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Advertising In Tampa Bay: Five Amazing Facts About Local Radio

Jul 23, 2021 2:56:52 PM / by Larry Julius

Advertising is crucial to the success of Tampa Bay business owners. According to Investopedia, "lack of adequate marketing and publicity are among the issues that drag down small business".

According to Borrell Associates, a company that tracks advertising trends across the country, Tampa Bay business owners are expected to spend $1.9 billion to advertise the goods and services they sell. This represents a 6.9% increase versus last year.

The majority of these dollars are being spent by Tampa Bay business owners to capture a significant share of the $46.3 billion dollars local consumers will be spending this year. These estimates are based on a revised forecast from the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Of course, there is an over-abundance of ways a local business owner can advertise. Perhaps the best way to generate sales from local consumers is with Tampa Radio. Here are the top five reasons why...

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business, small business owner, millennials, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, radio commercials, tampa small business owners, small business advertising, millennial parents, reach & frequency, small business marketing, advertising reach, time spent listening, advertising return on investment

Advertising In Tampa Bay: What's The Best Way To Reach Pet Owners?

May 13, 2021 7:20:00 AM / by Larry Julius

A surge in pet adoptions and sales during the pandemic has increased the number of pet owners in the Tampa Bay area to 1,384,240, according to Nielsen.

As a result, the amount of money that will be spent in the Tampa Bay during 2021 on domestic dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and other cuddly creatures will achieve a record-high $1.1 billion. These figures are based on recent forecasts from The American Pet Products Association (APPA),

“We have reached a critical milestone in 2020, generating $103.6 billion in sales [in the U.S.],” said Steve King, President, and CEO of APPA. “We are bullish for the coming year, projecting growth of 5.8% - well above the historical average of 3 to 4%."

Tampa Bay pet owners will be spending in four ways:

  1. Food & Treats which includes everything from canned and bagged food to biscuits and chewies.
  2. Veterinary Care and Product Sales which includes routine veterinary care, surgical procedures, and sales of pharmaceuticals and other products through veterinary clinics
  3. Supplies, Live Animals, and Over-The-Counter Medications which, in addition to dogs and cats. includes fish, birds, small animals, and reptiles. This also includes cages, food and water bowls, as well as leashes and collars.  OTC includes medications for allergy relief, gastric distress, and oral hygiene.
  4. Other includes services such as boarding, grooming, and pet sitting.

To capture a significant share of the local pet economy, local business owners who provide these four types of goods and services will need to advertise.  By almost any marketing metric, the best way to reach pet owners is by advertising on Tampa radio.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, millennials, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, retail stores, pet owners, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, reach & frequency, advertising reach, retail spending, dog owners, cat owners

Wow!! Tampa Bay Millennials Turn 40 This Year

Apr 29, 2021 3:16:26 PM / by Larry Julius

There are 637,624 millennials in the Tampa area.  The oldest of them turn 40 this year. According to The Pew Research Center, millennials comprise the generation of Americans born between 1981 and 1996.

As a consumer group, millennials account for an outsized percentage of retail spending. This generation represents 24.7% of the Tampa area population but almost one-third of metro-area sales. 

All in, Tampa Bay millennials are expected to ring up more than $20.5 billion in purchases during 2021.  You name it, millennials are planning to buy it.

According to Nielsen, over the next 12 months, Tampa Bay millennials will show up in huge numbers at auto dealerships, furniture stores, mattress stores, appliance stores, home improvement stores, and scores of other area retailers and service providers.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business, small business owner, millennials, best way to advertise, reach, tampa small business owners, retail stores, small business advertising, millennial parents, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, reach & frequency, small business marketing, advertising reach, retail spending

Tampa Radio: Which Stations Do Local Consumers Prefer?

Jan 26, 2021 9:23:54 AM / by Larry Julius

There are 47 radio stations with listeners in Tampa Bay. Each provides a unique format of news, sports, music, entertainment, and inspiration. Some stations broadcast in English. Others serve Spanish speakers. Some stations cater to millennials. Others appeal to Baby Boomers.  No doubt, there is a local radio station that fulfills the preferences of every listener.

