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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

Best Way To Advertise Pizza Restaurants In Tampa Bay

Jan 3, 2020 3:30:25 PM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay consumers cannot get enough pizza.

In 2012, there were just about 1000 local pizza restaurants. Today, however, that number has grown to 1,139. In 2019, these establishments racked up $534,000,000 in total sales.

Fifty-nine percent of pizza sales in Tampa Bay are rung-up by one of the top-50 chains like Domino's or Pizza Hut. The remaining 41% of revenue is controlled by independent, small business owners.

To compete for a larger share of the pizza pie in the Tampa area requires local restaurant owners to bring in new customers. A proven way to accomplish this is with advertising.

The US Small Business Administration recommends that every Tampa Bay small business advertise consistently.  

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Topics Pizza, Restaurants, small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, radio advertising, digital advertising, online advertising, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, restaurant marketing, restaurant advertising

How To Reach Valentine's Day Shoppers In Tampa Bay

Dec 17, 2019 10:40:59 AM / by Larry Julius

For Tampa Bay business owners who depend on Valentine's Day to spike first-quarter sales, this year could be a battle as the decline in celebrants is expected to continue.

Based on estimates from the National Retail Federation, 1.5 million Tampa Bay consumers will be participating in the holiday this year. This is 20% fewer than ten years ago.

There is good news, however, for Tampa area business owners. Although there are will be fewer customers, local Valentine's Day spending is expected to grow to $248-million. This is 28% higher than a decade ago.

So, how does a Tampa Bay retailer or restaurant win the battle for the hearts and wallets of romantic consumers?  Advertising is a necessary weapon to win this war.

No weapon is as potent as advertising on Tampa radio.

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Topics Restaurants, small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, radio advertising, retail stores, facebook, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, consumer spending, Valentine's Day

How Big Does A Small Business Need To Be To Advertise on Tampa Radio?

May 13, 2019 7:50:00 AM / by Larry Julius

How big does a small business need to be before it can afford to advertise on Tampa radio? The owners of Ana Delicias Bakery will be the first to tell you: size does not matter.

Ana Delicias Bakery in Tampa is not just a small business. It's a tiny, family-owned business with big ambitions. Advertising on local radio is helping the business raise the dough to grow.

"Radio advertising is not an expense for us, It is an investment," says Paula Tavarez who co-owns the bakery with her cousin Ana Lizardo. "That investment has paid off."

There are more than 200,000 small businesses in Tampa Bay.  Each of them is competing for a share of the $54-billion area consumers will spend this year.

To succeed, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) recommends that to succeed, every local business consider advertising. 

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Topics Return On Investment, Restaurants, small business, Bakery, store traffic, best way to advertise, radio advertising, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners, retail stores, Hispanic radio, Spanish Radio, success story

Advertising on Tampa Radio Stations Delivers For Pizza Restaurant

Mar 26, 2019 3:31:30 PM / by Larry Julius

Hungry Howie's is the 12th largest chain of pizza restaurants in America based on sales volume. The company has 551 locations. Seventy-one of the stores are in the Tampa Bay area.

For the past 33 years, advertising on Tampa radio has helped Hungry Howie's grow from just 20 locations in the Tampa Bay area to 210 throughout the state.

"Our Florida locations outsell all of the other stores across the country," says Barry Devine, founder of Devine Advertising, a St. Petersburg based small business who has been responsible for Hungry Howie's marketing since 1986.

"The only thing we do differently here in Florida," says Mr. Devine, "is we use lots of radio advertising. Far more than the Hungry Howie's locations in other states."

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Topics Pizza, Restaurants, QSR, Frequency, success story

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