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Advertise In Fayetteville: Online Listening Boosts Audience For AM/FM

Jun 30, 2022 1:09:20 PM / by Larry Julius

Despite an abundance of media options, Fayetteville, North Carolina radio reaches the most consumers every week. 

According to Nielsen, every week 301,668 adults tune in to their favorite Fayetteville stations. This is more than watch local TV stations, cable, or streaming video. It is more than browse social media. It is more than listen to streaming audio services or podcasts. It is more than read local newspapers.

Not all listening to Fayetteville radio happens on car radios, table-top radios, or boom boxes. Instead, local consumers also use their smartphones, computers, and tablets as a way to connect to their favorite local stations.

Neilsen finds that 22.9% of all consumers who listen to a Fayetteville radio station over the air will, at some point during the month, also connect to a local station via the internet. As a matter of fact, during a typical hour, Nielsen data suggests that 11.3% of a station's total audience is listening on a device other than a traditional receiver.

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Topics Streaming Audio, internet advetising, digital advertising, online advertising, radio advertising, streaming media, online radio advertising, am/fm radio

Smart Speaker Usage in Fayetteville: A Conversation With Alexa

Jun 23, 2022 2:25:49 PM / by Larry Julius

Me: Alexa, how many consumers In Fayetteville, North Carolina have access to a smart speaker?

Alexa: According to a recent Nielsen study, 80,762 Fayetteville adults own a smart speaker. This is 23.1% of the local population.*

Me: Alexa, what exactly is a smart speaker?

Alexa: According to Wikipedia, A smart speaker is a type of loudspeaker and voice command device with an integrated virtual assistant that offers interactive actions and hands-free activation with the help of one "hot word" (or several "hot words"). Some smart speakers can also act as a smart device that utilizes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other protocol standards to extend usage beyond audio playback, such as to control home automation devices. This can include, but is not limited to, features such as compatibility across a number of services and platforms, peer-to-peer connection through mesh networking, virtual assistants, and others. Each can have its own designated interface and features in-house, usually launched or controlled via application or home automation software. Some smart speakers also include a screen to show the user a visual response.

Me: Alexa, what brand of smart speakers are Fayetteville consumers likely to own?

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Advertising In Fayetteville: Where Have The TV Viewers Gone?

Jun 14, 2022 10:58:28 AM / by Larry Julius

During the past seven days. according to Nielsen, only 65.7% of local consumers tuned in to Fayetteville, North Carolina area television stations like WRAL, WECT, WTVD, and, WUNC.  TV's diminishing reach among adults 18 and older has been eclipsed by the audience size for social media, cable, and Fayetteville radio. Furthermore, streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Disney+ are quickly reaching parity with over-the-air options.

The erosion of local TV station audiences is stunning when comparing prime-time ratings from the past.  In 1980, the highest-ranked TV show was Cheers with a 21.3 rating. The 30th-ranked show was The Wonder Years with a 14.2 rating.

Twenty years later, Survivor was the number one show with a 17.4 rating and Family Law was the 30th ranked show with an 8.8 rating.

Finally, in 2019, Sunday Night Football was the number one ranked show with a 10.9 rating. Survivor tied with Dancing With The Stars in 30th place with a 5.5 rating.

It is stunning to think that the number one TV show in 2019 had a 24% lower rating than the 30th-ranked show in 1980.


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Advertising On Fayetteville Radio Still #1 Way to Reach Consumers

Jun 9, 2022 10:09:31 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, according to new Nielsen data, 301,668 adults tune in to a Fayetteville, North Carolina radio station. This is more consumers than use social media, access local cable, watch broadcast TV, stream video channels, listen to streaming audio, read a newspaper, or download a podcast.

Based on per capita estimates from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Fayetteville consumers are expected to spend between $6.7 and $6.8 billion at retail in 2022, a six to eight percent growth over the previous year. Utilizing radio's enormous advertising reach, local business owners can compel shoppers to spend this large pool of cash in their stores and on their websites.

The number of consumers reached is critical to the success of an advertising campaign.

