Based on estimates from the National Retail Federation, 2.4 million Boston area consumers will be participating in the holiday this year. This is 20% fewer than ten years ago.
There is good news, however, for local business owners. Although there are will be fewer customers, local Valentine's Day spending is expected to grow to $388-million. This is 28% higher than a decade ago.
So, how does a New England retailer or restaurant win the battle for the hearts and wallets of romantic consumers? Advertising is a necessary weapon to win this war.
No weapon is as potent as advertising on Boston radio.
According to The Small Business Guide For Advertising Success, reach is critical to mounting an effective campaign. In Boston, radio reaches more consumers than all other media.
Every week, nearly 90% of adult consumers tune-in to a Boston radio station. This is significantly more than are reached by local television, newspaper, social media sites, or streaming audio platforms.
By far, according to the NRF, the biggest Valentine's Day spenders are between the age of 25 and 44. The celebrants in this age group who are expected to spend, on average, $259 per person. This is about double the spending of all other age groups.
Among these younger consumers, Boston radio's reach is even more dominant than it is among the general population.
Here is how much Boston area consumers are expected to spend in each of the traditional Valentine's Day categories.
- Jewelry: $72,865,000
- Evening Out: $66,573,000
- Clothing: $38,618,000
- Flowers: $36,192,000
- Candy: $33,911,000
- Gift Card/Certificate: $24,760,000
- Greeting Cards: $17,555,000
Regardless of the category, though, if a New England business owner wants to win the battle for Valentine's Day celebrants, advertising needs to start right after the first of the year. By mid-January, almost 17% of all holiday dollars will have been spent.
It is crucial for every Boston area business owner to pay attention to Valentine's Day. Consumers now spend more for this holiday than on Father's Day, The Super Bowl, Halloween, and the Fourth of July. Within the next year or two, Valentine's Day will generate more sales than Easter, making it the third biggest consumer holiday on the calendar.
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