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Advertising On Tampa TV: Where Have The Viewers Gone?

Jun 13, 2022 3:25:36 PM / by Larry Julius

During the past seven days. according to Nielsen, only 67.1% of local consumers tuned in to Tampa television stations like WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, WFTS, WEDU, or WFXT.  TV's diminishing reach among adults 18 and older has been eclipsed by the audience size for social media, cable, and Tampa radio. Furthermore, streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Disney+ are quickly reaching parity with over-the-air options.

The erosion of local TV station audiences is stunning when comparing prime-time ratings from the past.  In 1980, the highest-ranked TV show was Cheers with a 21.3 rating. The 30th-ranked show was The Wonder Years with a 14.2 rating.

Twenty years later, Survivor was the number one show with a 17.4 rating and Family Law was the 30th ranked show with an 8.8 rating.

Finally, in 2019, Sunday Night Football was the number one ranked show with a 10.9 rating. Survivor tied with Dancing With The Stars in 30th place with a 5.5 rating.

It is stunning to think that the number one TV show in 2019 had a 24% lower rating than the 30th-ranked show in 1980.

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Topics TV, Television, small business, small business owner, Cable TV, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, tampa small business owners, small business advertising, pay-tv, direcTv, small business marketing, satellite TV, OTT, CTV, avod, svod, local television, streaming TV

Television Advertising In Tampa Bay: What Are Consumers Watching?

May 11, 2022 2:15:53 PM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 2.5 million Tampa Bay consumers watch something on TV.

Not too many years ago, when a Tampa Bay consumer sat down to watch TV, the program options were limited to what was on WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, WFTS, WEDU, or maybe, what was on a handful of cable channels.  That was then. This is now.

Today, according to Nielsen, each time a TV is turned on in a Tampa Bay living room, the viewer has more than 817,000 options not only from broadcast stations and cable systems, but also from streaming video platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Peacock, YouTube, Amazon, Tubi, Crackle, and FreeVee.

Of course, Tampa Bay consumers don't even need to sit down in front of their big-screen LCD, anymore. Most of the 817,000 available programs can also be viewed on their computers, tablets, gaming devices, and smartphones. But as far as viewers are concerned, though, it's all just television.

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Topics TV, Television, Cable TV, Television Advertising, Streaming, pay-tv, direcTv, satellite TV, CTV, streaming video, avod, svod, local television, streaming television, streaming media, streaming TV

Advertising In Tampa Bay: Don't Say 'March Madness'

Feb 21, 2022 2:32:03 PM / by Larry Julius

Right now, at least one of the 128,637 businesses located in the Tampa Bay area is thinking about using the phrase 'March Madness' as part of upcoming advertising and marketing plans. Why not? It's a great use of alliteration. It's a familiar term. And, it's that time of year.

A furniture store in Clearwater might think it would be clever to use 'March Madness' in its commercials on Tampa radio to promote a big spring sale. A non-profit in St. Petersburg feels it would be a good way to describe its charity fun run on social media and online advertising. A sports bar in Brandon believes it would be a no-brainer to use the term in streaming video and audio ads to bring in scores of basketball fans.

It is, indeed,  tempting for a Tampa Bay small business owner to use this term for advertising or marketing purposes. But,  to avoid a costly legal battle, the use of this trademarked phrase should be a non-starter. Here's why.

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Topics Television Advertising, Streaming, Streaming Audio, radio advertising, digital advertising, online advertising, social media advertising, OTT, CTV, streaming video, streaming television, internet advertising, streaming media, streaming TV, search engine marketing, sem, display advertising, intellectual property, trademark, copyright

How Much Time Do Tampa Bay Consumers Spend Watching Streaming TV?

Feb 17, 2022 9:32:53 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 1.7 million Tampa Bay adults watch video programs delivered via the internet. This content goes by several interchangeable names, including OTT (Over-The-Top Television), CTV (Connected TV), and Streaming Video. For this article, we will refer to this type of content as Streaming TV.

Unlike traditional TV, cable, and satellite where the viewer needs to be in a fixed location, Tampa Bay consumers can access streaming TV anywhere using an internet-connected device. These include SmartTVs, Firesticks, Roku, smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles.

In all, according to Nielsen, 95.2% of Tampa Bay households have one or more devices capable of connecting to streaming TV. Although this medium is still new, streaming TV now rivals legacy media in its ability to reach local consumers.

Every week, Tampa Bay consumers are spending more-and-more time engaged with streaming TV.

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Topics Cable TV, Television Advertising, Streaming, digital advertising, online advertising, OTT, CTV, streaming video, avod, svod, advertising options, streaming television, internet advertising, streaming media, streaming TV

Best Way To Reach Likely Voters in 2022: Advertise On Tampa Bay Radio

Feb 11, 2022 12:25:38 PM / by Larry Julius

No matter which Tampa Bay television station or cable channel adults tune to in 2022, they can expect to be assaulted by a deluge of political advertising. Often entire commercial breaks are stuffed with back-to-back pleas and promises to secure viewers' votes.

But is advertising on WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, or WFTS, the most effective way to reach likely voters in the Tampa Bay area? Or is advertising on cable channels provided by Xfinity, DISH, DirecTV, and Spectrum the way to go?

The answer is neither. According to research from Nielsen, the best way to reach local adults who are most likely to vote is by advertising on Tampa Bay radio.

