Is advertising on the radio just a day job for Tampa Bay small business owners?
Thousands of local companies depend on radio advertising to market their goods and services. But, most of these business owners choose to buy commercials only between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm. Is this a good idea? Maybe not. Here are the facts.
Last week, for instance, 2,193,604 adult consumers tuned-in to their favorite Tampa radio stations. This is significantly higher than the number that tuned-in to a local TV station, read a local newspaper, logged-on to social media sites like Facebook, or streamed audio from Pandora and Spotify.
But radio listeners do not roll-up their ears just because the sunsets. According to Nielsen, 56.4% of Tampa Bay consumers who listen to the radio during daylight hours, also tune in at night.
To put this in perspective, 200,000 more consumers tune-in to Tampa radio at night than listen to Sirius/XM, Pandora, and Spotify at any time during the week.
Unlike the way the moon affects the tide on Tampa Bay, it has zero effect on the quality of the audience that listens to local radio stations after the sun goes down.
In terms of the socio-economic characteristics of the audience that many business owners desire to reach, nighttime radio listeners and daytime listeners are very similar. Of note, though, the audience listening to Tampa radio after dark consists of a slightly higher percentage of consumers who are employed, white-collar, and have household incomes of $75,000 or more.
There is an extraordinary value for Tampa Bay small business owners to advertise on the radio after dark.
The cost of radio advertising, like most goods and services, is driven, in part, by demand. Because many business owners choose to place their commercials between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm, prices during those times of day become less affordable for smaller businesses.
At nighttime, however, when demand for commercials is lower, the cost to advertise is sometimes as much as 65% less. That means a business owner can reach 50% of the daytime radio audience for 65% of the cost.
Investment bankers would call capitalizing on this cost disparity 'arbitrage': the science of making of money by exploiting an imbalance in pricing. Most Tampa Bay companies would just call it good business.
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