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How Much Do Fort Myers-Naples Business Owners Spend on Advertising?

Apr 16, 2021 11:10:25 AM / by Larry Julius

Now is a crucial time for Fort Myers small business owners to advertise.  

According to the Conference Board, consumer confidence has surged to 110, the highest it has been since the onset of the pandemic last March.  The index has bounced back from a low of 89.6 in February. 

Moving forward, Southwest Florida business owners can expect buyer optimism to remind high.

“The recovery in consumer confidence is set to continue in the coming months, buoyed by the combination of improving health conditions and wider vaccine distribution,” said Lydia Boussour, lead U.S. economist at Oxford Economics. “This should support hearty consumer spending and pave the way for a mini-boom in economic activity this spring and summer.”

As Fort Myers consumers gain confidence, they are expected to unleash the record $4.9-billion in personal savings amassed during the pandemic. This number is based on figures reported by Barron's in November. 

This combination of consumer confidence and the cache of cash-on-hand has led the National Retail Federation (NRF) to forecast a 7% increase in retail spending in 2021 versus last year.

To claim a significant share of the expected spending tsunami, Fort Myers business owners plan to boost advertising investments this year.

According to Borrell Associates, a company that tracks advertising trends across the country, Fort Myers business owners are expected to spend $607-million to advertise the goods and services they sell. This represents a 7.0% increase versus last year.

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