Every week, 1.4 million likely voters will listen to Tampa Bay radio stations. This is significantly more than watch local TV, cable, and streaming video. More that use social media and streaming audio. More than will read newspapers.

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Topics Cable TV, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, radio advertising, politcial advertising, political advertising, political rates, voters, registered voters, likely voters, political rate card, republican voters, democratic voters, independent voters

Advertise In Tampa Bay: Who's Watching The Local TV Stations?

Dec 22, 2021 10:17:41 AM / by Larry Julius

It wasn't too long ago when advertising on Tampa Bay television stations was considered the gold standard for marketing by local business owners. But over the past few years, the number of viewers reached by WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, WFTS, and WEDU has plummeted. In all only 67% of adult consumers now tune-in to at least one of these channels during the week, according to Nielsen.

The consumption of video content isn't diminishing among Tampa Bay consumers. What has changed, though, is how they are watching it.

In November, according to Nielsen, the share of time watching broadcast television has fallen behind other video options including cable programing and internet-delivered choices such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and hundreds of other streaming networks.

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Topics TV, Television, Cable TV, Television Advertising, pay-tv, satellite TV, OTT, CTV, streaming video, avod, svod, local television, streaming television, streaming media, streaming TV

Tampa Bay Small Business Owners Guide To OTT & CTV Advertising

Dec 14, 2021 3:11:37 PM / by Larry Julius

It used to be so simple. When a small business owner wanted to advertise on Tampa television, there were only a few options including, WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, WFTS, and WEDU. But slowly, the number of options expanded to include cable channels provided by Xfinity, DISH, DirecTV, and Spectrum.

Heading in 2022, local advertisers have even more options as internet-connected devices deliver hundreds of more programming choices to Western Florida consumers. Collectively, this type of content is called OTT (Over-The-Top-Television) or CTV (Connected-Television). For the purpose of this discussion, OTT & CTV will be referred to singularly as streaming video.

Streaming video can be viewed on any device that can connect to the internet. This includes computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Programing can also be accessed using a smart-TV, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire Stick, or a game console. In all, according to Nielsen, 95.2% of Tampa Bay households own a device capable of receiving streaming video.

In all, says Nielsen, 1.7 million consumers watch streaming video content every week. Combined, these internet channels now reach more adults every week than local newspapers, podcasts, and digital audio services like Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM. Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio.

Surprisingly, streaming video now reaches almost as many adults as local TV and local cable.

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Topics Cable TV, Television Advertising, digital advertising, online advertising, pay-tv, OTT, CTV, streaming video, internet, local television, internet advertising, streaming media, streaming TV

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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What Are Tampa Bay Consumers Watching On TV?

Nov 18, 2021 1:57:46 PM / by Larry Julius

Every week, according to Nielsen, 2.5 million adult consumers in Tampa Bay watch something on television. But, of course, the definition of what it means to watch TV has changed since the time when the number of available viewing options could be counted on the fingers of a single hand.

Today, Tampa Bay consumers have a gargantuan number of viewing choices. This includes programs from stations like WFLA, WTSP, WTVT, WFTS, and WEDU. Or maybe cable and satellite systems like Xfinity, DISH, DirecTV, and Spectrum. There's also content delivered over the internet from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime.

No longer are Tampa Bay consumers tied to the 21-inch Zenith in their living rooms. Instead, TV can be watched on giant LCDs, smartphones, and tablets from any room in the house, in the backseat of their cars, or practically anywhere else.

The best way to think about TV watching in Tampa Bay is in terms of three buckets:

  1. Over-the-air...including all broadcast channels
  2. Cable...including all premium and non-premium programming
  3. Internet...including all streaming services. This is also known as OTT or CTV

Here's how many Tampa Bay adult viewers fall into each bucket. Remember, viewers are not limited to a single bucket.

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Topics Television, Cable TV, Television Advertising, best way to advertise, pay-tv, dish network, direcTv, OTT, CTV, internet, local television, streaming television, internet advertising, xfinity, spectrum

Streaming Video Terms For Tampa Bay Small Business Owners

Sep 20, 2021 5:59:47 PM / by Larry Julius

Tampa Bay business owners are expected to spend $257,507,00 on streaming video advertising in 2021, according to Borrell Associates, a company that tracks online marketing expenditures across the country. This spending will be 25.9% higher than in 2020.

Streaming video advertising expenditures are accelerating as Tampa Bay consumers continue to abandon shows on local TV stations and cable systems in favor of programming streamed via an internet connection. These online channels include Netflix, Hulu, Prime, Disney+, Paramount+, Peacock, Prime Video, Roku Channel, SlingTV, PlutoTV, and dozens more.

This type of streamed video content is known collectively as OTT (Over-The-Top-Television) or CTV (Connected-Television). These two terms are sometimes used interchangeably but do have a subtle difference.

OTT generally means the video is watched on a small device like a computer, tablet, or smartphone.  CTV, on the other hand, typically means the content is viewed on a smart-TV or a regular television using a streaming device like a Roku or Amazon stick.

In Tampa Bay, according to Nielsen, OTT/CTV has exceeded the weekly reach of local newspapers and streaming audio services such as Pandora and Spotify. The medium is rapidly approaching the reach of local cable and broadcast TV stations.

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Topics Cable TV, Television Advertising, Streaming, Streaming Audio, digital advertising, online advertising, OTT, CTV, streaming video, local television, streaming television, internet advertising

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