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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

Advertising In Tampa Bay: Get In The Last Word

Sep 4, 2019 7:43:00 AM / by Larry Julius

When a Tampa Bay small business owner advertises on a local radio station, the first words determine if consumers will pay attention. The article "Be Heard: The #1 Job of Commercials on Tampa Radio" discusses this topic in-depth.

When it comes time to buy, however, getting in the final word can be equally important.  Advertising on Tampa radio is often the last voice a customer hears before making a purchase in-store or online.

Being the last voice serves as a potent reminder to consumers that a business or product exists.  Especially since our brains make things very easy to forget. Science says it's so.

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Topics small business owner, top of mind, advertise on tampa radio, advertise in tampa bay, advertising in Tampa, effective radio commercials, online advertising, point of purchase, website

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

Be Heard: The #1 Job of Every Commercial on Tampa Radio

May 2, 2019 6:32:24 AM / by Larry Julius

The number one job of a radio commercial is  not  to sell products for the sponsoring Tampa Bay small business owner. 

The number one job is not to build store traffic or to create top of mind of awareness.

The number one job of a radio commercial is not to build brand or deliver ROI.

The number one job of every commercial on Tampa radio is to be heard. Period. When a commercial is heard, then all the rest will follow. But being heard is not easy.

At the exact second a radio commercial begins, 11,000,000 other pieces of information are all wrestling for the listener's attention.  Sadly, a consumer's brain is only capable of dealing with about 50 bits of that information at a time.

If you are a local business owner who would like to secure a larger share of the $54.1 billion Tampa Bay radio listeners will spend this year, then what you say first in your commercial is crucial to winning the battle for a consumer's ear.

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Topics top of mind, radio advertising, radio commercials, tampa radio, tampa radio stations, tampa small business owners

How Does A Tampa Bay Business Stay Top of Mind?

Apr 4, 2019 6:35:00 AM / by Larry Julius

It's a fact. Unless a consumer remembers your business when it comes time to buy, then it is likely they will purchase from someone else. Staying top of mind, therefore, is critical for every Tampa small business owner who wants to grab a share of the area's $54-billion retail market.

Advertising on Tampa radio provides local business owners with the most affordable way to move to the top of customers' minds. But, before discussing how to get remembered, we must understand why consumers forget.

Every second, Tampa Bay consumers are exposed to 11,000,000 pieces of data. A consumer's brain, however, is only capable of dealing with about 50 pieces of this data at a time. So, if my calculus is correct, a consumer forgets approximately 10,999,950 things every second.

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Topics Frequency, top of mind

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