best way a local small business could advertise.

For instance, pre-Coronavirus, 2.1 million adult consumers tuned-in to a Tampa radio station every week. This is significantly more than watched local TV, read a newspaper, accessed social media, or streamed audio from sites like Pandora and Spotify.

New research released from Nielsen indicates that amidst the current crisis, listening to local radio remains little changed. This is great news for those Tampa Bay small business owners who are depending on advertising for their long-term survival.

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Topics small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, Streaming Audio, best way to advertise, radio advertising, digital advertising, online advertising, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, corona, coronavirus, covid19

Marketing During The Corona Crisis: Advice For Tampa Small Businesses

Apr 7, 2020 10:06:21 AM / by Larry Julius

In 'normal' times, Tampa Bay consumers would be expected to rack up $54 billion in annual retail sales. Of course, since the onset of the Coronavirus crisis, nothing has been normal.

But as Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates, explained to members of the Tampa Bay small business community via teleconference, consumers are still spending. This, it turns out, is normal.

Mr. Borrell shared research from Ibis that demonstrates during every type of crisis, including depressions, recessions, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and, now, pandemics, consumers still spend.

The business literature contains an abundance of examples of how continuing to market and advertise during an economic crisis can help a company survive and emerge from the episode even stronger than before.

Tampa Bay small business owners who do continue to advertise and market, however, should consider modifying their pre-crisis strategy.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, retail, corona, coronavirus, covid19, crisis marketing, borrell associates

Crisis Marketing: What Tampa Bay Small Business Owners Should Know

Mar 31, 2020 12:43:50 PM / by Larry Julius

Last week, Gordon Borell, CEO of Borrell Associates shared insights with Tampa Bay small business owners on the value of marketing to consumers during a crisis. A video replay of the teleconference is available by clicking here.

Mr. Borrell is the CEO of Borrell Associates. His company is one of the most trusted sources of trends and forecasts for local media today.

According to Mr. Borrell, despite social distancing and economic jitters induced by the Coronavirus chaos, consumers are still spending money.

He points to research from Ibis that consumer consumption continues in almost every crisis including, depressions, recessions, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and, now, pandemic.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, small business advertising, corona, coronavirus, covid19, crisis marketing

Tampa Radio: Who's Listening During The Coronavirus Crisis

Mar 27, 2020 1:41:11 PM / by Larry Julius

In a typical week, 2.1 million adult consumers tune-in to Tampa radio stations.  But, since the onset of the Coronavirus, the weeks have not been typical.

Before social-distancing and work-from-home orders, 1.3 million Tampa Bay consumers would drive to-and-from work each day. More than 94% of these commuters could be reached by radio.  

Tampa Bay small business owners who depend on radio advertising to market their goods and services, therefore, might be concerned that the disruption in commuting patterns could depress the amount of time consumers spend with local radio.

According to market research, however, radio listening remains an important part of the daily life of consumers. Even amid the current chaos.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, retail, corona, coronavirus, covid19, crisis marketing

Coronavirus: Advertising In Tampa Bay For Small Business Survival

Mar 24, 2020 10:22:41 AM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay small business owners are fighting the coronavirus battles on multiple fronts.  Their first objective is to keep their families and employees safe. Then, of course, there are the concerns of keeping their businesses healthy enough to survive current disruptions.

The business literature has an abundance of case studies showing how survival is often connected to a thoughtful communications and marketing strategy during challenging times.  

Business owners need to let Tampa Bay consumers know if they are still open. If their hours have changed. Or if they are providing alternative shopping methods (e.g., delivery, curbside pick-up).

Most importantly, it is imperative consumers know that a business will still be there for them when the crisis is over.

For those owners who are depending on communication to preserve their business, the best option may be to advertise on Tampa radio.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, Restaurants, small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, radio advertising, retail stores, facebook advertising, newspaper advertising, Retailer, retail, corona, coronavirus, covid19

Keep Your Tampa Bay Small Business Healthy During The Corona Crisis

Mar 16, 2020 12:27:02 PM / by Larry Julius & Bob McCurdy

The top concern of every Tampa Bay small business owner is the health and safety of their families and employees.  Local information and breaking news regarding the Coronavirus is available by clicking here.

Of course, a secondary concern is tending to the health of their business amid an overabundance of social and financial disruptions. 

There is one prescription that helped many Tampa area businesses survive the Great Depression of 1929, the economic crash of 2009, and every recession in between.  The Rx for keeping a business healthy during chaotic times is to continue advertising.

The best example of how advertising cand fend off tough times was shared by The New Yorker magazine financial columnist James Surowiecki.

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Topics Restaurants, small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, retail stores, recession, Retailer, retail, corona, coronavirus, covid19

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