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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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Advertising On Tampa Radio: How Smart Speakers Add Value

Sep 28, 2021 1:43:45 PM / by Larry Julius

Since 1922 when WDAE-AM signed on, local small business owners have been advertising on Tampa Bay radio to market the goods and services they sell.

Lately, some of these advertisers are voicing concerns, though, that the accelerating use of smart speakers could erode the effectiveness of commercials on local stations. Current research, however, reveals that these devices actually extend the reach of the medium and its ad content.

More than 727,000 consumers in Tampa Bay have a smart speaker in their homes, according to Nielsen. This is 28% of the local adult population.

Smart speakers are internet-enabled devices controlled by spoken commands and capable of streaming audio content, relaying information, and communicating with other devices. 

According to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) data, Amazon Echo (aka Alexa) accounts for 69% of all smart speakers in use. Google's smart speaker makes up another 20% of the market. The remaining 11% of the market comprises Apple Home (aka Siri), Sonos, and Bose.

Tampa Bay consumers can use their smart speakers to accomplish a diverse range of tasks, including accessing news, weather, and sports information; turning on lights in the house; shopping; and food delivery.

The most common use of a smart speaker, though, is streaming audio, including Tampa Bay radio stations, according to eMarketer. Edison Research's Share of Ear Study indicates that consumers devote 13% of their total time using a smart speaker listening to AM/FM radio stations. This is second only to the time spent listening to Amazon Music at 19%.

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Topics small business, small business owner, Streaming, Streaming Audio, radio advertising, tampa small business owners, digital advertising, online advertising, how to advertise, small business advertising, radio listeners, effective advertising, amazon echo, smart speaker, google home, small business marketing, siri, internet advertising, alexa

Best Way To Reach Bridal and Wedding Market In Tampa Bay

Aug 26, 2019 8:38:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Next year, according to Nielsen, 138,765 people in Tampa Bay will be getting married.  Assuming that those folks are hitching-up with each other, that means there will be 69,382 weddings. 

CostOfWedding.com reports that the average cost for these pending nuptials will be $34,268 including (but not limited to) rings, dresses, tuxedos, flowers, venues, photographers, invitations, limos, and rice (or birdseed for the ecologically inclined).

This means small business owners in Tampa Bay who cater to the bridal market will be competing for a share of $2.3 billion.

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Topics small business owner, best way to advertise, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, advertise in tampa bay, how to advertise, wedding, bridal marketing

Mark Twain Offers Advertising Advice For Tampa Bay Business Owners

Aug 22, 2019 6:52:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Mark Twain has some script writing advice for Tampa Bay small business owners who depend on radio advertising to market their goods and services.

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning," advises Mr. Twain.

In other words, fill your commercials with lightning, not bugs!

Currently, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, there are 171,476 words in the English language. A handful of these words, Tampa Bay small business owners can't use in their radio commercials. The Supreme Court of the United States says so.

Of all the words that can be used in broadcast advertising, however, there is one word that should be shunned: 'get' and all of its nasty derivative forms including 'got' and 'gotten'.  Here's why.

The typical 60-second commercial on Tampa radio consists of 160 words.  Depending on the station, each word in that ad could cost around $3.00.  It is important, then, that each word is carefully selected to engage listeners and then compel them to action.  This is especially crucial when using verbs. 

"One of the best ways of grabbing and keeping an audience is to use strong, descriptive verbs," says the Writing Center at the University of Houston.  'Get' is not that kind of verb.

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The Best Way To Advertise A Restaurant In Tampa Bay

Aug 19, 2019 8:11:00 AM / by Larry Julius

This year, Tampa Bay consumers will spend $4.3 billion in local restaurants and drinking establishments. There are thousands of local restaurants from Bradenton to Spring Hill  hungry for a bite of that cash.

Unfortunately, many of the restaurants that are here today will be gone tomorrow. According to FSR, an industry trade magazine, 60% of restaurants fail within their first year. Eighty percent never make it to their fifth anniversary.

