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Why Fayetteville Fitness Club Owners Must Advertise Now

Nov 19, 2019 3:26:02 PM / by Larry Julius

Almost 81,000 adult, Fayetteville consumers belong to a fitness club. These memberships bring in close to $150 million in sales to local gym owners.

January is critical for the small business owners that operate gyms in the Fayetteville area. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association, this one month alone, accounts for 10.8% of annual membership sales. New Year's resolutions are the reason for this early year spike.

To capture a larger share of the $16.1 million local consumers  will spend on gym memberships in January, requires fitness center owners to advertise. The best way to do this is on Fayetteville radio. Here's why.

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Topics small business owner, best way to advertise, newspaper advertising, fayetteville radio, media options, social media advertising, radio advertising, television advertising, health club, fitness club, gym

What Is The Best Way To Reach Fayetteville Consumers?

Nov 16, 2019 3:01:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Ask any North Carolina small business owner how to measure the success of an advertising campaign. The answer will almost always 'sales.'

According to Nielsen research, the media-element of a campaign that has the most significant effect on sales is reach. This is the number of different people exposed to the advertiser's message.

There are more ways than ever to advertise. But, which of those options has the largest reach among Fayetteville consumers?

Doug Schoen, an advertising professional with 35 years of experience, writes in Forbes: "You wouldn’t know it from all the media coverage focused on streaming video and streaming music, but radio actually has the most reach among American media consumers. 93% of adults listen to the radio each week as compared to 87% who watch TV, a substantive difference."

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Why Tax Preparation Services in Fayetteville Must Advertise

Nov 11, 2019 9:05:00 AM / by Larry Julius

By April 15th next year, 161,148 residents of Fayetteville will file a tax return.  More than 53% of these returns will be completed by the taxpayer themselves, either by hand or with the help of an online provider like Turbotax.

Every season, Fayetteville small business owners who specialize in tax preparation services lose customers to the do-it-yourself options.  This year, 75,519 local consumers will spend $14.5 million with professionals. But, based on the average cost of services, more than $16.6 million will stay in the wallets of the DIY crowd.

To clawback this enormous amount of money from the DIY market, Fayetteville's tax services will need to advertise the valuable benefits of using a professional.

The best advertising option for professional tax professionals is on Fayetteville radio stations. Here's why.

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Marketing To Baby Boomers In Fayetteville

Nov 1, 2019 6:29:45 PM / by Larry Julius

The first Baby Boomers were born in Fayetteville in 1946, and they kept coming until 1964.  Today, this generation represents 22.9% of the population.

According to Visa, however, when it comes to the ability to buy goods and services from local business owners, people 50 and older are responsible for 56% of all retail spending.  In Fayetteville, that equates to $4.8-billion.

Forecasts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate the spending power of the Baby Boomer generation will remain dominant through at least 2025. This is fueled, in part, by the Boomers' continued participation in the labor force.

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Does Advertising On Fayetteville Radio Work?

Oct 29, 2019 11:45:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Advertising is critical to the growth and ultimate success of a Fayetteville small business. The U.S. Small Business Administration recommends that mature businesses should budget 7-8% of its annual income for advertising the company's goods and services. 

Businesses who are in their early growth phase, however, should plan on investing 10-12%.  Start-up companies that may not yet be familiar to their target consumers should consider investing even a larger percentage.

Deloitte, the world's largest business consulting firm, recommends that "radio advertising should be a big part of the mix for those buying advertising."

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Where Will Fayetteville Consumers Shop This Holiday Season?

Oct 25, 2019 12:09:56 PM / by Larry Julius

Fayetteville shoppers are expected to spend $999 million this holiday season.  This is approximately 4% higher than last year. These estimates are based on forecasts by the National Retail Federation and Deloitte.

To claim a fair share of the Christmas cash, local small business owners will need to battle some giant competitors. Advertising on Fayetteville radio stations may be the perfect weapon to ensure success.

According to information published in the retail trade magazine Chain Store Age, as of right now, here is where consumers are planning to shop...

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Topics retail, small business owner, advertise in fayetteville, fayetteville radio stations, fayetteville consumers, best way to advertise, holiday shopping, consumer spending

Small Business Guide For Marketing To Fayetteville Pet Owners

Oct 22, 2019 6:54:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Fayetteville small businesses that sell products or services to pet owners should sit up and take notice.  Local consumers will spend $99,000,000 this year on behalf of Fido and Fluffy. This amount has increased 323% since 1994, with no sign of letting up.

According to the American Pet Products Association, here's how spending on furry companions breaks down:

  • Food: $40,701,242
  • Supplies/OTC Medicine: $21,839,691
  • Vet Care: $24,817,831
  • Live Pet Purchases: $2,978,140
  • Other Services: $8,934,419

The biggest month for sales of pet-related products and services is, by far, December. That is when 10.5% of all annual spending happens in this category.

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5 Facts Fayetteville Businesses Should Know About Radio Advertising

Oct 14, 2019 4:36:58 PM / by Larry Julius

Fayetteville area small business owners have depended on radio advertising to market their goods and services since 1939.  That's the year Wall Christian Ewing and Harry Layman put the first local station, WFNC, on the air.

Today, there are 28 radio stations that serve Cumberland and Robeson counties. Each provides a unique blend of music, information, and entertainment.  Some stations focus on politics or sports. Some play country music. Some play the hits. Some play classic rock. Some are on the AM dial. Some are on FM.