Each week, according to Nielsen, 2.2 million adults tune-in to their favorite Tampa radio stations. This is more people than watch local TV, cable, or streaming channels. This is more than use Facebook and Instagram. This is more than read newspapers or connect to Pandora and Spotify. 

Despite the abundance of Tampa radio stations to choose between, Nielsen reports that, on average, adult consumers only listen to 2.8 each week.  So, which stations do local consumers choose?

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Topics millennials, Streaming, Streaming Audio, radio advertising, radio commercials, radio listeners, smart speaker, millennial parents, listening location, share of listeners, radio formats

Tampa Bay Retail Sales Are Growing. Is It Time To Advertise?

Oct 20, 2020 9:37:40 AM / by Larry Julius

Now would be a good time for Tampa Bay small business owners to consider increasing their advertising expenditures.

There are just over 123,000 small businesses in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Based on some promising retail sales data, the Overall  Sentiment Index among local small business owners has improved 31.25% between April 26 and October 12 of this year.

The best news for business owners came from the Commerce Department on Friday when it reported that retail sales rose by a seasonally adjusted 1.9% in September.  This is the fifth straight month of gains.

Local retail gains are being powered by improving consumer confidence and a large pool of cash sitting in people's savings accounts.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 101.8 in September, up 17.9% from August. This means consumers are in the mood to spend. Fortunately, they have money in the bank to do so.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business, small business owner, millennials, tampa small business owners, retail stores, small business advertising, consumer spending, millennial parents, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, small business marketing, consumer confidence, purchase intent

Tampa Bay Retailers Expect Sweet Halloween In 2020

Sep 22, 2020 11:58:39 AM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay consumers are expected to spend $86 million on Halloween related activities in 2020, according to information from the National Retail Federation.  This would be a slight 2.3% decrease from 2019. This is proof of the holiday's strong resistance to the pressures of a pandemic economy.

Based on data from the NRF's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, more than 1.5 million Tampa adults plan to participate in Halloween-related activities. Among those celebrants, safe at-home activities ranked highest: 53 percent plan to decorate their homes, 46 percent plan to carve a pumpkin, and 18 percent will dress up their pet.

“Consumers continue to place importance on celebrating our traditional holidays, even if by untraditional standards,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers are prepared to meet the increased demand for seasonal décor, costumes, and other items that allow families the opportunity to observe Halloween safely.”

To earn a large share of Halloween spending in 2020, Tampa Bay small business owner will need to advertise to let consumers know their stores are open, stocked, and ready. By any metric, advertising on Tampa radio is the best way to reach holiday shoppers.

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Topics small business, small business owner, millennials, tampa small business owners, retail stores, advertising to mothers, small business advertising, halloween, millennial parents, children, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, small business marketing, holiday advertising

Tampa Bay Retailers Prepare For $344 Million Back-To-School Season

Jul 23, 2020 7:49:11 AM / by Larry Julius

Based on projections from the National Retail Federation, Tampa Bay parents are expected to spend $344 million to equip K-12 kids for the upcoming school year. If so, then this shopping spree will be 29% bigger than last year's and the biggest take since 2012.

“By any measure, this is an unprecedented year with great uncertainty, including how students will get their education this fall whether they are in kindergarten or college,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay says.

“Most parents don’t know whether their children will be sitting in a classroom or in front of a computer in the dining room, or a combination of the two. But they do know the value of an education and are navigating uncertainty and unknowns so that students are prepared."

Along with pencils, paper, pens, and knapsacks, the NRF survey says 63 percent of K-12 families expect to buy computers and other electronics this year, up from 54% last year, and they expect to spend more at an average $274.44, up from $203.44 last year. The $71 difference accounts for the largest share of the overall increase in average spending of almost $93.

Also, because many parents are unsure if learning will take place at school or at home, back-to-school spending this year is expected to include home furnishings such as desks, chairs, and lamps.

To claim a meaningful share of this year's booming back-to-school economy, local retailers will need to advertise to let parents know that their stores are open, it is safe to shop, and the needed supplies are in stock.

