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Advertise In Southwest Florida: Who's Watching The Local TV Stations?

Dec 22, 2021 11:22:12 AM / by Larry Julius

It wasn't too long ago when advertising on Fort Myers television stations was considered the gold standard for marketing by local business owners. But over the past few years, the number of viewers reached by WINK, WBBH, WZVN, WGCU, and WFTX has plummeted. In all only 77% of adult consumers now tune-in to at least one of these channels during the week, according to Nielsen.

The consumption of video content isn't diminishing among Southwest Florida consumers. What has changed, though, is how they are watching it.

In November, according to Nielsen, the share of time watching broadcast television has fallen behind other video options including cable programing and internet-delivered choices such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and hundreds of other streaming networks.

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SWFL Small Business Owners Guide To OTT & CTV Advertising

Dec 14, 2021 4:17:50 PM / by Larry Julius

It used to be so simple. When a small business owner wanted to advertise on Fort Myers area television, there were only a few options including, WINK, WBBH, WZVN, WGCU, and WFTX. But slowly, the number of options expanded to include cable channels provided by Xfinity, DISH, and DirecTV.

Heading in 2022, local advertisers have even more options as internet-connected devices deliver hundreds of more programming choices to Southwest Florida consumers. Collectively, this type of content is called OTT (Over-The-Top-Television) or CTV (Connected-Television). For the purpose of this discussion, OTT & CTV will be referred to singularly as streaming video.

Streaming video can be viewed on any device that can connect to the internet. This includes computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Programing can also be accessed using a smart-TV, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire Stick, or a game console. In all, according to Nielsen, 95.7% of Fort Myers-Naples area households own a device capable of receiving streaming video.

In all, says Nielsen, 610,634 SWFL consumers watch streaming video content every week. Combined, these internet channels now reach more adults every week than local newspapers, podcasts, and digital audio services like Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM. Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio.

Surprisingly, streaming video now reaches almost as many SWFL adults as local TV and local cable.

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What Are Fort Myers Consumers Watching On TV?

Nov 18, 2021 2:43:05 PM / by Larry Julius

Every week, according to Nielsen, 943,000 adult consumers in Southwest Florida watch something on television. But, of course, the definition of what it means to watch TV has changed since the time when the number of available viewing options could be counted on the fingers of a single hand.

Today, SWFL consumers have a gargantuan number of viewing choices. This includes programs from stations like WINK, WBBH, WZVN, WGCU, and WFTX. Or maybe cable and satellite systems like Xfinity, DISH, and DirecTV. There's also content delivered over the internet from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime.

No longer are Fort Myers-Naples consumers tied to the 21-inch Zenith in their living rooms. Instead, TV can be watched on giant LCDs, smartphones, and tablets from any room in the house, in the backseat of their cars, or practically anywhere else.

The best way to think about TV watching in Fort Myers is in terms of three buckets:

  1. Over-the-air...including all broadcast channels
  2. Cable...including all premium and non-premium programming
  3. Internet...including all streaming services. This is also known as OTT or CTV

Here's how many Fort Myers adult viewers fall into each bucket. Remember, viewers are not limited to a single bucket.

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Streaming Video Terms For SWFL Small Business Owners

Sep 21, 2021 9:52:39 AM / by Larry Julius

Southwest Florida business owners are expected to spend $86,147,000 on streaming video advertising in 2021, according to Borrell Associates, a company that tracks online marketing expenditures across the country. This spending will be 26.3% higher than in 2020.

Streaming video advertising expenditures are accelerating as Fort Myers consumers continue to abandon shows on local TV stations and cable systems in favor of programming streamed via an internet connection. These online channels include Netflix, Hulu, Prime, Disney+, Paramount+, Peacock, Prime Video, Roku Channel, SlingTV, PlutoTV, and dozens more.

This type of streamed video content is known collectively as OTT (Over-The-Top-Television) or CTV (Connected-Television). These two terms are sometimes used interchangeably but do have a subtle difference.

OTT generally means the video is watched on a small device like a computer, tablet, or smartphone.  CTV, on the other hand, typically means the content is viewed on a smart-TV or a regular television using a streaming device like a Roku or Amazon stick.

