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

Feb 21, 2022 2:21:27 PM / by Larry Julius

Right now, at least one of the 237,665 businesses located in the Delaware Valley 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 King of Prussia might think it would be clever to use 'March Madness' in its commercials on Philadelphia radio to promote a big spring sale. A non-profit in Cherry Hill feels it would be a good way to describe its charity fun run on social media and online advertising. A sports bar in Bucks County 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 Philadelphia 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 Streaming Audio, social media advertising, television advertising, Online Advertising, radio advertising, digital advertising, ott, ctv, streaming video, streaming media, internet advertising, sem, search engine marketing, display advertising, streaming TV, intellectual Property, trademark, copyright

How Much Time Do Philadelphia Consumers Spend Watching Streaming TV?

Feb 17, 2022 8:33:40 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, 2.7 million Delaware Valley adults watch video programs delivered via the internet. This content goes by several interchangeable names, including OTT (Over-The-Top Television), CTV (Connected TV), and Streaming Video. For this article, we will refer to this type of content as Streaming TV.

Unlike traditional TV, cable, and satellite where the viewer needs to be in a fixed location, Philadelphia consumers can access streaming TV anywhere using an internet-connected device. These include SmartTVs, Firesticks, Roku, smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles.

In all, according to Nielsen, 94.2% of Philadelphia households have one or more devices capable of connecting to streaming TV. Although this medium is still new, streaming TV now rivals legacy media in its ability to reach local consumers.

Every week, Philadelphia consumers are spending more-and-more time engaged with streaming TV.

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Topics television advertising, digital advertising, cable television, ott, ctv, streaming video, SVOD, avod, advertising options, internet, streaming media, internet advertising, streaming TV

Best Way To Reach Likely Voters in 2022: Advertise On Philly Radio

Feb 11, 2022 11:58:41 AM / by Larry Julius

No matter which Philadelphia television station or cable channel adults tune to in 2022, they can expect to be assaulted by a deluge of political advertising. Often entire commercial breaks are stuffed with back-to-back pleas and promises to secure viewers' votes.

But is advertising on KYW, WPVI, WCAU, and WTFX the most effective way to reach likely voters in the Philadelphia area? Or is advertising on cable channels provided by Xfinity, DISH, DirecTV, and Comcast. the way to go?

The answer is neither. According to research from Nielsen, the best way to reach local adults who are most likely to vote is by advertising on Philadelphia radio.

Every week, 2.5 million likely voters will listen to Philadelphia radio stations. This is significantly more than watch local TV, cable, and streaming video. More that use social media and streaming audio. More than will read newspapers.

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Advertising In Philadelphia During A Time Of Inflation

Jan 27, 2022 9:41:25 AM / by Larry Julius

The current high rate of inflation is tempering how much Delaware Valley business owners can spend on advertising.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 230,00 small businesses in the Philadelphia area. There is one thing each of the owners of these companies has in common, whether they own a hardware store in Bucks County, a furniture store in Cherry Hill, or a restaurant in Bryn Mawr. They are all experiencing the negative consequences of inflation.

In a monthly survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business Owners (NFIB), inflation now ranks second as the single most important problem companies face. A year ago, inflation was barely an issue.

Inflation has not hampered the enthusiasm to spend among Philadelphia area consumers keeping retail sales hovering above pre-Covid levels. But, inflation is taking a dramatic toll on the amount of revenue business owners can keep.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, small business owners see inflation-fueled price increases in almost every cost of operation, including inventory, utilities, rent, and wages.

Because of these rising operational costs, Philadelphia business owners are looking to cut expenses where they can, including advertising expenditures. But, because there is still robust consumer demand for goods and services, these companies need to make sure that the amount they do invest in advertising has the best return possible.

By almost any marketing metric, advertising on Philadelphia radio provides the greatest return-on-investment (ROI) of any medium available to local business owners.

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Online Advertising In Philadelphia: How Much Will Be Spent in 2022?

Jan 20, 2022 3:23:43 PM / by Larry Julius

Delaware Valley business owners are expected to spend $2.3 billion advertising online in 2022. This, according to Borrell Associates, a company that tracks advertising expenditures across the country.

Borrell's forecast indicates that almost 50% of Philadelphia's online expenditures will be in the form of paid search. The most recognizable type of this advertising is the paid ads that appear adjacent to the results of almost every search query on Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Borrell's forecast also indicates that approximately 28% of online expenditures will be in the form of display advertising. This consists of traditional banner ads that appear across millions of websites and apps, including social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. According to, the average Philadelphia area consumer is served more than 1700 of these ads per month.

Video advertising in Philadelphia is forecast to account for 21% of all online ad dollars in 2022. Like search and display, millions of websites can support this type of advertising. This includes sites, apps, and platforms like YouTube, Roku Channel, Hulu, Paramount+, and most social media sites.

The remainder of online advertising dollars is expected to be spent on audio advertising, including streaming sites like Pandora and Spotify; or email marketing campaigns.

