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Holiday Shopping: Delaware Valley Retailers Prepare For A Big Year

Oct 11, 2019 7:17:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Delaware Valley consumers are expected to spend $12 billion on this year's holiday shopping, based on predictions by the National Retail Federation.  This would be a 4% increase over last year.

Deloitte, one of the world's top four accounting firms, forecasts similar growth.

"The projected holiday season growth is, in part, due to the current health of the labor market,” said Daniel Bachman, Deloitte's U.S. economic forecaster. “Near record-low unemployment rates, coupled with continued monthly job creation, may encourage people to spend more during the holiday season. The economy is still growing, albeit at a slower rate. Additionally, we continue to see consumer confidence elevated, which also helps boost holiday spending."

For most Delaware Valley retailers, holiday spending brings in about 20% of annual sales But, long gone are the days when the bulk of this shopping occurred between Black Friday and Christmas.

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Delaware Valley Attorneys Depend On Advertising To Attract New Clients

Oct 4, 2019 9:35:08 AM / by Larry Julius

During the past 12 months, according to Nielsen research, 292,000 Delaware Valley households sought the help of an attorney. These consumers needed professional advice on matters including personal injury, bankruptcy, social security, workers'  compensation, real estate, divorce, estate planning, criminal defense, and business matters.

All in, legal services in the Philadelphia region cost consumers more than $1.2 billion in fees.

According to the US Labor Department, there are 18,280 lawyers in the Delaware Valley competing for that immense pool of revenue. So, how can a local attorney hope to lay claim to a share of that immense pool of cash?

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Delaware Valley Retail: How Business Owners Scare-Up Halloween Sales

Sep 25, 2019 3:14:00 PM / by Larry Julius

Based on information from the National Retail Foundation, Delaware Valley consumers will be spending $138 million on Halloween this year. 

Typically, 80% of all Halloween shopping, according to the NRF, will occur between now and October 16.  The remaining dollars will be spent in the last 14 days leading up to the holiday.

Nearly 53% of consumers in the Philadelphia area are expected to participate in Halloween this year, each spending, on average, about $86.  This money will go towards the purchase of candy, decorations, costumes, pumpkins, and greeting cards.

Almost every type of local small business enjoys a taste of this spending. This includes hardware stores, convenience stores, craft stores, fabric stores, thrift stores, florists, card stores, consignment shops, haunted houses, home decor store, bakeries, and, of course, candy stores.

To claim a significant share of this Halloween cash will require local small business owners to advertise.  The key to successful advertising is reaching as many Halloween shoppers as possible over the next four weeks.

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Marketing To Mothers In The Delaware Valley

Sep 12, 2019 7:34:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Advertising on Philadelphia radio stations is the best way for small business owners to reach the lucrative, local mother market in the Delaware Valley. Here's why.

Local consumers will spend $93 billion over the next 12 months. Forbes magazine reports that it is moms who control 85% of all household purchases. Locally,  there are more than 583,416 mothers with children under the age of 17 at home.

Delaware Valley small business owners need to pay special attention to these mothers and their wallets. For example, compared to the general population, over the next 12 months, local moms live in households that are

  • 32% more likely to get married
  • 36% more likely to buy a major appliance
  • 39% more likely to purchase carpet/flooring
  • 45% more likely to buy a new mattress
  • 52% more likely to buy a new vehicle
  • 56% more likely to move
  • 95% more likely to buy new furniture
  • 97% more likely to buy a smartphone
  • 101% more likely to refinance a mortgage
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Political Advertising: How To Reach Likely Delaware Valley Voters

Sep 9, 2019 7:03:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Every vote counts.  Many times the difference between winning an election and losing is a handful of ballots. This is true in races for almost every elected office, referendum, and issue on the national, statewide, and local level.

To win a modern election requires advertising. Successful advertising requires reach. In the Delaware Valley, the most potent way to reach voters is on local radio.

Last week, for instance, 91.7% of all registered voters in the counties of Bucks, PA; Chester, PA; Delaware, PA; Montgomery, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Burlington, NJ; Camden, NJ;  and Gloucester, NJ. tuned-in to a Philadelphia radio station.  This is significantly more than were reached by local TV, local newspaper, or the major social media site like Facebook and Instagram.

