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Fayetteville Consumers Still Spending Despite Economic Sentiment

Aug 9, 2022 10:01:27 AM / by Larry Julius

Local consumers may have a gloomy feeling about economic conditions, but their spending has not tapered. This is good news for the 8,690 small business owners in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area.

According to the latest University of Michigan's Survey of Consumers, sentiment about current economic conditions remains near the all-time low. Concerns about volatile gas prices, rampant inflation, and a looming recession have driven the survey's index down 37% versus a year ago.

Despite these dim consumer sentiments, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis's July report shows that real personal consumption expenditures are pacing well above pre-Covid levels. According to Morgan Stanley research, consumers' ability to spend is being driven, in part, by a massive amount of excess savings accumulated over the course of the pandemic.

Earlier this year, based on per capita spending data from the National Retail Federation (NRF). Fayetteville consumers were forecast to spend nearly $6.7 billion at retail this year. The current level of spending suggests that shoppers are on track to hit that number.

Of course, for local business owners to successfully compete for a share of this record spending requires marketing. By most key marketing metrics, the best way to advertise is on Fayetteville radio. This is especially true among business owners who must limit the number of marketing channels that can be used because of economic restraints.

Of all media, advertising on the radio provides the greatest return on investment.

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Topics reach, roi, best way to advertise, recession, consumer spending, radio advertising, reach & frequency, advertising reach, consumer confidence, inflation, advertising roi

Should Your Fayetteville Small Business Continue To Advertise?

May 16, 2020 7:21:00 AM / by Larry Julius

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on cash register receipts in Fayetteville. Every day small business owners from Spring Lake to Hope Mills are being challenged by the pandemic induced recession.

Just yesterday, for instance, the US Commerce Department announced that April retail sales were down by 20% vs. the same month last year. This is sure to take a massive bite out of the $8.1 billion in annual consumer spending Fayetteville area businesses had been expecting in 2020.

“April was the cruelest month,” Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, told the Wall Street Journal. "Retail spending likely bottomed out in the first week of May with spending picking up due to Mother’s Day and gradual state reopenings.

“It’s going to be less worse with each month,” said Mr. Johnson, “as people slowly come out of the foxhole and enter the mainstream of American consumerism.”

The ability of a North Carolina small business to survive past the lockdowns will depend on the steps it takes now.

WARC, a company that collaborates with more than 50 respected marketing organizations, including the Advertising Research Foundation and the Association of National Advertisers, has identified ten tactics that businesses should implement immediately. The #2 step on this list: Keep advertising if you can.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, recession, coronavirus, corona, covid 19, crisis marketing, WARC

Who Do Fayetteville Consumers Trust During A Crisis?

Apr 28, 2020 7:02:17 AM / by Larry Julius

For Fayetteville small business owners, marketing and advertising are crucial to surviving any crisis, including Coronavirus. The business literature has an abundance of case studies from depressions, recessions, natural disasters, and, yes, pandemics that affirm this existential conclusion.

Advertising, however, may seem extravagant right now to North Carolina businesses that are struggling to make rent, purchase inventory, and meet payroll. Henry Ford, though, is often quoted as saying, "Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping a clock to save time."

Therefore, as business owners from Lumberton to Dunn (and every point in between) are cinching their belts tighter-than-ever to stay alive, the dollars invested in advertising must be spent in the most effective manner possible.

During periods of uncertainty, advertising works the hardest when placed in within media that consumers trust.  During the time of COVID-19, advertising on Fayetteville radio has earned that trust among local consumers.

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Topics reach, recall, trust, small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, recession, radio advertising, coronavirus, corona, covid 19, crisis marketing, context

Keep Your Fayetteville Small Business Healthy During The Corona Crisis

Mar 16, 2020 4:29:39 PM / by Larry Julius & Bob McCurdy

The top concern of every Fayetteville small business owner is the health and safety of their families and employees.  Local information and breaking news regarding the Coronavirus is available by clicking here.

Of course, a secondary concern is tending to the health of their business amid an overabundance of social and financial disruptions. 

There is one prescription that helped many Fayetteville area businesses survive the Great Depression of 1929, the economic crash of 2009, and every recession in between.  The Rx for keeping a business healthy during chaotic times is to continue advertising.

The best example of how advertising can fend off tough times was shared by The New Yorker magazine financial columnist James Surowiecki.

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Topics retail, small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, restaurant advertising, recession, radio advertising, retail sales, retail stores, coronavirus, corona, restaurants

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

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