According to a Nielsen study, after the actual content of the commercial message itself, reach is the most potent advertising element that can drive sales. Reach is more important than brand, recency, or even context. Fayetteville radio provides local business owners with the most significant reach among consumers.

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Topics Retailer, reach, roi, return on investment, retail, best way to advertise, in-car audio, in-car listening, reach & frequency, retail sales, retail stores, retail traffic, retail store traffic, advertising reach, retail spending, advertising return on invesment, advertising return on investment, advertising roi

Father's Day 2022: Fayetteville Consumers Will Spend $27.5 Million

May 31, 2022 4:49:23 PM / by Larry Julius

Father's Day this year is on Sunday, June 19. Based on projections from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Fayetteville, North Carolina shoppers are expected to spend $27.5 million on the dads in their life. This is on par with the record-breaking $27.7 million spent in 2021.

“Despite growing concerns about inflation, consumers plan to spend approximately the same amount as last year in celebration of Father’s Day,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Spending patterns also reflect the sentimental nature of the holiday as consumers are prioritizing unique and meaningful gifts.”

The NRF projects that nearly 60%, of all Father's Day purchases in Fayetteville, will be for special outings, clothing, gift cards, and electronics. Although most category spending will be down slightly from last year, the amount of money spent on special outings such as dinner is expected to increase by over 8%.

Here is how this large pool of Father's Day cash in Fayetteville is expected to be distributed in all retail categories.

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Television Advertising In Fayetteville: What Are Consumers Watching?

May 11, 2022 4:15:34 PM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 333,567 Fayetteville, North Carolina consumers watch something on TV.

Not too many years ago, when a Fayetteville consumer sat down to watch TV, the program options were limited to what was on Raleigh stations WRAL, WECT, WTVD, WUNC, or, maybe, what was on a handful of cable channels.  That was then. This is now.

Today, according to Nielsen, each time a TV is turned on in a Fayetteville living room, the viewer has more than 817,000 options not only from broadcast stations and cable systems, but also from streaming video platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Peacock, YouTube, Amazon, Tubi, Crackle, and FreeVee.

Of course, Fayetteville consumers don't even need to sit down in front of their big-screen LCD, anymore. Most of the 817,000 available programs can also be viewed on their computers, tablets, gaming devices, and smartphones. But as far as viewers are concerned, though, it's all just television.

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Fayetteville Radio Listeners Lead The Return To 'Normal'

Apr 28, 2022 3:34:47 PM / by Larry Julius

Each week according to Nielsen, 323,000 consumers tune in to a Fayetteville, North Carolina radio station. This is significantly more adults than watch local TV stations, cable, or streaming video. It is more than browse social media. It is more than listen to streaming audio services or podcasts. It is more than read local newspapers.

There are two traits Fayetteville radio listeners have in common. First, they are very loyal to their favorites, tuning-in to, on average, only 1.8 different stations each week.

Second, and of particular importance to Fayetteville small business owners, radio listeners are returning to 'normal' at a faster rate than the general population after more than two years of pandemic.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Nielsen has been measuring consumer sentiment in regard to normal behaviors. In a survey conducted in March of this year, 83% of adults say they are "ready to go and feel life is becoming more normal". This is up dramatically from the same time last year.

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Mother's Day Spending In Fayetteville Will Top $43.7 Million In 2022

Apr 22, 2022 1:53:39 PM / by Larry Julius

Eighty-four percent of all adults say they will celebrate Mother's Day in 2022. Based on per capita forecasts from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Fayetteville, North Carolina consumers are expected to spend $43.7 million on the moms in their lives. This is a 13% increase over last year.

“Consumers are eager to find memorable ways to honor their mothers and other important women in their lives and are willing to spend a little extra on this sentimental holiday,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

The NRF spending projections indicate that Fayetteville consumers will spend $9.6 million on jewelry and another $7.2 million on special outings such as dinner or brunch. This will be the highest level of Mother's Day spending ever in these categories.