In the Fort Myers-Naples area, according to Nielsen, OTT/CTV has exceeded the weekly reach of local newspapers and streaming audio services such as Pandora and Spotify. The medium is rapidly approaching the reach of local cable and broadcast TV stations.

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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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Advertising In Southwest Florida: Top 5 Articles From 2020

Dec 9, 2020 8:07:11 AM / by Larry Julius

As the pandemic rages on, advertising is no longer a luxury for the 30,689 small businesses in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metro Area .
 
As cash becomes precious, though, Fort Myers area small business owners and retailers need to ensure that every dollar spent  on advertising has a significant effect on sales.
 
To make the best advertising choices, thousands of local business owners have sought advice and direction from www.AdvertiseInFortMyerscom.  Here is a recap of the top 5 articles read on the site during 2020.
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AVOD: Four Letters Every Fort Myers Small Business Owners Should Know

Nov 3, 2020 9:01:32 AM / by Larry Julius

Before we explain AVOD, it is important to understand SVOD.

Southwest Florida small business owners may not be familiar with SVOD, but chances are they let it into their homes and onto their phones.

SVOD is the abbreviation for Subscription Video On Demand. That is the collective name for streaming networks like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime.  For a monthly fee, these services provide commercial-free access to TV shows, original content, and movies.

These SVOD networks are delivered to viewers' phones, tablets, computers, and smart-TVs via the internet and not over-the-air or cable systems.

SVOD makes up a significant part of what advertisers refer to as OTT (Over-The-Top-Television) and CTV (Connected-Television). OTT/CTV is video-programming content that viewers can only watch on smartphones, tablets, computers, smart-TVs, Amazon Firesticks, and Roku Sticks.  Nielsen reports that 96.1% of Fort Myers-Naples area adults own at least one of these devices.

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Advertising On Fort Myers Radio Reaches Cable TV's Cord Cutters

Jul 30, 2020 3:12:16 PM / by Larry Julius

More than one-third of Southwest Florida area households are 'cord-cutters' or 'cord-nevers'. This means, they have fired their cable or satellite television providers or never subscribed at all. Instead, these consumers are choosing to find their video entertainment elsewhere.

The number of local homes that subscribe to pay-TV services began plummeting in 2013. New technologies has allowed viewers to bypass cable and satellite for more compelling content at lower prices. These cord-cutters now depend on services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime to fill their multiple screens.

For many years, SWFL small business owners have been investing a significant portion of their advertising budgets into cable-TV.  The medium had proven to be a low-cost, high-reach alternative to buying commercial on over-the-air television stations. 

Now, because of cord-cutting, there are 330,000 adult consumers with unconnected TVs. This profoundly diminishes the value proposition of advertising with local cable systems.

There is a powerful and affordable solution, however, for small business owners to reach both the diminishing cable audience and the expanding number of cord-cutters.

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Does Cable TV Advertising Make Sense For SWFL Small Business Owners?

May 12, 2020 2:24:30 PM / by Larry Julius

Pay-TV is struggling to survive COVID-19.

Before the onset of the pandemic, Nielsen reported that 76% of Southwest Florida area households received their television programs from cable systems, telephone companies, or satellite operators.  That number, however, is plummeting.

Pay-TV providers in the Fort Myers-Naples area include Xfinity, Dish, Spectrum, Summit, Hotwire, AT&T TV and DirecTV.

"Cord-cutting, people dropping their cable and satellite TV subscriptions, pre-dates the onset of Covid-19. But the pandemic is exaggerating the trend, creating deeper issuers for programming that relies on those services for distribution," Eric Savitz wrote last week in Barron's.  This includes non-premium services like ESPN, TBS, TNT, USA, CNN, and Discovery.

"LightShed Partners analyst Richard Greenfield counts a loss of 1.96 million subscribers to cable, satellite TV, and virtual cable services combined in the first quarter," Savitz continued. "This is the worst combined quarterly drop ever, down 6% from a year ago."

Greenfield said in an interview with Barron’s that what is especially sobering is that most of the first quarter activity pre-dated the virus. The numbers are likely to get considerably worse in the second quarter.

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