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Advertising On Boston Radio: What Consumers Want To Hear

Jul 16, 2020 1:25:24 PM / by Larry Julius

If you were one of the 3.5 million adults who tuned-in to a Boston radio station last week, then no doubt you heard multiple commercials that included phrases like 'troubling times', 'uncertain times', 'unprecedented times', 'new normal', and 'we're in this together'. 

In March, as the pandemic began to disrupt consumers' lives, using these phrases was a powerful way for New England small business owners to acknowledge the severity of the crisis and to exhibit empathy. But 120 days later, these words have become cliche and have lost potency.

A cliche, says the Oxford Dictionary, is "a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought." 

According to the Writing Center at The University of North Carolina, the dependence on cliches could create a harmful perception of a business that uses them. For instance, these overused phrases can make an advertiser's message seem boring. They can be perceived as vague. They can be interpreted to be a sign of laziness. They can also result in a lack of credibility. 

The words a Boston small business chooses for its advertising will have the most significant effect on sales. That's why eliminating cliches is critical.

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Topics radio advertising, small business owner, small business marketing, small business, effective advertising, advertise on radio, small business advertising, commercial length, radio commercials, creative, scripts

Advertise In Boston: The Value of Marketing To College Graduates

Dec 11, 2019 7:28:00 AM / by Larry Julius

There's a reason many New England small business owners target their advertising towards consumers who have completed a four-year college degree. It's because, typically, university graduates earn $29,106 more per year than those with only a high school diploma, according to The Federal Reserve.

There are, according to Nielsen, 1.7 million college graduates living in the Boston area. In total, this population generates $129 billion in annual take-home pay.

To tap into a similar pool of spending power, a marketer would need to reach 2.8 million consumers who did not go beyond high school. The problem is, this is more than double the number than actually live in the Boston area.

The number of people reached by a campaign is, generally, what determines the cost of advertising. So, for a New England small business owner operating on a tight marketing budget, spending can be kept in check by targeting those consumers with the most money to spend. In this case, college graduates.

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Topics best way to advertise, consumer spending, small business owner, small business marketing, online advertising, small business, effective advertising, digital advertising, college graduate

How To Create A Memorable Commercial For Boston Radio

Dec 2, 2019 7:47:00 AM / by Larry Julius

The ten most memorable brands in America have something in common: They each advertise on Boston radio stations.

According to the YouGov Brand Index, the brands whose commercials generate the highest awareness are Geico, McDonald's, Verizon, AT&T, Walmart, Subway, Direct TV, T-Mobile, Progressive, and Walgreens.

If you were one of the 3,543,709 people who tuned-in to a Boston  radio station last week, then chances are you heard the ads for these brands. All ten are among the biggest users of radio advertising.

Here's what New England business owners need to know about creating a memorable brand for their own companies using Boston radio stations.

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Topics boston radio, best way to advertise, small business, top of mind awareness, recall, effective advertising, writing a commercial

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