Here is how this large pool of Mother's Day cash in Fayetteville is expected to be distributed by all retail categories.

The NRF research indicates that men will outspend women 3-to-1 this year on Mother's Day gifts. Most of these dollars will go towards presents for their moms, stepmoms, and wives.

Of all the money spent, Fayetteville consumers are expected to spend 36% online, 30% at department stores, 27% at specialty stores, and 23% at local small businesses.

To compete for a share of record-high Mother's Day spending this year, local business owners will need to advertise. By most key marketing metrics, the best way to reach holiday shoppers is by advertising on Fayetteville radio.

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Advertising ROI: Fayetteville Radio Best Choice For Retailers

Apr 14, 2022 3:05:45 PM / by Larry Julius

Fayetteville, North Carolina area consumers are expected to spend close to $6.8 billion at retail in 2022, based on per capita spending estimates from the National Retail Federation (NRF). This would be an eight percent increase versus 2021.

To capture significant shares of the increased retail spending, the 8,690 small business owners in the Fayetteville area would typically invest in advertising. Persistent and pernicious inflation pressures, however, are starting to gnaw away at marketing budgets.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business Owners (NFIB), businesses cite inflation as their number one problem. For many Fayetteville business owners, uncontrollable wholesale, transportation, and labor costs are forcing retailers to raise the prices they charge their customers. But, for many retail products, inflated retail prices can drive customers away. 

To limit consumer price increases and still make a profit, Fayetteville business owners, then, are forced to cut expenses, including advertising and marketing. This means it is now imperative that the limited investments retailers can make in advertising must deliver the strongest returns possible. 

According to a recent study by Nielsen, advertising on Fayetteville radio can provide the best return on investment (ROI) for local retailers.

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Advertise In Fayetteville: Retail Spending To Top $6.7 Billion in 2022

Mar 23, 2022 12:24:15 PM / by Larry Julius

There are 8,690 small business owners in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area, according to the US Census Bureau. Each of these companies will need larger advertising budgets to successfully compete for a fair share of the expected explosion in consumer spending this year.

Based on new forecasts from The National Retail Federation (NRF), Fayetteville area consumers are expected to spend between $6.7 and $6.8 billion at retail in 2022, a six to eight percent growth over the previous year.

The NRF's forecasts exclude restaurants, gas stations, and automotive dealers. Included in the numbers, though, are non-store and online sales, which, in Fayetteville, could reach as high as $1.6 billion this year. This level of spending would be 13% more than in 2021.

Even though the rate of growth rate for 2022 is lower than the 14% jump in 2021, the NRF points out that this year's spending will be well ahead of the 10-year,  pre-pandemic growth rate of 3.7%

To participate in the expected surge in retail spending will require Fayetteville business owners to advertise. Especially if retailers want to hold their own against the continued growth of non-store and online competition.

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Advertise On Fayetteville Radio: AM/FM Still Top Choice In Cars

Mar 17, 2022 1:40:32 PM / by Larry Julius

There are about 267,000 registered passenger vehicles in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area. Some are cars. Some are trucks. Some are Hondas. Some are Fords. Some are Teslas. Some have four doors. Some have two. Some go fast. Some go slow. Some guzzle gas. Some sip. Some are red. Some are blue.

The one thing that almost every car and truck in the Fayetteville area have in common, though, is the AM/FM radio smack-dab in the middle of the dashboard.

The first car radio went on sale in 1930. It was an invention of the Galvin Manufacturing Company. The company named the radio 'Motorola,' and its cost was $130, around $2000 in today's dollars. By 1935, more than three million car radios had been installed.

Today, AM/FM radio is part of every car and truck on Fayetteville area roads. In addition to the radio, many of these vehicles also provide drivers with other audio options, including a CD player, Sirius/XM, Pandora, Spotify, podcasts, and easy access to personal MP3 collections.

It is fair, then, for small business owners who depend on Fayetteville radio to advertise their goods and services to ask: with all the audio options on today's dashboards, is anyone listening to local AM/FM radio in the car anymore?