CBI Insights studies why small business owners, such as local restaurants, fail.  Reason number eight is poor marketing and advertising.  Good food and friendly service are not enough to make a cash register ring.

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Topics small business owner, best way to advertise, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, advertise on tampa radio, advertising in Tampa, how to advertise, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, restaurant marketing, restaurant advertising

How Newspaper Advertising In Tampa Bay Stacks-Up Against Radio

Aug 15, 2019 6:58:54 AM / by Larry Julius

Two things are remarkable about voting day in 1920.  It was the first time, ever, women could participate in the selection of the U.S. President. It was also the first time live election results were broadcast on the radio. Not to mention, it was also the first radio broadcast, ever.

The voters' choice that night was between Warren G. Harding  and James M. Cox.  Both men had derived their political power as successful newspaper publishers.  It is quite ironic, then, that one of these men would reach the highest office in the land on the same night that the nascent radio broadcasting business began its takedown of the newspaper industry.

Nowhere is this takedown more apparent than locally, where radio has become, by far, the advertising medium with the largest reach among Tampa Bay consumers.

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Topics small business owner, best way to advertise, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, advertise on tampa radio, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa, how to advertise, newspaper advertising, tampa bay times

The Best Length For A Commercial On Tampa Bay Radio

Aug 9, 2019 8:02:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Tampa radio stations offer different commercial length options to fulfill the marketing objectives and budgets of Tampa Bay small business owners.  The most common lengths are :60-seconds, :30-seconds, :15-seconds, and :10-seconds.

So, how long should a radio commercial on Tampa radio be? The simple answer: As long as necessary, but as short as possible.

According to "Seven Steps For Success", the length of a radio commercial should be determined, primarily, by the marketing objective of the underlying campaign.

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The Value Of Reaching Tampa Bay Consumers In Their Cars

Aug 7, 2019 9:17:16 AM / by Larry Julius

In 1930, the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation put the first car radio on the market. They called it the Motorola. This in-car entertainment would setback a Tampa Bay consumer about $120 which would be equivalent to $1200 today.

But, if you had that kind of cash, you would be able to cruise around in your Ford Model-A, DeSoto, Packard, or Studebaker and hear the music of the day from radio stations in Tampa, Miami, and Atlanta. 

Today, there's a radio in almost every vehicle on the streets of Tampa Bay. Despite the competition on the dashboard from other sources of entertainment, AM/FM radio remains the dominant choice for in-car entertainment.  This is great news for local business owners who depend on Tampa radio to market their goods and services.

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Learn To Speak Radio: Advice For Tampa Bay Small Business Owners

Jul 31, 2019 4:40:28 PM / by Larry Julius

This year marks the 97th anniversary of WDAE, the first radio station in Tampa Bay.

Since 1922, Tampa Bay small business owners have depended on radio advertising to market their goods and services to local consumers.  During the next 12 months, these consumers are expected to spend $54.1 billion.

By any measure, radio is still the best way to advertise in Tampa Bay. Last week, for instance, significantly more consumers tuned-in to a Tampa radio station than watched local TV; read a local newspaper; or logged-on to Pandora and Spotify.

To buy radio advertising effectively, there are some terms every Tampa Bay small business owner should know.  Here is a list of helpful definitions.

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Is Local Radio Still Relevant To Tampa Bay Consumers?

Jul 25, 2019 7:07:00 AM / by Larry Julius

This year marks 97 years since WDAE became the first radio station in Tampa Bay.  From that time, local, small business owners have depended on radio advertising to market their goods and services.

So, it is a fair question for a 21st-century business owner to ask: Is Tampa radio still relevant in the life of Tampa Bay consumers?

"You wouldn’t know it from all the media coverage focused on streaming video and streaming music," said media expert Doug Schoen in Forbes Magazine, "but recent Nielsen data shows radio actually has the most reach among American media consumers." 

Last week, for instance, significantly more local consumers tuned-in to a Tampa radio station than watched local TV, read a local newspaper, or logged-on to a streaming audio site like Pandora and Spotify.

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