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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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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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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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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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Why Fayetteville Radio Thrives In The Digital Age

Aug 30, 2019 7:21:00 AM / by Ryan Beasley

Technology is changing the way people in Fayetteville consume media. This includes streaming audio platforms like Pandora and Spotify or the ability to watch Netflix on a smartphone.

But one thing has not changed.  That thing with the buttons and knobs that's been part of a car's dashboard since 1930. The contraption called radio.

Some small business owners believe the medium is outdated, and nobody listens to it anymore. But, contrary to that view, radio still reaches 92% of all consumers in America.

Locally, for example, last week significantly more consumers tuned-in to their favorite Fayetteville radio stations than watched local TV; read a newspaper; logged-on to Facebook, or signed-in to Pandora or Spotify.

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What Is The Best Way To Advertise To Fayetteville Voters?

Aug 28, 2019 7:01:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Every vote counts.  Many times the difference between winning an election and losing is a handful of ballots. This is true in races for almost every elected office, referendum, and issue on the national, statewide, and local level.

To win a modern election requires advertising. Successful advertising requires reach. In the Fayetteville area, the most potent way to reach voters is on local radio.

Last week, for instance, 92% of all registered voters in Cumberland and Robeson County tuned-in to a Fayetteville radio station.  This is significantly more than were reached by local TV, local newspaper, or the major social media site like Facebook and Instagram.

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How To Reach The Bridal Market In Fayetteville

Aug 23, 2019 9:12:09 AM / by Larry Julius

Next year, according to Nielsen, 18,311 people in the Fayetteville area will be getting married.  Assuming that those folks are hitching-up with each other, that means there will be 9,156 weddings. 

USA Today reports that the average cost for these pending nuptials will be $25,265 including (but not limited to) rings, dresses, tuxedos, flowers, venues, photographers, invitations, limos, and rice (or birdseed for the ecologically inclined).

This means small business owners in Cumberland and Robeson counties who cater to the bridal market will be competing for a share of $231,326,340.

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Fayetteville Business Owners Improve Advertising By Deleting One Word

Aug 20, 2019 12:44:04 PM / by Larry Julius

Currently, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, there are 171,476 words in the English language. A handful of these words, Fayetteville small business owners can't use in their radio commercials. The Supreme Court of the United States says so.

Of all the words that can be used in broadcast advertising, however, there is one word that should be shunned: 'get' and all of its nasty derivative forms including 'got' and 'gotten'.  Here's why.

The typical 60-second commercial on Fayetteville radio consists of 160 words.  Depending on the station, each word in that ad could cost around $1.00.  It is important, then, that each word is carefully selected to engage listeners and then compel them to action.  This is especially crucial when using verbs. 

"One of the best ways of grabbing and keeping an audience is to use strong, descriptive verbs," says the Writing Center at the University of Houston.  'Get' is not that kind of verb.

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The Best Way To Advertise A Restaurant In Fayetteville

Aug 16, 2019 9:35:00 AM / by Larry Julius

This year, Fayetteville area consumers will spend $546 million in local restaurants and drinking establishments. There are hundreds of restaurants in Cumberland and Robeson counties hungry for a bite of that cash.

Unfortunately, many of the restaurants that are here today will be gone tomorrow. According to FSR, a trade magazine for the restaurant industry, 60% of restaurants fail within their first year. Eighty percent never make it to their fifth anniversary.

CBI Insights studies why small business owners, such as local restaurants, fail.  Reason number eight is poor marketing and advertising.  Good food and friendly service are not enough to make a cash register ring.

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How Does Newspaper Advertising Stack-up Against Fayetteville Radio

Aug 13, 2019 3:09:08 PM / by Larry Julius

Two things are remarkable about voting day in 1920.  It was the first time, ever, women could participate in the selection of the U.S. President. It was also the first time live election results were broadcast on the radio. Not to mention, it was also the first radio broadcast, ever.

The voters' choice that night was between Warren G. Harding  and James M. Cox.  Both men had derived their political power as successful newspaper publishers.  It is quite ironic, then, that one of these men would reach the highest office in the land on the same night that the nascent radio broadcasting business began its takedown of the newspaper industry.

Nowhere is this takedown more apparent than locally, where Fayetteville radio has become, by far, the advertising medium with the largest reach.

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Social Media Advertising vs. Fayetteville Radio

Aug 9, 2019 11:25:59 AM / by Larry Julius

The first radio station in Fayetteville went on-the-air in 1939.  Sixty-five years later, Facebook inaugurated the social media era.  Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, Pinterest, Reddit, and hundreds of other sites quickly followed.

As social media matured from a novelty to part of consumers' daily rituals, some Fayetteville business owners began to experiment with advertising.

By every key advertising metric, though, Fayetteville radio remains the best choice for a small business to market their goods and services. Here's why.

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How To Reach Fayetteville Consumers In Their Cars

Aug 7, 2019 5:49:00 AM / by Larry Julius

In 1930, the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation put the first car radio on the market. They called it the Motorola. This in-car entertainment would setback a Fayetteville consumer about $120 which would be equivalent to $1200 today.

But, if you had that kind of cash, you would be able to cruise around in your Ford Model-A, DeSoto, Packard, or Studebaker and hear the music of the day from radio stations in Charlotte, Raleigh, or Atlanta. It wouldn't be until 1939 when Fayetteville would have its own stations.

Today, there's a radio in almost every vehicle on the streets of Cumberland and Robeson Counties. Despite the competition on the dashboard from other sources of entertainment, AM/FM radio remains the dominant choice for in-car entertainment.  This is great news for local business owners who depend on Fayetteville radio to market their goods and services.

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