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How Smart Speakers Affect Advertising On Wilmington Radio

Feb 4, 2021 3:31:29 PM / by Larry Julius

Wilmington's first radio station, WDEL-AM, began broadcasting on July 22, 1922.  The process of getting the station's programming from the studio into the home of local listeners required tall-transmitting towers with miles of underground copper wire in the middle of massive fields.

For the next 71 years, this massive investment in real estate, steel, and cooper was the only method of delivering a radio advertiser's message into the ears of Wilmington consumers.

In 1993, however, new technology permitted Wilmington radio stations to augment the reach of their tall towers by simultaneously streaming its over-the-air programming via the internet. This provided local consumers with the choice of listening to their favorite stations on their car radios, clock radios, and boom boxes or on an internet connected devices like computers, smartphones, or tablets.

Today, based on estimates from Edison Research, 11% of listening to local radio stations occurs on a streaming media device.  The ability for AM/FM to migrate from their tall towers to internet streaming allows Wilmington radio to reach more local consumers every week than all other media.

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Wilmington Radio: Which Stations Do Tri-State Consumers Prefer?

Jan 26, 2021 2:05:24 PM / by Larry Julius

There are 30 radio stations in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Each provides a unique format of news, sports, music, entertainment, and inspiration. Some stations broadcast in English. Others serve Spanish speakers. Some stations cater to millennials. Others appeal to Baby Boomers.  No doubt, there is a local radio station that fulfills the preferences of every listener.

Each week, according to Nielsen, 505,000 adults tune-in to their favorite Wilmington radio stations. This is more people than watch local TV, cable, or streaming channels. This is more than use Facebook and Instagram. This is more than read newspapers or connect to Pandora and Spotify. 

Despite the abundance of Wilmington radio stations to choose between, Nielsen reports that, on average, adult consumers only listen to 2.1 each week.  So, which stations do local consumers choose?

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Topics Millennials, Radio Listening, Streaming Audio, radio advertising, smart speakers, millennial parents, radio commercials, listening location, radio formats

Advertising In Wilmington: Drivers Turn Up The Radio

Jan 21, 2021 9:06:45 AM / by Larry Julius

Radio came to Delaware on July 22, 1922 when WDEL signed-on. The station was put on the air by Willard S. Wilson. The station operated from Mr. Wilson's home until it moved to the Industrial Trust Building on Orange Street.

From that day, many predicted radio's success would succumb to advances from new technologies. In 1927, the challenge came from talking movies. In the 1940s, the predators were 13-inch TV sets. In the 1970s, it was 8-track and cassette tapes. In the past 20 years, there was a multi-flank attack from iPods, Zunes, YouTube, Sirius, XM, Pandora, Spotify,

So far, all of these challengers have failed. Not even a pandemic has been able to remove radio as a vital force in the life of Wilmington consumers.

Every week, according to Nielsen, more adults tune-in to Wilmington radio than watch TV or cable. Use social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. Read newspapers. Or, stream music from Pandora or Spotify.

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Topics Small Business Advertising, Radio Listening, small business, in-car audio, small business marketing, point of purchase, mobility, advertise on wilmington radio, wilmington small business owners, best way to advertise in wilmington

Is Advertising On Twitter Right For Wilmington Small Business Owners?

Jan 12, 2021 4:46:41 PM / by Larry Julius

How important is Twitter to Delaware consumers? Yesterday, for instance, the social media platform was mentioned in at least ten articles published by the Wilmington News Journal yesterday.  Almost every local TV newscast included references to the site as well.

Twitter's outsized presence in the news, however, is enormously disproportional to the importance of the micro-blogging app in the life of Wilmington's consumers.

According to Nielsen, only about 17% of adults in Wilmington use Twitter during the course of a month. This is minuscule compared to other social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

Twitter offers 20 different options that Wilmington small business owners can utilize to market their goods and services to local consumers.  The platform's minimal reach, however, can hamper the success of any advertising campaign.

