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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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Boston Small Business Owners Ask: How Do Consumers Spend Their Money?

Feb 10, 2020 8:50:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Boston area consumers are expected to spend $100.9 billion at retail this year, according to Nielsen. This means that every household, on average, will be dishing out over $51,000.

To capture a larger share of these dollars, New England small business owners need to know the answer to two questions.

The first question is, where is this enormous amount of cash being spent?  The list below details the answer.

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Advertising In Boston: Reach Mother's Day Shoppers

Feb 7, 2020 7:48:00 AM / by Larry Julius

As Valentine's Day sales begin to dwindle, that's when New England small business owners start thinking about Mom.

Mother's Day, which happens on the second Sunday of May, is second only to Christmas in terms of holiday spending. Last year, Boston area consumers spent more than $396-million celebrating the women in their lives. That number is expected to grow again in 2020.

To claim a significant share of this Mother's Day cash, local retailers and restaurants will need to advertise.  By almost every key metric, advertising on Boston radio is the best choice.

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Small Business Advice: Home Improvement Advertising In Boston

Jan 23, 2020 7:32:50 AM / by Larry Julius

Consumers in the Boston area spent a record $6.1 billion on home improvements in 2019. This level of spending is projected to drop modestly next year, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

“Declining home sales and home-building activity coupled with slower gains in permitting for improvement projects will put the brakes on remodeling growth,” says Chris Herbert, the center’s managing director.

“However, if falling mortgage interest rates continue to incentivize home sales, refinancing, and ultimately remodeling activity, the slowdown may soften some.”

If New England small businesses that sell home improvement products and services would like to continue to grow despite the softening market, then advertising will be required.

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Advertise In Boston: Reaching Furniture Shoppers

Jan 20, 2020 6:32:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Low unemployment, a boom in housing starts, and confident consumers are propelling robust sales for New England furniture stores.

In 2019, local consumers in the Boston area spent $2.1 billion on furniture and home furnishing. This number is expected to grow.

Based on estimates developed by Furniture Today’s Strategic Insights team and Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI), the total furniture and bedding market is projected to expand by more than 22% by 2024.

If a New England small business owner who sells furniture, furnishings, or home decor would like to grab a larger share of this expanding market, then advertising is necessary.  By almost every key metric, advertising on local radio is a sound marketing investment.

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Advertising In Boston: How To Reach Moms

Jan 17, 2020 5:11:54 PM / by Larry Julius

Advertising on Boston radio stations is the best way for small business owners to reach the lucrative mother-market in New England. 

Boston area consumers will spend $110.9 billion over the next 12 months. Forbes magazine reports that its these moms who control 85% of all household purchases. Locally,  there are more than 691,000 mothers with children under the age of 18 at home.

New England small business owners need to pay special attention to these mothers and their wallets. Here's why:

  • 45,956 moms are planning to buy a new house this year
  • 56,942 moms are planning to go back to school this year
  • 72,691 moms will buy a smartphone this year
  • 79,617 moms will hire a plumber this year
  • 80,232 moms are planning to purchase a car this year
  • 81,770 will use a financial planner this year
  • 85,744 moms will buy furniture or mattresses this year
  • 168,261 will use a tax preparation service this year
  • 186,926 moms are planning a major home improvement this year
  • 582,488 moms will buy a restaurant meal this month
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Employment Advertising: Reach 94% Of Qualified Candidates In Boston

Jan 7, 2020 3:36:30 PM / by Larry Julius

New England area small business owners need employees...desperately.

According to a report from the National Federation of Independent Business, 26% of small business owners say finding qualified workers is their number one problem. 

The report goes on to say that 88% of small business owners looking to hire new employees are finding there are no qualified candidates.

The historically low unemployment figures in the Boston area appears to be the root cause of local hiring woes. The metro area jobless rate stands at 2.1%. There are just not enough qualified workers to go around.

Most small business owners have exhausted the traditional methods of recruitment. These include online job board posts, newspaper ads, referral bonuses, and help wanted signs. All to no avail.

To successfully attract the qualified applicants they yearn for, local small business owners need to command the attention of 'passive' job seekers. The number one source for these candidates is Boston radio.

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Advertising Options For Boston Small Business Owners

Dec 30, 2019 9:07:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Advertising is critical to the success of every New England small business owner.  One of the most powerful elements of any advertising campaign is how many people it reaches.

Nielsen, the world's largest consumer insights company, found that advertising reach has a more significant effect on sales than branding, recency, and context.

There are many ways a local business owner can advertise. This includes traditional media like Boston radio, local TV, and newspaper. It also includes online advertising options such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pandora.

They type of customer an individual business needs to reach depends on the goods and services the company sells. For instance, a daycare operator might want to reach households with young children. On the other hand, a real estate agent could be looking for consumers in the market to purchase a new home.

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Advertising in Boston Creates Growth For Local Small Business

Dec 23, 2019 7:21:00 AM / by Larry Julius

"We advertise on Boston radio because it brings in new customers," says Elizabeth Russell-Skehan, VP of Marketing at Russell's Garden Center. "We like radio advertising because the commercials provide us with enough time to explain all of the products and services we offer."

Russell's, located just off of Route 20 in Wayland, MA., is set on a 55-acre farm, seven of which are open for retail 360 days per year. Half of what the garden center sells are plants including, annuals, perennials, and shrubs. 

The other half of their sales come from hardgoods including, garden supplies, tools, seeds, specialty gifts, and toys.

At Christmas time, Russell's sells 3000 Christmas trees. The company is also a full-service florist providing flowers for weddings, proms, bar mitzvahs, and other celebrations.

"New customers tell us all the time that they learned about what we do from our radio advertising."

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