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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

Online Advertising In Tampa Bay: How Much Do Local Businesses Spend?

Dec 15, 2020 8:23:05 AM / by Larry Julius

Over 95% of Tampa Bay adults have access to the internet, according to Nielsen. Almost 65% of these consumers spend more than five hours a week connected.

Nielsen reports that Tampa Bay consumers go online to stay connected to friends and family; research products and services; learn the latest news, and obtain directions to where they are going and know what the weather will be when they get there.  

Here are some of the many reasons why Tampa Bay internet users go online each month

  • Social Media: 75%
  • Online Banking: 53%
  • Weather: 51%
  • Maps/Directions: 46%
  • Product Reviews: 39%
  • Current Events: 31%
  • Restaurant Reviews: 30%
  • Sports Scores/News: 26%
  • Job Search: 16%
  • Real Estate: 12%

And, of course, there is shopping.  Over the past three months, according to Nielsen, 76.7% of Tampa Bay consumers shopped online for every imaginable product and service including, cars, golf clubs, office supplies, wedding rings, mattresses, tires, medicine, shoes, socks, and eyeglasses.

To reach local consumers while they are online, Tampa area businesses will spend $706 million for digital advertising in 2020, according to Borrell Associates.  Here is how the money is being spent:

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Topics small business, small business owner, radio advertising, tampa small business owners, online advertising, social media advertising, small business advertising, borrell associates, e-commerce, social media, small business marketing, OTT, CTV, email marketing, email advertising, online shoppers

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

Why Tampa Bay Real Estate Agents Need To Advertise Now

May 22, 2020 3:15:49 PM / by Larry Julius

Type "TAMPA REAL ESTATE AGENTS" into Google. In slightly over a half-second, the search will deliver 13,900,000 results. Similar searches for Clearwater, Carrollwood, Temple Terrace,  produce a proportional number of returns.

Despite the economic hardships imposed by the Coronavirus crisis on Tampa Bay consumers, the demand for real estate is booming. 

The Wall Street Journal published a trend yesterday indicating that mortgage applications for purchase a home have achieved levels equal to last year.

According to redfin.com, home buying demand is 16.5% higher now than it was pre-COVID-19 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Redfin attributes this explosive growth in real estate shoppers to two factors, including record-low mortgage rates. The other primary driver is a migration trend from expensive metropolitan areas as buyers hunt for more space at lower prices.

To capture a larger share of the robust market, local real estate agents need to stand apart from the millions of Google results.  Advertising on Tampa radio will help accomplish this.  Here's why.

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Topics Real Estate, small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, Streaming Audio, best way to advertise, radio advertising, online advertising, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, pay-tv, home sellers, advertise on radio, home buyers

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

Who Listens To Commercials On Tampa Radio?

Apr 22, 2020 10:06:38 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 2,193,604 adult consumers tune-in to a Tampa Radio station. That is way more than are reached by other media, including local television, newspaper, social media, or streaming audio sites like Pandora and Spotify.

There is a more significant number, though, for thousands of Tampa Bay small business owners who advertise on Tampa radio. The real question is how many of these listeners stick around when their commercials come on?

A 2011 Nielsen study discovered that, on average, 93% of listeners stayed with the radio station they were tuned-to when the commercials came on. That number amazed many advertisers at the time who believed that audiences were far more likely to defect when the music stopped.

A lot has changed since 2011. Tampa Bay consumers have many more media options and can instantly connect to each with a button-push, mouse-click, screen-tap, or voice command. With all this instant gratification, do radio audiences still stay tuned during commercial breaks?

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Topics small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, Spotify, pandora, Streaming Audio, radio advertising, online advertising, instagram, facebook, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, button pushing

Advertising On Tampa Radio Remains Best Option During Corona Crisis

Apr 15, 2020 3:34:56 PM / by Larry Julius

The chaos created in Tampa Bay by the onset of Coronavirus has been a disruptive force among consumers. 

Work routines, buying habits, family life, and media consumption have all been palpably affected. These are all factors that need to be considered by small business owners who continue to advertise their goods and services during the crisis.

Before the current chaos, advertising on Tampa radio, by any metric, was the best way a local small business could advertise.

For instance, pre-Coronavirus, 2.1 million adult consumers tuned-in to a Tampa radio station every week. This is significantly more than watched local TV, read a newspaper, accessed social media, or streamed audio from sites like Pandora and Spotify.

New research released from Nielsen indicates that amidst the current crisis, listening to local radio remains little changed. This is great news for those Tampa Bay small business owners who are depending on advertising for their long-term survival.

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Topics small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, Streaming Audio, best way to advertise, radio advertising, digital advertising, online advertising, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, 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

Small Business Advertising In Tampa Bay: Target The Cash

Mar 3, 2020 9:24:48 AM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay consumers spent more than $59 billion with retailers last year. The National Retail Federation forecasts 4.1% more will be spent this year.

Who are the shoppers that will be spending all this money?

According to Nielsen, 53.3% of retail dollars are spent by Tampa area consumers over the age of 50. This may surprise many small business owners because older consumers comprise only 43% of the area's adult population.

These older consumers account for the majority of spending in almost every retail category. This includes furniture, cars, pet supplies, fast food, and electronics.

To earn a share of these massive dollars spent by these older consumers requires Tampa Bay small business owners to advertise.

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Topics small business, small business owner, Television Advertising, store traffic, best way to advertise, radio advertising, retail stores, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, consumer spending, baby boomers, Retail Sales, Retailer

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