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Social Media Advertising In Tampa Bay: Should A Business Pay?

Apr 12, 2022 7:56:53 AM / by Ali Ahmed

According to Nielsen, 2.2 million adult consumers in Tampa Bay use social media every month, an audience that continues to expand. As a result of this growth, social media has become a crucial part of local advertising campaigns.

Social media allows Tampa Bay business owners to continually be in front of their target customers and to stay top-of-mind. It allows businesses to communicate daily and be the first company on call when needed. Social media has become essential for marketing local goods and services.

The best part is that social media is free to use for both Tampa Bay consumers and business owners.

There is no subscription service for social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram which, according to Nielsen, are used by 76.7% of Tampa Bay consumers each month. There are no monthly payments or premium memberships required to unlock more services.

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Topics small business, small business owner, tampa small business owners, facebook advertising, instagram, twitter, social media advertising, small business advertising, borrell associates, social media, small business marketing

Does The Facebook Name Change Affect Tampa Bay Advertisers?

Oct 29, 2021 3:22:03 PM / by Larry Julius

Every month, 3.2 million adults in Tampa Bay use social media, according to Nielsen. Seventy-five percent of these consumers use Facebook, far more than other sites like Instagram (also owned by Facebook), Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

As a stand-alone medium, Facebook is used by more people in Tampa Bay than watch local TV stations. Only Tampa Bay radio and local cable reach more consumers.

The large audience commanded by social media has attracted a significant amount of advertising dollars from local advertisers. According to Borrell Associates, a company that measures advertising expenditures across the county, Tampa Bay area businesses are expected to spend $311 million on social media advertising, a 29.9% increase over 2022. The overwhelming majority of these dollars are being spent with Facebook.

Yesterday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the company was changing its name to "Meta".  This change, though, only affects the name of the parent company. There will be no change to the company's brands like Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp.

How will this name change affect Tampa Bay businesses that advertise on Facebook?

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Topics tampa radio, facebook advertising, instagram, facebook, twitter, social media advertising, borrell associates, social media, LinkedIn, metaverse, meta

Advertise in Tampa Bay: How Local Consumers Use The Internet?

Feb 25, 2021 2:54:21 PM / by Larry Julius

Tampa area business owners are expected to invest $1.2-billion during 2021 to advertise to consumers connected to the internet. This forecast was produced by Borrell Associates, a company that tracks business advertising expenditures across the country.

These online marketing dollars will be spent on banner advertising, search engine marketing, email, as well as audio and video advertising. This is all to capture the attention of shoppers and buyers as they go about their connected days.

According to Nielsen, 95.2% of adult consumers in the Tampa area have access to the internet. They connect, primarily, with desktop and laptop computers; smartphones; or tablets.

Ninety-four percent of Tampa Bay adults spend at least one hour per week online, with most spending at least 10 hours connected.

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Topics small business, small business owner, tampa small business owners, advertise in tampa bay, digital advertising, online advertising, facebook advertising, instagram, facebook, social media advertising, small business advertising, social media, small business marketing, OTT, CTV, avod, svod, online shoppers, internet

Is Advertising On Twitter Right For Tampa Bay Small Business Owners?

Jan 12, 2021 9:52:58 AM / by Larry Julius

How important is Twitter to Tampa area consumers? Yesterday, for instance, the social media platform was mentioned in at least ten articles published by the Tampa Bay Times yesterday.  Almost every local TV newscast included references to the site as well.

Twitter's outsized presence in the news, however, is enormously disproportional to the importance of the micro-blogging app in the life of Tampa's consumers.

According to Nielsen, only about 15% of adults in Tampa Bay use Twitter during the course of a month. This is minuscule compared to other social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

Twitter offers 20 different options that Tampa Bay small business owners can utilize to market their goods and services to local consumers.  The platform's minimal reach, however, can hamper the success of any advertising campaign.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, tampa small business owners, facebook advertising, instagram, facebook, twitter, social media advertising, small business advertising, social media, small business marketing

Facebook Advertising: Why Tampa Bay Business Owners May Be Pausing

Jul 3, 2020 10:10:44 AM / by Larry Julius

Following the lead of many national marketers, some Tampa Bay small business owners are considering canceling or, at minimum, pausing their advertising schedules with social media network Facebook and its co-owned photo-sharing platform, Instagram.