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Meet 5 Successful Small Business Owners Who Advertise on Philly Radio

Sep 5, 2019 8:03:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Delaware Valley small business owners have  depended on radio advertising to market their goods and services since the first Philadelphia stations began broadcasting in 1922. 

As a matter of fact, the earliest area radio stations were owned by local retailers including Gimbel's, Wanamaker's, Lit Brothers, and Strawbridge & Clothier.

Today, thousands of small business owners still invest in radio advertising. Not only because it's the only local medium that can reach 3,830,493 consumers every week, but, most importantly, because it works.

Meet five of the of local business owners who advertise on Philadelphia radio to capture a significant share of the $93 billion Delaware Valley consumers will spend this year.

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Bridal & Wedding Advertising: How To Engage Delaware Valley Brides

Sep 3, 2019 8:07:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Next year, according to Nielsen, 154,702 people in the Delaware Valley will be getting married.  Assuming that those folks are hitching-up with each other, that means there will be 77,351 weddings. 

CostOfWedding.com reports that the average cost for these pending nuptials will be $30,684 including (but not limited to) rings, dresses, tuxedos, flowers, venues, photographers, invitations, limos, and rice (or birdseed for the ecologically inclined).

This means small business owners in the Philadelphia area who cater to the bridal market will be competing for a share of $2.4 billion.

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Mark Twain Has Advertising Advice For Delaware Valley Business Owners

Aug 29, 2019 7:23:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Mark Twain has some script writing advice for Delaware Valley small business owners who depend on radio advertising to market their goods and services.

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning," advises Mr. Twain.

In other words, fill your commercials with lightning, not bugs!

Currently, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, there are 171,476 words in the English language. A handful of these words, small business owners can't use in their commercials on Philadelphia radio. The Supreme Court of the United States says so.

Of all the words that can be used in broadcast advertising, however, there is one word that should be shunned: 'get' and all of its nasty derivative forms including 'got' and 'gotten'.  Here's why.

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For Philly Pretzel Factory, Radio Advertising Is A No-Brainer

Aug 26, 2019 8:20:00 AM / by Larry Julius

"I wish I had known about radio advertising when we opened up our first store in 1998," says the Dan DiZio the co-founder and CEO of Philly Pretzel Factory. "It would have allowed us to grow even faster than we did."

With permission of his Mom, an 11-year old Mr. DiZio began selling pretzels on the treacherous intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Rhawn Street in Northeast Philadelphia. His inventory was remnants from his neighbor, who owned the Kensington Soft Pretzel bakery.

"On the first day I sold 1000 pretzels", recalls Mr. Dizio. "After splitting the profits with my neighbor, I had $100 left in my pocket. A lot of money for an 11-year-old."

Shortly after that, Mr. DiZio began recruiting 40-50 classmates a day to hawk even more pretzels on street corners all over the neighborhood.  This early taste of franchising kept his pockets very full through middle school, high school, and into college.

This was the origin of what, today, is a $50,000,000 a year business with 175 stores in 17 states. Eighty-five of those locations are within 40 miles of Center City Philadelphia. Mr. DiZio has gone from selling 1000 pretzels per day to 175,000,000 per year.

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How Newspaper Advertising In Philadelphia Compares To Local Radio

Aug 20, 2019 9:20:53 AM / by Larry Julius

Two things are remarkable about voting day in 1920.  It was the first time, ever, women could participate in the selection of the U.S. President. It was also the first time live election results were broadcast on the radio. Not to mention, it was also the first radio broadcast, ever.

The voters' choice that night was between Warren G. Harding  and James M. Cox.  Both men had derived their political power as successful newspaper publishers.  It is quite ironic, then, that one of these men would reach the highest office in the land on the same night that the nascent radio broadcasting business began its takedown of the newspaper industry.

Nowhere is this takedown more apparent than locally, where radio has become, by far, the advertising medium with the largest reach among Delaware Valley consumers.

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