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Back To School Shopping: Boston Businesses Expect Record Sales

Jul 29, 2021 11:22:54 AM / by Larry Julius

There are 677,200 school-aged children in the Boston area.  Based on forecasts from the National Retail Federation (NRF), local parents are expected to spend a record $588.2 million to prepare these kids to return to the classroom this fall. 

Overall, the NRF expects back-to-school shoppers to spend almost 10% more in 2021 than they did last year.

“The pandemic forced parents and their school-aged children to quickly adapt to virtual learning, and they did it with an incredible amount of resolve and flexibility,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We enter the new school year with plans to return to the classroom and retailers are prepared to help Americans find and purchase whatever they need to make this transition as seamless as possible.”

According to the NRF, more than 51% of parents have already started buying for their K-12 students.  But, for Boston business owners there is still time to benefit.

The NRF reports that nearly 76% of K-12 shoppers are still waiting on lists of school supplies needed. On average, consumers have only completed 18% of the shopping.

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Topics retail, best way to advertise, radio advertising, market to parents, parents, children, retail sales, retailer, retail store, back-to-school, millennial parents, retail spending

Advertising In Boston: Five Amazing Facts About Local Radio

Jul 22, 2021 3:35:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Advertising is crucial to the success of Boston business owners. According to Investopedia, "lack of adequate marketing and publicity are among the issues that drag down small business".

According to Borrell Associates, a company that tracks advertising trends across the country, Boston business owners are expected to spend $3.6 billion to advertise the goods and services they sell. This represents a 6.3% increase versus last year.

The majority of these dollars are being spent by Boston business owners to capture a significant share of the $72 billion dollars local consumers will be spending this year. These estimates are based on a revised forecast from the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Of course, there is an over-abundance of ways a local business owner can advertise. Perhaps the best way to generate sales from local consumers is with Boston radio. Here are the top five reasons why...

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Topics reach, roi, small business owner, small business marketing, millennials, small business, small business advertising, reach & frequency, radio commercials, time spent listening

How Often Are Boston Consumers Online?

Jul 15, 2021 2:14:44 PM / by Larry Julius

More than 95% of Boston adults have access to the internet.  Ubiquitous technology such as computers, tablets, smartphones, and connected TVs allow New England consumers to go online whenever they choose, which, for some adults, is always.

The Pew Research Center, a public opinion research company, reports that one-in-three consumers say they are online constantly. A 50% increase from 2015.  In total, 85% of consumers say they connect at least one time every day.

So, how are Boston consumers spending all this time connected to the internet?

According to Nielsen, streaming audio and video content, social networking, checking the weather, and banking are the top online activities for Boston consumers each month.

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Topics best way to advertise, small business owner, small business marketing, online advertising, social media advertising, small business, small business advertising, streaming audio, ott, ctv, streaming video, SVOD, AVOD, online shopping

Advertise On Boston Radio: Still Best Option For Small Business

Jul 8, 2021 2:46:24 PM / by Larry Julius

Retail spending in the Boston area is expected to reach $72 billion this year, a 13.5% increase versus 2020. These estimates are based on a revised forecast from the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Since 1921, when WBZ-AM signed on as the first station in Boston, local business owners have depended on radio advertising to help market their goods and services to New England consumers.  But has the Coronavirus pandemic altered the medium's ability to deliver customers to ring up sales for local retailers?

Two critical marketing metrics indicate that advertising on Boston radio remains the best way for a small business to advertise.

The first measurement is reach. This is the number of different consumers who are exposed to an advertising campaign.

The second measure is return-on-investment (ROI). This is the amount of sales a business can expect for every one dollar invested in advertising.

Based on these metrics, here is how advertising on Boston radio measures up to other options available to local small business owners.

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Topics retail, reach, radio advertising, advertising reach, roi, small business owner, small business marketing, small business, small business advertising, return on investment, reach & frequency, retail sales, retailer, retail store, retail spending

Television Advertising In Boston: Where Are The Viewers?

Jul 1, 2021 1:31:18 PM / by Larry Julius

Broadcast television came to Boston in 1948 when WBZ-TV signed on for the first time. In those days, only about 0.5% of local households actually owned a set, a number that would grow 100-fold by the mid-1950s.

At first, Boston consumers needed rabbit-ears or outdoor antennas to receive signals from a small handful of local stations, including  WCVB and WHDH. The quality of reception varied day-to-day.

By the early 1960s, however, local cable systems began to bring higher-quality, reliable reception to households throughout the Boston area. The number of programming options, though, remained limited to affiliates of ABC, NBC, and CBS.

In 1972, viewing options began to expand as local cable began offering Boston area consumers the opportunity to purchase premium services, including HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax.  Five years later came an explosion of non-premium cable channels such as TBS and CNN.

In the early 1990s, Boston viewers could not only receive their television programming over-the-air or by cable, but options expanded to include satellite delivery by DishTV and DirectTV.

The next TV innovation came in 2007 as Boston consumers started turning to the internet to watch streaming channels like Netflix and Hulu.  These new services allowed viewers to watch TV on their phones, computers, and tablets as well as their living room LCD and Plasma screens.

Today, all of this video technology offers viewers the ultimate flexibility to choose how, when, and where to watch TV.  So, what are they watching?

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Topics television advertising, television, Cable TV, ott, ctv, streaming video, SVOD, AVOD, local television

Boston Retail Sales Expected To Blow Past Forecasts

Jun 24, 2021 12:17:04 PM / by Larry Julius

Earlier this year, based on projections from The National Retail Federation, Boston area consumers were expected to spend more than $68 billion at retail this year, a 6.5% increase versus 2020. New data, however, indicates spending will be remarkably higher.

