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Advertising In Boston: Top 5 Articles From 2020

Dec 8, 2020 12:10:38 PM / by Larry Julius

As the pandemic rages on, advertising is no longer a luxury for the 205,000 small businesses in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro area.  Advertising has become a tool for survival.
 
As cash becomes precious, though, Boston area small business owners and retailers need to ensure that every dollar spent  on advertising has a significant effect on sales.
 
To make the best advertising choices, thousands of local business owners have sought advice and direction from www.AdvertiseInBoston.Com.  Here is a recap of the top 5 articles read on the site during 2020.
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Newspaper Advertising In Boston: Advice For Small Business Owners

Oct 14, 2020 1:48:57 PM / by Larry Julius

Boston area business owners are expected to spend $139 million on newspaper advertising in 2020. This will be 35% fewer dollars than were spent in 2019, according to a study by Borrell Associates, a company that analyzes local media expenditures across the country.

Of course, the pandemic is part of the reason advertising revenues have plummeted at Boston newspapers. But, the more significant factor is the sustained erosion of readership.

For example, between October 2017 and March 2019, the Monday-Saturday circulation of the Boston Globe has decreased by 31%. The Sunday edition suffered a 33% decrease.

The Boston Herald has had similar declines as the circulation of both the Monday-Saturday editions and the Sunday edition fell by close to 35%.

Among all advertising media available to small business owners, newspaper's ability to reach adult consumers now lags significantly behind Boston radio, cable, broadcast TV, and social media.

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Why Boston Real Estate Agents Need To Advertise Now

May 22, 2020 8:53:42 AM / by Larry Julius

Type "BOSTON REAL ESTATE AGENTS" into Google. In slightly over a half-second, the search will deliver 33,900,000 results. Similar searches for Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, Lexington, Boxborough, or Westford produce a proportional number of returns.

Despite the economic hardships imposed by the Coronavirus crisis on Boston area consumers, the demand for real estate is booming. 

The Wall Street Journal published a trend yesterday indicating that mortgage applications for purchasing a home have achieved levels equal to last year.

According to redfin.com, home buying demand is 16.5% higher now than it was pre-COVID-19 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Redfin attributes this explosive growth in real estate shoppers to two factors, including record-low mortgage rates. The other primary driver is a migration trend from expensive metropolitan areas as buyers hunt for more space at lower prices.

To capture a larger share of the robust market, local real estate agents need to stand apart from the millions of Google results.  Advertising on Boston radio will help accomplish this.  Here's why.

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Who Listens To Commercials On Boston Radio?

Apr 22, 2020 10:20:58 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 3,543,709 adult consumers tune-in to a Boston radio station. That is way more than are reached by other media, including local television, newspaper, social media, or streaming audio sites like Pandora and Spotify.

A more significant number for thousands of New England small business owners who advertise on Boston radio is how many of these listeners stick around when their commercials come on.

A 2011 Nielsen study discovered that, on average, 93% of listeners stayed with the radio station they are tuned-to when the commercials come on. That number amazed many advertisers at the time who believed that audiences were far more likely to defect when the music stopped.

A lot has changed since 2011. Boston area consumers have many more media options and can instantly connect to each  with a button-push, mouse-click, screen-tap, or voice command. With all of these choices, do radio audiences still stay tuned during commercial breaks?

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Advertising On Boston Radio Remains Best Option During Corona Crisis

Apr 15, 2020 4:55:37 PM / by Larry Julius

The chaos created in New England by the onset of Coronavirus has been a disruptive force among consumers. 

Work routines, buying habits, family life, and media consumption have all been palpably affected. These are all factors that need to be considered by small business owners who continue to advertise their goods and services during the crisis.

Before the current chaos, advertising on Boston radio, by any metric, was the best way a local small business could advertise.

For instance, pre-Coronavirus, 3.5 million adult consumers tuned-in to a Boston radio station every week. This is significantly more than watched local TV, read a newspaper, accessed social media, or streamed audio from sites like Pandora and Spotify.