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Advertising Options For Wilmington Small Business Owners

Dec 23, 2020 10:49:58 AM / by Larry Julius

Advertising is critical to the success of every Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey 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 Wilmington 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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Small Business Advice: 5 Facts About Advertising On Wilmington Radio

Dec 17, 2020 3:17:57 PM / by Larry Julius

On July 22, 1922, WDEL signed-on as the first radio station serving Wilmington, Delaware

For almost 100 years, small business owners have depended on local radio stations to successfully market their goods and services through depressions, recessions, wars, and natural disasters. Even now, during a pandemic, advertising on Wilmington radio remains a dependable way to make cash registers ring.

Here are five facts every Tri-State area small business owner needs to know about local radio in 2020.

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Online Advertising In Wilmington: How Much Do Local Businesses Spend?

Dec 15, 2020 2:58:40 PM / by Larry Julius

Almost 96% of Tri-State area adults have access to the internet, according to Nielsen. Over than 60% of these consumers spend more than five hours a week connected.

Nielsen reports that Wilmington area consumers go online to stay connected to friends and family; research products and services; learn the latest news, and obtain directions to where they are going and know what the weather will be when they get there.  

Here are some of the many reasons why Wilmington internet users go online each month

  • Social Media: 81%
  • Online Banking: 59%
  • Weather: 50%
  • Maps/Directions: 50%
  • Product Reviews: 48%
  • Current Events: 31%
  • Restaurant Reviews: 27%
  • Sports Scores/News: 25%
  • Job Search: 19%
  • Real Estate: 12%

And, of course, there is shopping.  Over the past six months, according to Nielsen, 78.7% of Tri-State area consumers shopped online for every imaginable product and service including, cars, golf clubs, office supplies, wedding rings, mattresses, tires, medicine, shoes, socks, and eyeglasses.

To reach local consumers while they are online, Wilmington businesses will spend $183 million for digital advertising in 2020, according to Borrell Associates.  Here is how the money is being spent:

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How Long Should My Radio Commercial Be On Wilmington Radio?

Dec 11, 2020 9:24:07 AM / by Larry Julius

Wilmington radio stations offer different commercial length options to fulfill the marketing objectives and budgets of Tri-State small business owners.  The most common lengths are :60-seconds, :30-seconds, :15-seconds, and :10-seconds.

So, how long should a radio commercial on Wilmington radio be? The simple answer: As long as necessary, but as short as possible.

According to "Seven Steps For Success", the length of a radio commercial should be determined, primarily, by the marketing objective of the underlying campaign.

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What Is The Best Way To Reach Online Shoppers In Wilmington?

Dec 10, 2020 4:39:04 PM / by Larry Julius

Tri-State shoppers are expected to spend a record $1.8 billion online in 2020, based on the most recent projections from eMarketer. This would represent year-over-year growth of 32.4%.

During the same period, according to eMarketer, receipts at brick-and-mortar stores have contracted by 3.2%.  Overall, excluding gas and auto sales, e-commerce will account for 20.6% of all retail sales this year.

The Coronavirus pandemic is credited with this seismic shift in shopping behavior as consumers continue to avoid stores and opt for online shopping.

“We’ve seen e-commerce accelerate in ways that didn’t seem possible last spring, given the extent of the economic crisis,” said Andrew Lipsman, eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence. “While much of the shift has been led by essential categories like grocery, there has been surprising strength in discretionary categories like consumer electronics and home furnishings that benefited from pandemic-driven lifestyle needs.”

Even before the onset of the pandemic, 78.7% of Wilmington area consumers had bought goods online over the prior six months, according to Nielsen research. Purchases included clothing, health & beauty products, travel reservations, books, furniture, and groceries.

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ROI: How Wilmington Small Business Owners Turn Dimes Into Dollars

Dec 10, 2020 12:04:52 PM / by Larry Julius

Suppose you woke up one morning and found a 100-year-old machine in your basement. You soon discovered that every time you put a dime in the machine, one dollar came out.  How many dimes would you drop in that machine?

Good news for Tri-State area small business owners: such a machine exists and you probably have one in your car, at work, at home, even on your phone. It's called Wilmington radio.

Over the past few years, Nielsen has conducted over 20 studies to determine what type of return-on-investment (ROI) a business can expect from radio advertising.  Although the results varied by industry, the average company generated $100 in sales for ever $10 invested.  Turning dimes into dollars.

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