The NRF revised its data this month, and now expects annual growth of 10.5% to 13.5%. Based on these revisions, the Boston area retail economy could now top $72 billion. Excellent news for New England small business owners.

“The economy and consumer spending have proven to be much more resilient than initially forecasted,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “The combination of vaccine distribution, fiscal stimulus, and private-sector ingenuity have put millions of Americans back to work. While there are downside risks related to worker shortages, an overheating economy, tax increases and over-regulation, overall households are healthier, and consumers are demonstrating their ability and willingness to spend. The pandemic was a reminder how essential small, mid-size and large retailers are to the everyday lives of Americans in communities nationwide.”

To put in historical context for Boston small business owners, Mr. Klenhenz noted that he anticipates the fastest growth the U.S. has experienced since 1984. The reopening of the economy has accelerated much faster than most had believed possible a year ago.

To capture the largest possible share of spending growth, local retailers will need to advertise. By the most crucial marketing metrics, the best best way to reach area consumers is by advertising on Boston radio.

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Topics retail, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, roi, small business owner, small business marketing, small business, small business advertising, return on investment, retail sales, retailer, retail store, retail spending

Advertising On Boston Radio Makes Good Sense For Business Owners

Jun 16, 2021 11:29:21 AM / by Larry Julius

Since March 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the Boston area, more than 540,000 local people have been infected, according to data collected by USA Facts. The measures imposed to contain the outbreak have transformed the way consumers work, shop, commute, and conduct the business of everyday life.

One aspect of daily life in Boston that remains little changed due to the pandemic is radio listening. Despite the Coronavirus crisis, radio has held its long-held position as the most used of all local media. This is good news for area business owners who depend on radio for marketing their goods and service.

Each week, according to Nielsen, 3.2 million adult consumers tune-in to a Boston radio station.  This is significantly more people than are reached by all other local advertising options, including TV, cable, streaming video, streaming audio, social media, and newspapers.

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Topics best way to advertise, radio advertising, small business owner, small business marketing, small business, small business advertising, return on investment, listening location, time spent listening

How Much Time Do Boston Consumers Spend Online?

Jun 4, 2021 2:05:41 PM / by Larry Julius

According to Nielsen, 3.8 million adults in the Boston area have access to the internet, equivalent to 95.6% of the population. On average, local consumers are spending 11.65 hours per week online.

Boston millennials, the first generation that grew up in a digital world, spend considerably more time online. Nielsen reports that, on average, Boston's 25-39-year-old consumers are clocking 14.8 hours connected to the internet.

So, how are Boston consumers spending their time online?

According to Nielsen, streaming audio and video content, social networking, checking the weather, and banking are the top online activities for Boston consumers each month.

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Topics best way to advertise, online advertising, social media advertising, digital advertising, streaming audio, ott, streaming video, online shopping, internet

Why Boston Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Need To Advertise Now

May 19, 2021 6:50:05 AM / by Larry Julius

In 2021, according to Nielsen, 295,602 Boston area homeowners are expected to spend $2.4 billion on kitchen and bathroom remodeling. This would be an increase of 16.8% increase over last year. Sales estimates are based on data from The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

Because of the ongoing pandemic, 2.4 million homeowners from Foxborough to Newburyport are in the process of reassessing their living spaces.

According to the NKBA, homeowners cite the kitchen and bath areas as two times more important than other spaces within the home, and the kitchen particularly gained status throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with 70% of homeowners considering it extremely important compared to 64% before the crisis.

“After such a strong year for home remodeling in 2020, some wondered if we were approaching a home improvement spending ‘cliff.’ We’re pleased to say that’s not what the kitchen and bath market is expecting in 2021,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO.

“Last year, homeowners started the work of improving their living spaces with DIY projects. And this year, with early distribution of the vaccine and other measures to reduce the public health impact of the virus, we expect to see continued renovations and more projects requiring our members.”

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Topics best way to advertise, radio advertising, consumer spending, construction, home improvement, remodeling, home values, homeowners, contractors

Advertising In Boston: What's The Best Way To Reach Pet Owners?

May 12, 2021 2:20:39 PM / by Larry Julius

A surge in pet adoptions and sales during the pandemic has increased the number of pet owners in the Boston area to 1,685,729, according to Nielsen.

As a result, the amount of money that will be spent in the Boston area during 2021 on domestic dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and other cuddly creatures will achieve a record-high $1.7 billion. These figures are based on recent forecasts from The American Pet Products Association (APPA),

“We have reached a critical milestone in 2020, generating $103.6 billion in sales [in the U.S.],” said Steve King, President, and CEO of APPA. “We are bullish for the coming year, projecting growth of 5.8% - well above the historical average of 3 to 4%."

Boston pet owners will be spending in four ways:

  1. Food & Treats which includes everything from canned and bagged food to biscuits and chewies.
  2. Veterinary Care and Product Sales which includes routine veterinary care, surgical procedures, and sales of pharmaceuticals and other products through veterinary clinics
  3. Supplies, Live Animals, and Over-The-Counter Medications which, in addition to dogs and cats. includes fish, birds, small animals, and reptiles. This also includes cages, food and water bowls, as well as leashes and collars.  OTC includes medications for allergy relief, gastric distress, and oral hygiene.
  4. Other includes services such as boarding, grooming, and pet sitting.

To capture a significant share of the local pet economy, local business owners who provide these four types of goods and services will need to advertise.  By almost any marketing metric, the best way to reach pet owners is by advertising on Boston radio.

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Topics retail, best way to advertise, reach, radio advertising, advertising reach, roi, millennials, return on investment, reach & frequency, retail sales, retailer, retail store, retail spending, Cat Owners, Pet Owners, Dog Owners

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