Boston Retailers Prepare For $537 Million Back-To-School Season

Jul 23, 2020 6:51:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Back To School Advertising Boston RadioBased on projections from the National Retail Federation, Boston area parents are expected to spend $537 million to equip K-12 kids for the upcoming school year. If so, then this shopping spree will be 29% bigger than last year's and the biggest take since 2012.

“By any measure, this is an unprecedented year with great uncertainty, including how students will get their education this fall whether they are in kindergarten or college,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay says.

“Most parents don’t know whether their children will be sitting in a classroom or in front of a computer in the dining room, or a combination of the two. But they do know the value of an education and are navigating uncertainty and unknowns so that students are prepared."

Along with pencils, paper, pens, and knapsacks, the NRF survey says 63 percent of K-12 families expect to buy computers and other electronics this year, up from 54% last year, and they expect to spend more at an average $274.44, up from $203.44 last year. The $71 difference accounts for the largest share of the overall increase in average spending of almost $93.

Also, because many parents are unsure if learning will take place at school or at home, back-to-school spending this year is expected to include home furnishings such as desks, chairs, and lamps.

To claim a meaningful share of this year's booming back-to-school economy, local retailers will need to advertise to let parents know that their stores are open, it is safe to shop, and the needed supplies are in stock.

By any metric, the best way to reach these parents is on Boston radio.

New call-to-actionEvery week, 96.2% of consumers with school-aged children at home tune-in to a Boston radio station.  This reach is significantly larger than that of local TV, cable, social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, or streaming audio sites like Pandora and Spotify.Advertising In Boston Back To School

Advertising on Boston radio is particularly a potent tool for small business owners to reach millennial parents.

Currently, there are 910,018 children under the age of 18 living in the Boston area.  Half of these kids have parents who are members of Generation Y.

Boston small business owners and retailers can reach more millennials using local radio than on any other advertising medium.

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It's not too late for Boston retailers and small business owners to bring in local back-to-school shoppers.

According to Deloitte, the world's largest professional services network, "despite the uncertainty on when and how schools will open, about 40% of respondents intend to start their school shopping four to six weeks before school begins, with late July and early August being the busiest."

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