By any metric, the best way to reach these parents is on Tampa radio.

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Topics millennials, store traffic, radio advertising, retail stores, back-to-school-advertising, millennial parents, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, advertise on radio

Advertising In Tampa Bay: Consumers Pay More For Sustainable

Jul 14, 2020 6:32:42 AM / by Larry Julius

This year, according to Nielsen, 1.7 million Tampa Bay consumers will spend $1.4 billion on eco-friendly goods and services. Sales for sustainable products have grown 20% since 2014, a trend expected to continue into 2021.

Tensie Whelan and Randi Kronthal-Sacco of the New York University Stern Center for Sustainable Business write in the Harvard Business Review, "Consumers are voting with their dollars against unsustainable brands. The legacy companies that will thrive are those that accept this shift and are willing to pivot.” 

For Tampa Bay small business owners who are skeptical that sustainability affects purchase decisions, retail analyst Stacey Widlitz provided this advice, recently, in Forbes.

"Retailers only need to look to IBM's recent study, in association with the National Retail Federation, to understand just how fast consumer priorities are changing," says Ms. Widlitz. "Findings from the study revealed nearly 60% of consumers surveyed are willing to change their shopping habits to reduce environmental impact. For the nearly 80% of respondents who said sustainability is important to them over 70% would pay a premium of 35% on average."

To compete for a share of consumers' spending on green goods and services requires local small business owners to advertise.

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Topics small business, small business owner, millennials, radio advertising, retail stores, small business advertising, millennial parents, Retail Sales, Retailer, retail, advertise on radio, small business marketing, sustainable, green products, eco-friendly

Does Cable TV Advertising Make Sense For Tampa Small Business Owners?

May 12, 2020 9:44:42 AM / by Larry Julius

Pay-TV is struggling to survive COVID-19.

Before the onset of the pandemic, Nielsen reported that 69% of Tampa Bay households received their television programs from cable systems, telephone companies, or satellite operators.  That number, however, is plummeting.

Pay-TV providers in the Tampa area include Xfinity, Dish, Spectrum, Frontier, and DirecTV.

"Cord-cutting, people dropping their cable and satellite TV subscriptions, pre-dates the onset of Covid-19. But the pandemic is exaggerating the trend, creating deeper issuers for programming that relies on those services for distribution," Eric Savitz wrote last week in Barron's.  This includes non-premium services like ESPN, TBS, TNT, USA, CNN, and Discovery.

"LightShed Partners analyst Richard Greenfield counts a loss of 1.96 million subscribers to cable, satellite TV, and virtual cable services combined in the first quarter," Savitz continued. "This is the worst combined quarterly drop ever, down 6% from a year ago."

Greenfield said in an interview with Barron’s that what is especially sobering is that most of the first quarter activity pre-dated the virus. The numbers are likely to get considerably worse in the second quarter.

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Topics Television, small business, small business owner, Cable TV, Television Advertising, millennials, best way to advertise, radio advertising, pay-tv, dish network, direcTv

Retail Boom: How Your Tampa Bay Small Business Can Benefit

Feb 28, 2020 7:25:22 AM / by Larry Julius

Retailers in Tampa Bay rang-up $59,380,749,000 in retail sales last year, according to Nielsen. But wait. It's about to get better.

The National Retail Federation forecasts that in 2020, sales will increase by as much as 4.1%. This will create another $2.4 billion for local small business owners.  

“The economy is growing at a more modest pace, but the underlying economic fundamentals remain in place and are positive,” stated NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz. “Consumers remain upbeat and have the confidence to spend, and the steady wage growth that has come with the strong job market is fueling their spending. The state of the consumer is very healthy.

To claim a fair share of this enlarged pool of spending will require Tampa Bay small business owners to advertise.

“Think you have a great product?” asks the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Unfortunately, no one’s going to know about it unless you advertise.”  

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Topics small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, millennials, Spotify, pandora, store traffic, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, facebook, newspaper advertising, consumer spending, Retail Sales, Retailer

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