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Marketing To Millennial Parents In Southwest Florida

Feb 15, 2020 12:15:58 PM / by Larry Julius

How quickly the millennials have grown up.

According to Nielsen, 58.7% of all Southwest Florida parents with children under the age of 18 are millennials.  

From the time their kids are born until they reach they are 17, these young parents will spend, on average, $233,000 per child. This does not include the cost of college.

Currently, there are 197,533 children under the age of 18 living in SWFL. That means the local parenting economy is worth upwards of $45 billion. These dollars are being spent, among other things, on diapers, daycare, transportation, toys, education, electronics, clothing, and health care.

For SWFL small business owners interested in competing for a substantial portion of this multi-billion dollar pool of parental cash, they must advertise to millennial moms and dads. By almost any measurement, advertising on Fayetteville radio is the best way to reach this audience.

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Why Southwest Florida Used Car Dealers Need To Advertise Now

Feb 11, 2020 3:00:20 PM / by Larry Julius

March is the biggest single month for used car sales in Southwest Florida. During these 31 days alone, local pre-owned vehicle dealers are expected to bring in $44 million in sales. This will represent 10% of their annual revenue.

By the end of May, these dealers owners will sell more than $129 million worth of pre-owned cars and trucks. This, undoubtedly, makes March-May 'used car season' in the Fort Myers-Naples area.

Although most SWFL used car dealers are small business owners, they do really big business. In all, over the next 12 months, more than 154,000 pre-owned vehicles will be driven off their lots.

To capture a larger share of the area's $449 million used car market requires pre-owned vehicle dealers to advertise. By any measure, the best way for these business owners to advertise is on Fort Myers radio.

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Topics pandora, best way to advertise, streaming audio, radio advertising, small business owner, online advertising, digital advertising, facebook, newspaper advertising, small business, spotify, used cars, pre-owned cars, used vehicles

Advertising In Fort Myers: Reach Mother's Day Shoppers

Feb 5, 2020 4:11:21 PM / by Larry Julius

As Valentine's Day sales begin to dwindle, that's when Southwest Florida small business owners start thinking about Mom.

Mother's Day, which happens on the second Sunday of May, is second only to Christmas in terms of holiday spending. Last year, SWFL consumers spent more than $94-million celebrating the women in their lives. That number is expected to grow again in 2020.

To claim a significant share of this Mother's Day cash, local retailers and restaurants will need to advertise.  By almost every key metric, advertising on Fort Myers radio is the best choice.

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Topics pandora, best way to advertise, retail, radio advertising, small business owner, online advertising, digital advertising, social media advertising, facebook, restaurant marketing, newspaper advertising, consumer spending, television advertising, small business, spotify, restaurant advertising, mother's day

What Southwest Florida Consumers Listen To On Their Smart Speakers

Jan 30, 2020 8:05:36 AM / by Larry Julius

Over 225,000 consumers in Southwest Florida now own a smart speaker. Ownership of these devices, including Amazon Echo and Google Home, has grown five-fold since the beginning of 2017.

According to Adobe Analytics, significantly  more consumers are asking Siri and Alexa to play music than any other activity.

Many SWFL small business owners depend on Fort Myers radio to advertise their goods and service. So, how does the use of smart speakers as an audio device affect their radio advertising's ability to reach local consumers? The answer is: none at all.

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How To Advertise Insurance Products To Fort Myers Consumers

Jan 26, 2020 7:05:18 AM / by Larry Julius

If you were one of the 807,219 consumers who tuned-in to a Fort Myers radio station last week, then chances are you heard at least one commercial from GEICO, Progressive, or Liberty Mutual. That's because insurance is big business in Southwest Florida.

Each year, SWFL consumers spend $1.5 billion to insure their homes and cars. That's almost $1500 for every area adult.

There is good news and bad news for the 1900 local insurance agents who are competing to earn a substantial share of the home and auto premiums consumers are paying.

According to Nielsen, 114,000 policyholders in SWFL are planning to switch insurance providers during the next 12 months.

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How Does Advertising On Pandora & Spotify Compare To Fort Myers Radio?

Jan 22, 2020 6:55:00 AM / by Larry Julius

In 1940, WFTM became the first radio station to serve Southwest Florida. Today, 807,219 adult consumers tune-in to Fort Myers radio stations every week. This is significantly more than watch local TV or read newspapers. 

SWFL small business owners, however, also want to know how local radio compares to streaming audio platforms like Pandora and Spotify, especially as it relates to advertising. The answer could surprise many of them.

Pandora was created to provide a personalized radio station catering to the musical preferences of each user.  The playlists were determined by a proprietary algorithm and then streamed directly to each listeners' computer. Over the next few years, the service became available on iPads and smartphones.

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Reaching Furniture Shoppers in Southwest Florida

Jan 16, 2020 8:01:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Low unemployment, a boom in housing starts, and confident consumers are propelling robust sales for Southwest Florida furniture stores.

In 2019, local consumers in the Fort Myers-Naples area spent $460,000,000 on furniture and home furnishing. This number is expected to grow.

Based on estimates developed by Furniture Today’s Strategic Insights team and Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI), the total furniture and bedding market is projected to expand by more than 22% by 2024.

If an SWFL small business owner who sells furniture, furnishings, or home decor would like to grab a larger share of this expanding market, then advertising is necessary.  By almost every key metric, advertising on local radio is a sound marketing investment.

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Topics best way to advertise, millennials, radio advertising, online advertising, digital advertising, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, consumer spending, television advertising, furniture, home buyers, real estate

Advertising On Fort Myers Radio: 5 Facts To Know

Jan 9, 2020 12:48:05 PM / by Larry Julius

Small business owners have been advertising on Fort Myers radio since the first station, WFTM, went on the air in 1940.  By almost every metric, the medium remains the best way to successfully market goods and services to local consumers.

Before Southwest Florida small businesses finalize their marketing plans for this year, here are five facts they should know about radio advertising.

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Best Way To Advertise Pizza Restaurants In Southwest Florida

Jan 3, 2020 4:58:56 PM / by Larry Julius

Southwest Florida consumers cannot get enough pizza.

In 2012, there were just 359 local pizza restaurants. Today, however, that number has grown to 388. In 2019, these establishments racked up $182,473,484 in total sales.

Fifty-nine percent of pizza sales in the Fort Myers-Naples area 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 SWFL 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 Fort Myers area small business advertise consistently.  

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Build A Bigger Share Of Home Improvement Sales In Southwest Florida

Dec 31, 2019 8:10:32 AM / by Larry Julius

Consumers in Southwest Florida spent a record $1.3 billion on home improvements in 2019. This level of spending is projected to drop modestly next year, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

“Declining home sales and home-building activity coupled with slower gains in permitting for improvement projects will put the brakes on remodeling growth,” says Chris Herbert, the center’s managing director.

“However, if falling mortgage interest rates continue to incentivize home sales, refinancing, and ultimately remodeling activity, the slowdown may soften some.”

If Fort Myers-Naples area small businesses that sell home improvement products and services would like to continue to grow despite the softening market, then advertising will be required.

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Topics best way to advertise, streaming audio, radio advertising, small business owner, online advertising, digital advertising, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, consumer spending, television advertising, small business, home improvement, remodeling, contractors

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