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Advertising In Boston: Don't Say 'March Madness'

Feb 21, 2022 1:50:44 PM / by Larry Julius

Right now, at least one of the 212,351 businesses located in the Boston area is thinking about using the phrase 'March Madness' as part of upcoming advertising and marketing plans. Why not? It's a great use of alliteration. It's a familiar term. And, it's that time of year.

A furniture store in Framingham might think it would be clever to use 'March Madness' in its commercials on Boston radio to promote a big spring sale. A non-profit in Dedham feels it would be a good way to describe its charity fun run on social media and online advertising. A sports bar in Saugus believes it would be a no-brainer to use the term in streaming video and audio ads to bring in scores of basketball fans.

It is, indeed,  tempting for a Boston small business owner to use this term for advertising or marketing purposes. But,  to avoid a costly legal battle, the use of this trademarked phrase should be a non-starter. Here's why.

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Topics online advertising, social media advertising, television advertising, writing a commercial, digital advertising, streaming audio, radio commercials, ott, ctv, streaming video, internet advertising, Streaming TV, streaming media, display advertising, search engine marketing, sem, intellectual property, trademark, copyright

What Boston Consumers Need To Know Now About Your Small Business

Aug 12, 2020 6:51:05 AM / by Larry Julius

There is good news for Boston retailers and restaurants.

As a result of the pandemic, one-third of consumers indicate they will pay a premium for local brands and products, according to a recent study by Ernst & Young

However, before consumers will buy from a local business in Quincy, Newburyport, Framingham, or any town in-between, they must know they can do so without risking their health.

Advertising is the only practical way to let local shoppers and diners know about the precautions and practices your small business has taken to reduce potential health threats.

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Topics retail, best way to advertise, small business owner, small business marketing, small business, effective advertising, writing a commercial, small business advertising, retail sales, retailer, retail store, corona, covid 19, coronavirus, commercial length, radio commercials

Best Way A Boston Small Business Can Be Re-Introduced To Consumers

Jun 5, 2020 12:54:14 PM / by Larry Julius

Boston small business owners are learning that 're-opening' may not be an appropriate word for the challenges they face as the Coronavirus crisis winds down.  A better term might be 're-introducing'.

When the Governor of Massachusetts shuttered the state on March 24 to slow the spread of COVID-19, Boston area consumers have discovered new ways to buy the goods and services they need.  It's now the burden of local business owners to lure these customers back. The first step is re-introduction.

On September 15, 1921, WBZ-AM signed-on as the first radio station serving Boston and New England. Since then, local business owners have used radio advertising to introduce themselves successfully to new customers. Radio has also helped these businesses survive recessions, depressions, world wars, hurricanes, and blizzards. By any metric, advertising on Boston radio remains the most effective tactic a small business owner can use post-pandemic, as well.

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Topics best way to advertise, radio advertising, roi, small business, time of day, writing a commercial, advertise on radio, small business advertising, return on investment, dayparts, reopen, commercial length

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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