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Advertise On Fort Myers Radio: Still Best Option For Small Business

Jul 9, 2021 12:17:37 PM / by Larry Julius

Retail spending in Southwest Florida is expected to reach $17.2 billion this year, a 13.5% increase versus 2020. These estimates are based on a revised forecast from the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Since 1940, when WFTM-AM signed on as the first station in Fort Myers, local business owners have depended on radio advertising to help market their goods and services to SWFL consumers.  But has the Coronavirus pandemic altered the medium's ability to deliver customers to ring up sales for local retailers?

Two critical marketing metrics indicate that advertising on Fort Myers radio remains the best way for a small business to advertise.

The first measurement is reach. This is the number of different consumers who are exposed to an advertising campaign.

The second measure is return-on-investment (ROI). This is the amount of sales a business can expect for every one dollar invested in advertising.

Based on these metrics, here is how advertising on Fort Myers radio measures up to other options available to local small business owners.

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Television Advertising In Fort Myers: Where Are The Viewers?

Jul 1, 2021 4:47:18 PM / by Larry Julius

Broadcast television came to Fort Myers in 1954 when WINK-TV signed on for the first time. In those days, very few local households actually owned a set, a number that would grow to 50% by 1960.

At first, Fort Myers consumers needed rabbit-ears or outdoor antennas to receive signals from a small handful of Western Florida stations, including  WTVT and WFLA. The quality of reception varied day-to-day.

By the early 1960s, however, local cable systems began to bring higher-quality, reliable reception to households throughout the Fort Myers area. The number of programming options, though, remained limited to affiliates of ABC, NBC, and CBS.

In 1972, viewing options began to expand as local cable began offering Fort Myers area consumers the opportunity to purchase premium services, including HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax.  Five years later came an explosion of non-premium cable channels such as TBS and CNN.

In the early 1990s, Fort Myers viewers could not only receive their television programming over-the-air or by cable, but options expanded to include satellite delivery by DishTV and DirectTV.

The next TV innovation came in 2007 as Fort Myers consumers started turning to the internet to watch streaming channels like Netflix and Hulu.  These new services allowed viewers to watch TV on their phones, computers, and tablets as well as their living room LCD and Plasma screens.

Today, all of this video technology offers viewers the ultimate flexibility to choose how, when, and where to watch TV.  So, what are they watching?

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Topics fort myers television, television advertising, television, cable tv, CTV, OTT, streaming video, avod, svod, local television

Southwest Florida Retail Sales Expected To Blow Past Forecasts

Jun 24, 2021 4:41:41 PM / by Larry Julius

Earlier this year, based on projections from The National Retail Federation, Fort Myers area consumers were expected to spend more than $16.3 billion at retail this year, a 6.5% increase versus 2020. New data, however, indicates spending will be remarkably higher.

The NRF revised its data this month, and now expects annual growth of 10.5% to 13.5%. Based on these revisions, the Fort Myers area retail economy could now top $17.2 billion. Excellent news for Southwest Florida small business owners.

“The economy and consumer spending have proven to be much more resilient than initially forecasted,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “The combination of vaccine distribution, fiscal stimulus, and private-sector ingenuity have put millions of Americans back to work. While there are downside risks related to worker shortages, an overheating economy, tax increases and over-regulation, overall households are healthier, and consumers are demonstrating their ability and willingness to spend. The pandemic was a reminder how essential small, mid-size and large retailers are to the everyday lives of Americans in communities nationwide.”

To put in historical context for Fort Myers-Naples small business owners, Mr. Klenhenz noted that he anticipates the fastest growth the U.S. has experienced since 1984. The reopening of the economy has accelerated much faster than most had believed possible a year ago.

To capture the largest possible share of spending growth, local retailers will need to advertise. By the most crucial marketing metrics, the best best way to reach area consumers is by advertising on Fort Myers radio.

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Advertising On Fort Myers Radio Makes Good Sense For Business Owners

Jun 16, 2021 4:01:50 PM / by Larry Julius

Since March 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Southwest Florida, more than 107,192 local people have been infected, according to data collected by USA Facts. The measures imposed to contain the outbreak have transformed the way consumers work, shop, commute, and conduct the business of everyday life.

One aspect of daily life in SWFL that remains little changed due to the pandemic is radio listening. Despite the Coronavirus crisis, radio has held its long-held position as the most used of all local media. This is good news for area business owners who depend on radio for marketing their goods and service.

Each week, according to Nielsen, 831,247 adult consumers tune-in to a Fort Myers radio station.  This is significantly more people than are reached by all other local advertising options, including TV, cable, streaming video, streaming audio, social media, and newspapers.

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Topics roi, best way to advertise, small business advertising, radio advertising, small business owner, swfl small business, southwest florida small business, return on investment, small business, small business marketing, listening location, time spent listening

How Much Time Do Fort Myers-Naples Consumers Spend Online?

Jun 4, 2021 3:56:47 PM / by Larry Julius

According to Nielsen, 937,000 adults in the Southwest Florida area have access to the internet, equivalent to 97.1% of the population. On average, local consumers are spending 10.68 hours per week online.

SWFL millennials, the first generation that grew up in a digital world, spend considerably more time online. Nielsen reports that, on average, SWFL's 25-39-year-old consumers are clocking 13.35 hours connected to the internet.

So, how are SWFL consumers spending their time online?