According to the New York Times, "more than 400 companies, from Coca-Cola and Adidas to Ford and Lego, have vowed to halt advertising on the social network, in a growing protest over how it handles hate speech and other harmful content".

With the pandemic figured in, Tampa Bay small business owners were expected to spend $164million on Facebook and Instagram advertising in 2020. This is according to Borrell Associates, a firm that specializes in the collection and analysis of local marketing expenditures in every city across the United States. But these expenditures could shrink if the protests become louder.

Every type of Central Florida business imaginable, including clothing stores, plumbers, HVAC repair, funeral homes, restaurants, dentists, and nonprofits, has come to realize how powerfully social media can contribute to their bottom lines.

Part of what makes Facebook and Instagram attractive to small business owners is the enormous reach these platforms have among consumers. Locally, the audience size for these two social media sites now rival Tampa radio, TV, cable, and newspaper outlets.

For small business owners considering a hiatus from social media advertising, there is a viable way to redirect these dollars into a different medium without losing the marketing equity or momentum built-up on Facebook.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, facebook advertising, instagram, facebook, social media advertising, social media, advertise on radio

Tampa Bay Small Business Advice: Facebook Advertising During Pandemic

May 7, 2020 10:51:59 AM / by Larry Julius

Facebook usage has swelled since the onset of the Covid-19. 

According to Nielsen, before the current chaos, 61% of Tampa Bay adults used Facebook each month. This was significantly fewer than were reached by local radio or television each week.

According to the New York Times, however, since the start of the Coronavirus, daily Facebook traffic has increased by 27%. This compares to 33% growth in the amount of time consumers spend listening to local radio during a similar period.

Based on the surge in Facebook consumption, Tampa area small business owners might be tempted to purchase advertising on the social media platform to augment their regular, free postings. Here are are few facts these businesses should consider before investing.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, digital advertising, online advertising, facebook advertising, facebook, social media advertising, trust, social media

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

How Well Does Social Media Work For Tampa Bay Retailers?

Mar 13, 2020 9:31:08 AM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay retailers spend a considerable amount of time and money marketing their small businesses on social media.  Is this effort paying off?

Each month, according to Nielsen, 1.6 million Tampa Bay adults use Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. This equates to 78% of consumers.  This reach is rather anemic compared to Tampa radio and TV, which attracts considerably more users in a single week than these social media platforms do over 30 days.

Among local millennials, the monthly reach of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is eclipsed by the weekly reach of Tampa radio.

The number of consumers reached by an advertising campaign, according to Nielsen, is the media consideration that has the most significant effect on increasing sales. 

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, retail stores, facebook advertising, instagram, facebook, twitter, social media advertising, Retailer, engagement, retail

Advertise In Tampa: Reaching Mother's Day Shoppers

Feb 5, 2020 1:47:48 PM / by Larry Julius

As Valentine's Day sales begin to dwindle, that's when Tampa Bay small business owners start thinking about Mom.

Mother's Day, which happens on the second Sunday of May, is second only to Christmas in terms of holiday spending. Last year, Tampa Bay consumers spent more than $253-million celebrating the women in their lives. That number is expected to grow again in 2020.

To claim a significant share of this Mother's Day cash, local retailers and restaurants will need to advertise.  By almost every key metric, advertising on Tampa radio is the best choice.

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Topics small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, Spotify, pandora, Streaming Audio, best way to advertise, radio advertising, digital advertising, online advertising, facebook advertising, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, restaurant marketing, restaurant advertising, consumer spending, mother's day, male shoppers

Advertising On Tampa Radio: 5 Facts To Know Now

Jan 9, 2020 10:32:36 AM / by Larry Julius

Small business owners have been advertising on Tampa radio since the first station, WDAE, went on the air in 1922.  By almost every metric, the medium remains the best way to successfully market goods and services to local consumers.

Before  Tampa Bay businesses finalize their marketing plans for this year, here are five facts they should know about radio advertising.

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Topics Television Advertising, millennials, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, digital advertising, online advertising, facebook advertising, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, consumer spending, hispanic consumers, black consumers

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