Typically, 80% of all Halloween shopping, according to the NRF, will occur between now and October 16. The remaining dollars will be spent in the last 14 days leading up to the holiday.
Nearly 53% of consumers in the Fort Myers-Naples are expected to participate in Halloween this year, each spending, on average, about $86. This money will go towards the purchase of candy, decorations, costumes, pumpkins, and greeting cards.
Almost every type of small business in SWFL enjoys a taste of this spending. This includes hardware stores, convenience stores, craft stores, fabric stores, thrift stores, florists, card stores, consignment shops, haunted houses, home decor store, bakeries, and, of course, candy stores.
To claim a significant share of this Halloween cash will require local small business owners to advertise. The key to successful advertising is reaching as many Halloween shoppers as possible over the next four weeks.
According to the NRF, the bulk of holiday dollars will be spent by adults 25-54. No other local advertising medium reaches more of these consumers than Fort Myers radio.
Last week, for instance, 93.5% of all 25-54-year-old consumers tuned-in to a Fort Myers radio station. This is significantly more than watched local TV; read a local newspaper; signed-in to Facebook; or streamed audio from Pandora and Spotify.
It should come as no shock to most to business owners, but the bulk of Halloween spending happens in households with children under 17. In the Fort Myers area, there are 60,000 potential trick-or-treaters, also-known-as children 5-14 year olds. Fort Myers radio is the most effective way to reach their parents.
According to the NRF, the fastest segment of Halloween spending is among pet owners. Twenty percent of holiday consumers will be purchasing costumes for Fido and Fluffy. This is up from 16% last year. Radio, once again, is the best way for SWFL businesses to reach people with pets at home.
The most popular pet costumes are Pumpkins (11.2%), Hot Dogs (7.4%), and Bumble Bees (4.9%).
“The economy is good and consumer confidence is high, so families are ready to spend on Halloween this year,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay says. “Retailers are stocking up to supply children, pets and adults with their favorite decorations, candy and costumes for the season.”
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