New research released from Nielsen indicates that amidst the current crisis, listening to local radio remains little changed. This is great news for those Boston area small business owners who are depending on advertising for their long-term survival.

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Coronavirus: Advertising In Boston For Small Business Survival

Mar 24, 2020 3:08:26 PM / by Larry Julius

New England small business owners are fighting the coronavirus battles on multiple fronts.  Their first objective is to keep their families and employees safe. Then, of course, there are the concerns of keeping their businesses healthy enough to survive current disruptions.

The business literature has an abundance of case studies showing how survival is often connected to a thoughtful communications and marketing strategy during challenging times.  

Business owners need to let Boston area consumers know if they are still open. If their hours have changed. Or if they are providing alternative shopping methods (e.g., delivery, curbside pick-up).

Most importantly, it is imperative consumers know that a business will still be there for them when the crisis is over.

For those owners who are depending on communication to preserve their business, the best option may be to advertise on Boston radio.

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Small Business Advertising In Boston: Target The Spenders

Mar 4, 2020 8:14:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Boston area consumers spent more than $100.9 billion with retailers last year. The National Retail Federation forecasts 4.1% more will be spent this year.

Who are the shoppers that will be spending all this money?

According to Nielsen, 51.7% of retail dollars are spent by Boston area consumers over the age of 50. This may surprise many small business owners because older consumers comprise only 41% of the area's adult population.

These older consumers account for the majority of spending in almost every retail category. This includes furniture, cars, pet supplies, fast food, and electronics.

To earn a share of these massive dollars spent by these older consumers requires Boston small business owners to advertise.

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Retail Boom: How Your Boston Small Business Can Benefit

Feb 28, 2020 9:02:09 AM / by Larry Julius

Retailers in the Boston area rang-up $100,992,095,000 in retail sales last year, according to Nielsen. But wait. It's about to get better.

The National Retail Federation forecasts that in 2020, sales will increase by as much as 4.1%. This will create another $4.2 billion for local small business owners.  

“The economy is growing at a more modest pace, but the underlying economic fundamentals remain in place and are positive,” stated NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz. “Consumers remain upbeat and have the confidence to spend, and the steady wage growth that has come with the strong job market is fueling their spending. The state of the consumer is very healthy.

To claim a fair share of this enlarged pool of spending will require New England small business owners to advertise.

“Think you have a great product?” asks the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Unfortunately, no one’s going to know about it unless you advertise.”  

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Advertise In Boston: Reaching Millennial Parents

Feb 18, 2020 7:41:00 AM / by Larry Julius

How quickly the millennials have grown up.

According to Nielsen, 50% of all Boston area parents with children under the age of 18 are millennials.  

From the time their kids are born until they reach they are 17, these young parents will spend, on average, $233,000 per child. This does not include the cost of college.

Currently, there are 910,018 children under the age of 18 living in the Boston area. That makes the local millennial-parenting economy worth upwards of $212 billion. These dollars are being spent, among other things, on diapers, daycare, transportation, toys, education, electronics, clothing, and health care.

For New England small business owners interested in competing for a substantial portion of this multi-billion dollar pool of parental cash, they must advertise to millennial moms and dads. By almost any measurement, advertising on Boston radio is the best way to reach this audience.

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Why Used Car Dealers In Boston Should Advertise Now

Feb 13, 2020 5:02:03 PM / by Larry Julius

March is the biggest single month for used car sales in the Boston area. During these 31 days alone, local pre-owned vehicle dealers are expected to bring in $189 million in sales. This will represent 10% of their annual revenue.

By the end of May, these dealers owners will sell more than $525 million worth of pre-owned cars and trucks. This, undoubtedly, makes March-May 'used car season' in New England

Although most Boston area used car dealers are small business owners, they do really big business. In all, over the next 12 months, more than 650,000 pre-owned vehicles will be driven off their lots.

To capture a larger share of the area's $1.9 billion used car market requires pre-owned vehicle dealers to advertise. By any measure, the best way for these business owners to advertise is on Boston radio.

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