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Topics Streaming Audio, Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM, best way to advertise, in-car audio, in-car listening, radio advertising, automotive, podcasts, share of ear, streaming media, podcasting, car radio

Best Way To Fill Construction Job Openings In Fayetteville

Mar 2, 2022 4:11:37 PM / by Larry Julius

Construction companies in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area will need to recruit 895 blue-collar workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2022 to meet the demands of the current building market. These statistics are based on forecasts from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), an association comprised primarily of U.S. firms that work in industrial and commercial construction sectors.

"The construction industry desperately needs qualified, skilled craft professionals to build America," said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO. "The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in November and stimulus from COVID-19 relief will pump billions in new spending into our nation's most critical infrastructure, and qualified craft professionals are essential to efficiently modernize roads, bridges, energy production, and other projects across the country. More regulations and less worker freedom make it harder to fill these jobs."

The construction industry's appetite for new hires in the Fayetteville area will continue into 2023, according to ABC. It is expected that during that year,  an additional 813 blue-collar workers in addition to the normal pace of hiring.

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Advertising In Fayetteville: Don't Say 'March Madness'

Feb 21, 2022 4:22:14 PM / by Larry Julius

Right now, at least one of the 9,852 businesses located in the Fayetteville, NC area is thinking about using the phrase 'March Madness' as part of upcoming advertising and marketing plans. Why not? It's a great use of alliteration. It's a familiar term. And, it's that time of year.

A furniture store in Hope Mills might think it would be clever to use 'March Madness' in its commercials on Fayetteville radio to promote a big spring sale. A non-profit in Fort Bragg feels it would be a good way to describe its charity fun run on social media and online advertising. A sports bar in Spring Lake believes it would be a no-brainer to use the term in streaming video and audio ads to bring in scores of basketball fans.

It is, indeed,  tempting for a Fayetteville small business owner to use this term for advertising or marketing purposes. But,  to avoid a costly legal battle, the use of this trademarked phrase should be a non-starter. Here's why.

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Topics Streaming Audio, internet advetising, digital advertising, online advertising, social media advertising, television advertising, ott, ctv, streaming video, streaming media, streaming TV, search engine marketing, sem, display advertising, intellectual property, trademark, copyright

How Much Time Do Fayetteville Consumers Spend Watching Streaming TV?

Feb 17, 2022 10:33:49 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 218,000 Fayetteville, NC adults watch video programs delivered via the internet. This content goes by several interchangeable names, including OTT (Over-The-Top Television), CTV (Connected TV), and Streaming Video. For this article, we will refer to this type of content as Streaming TV.

Unlike traditional TV, cable, and satellite where the viewer needs to be in a fixed location, Fayetteville consumers can access streaming TV anywhere using an internet-connected device. These include SmartTVs, Firesticks, Roku, smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles.

In all, according to Nielsen, 92.1% of Fayetteville households have one or more devices capable of connecting to streaming TV. Although this medium is still new, streaming TV now rivals legacy media in its ability to reach local consumers.

Every week, Fayetteville consumers are spending more-and-more time engaged with streaming TV.

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Best Way To Reach Voters in 2022: Advertise On Fayetteville Radio

Feb 11, 2022 6:35:17 PM / by Larry Julius

No matter which Fayetteville, North Carolina area television station or cable channel adults tune to in 2022, they can expect to be assaulted by a deluge of political advertising. Often entire commercial breaks are stuffed with back-to-back pleas and promises to secure viewers' votes.

But is advertising on on Raleigh stations like WRAL, WECT, WTVD, or WUNC the most effective way to reach likely voters in the Fayetteville area? Or is advertising on cable channels provided by Spectrum, DISH, and DirecTV the way to go?

The answer is neither. According to research from Nielsen, the best way to reach local adults who are most likely to vote is by advertising on Fayetteville radio.

Every week, 162,000 likely voters will listen to Fayetteville radio stations. This is significantly more than watch local TV, cable, and streaming video. More that use social media and streaming audio. More than will read newspapers.

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