According to Nielsen, streaming audio and video content, social networking, checking the weather, and banking are the top online activities for SWFL consumers each month.

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Why SWFL Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Need To Advertise Now

May 20, 2021 8:55:40 AM / by Larry Julius

In 2021, according to Nielsen, 63,003 Fort Myers area homeowners are expected to spend $575 million for kitchen and bathroom remodeling. This would be an increase of 16.8% increase over last year. Sales estimates are based on data from The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

Because of the ongoing pandemic, 715,540 homeowners from Marco Island to Punta Gorda are in the process of reassessing their living spaces.

According to the NKBA, homeowners cite the kitchen and bath areas as two times more important than other spaces within the home, and the kitchen particularly gained status throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with 70% of homeowners considering it extremely important compared to 64% before the crisis.

“After such a strong year for home remodeling in 2020, some wondered if we were approaching a home improvement spending ‘cliff.’ We’re pleased to say that’s not what the kitchen and bath market is expecting in 2021,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO.

“Last year, homeowners started the work of improving their living spaces with DIY projects. And this year, with early distribution of the vaccine and other measures to reduce the public health impact of the virus, we expect to see continued renovations and more projects requiring our members.”

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Advertising In Fort Myers: What's The Best Way To Reach Pet Owners?

May 13, 2021 8:49:49 AM / by Larry Julius

A surge in pet adoptions and sales during the pandemic has increased the number of pet owners in the Fort Myers-Naples-Cape Coral area to 461,323, according to Nielsen.

As a result, the amount of money that will be spent in Southwest Florida during 2021 on domestic dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and other cuddly creatures will achieve a record-high $412 million. These figures are based on recent forecasts from The American Pet Products Association (APPA),

“We have reached a critical milestone in 2020, generating $103.6 billion in sales [in the U.S.],” said Steve King, President, and CEO of APPA. “We are bullish for the coming year, projecting growth of 5.8% - well above the historical average of 3 to 4%."

SWFL pet owners will be spending in four ways:

  1. Food & Treats which includes everything from canned and bagged food to biscuits and chewies.
  2. Veterinary Care and Product Sales which includes routine veterinary care, surgical procedures, and sales of pharmaceuticals and other products through veterinary clinics
  3. Supplies, Live Animals, and Over-The-Counter Medications which, in addition to dogs and cats. includes fish, birds, small animals, and reptiles. This also includes cages, food and water bowls, as well as leashes and collars.  OTC includes medications for allergy relief, gastric distress, and oral hygiene.
  4. Other includes services such as boarding, grooming, and pet sitting.

To capture a significant share of the local pet economy, local business owners who provide these four types of goods and services will need to advertise.  By almost any marketing metric, the best way to reach pet owners is by advertising on Fort Myers radio.

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Topics Reach, roi, best way to advertise, retail, millennials, radio advertising, return on investment, pet owners, retail sales, retail store, retailer, advertising reach, reach & frequency, retail spending, dog owners, cat owners

Help Wanted: The Best Way To Recruit Qualified Workers In SWFL

May 7, 2021 10:28:08 AM / by Larry Julius

The number of job openings in the Fort Myers area has exceeded pre-pandemic levels, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Businesses of all sizes are adding employees in a big way, according to the ADP Research Institute, but still, large numbers of positions remain unfilled.

With the Flordia unemployment rate still at 4.7%, Fort Myers area business owners wonder why they are having difficulty attracting applicants for open positions.

According to a recent article posted in The Economist, there are two major reasons why many sidelined workers aren't anxious to come to work. The first is fear.

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Topics radio advertising, radio recruitment advertising, recruitment advertising, white collar workers, social media advertising, employment advertising, social media, blue collar workers, internet job posting, passive job seekers, indeed, active job seekers, linkedin, monster.com, zip recruiter

Wow!! Southwest Florida Millennials Turn 40 This Year

Apr 29, 2021 4:40:37 PM / by Larry Julius

There are 171,080 millennials in the Fort Myers-Naples area.  The oldest of them turn 40 this year. According to The Pew Research Center, millennials comprise the generation of Americans born between 1981 and 1996.

As a consumer group, millennials account for an outsized percentage of retail spending. This generation represents 17.7% of the Fort Myers area population but almost one-third of metro-area sales. 

All in, Southwest Florida millennials are expected to ring up more than $7.9 billion in purchases during 2021.  You name it, millennials are planning to buy it.

According to Nielsen, over the next 12 months, Fort Myers-Naples millennials will show up in huge numbers at auto dealerships, furniture stores, mattress stores, appliance stores, home improvement stores, and scores of other area retailers and service providers.

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Who Listens To Fort Myers Radio?

Apr 23, 2021 11:29:21 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, according to Nielsen, 89% of adult consumers tune in to a Fort Myers radio station. This is significantly more people than watch broadcast TV, local cable, or video streaming services. It's more than use social media sites like Facebook or Instagram.  And, it's more than read local newspapers.

Fort Myers radio is also the medium with the greatest reach among millennials, a generation that not only has embraced an abundance of online media options but also accounts for nearly a third of all local consumer spending.

This reach advantage is a crucial reason why Southweat Florida small business owners depend on Fort Myers radio to market their goods and services.

A study released this week by Edison Research and NPR discovered that their six distinct types of radio listeners. The study also examines how each group of listeners engages with both programming and advertising.  These distinctions are important for Fort Myers small business owners to understand.

The six listener categories as described in the study are:

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