So many Philadelphia business owners are investing a large portion of their marketing budgets into online advertising because that's where their customers are.
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Recruitment Advertising In Philly: Best Way To Reach Job Candidates

Jan 7, 2022 3:54:08 PM / by Larry Julius

There are 230,328 small businesses in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area, according to the US Census Bureau. Based on projections from the National Federation of Independent Business Owners (NFIB), nearly half of these companies have job openings they cannot fill.

As a result of the acute labor shortage, says the NFIB, 29% of small business owners rank the quality of labor as the most important problem they face. A year ago, only 21% said finding workers was their biggest issue.

The labor crunch in the Delaware Valley area is being driven, in big part, by a record-high number of employees voluntarily quitting their jobs. Just last month, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.5 million employees across the country left their current place of employment.

According to the Wall Street Journal, those who are not currently working say they are in no hurry to return to the workforce. The lack of urgency stems from five primary reasons:

  • 29% say they don't need to work right now because their spouse is employed
  • 28% say they cannot return to work because of care responsibilities at home
  • 25% say they don't need to return to work because they have a financial cushion
  • 20% say they are fearful of returning to work because of COVID-19
  • 5% say they do not need to return because of current unemployment benefits

There seems to be little chance that these resigned workers can be lured back into the labor force. Therefore, to fill open jobs, local business owners will need to focus their efforts towards recruiting among Philadelphia's "passive" job candidates.

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Advertise On Philadelphia Radio? 5 Things Business Owners Get Wrong

Dec 30, 2021 2:10:05 PM / by Larry Julius

To ensure success, every Delaware Valley business owner needs to advertise.

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

The SBA goes on to say, “Advertising, if done correctly, can do wonders for your product sales, and you know what that means: more revenue and more success for your business.”

There are dozens of ways for local small business owners to advertise. By most metrics, the best way to advertise is on Philadelphia radio. These measures of effectiveness, however, are often obscured by the glimmer and glitz of newer technologies. 

To help reduce the glare that often blinds business owners to the potency of advertising on Philadelphia radio, here are the top five things many local business owners get wrong.

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Advertise In Philadelphia: Who's Watching The Local TV Stations?

Dec 22, 2021 10:00:19 AM / by Larry Julius

It wasn't too long ago when advertising on Philadelphia television stations was considered the gold standard for marketing by local business owners. But over the past few years, the number of viewers reached by KYW, WPVI, WCAU, WHYY, and WTFX has plummeted. In all only 75% of adult consumers now tune-in to at least one of these channels during the week, according to Nielsen.

The consumption of video content isn't diminishing among Delaware Valley consumers. What has changed, though, is how they are watching it.

In November, according to Nielsen, the share of time watching broadcast television has fallen behind other video options including cable programing and internet-delivered choices such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and hundreds of other streaming networks.

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Philadelphia Small Business Owners Guide To OTT & CTV Advertising

Dec 14, 2021 2:56:08 PM / by Larry Julius

It used to be so simple. When a small business owner wanted to advertise on Philadelphia television, there were only a few options including, KYW, WPVI, WCAU, WHYY, and WTFX. But slowly, the number of options expanded to include cable channels provided by Xfinity, DISH, DirecTV, and Comcast.

Heading in 2022, local advertisers have even more options as internet-connected devices deliver hundreds of more programming choices to Delaware Valley consumers. Collectively, this type of content is called OTT (Over-The-Top-Television) or CTV (Connected-Television). For the purpose of this discussion, OTT & CTV will be referred to singularly as streaming video.

Streaming video can be viewed on any device that can connect to the internet. This includes computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Programing can also be accessed using a smart-TV, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire Stick, or a game console. In all, according to Nielsen, 94.2% of Philadelphia households own a device capable of receiving streaming video.

In all, says Nielsen, 2.7 million consumers watch streaming video content every week. Combined, these internet channels now reach more adults every week than local newspapers, podcasts, and digital audio services like Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM. Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio.

Surprisingly, streaming video now reaches almost as many adults as local TV and local cable.

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Philadelphia Radio Still Reaches More Consumers Than All Other Media

Dec 10, 2021 2:49:03 PM / by Larry Julius

When WGL-AM became Philadelphia's first radio station in 1922, there was no Facebook, no Xfinity, no Sirius/XM, no Netflix, and no podcasts. It would be 19 years before there was even a local TV station.  Consequently, it was pretty easy for radio to become the number one reach medium among local consumers.

Over the past 99 years, Philadelphia business owners have come to depend on the mammoth reach of radio among local shoppers to successfully market the goods and services they sell. Advertising on Philadelphia radio has helped Delaware Valley companies to survive and thrive during world wars, natural disasters, recessions, depressions, and even a pandemic.

Heading into 2022, local consumers have more media choices than ever before. But, despite the overabundance of social media, video streaming, audio streaming, cable, and other technological marvels, Philadelphia radio is still the most used advertising medium.

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