When Mr. Ewing and Mr. Layman began broadcasting, there were no TV stations in North Carolina. Those would come ten years later. Also, there was no social media, YouTube, Sirius/XM, Pandora, Spotify, or smartphones. Each of those would be products of a new Millenium.

With an overabundance of advertising options now available to small business owners, does advertising on Fayetteville radio still make sense?  Here are five facts that serve to answer that question.

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How Fayetteville Consumers Spend Their Money

Oct 11, 2019 7:27:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Fayetteville area consumers are expected to spend $8.5 billion at retail this year, according to Nielsen. This means that every household, on average, will be spending $48,564.

To capture a larger share of these dollars, small business owners in Clark and Robeson counties need to know the answer to two questions.

The first question is, where is this enormous amount of cash being spent?  The list below details the answer.

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Topics Retailer, reach, retail, store traffic, small business owner, advertise in fayetteville, fayetteville radio stations, best way to advertise, consumer spending

Fayetteville Retailers Expect Significant Holiday Sales Growth in 2019

Oct 9, 2019 2:55:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Fayetteville area consumers are expected to spend $999 million on this year's holiday shopping, based on predictions by The National Retail Federation.  This would be a 4% increase over last year.

Deloitte, one of the world's top four accounting firms, forecasts similar growth.

"The projected holiday season growth is, in part, due to the current health of the labor market,” said Daniel Bachman, Deloitte's U.S. economic forecaster. “Near record-low unemployment rates, coupled with continued monthly job creation, may encourage people to spend more during the holiday season. The economy is still growing, albeit at a slower rate. Additionally, we continue to see consumer confidence elevated, which also helps boost holiday spending."

For most local retailers, holiday spending brings in about 20% of annual sales But, long gone are the days when the bulk of this shopping occurred between Black Friday and Christmas.

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Topics Retailer, retail, small business owner, advertise in fayetteville, fayetteville radio stations, best way to advertise, holiday shopping, christmas shopping

The SHEconomy: Is Your Fayetteville Business Tapping Into It?

Oct 4, 2019 12:14:57 PM / by Larry Julius

Last week, according to Nielsen, 92,639 single, adult women tuned-in to a Fayetteville radio station.  This is 92% of every consumer who fits this description.

Why should Fayetteville small business owners take note of this demographic? A study by investment bank Morgan Stanley finds 41% of working-age women are single. That number is expected to increase to 45% over the next ten years.

The study, called 'Growth of the SHEconomy', indicates that single women outspend the average household in many retail categories. Remarkably, says, Erica Sweeney of MarketingDive, "Women purchase more than half of products traditionally considered 'male' including autos, home improvement products, and consumer electronics."

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Topics small business owner, advertise in fayetteville, fayetteville radio stations, best way to advertise, effective radio advertising, marketing to women, SHEconomy, single women

The #1 Reason Why Advertising on Fayetteville Radio Can Fail

Sep 27, 2019 7:31:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Sometimes, radio advertising fails. There can be no debate, though, when implemented correctly, advertising on Fayetteville radio works, and works well.

“I can testify,” says Carolyn Barbour, “our radio advertising has created lifetime customers for our company.” 

Ms. Barbour and her husband Tommy own Budget Rooter, a Fayetteville based plumbing company with a long list of commercial, residential, and industrial customers. “We’ve tried other forms of advertising,” continues Ms. Barbour, “but they have all failed us.” 

Since 2007, Budget Rooter has not missed a single month of advertising on Fayetteville radio.  “Our radio ads have been so successful,” says Ms. Barbour. “we have increased the number of stations we run commercials on from two to five.”

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Fayetteville Retail: How Business Owners Cash-In On Halloween

Sep 23, 2019 4:13:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Based on information from the National Retail Foundation, Fayetteville consumers will be spending $11 million on Halloween this year. 

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 Fayetteville 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 Cumberland and Robeson County 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.

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Topics retail, store traffic, small business owner, advertise in fayetteville, fayetteville radio stations, best way to advertise, advertising, halloween

Recession? When Should Fayetteville Business Owners Stop Advertising?

Sep 20, 2019 6:40:00 AM / by Larry Julius

After years of robust growth, there are some signals that point to an impending economic downturn. It is a part of the American business cycle. There have actually been more recessions in the United States than presidents (47 vs. 45).

A recession is a period of declining economic performance across an entire economy, frequently measured as two consecutive quarters. In other words: it's a time when most Fayetteville small business owners sell fewer of their goods and services.

What a recession isn't is a time for Fayetteville business owners to stop advertising.

Henry Ford once said, "The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time." There are many examples of companies that have proven this aphorism to be true.

Your breakfast cereal may be one example.

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Topics small business owner, fayetteville small business owners, best way to advertise, recession, how to advertise, advertising

Fayetteville Mattress Stores: The Best Way To Advertise

Sep 16, 2019 2:40:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Small business owners who sell mattresses in the Fayetteville area might be losing sleep.

Last year, local consumers spent close to $17 million for new mattresses.  A recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray indicates that many retailers believe  that the category will become even stronger during the last four months of this year.

The reason for the owners' sleep loss is that many customers are bypassing local stores and buying their mattresses on the internet. According to Statista, 37% of buyers are now purchasing from one-of-175 direct-to-consumer sites like Casper or from online retailers like Amazon. 

To keep customers shopping local requires advertising.

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Topics Retailer, television, retail, store traffic, advertise in fayetteville, fayetteville radio stations, best way to advertise, newspaper advertising, mattress, furniture

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