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Reclaim 'Top Of Mind' When Your Tampa Bay Small Business Re-Opens

May 1, 2020 9:45:38 AM / by Larry Julius

Business was booming in Tampa Bay. Then it was not.

Before the chaos brought on by Coronavirus, it had been predicted, based on estimates from the National Retail Federation, Tampa area consumers would spend 4.1% more in 2020 than they did in 2019. On April 3, however, when Florida's Governor shut down the state, the expectations of growth for many small business owners were replaced with fights for survival.

As the state prepares to reopen, Tampa area small businesses will learn that turning the lights back on and hanging out the welcome sign might not be enough to bring even the most loyal customers back.

Some customers will not return because of personal safety concerns. Other customers may have discovered alternative sources to purchase goods and services.

More likely, though, customers will not come back because a business has lost a valued parcel of real estate: the position at the top of a customer's mind. This is the place where purchase decisions are made.

There is a way to regain top-of-mind status. First, though, it's important to understand why a business can be forgotten so quickly. 

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Topics Frequency, small business, small business owner, top of mind, recall, best way to advertise, radio advertising, corona, coronavirus, covid19

Who Do Tampa Bay Consumers Trust During A Crisis?

Apr 27, 2020 1:39:22 PM / by Larry Julius

For Tampa Bay small business owners, marketing and advertising are crucial to surviving any crisis, including Coronavirus. The business literature has an abundance of case studies from depressions, recessions, natural disasters, and, yes, pandemics that affirm this existential conclusion.

Advertising, however, may seem extravagant right now to Florida businesses that are struggling to make rent, purchase inventory, and meet payroll. Henry Ford, though, is often quoted as saying, "Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping a clock to save time."

Therefore, as business owners from Clearwater to Lakeland (and every point in between) are cinching their belts tighter-than-ever to stay alive, the dollars invested in advertising must be spent in the most effective manner possible.

During periods of uncertainty, advertising works the hardest when placed in within media that consumers trust.  During the time of COVID-19, advertising on Tampa radio has earned that trust among local consumers.

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Topics small business, small business owner, recall, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, recession, corona, coronavirus, covid19, crisis marketing, context, trust

The Fastest Path To The Brain Of Tampa Bay Consumers Is Their Ears

Jun 6, 2019 7:20:11 AM / by Larry Julius

Radio advertising is processed by the brain profoundly faster than visual advertising.  This is valuable news for Tampa Bay business owners who depend on advertising to market their goods and services.

Local consumers can recognize the first few notes of Jingle Bells five times faster than they can identify a picture of Santa Claus.  That's because it takes the human brain 5/100th of a second to process sound.  On the other hand, it takes a full quarter of a second to process visual stimuli.

This difference in processing time may seem inconsequential. But, for a business owner who is fighting to inject her advertising message into the mind of a potential customer, that .20-second gap can be the difference between success and failure.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business, small business owner, top of mind, Television Advertising, recall, best way to advertise, radio advertising, radio commercials, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, brand building, advertise on tampa radio, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa

Proof: Advertising on Tampa Radio Creates Top Of Mind Awareness

Jun 4, 2019 7:30:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay consumers will spend $54.1 billion on goods and services over the next year. To claim a significant portion of those expenditures, small business owners need to be at the top of customers' minds when it comes time to buy.

Since 1922, when WDAE became the first radio station in Tampa, thousands of business owners knew, intuitively, that advertising on the medium was a potent way to be remembered when a purchase was imminent. 

Now there is proof that radio advertising creates the brand awareness necessary to drive sales.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, Real Estate, Advertising Frequency, Frequency, HVAC, small business, small business owner, top of mind, Streaming Audio, recall, best way to advertise, radio advertising, radio commercials, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa

How To Create A Memorable Commercial on Tampa Radio

May 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Larry Julius

The ten most memorable brands in America have something in common. They each advertise on Tampa radio stations.

According to the YouGov Brand Index, the brands whose commercials generate the highest awareness are Geico, McDonald's, Verizon, AT&T, Walmart, Subway, Direct TV, T-Mobile, Progressive, and Walgreen’s.

If you were one of the 2,193,604 people who tuned into a Tampa Bay radio station last week, then chances are you heard the ads for these brands. All ten are among the biggest users of radio advertising.

Here's what Tampa Bay business owners need to know about creating a memorable brand for their own companies using Tampa radio stations.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, Advertising Frequency, small business, small business owner, top of mind, store traffic, recall, best way to advertise, radio advertising, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, brand building

10 Reasons A Tampa Bay Small Business Might Fail

May 20, 2019 7:40:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Some of the bravest people in Tampa Bay are small business owners.  These hearty entrepreneurs invest their passion, their hope, their time, and, of course, their money despite the odds.

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), the good news is that 80% of small businesses make it through the first year. After that, though, only about half will make it to their fifth anniversary. Even fewer, 33% will keep their doors open for ten years.

CBInsights performed an analysis to determine the top ten reasons small business owners fail.  I have included the entire list. But, of particular importance, is reason #8, "poor marketing". This subject will be discussed in more detail because this is where advertising on Tampa radio stations can help business owners not to fail.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, Home Improvement, Frequency, small business, small business owner, top of mind, Bakery, recall, reach, radio advertising, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, retail stores, Hispanic radio, Spanish Radio

What Is The Best Way To Advertise in Tampa Bay?

Apr 29, 2019 7:40:00 AM / by Larry Julius

If you don't have time to read this entire article, then I will tell you right now. The best way for any Tampa Bay small business owner to advertise is on Tampa radio.

A key function of advertising is to build mental availability, which nudges a consumer toward the purchase of a product or service. It also serves to provide public notice that a product or service exists and is available for purchase.

Consumers in the Tampa Bay area are expected to spend at least $54 billion at retail this year. To claim a greater share of this giant pool of cash requires local business owners of every size to advertise their goods and services. As Professor Jef Richards at Michigan State University points out, “Advertising is totally unnecessary…unless you want to make money."

The bottom line: It is difficult for anyone in Tampa Bay to purchase a product or service from a local business owner if they aren’t aware of it.

There are many ways for local area small business owners to advertise. Options include local newspapers, local magazines, local television, and online. But to achieve the “3-Rs” of advertising success, Reach, Recall, and Return, no other medium delivers results as effectively and efficiently as advertising on Tampa Radio.

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Topics Return On Investment, ROI, small business owner, recall, best way to advertise, reach

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