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Maine Business Owners Speak For Themselves In Ads On Portland Radio

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Sep 23, 2018 @ 04:33 PM

There is no one more passionate or knowledgeable about a Maine small business than its owner.  So, it always surprises me when, in ads on Portland radio, a business owner defers to a disinterested announcer to engage prospective customers.

I have heard all the excuses why the owner does not want to appear in their commercial. It usually comes down to a dislike of their own voice or a simple case of nerves. An ad on Portland radio has the potential to be heard by hundreds-of thousands of Mainers.  Why not extend a personal invitation for each one of them to do business with you?

Think of it this way: if you met a potential customer for your business at a party, would you give her a business card with a Portland radio announcer's name on it?  I hope not.

This is something Stacy and Win Dodge learned. The sister and brother are co-owners of Bill Dodge Auto Group. Together they operate 8 Maine car dealerships in Saco, Westbrook, and Brunswick that sell BMWs, Infinitis, Kias, Hyundais, Nissans, Cadillacs, GMCs, and Buicks.

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Maine Restaurant Owners Reach Hungry Consumers On Portland Radio

Posted by Larry Julius on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 04:00 PM

Portland, Maine was named the Restaurant City of 2018 by Bon Appetit Magazine. No surprise because the state is home to 11 chefs who were semi-finalist for the 2018 James Beard awards.

Creating palette pleasing plates is an art. But, every eatery is just one of 3,112 Maine small businesses competing for a slice of the state's $2.3 billion in restaurant revenue. It's not as easy as you might think.

Portland alone, it turns out, has more restaurants per capita than most other major cities in America. This includes New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.

So, for a southern Maine restaurant to successfully compete in a category cramped with choices, advertising is required. And, no other advertising medium can better reach locals who dine-out than Portland radio.

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Maine Small Business: Using Portland Radio To Reach Millennials

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Sep 16, 2018 @ 02:13 PM

Millennials make-up 25% of the population. This segment of consumers now exceeds the number of baby boomers. In the five counties of southern Maine, says Nielsen, there are 196,0677 people who qualify as millennials.

Of particular importance to Maine small business owners, millennials living in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, and Oxford counties, will spend $1.5 billion dollars. Cha -ching!

To garner an unfair share of this giant pool of millennial moolah, Maine business owners need to advertise. And, no matter how one measures it, advertising on Portland radio is, irrefutably, the most potent way to convert millennials to customers.

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Tags: maine small business advertising, maine small business marketing, Maine Small Business Owners, Portland Radio Advertising, Advertising On Portland Radio, Millennial Advertising

Portland Radio: Best Way To Reach Likely Maine Voters

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Aug 26, 2018 @ 06:29 AM

On November 6th, polling places in southern Maine will be open for business. On that day it will be decided who will represent the first district in Congress and who will occupy the Governor's chair. There will also be a ballot full of other candidates and important matters whose fate the voters will determine.

To win, most of the candidates on the ballot will need to advertise. The most potent place to politic is Portland radio. Before I explain why, here's a bit of history.

The presidential election on November 2, 1920 was notable for 2 reasons. It was the first time women in American had the right to vote. It was also the first time voters could learn the balloting results in real-time on the radio instead of days later in the newspaper.

Women's suffrage was monumental. Election results on the radio, on the other hand, were a bit ironic.

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What Maine Small Business Owners Need To Know About TV Advertising

Posted by Larry Julius on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 05:33 PM

I just don't understand. Why isn't advertising on Portland radio the first choice of every Maine small business owner? Hundreds of local companies know, that by any measurement, local radio is the superior way to turn prospects into customers. But, some other companies, perplexingly, still choose TV first.

In a moment, I am going to present a cogent case to prove that if a Maine business owner chooses to advertise on TV, then it must, to ensure success, also invest in a radio schedule.

Before I do that, though, I think it is important to insist on Portland radio's superiority as an advertising and marketing medium for any Maine business. I can distill my argument into three components: Reach, Recall, and Return.

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Maine Business Owners Find Advertising Inspiration From Away

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Aug 19, 2018 @ 08:24 AM

Quick. What is the number-one job of every commercial that is purchased by a Maine small business owner on Portland radio? (Cue final Jeopardy music).

If you answered that the most important job of a radio commercial is to sell a product or service, then you would be wrong. Oh, so wrong.

The number one job of a radio commercial is to be heard. Only if a commercial is heard can it be remembered. And only when it is remembered, can an ad on Portland radio create a sale.

To buy a campaign on a Portland station, all anyone needs is a calculator and a budget. But injecting that ad into the medial temporal lobe of the brain (the place memories are made) is a little more challenging.

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Maine Small Business Owners Find Customers When The Sun Don't Shine

Posted by Larry Julius on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

For Maine small business owners, advertising on Portland radio seems to be a day job. Although most radio stations broadcast 24 hours, some advertisers believe no one tunes-in at night. Not only is this wrong, these misguided companies are missing a valuable marketing opportunity.

Last week, 699,315 adult consumers living in southern Maine listened to a Portland radio station. This is substantially more than watched a local TV station; read a local newspaper; or thumbed through a local magazine.

But, just because the sun sets, radio listeners don't roll up their ears. According to Nielsen, 46% of consumers who listen to Portland radio between 6am and 7pm also listen at night.

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The #1 Reason Advertising On Portland Radio Might Fail

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Aug 12, 2018 @ 08:22 AM

Since 1925, Maine small business owners have depended on Portland radio for advertising their products and services. Many of these local companies credit their radio ads with doubling or tripling their sales.

Sometimes, though, radio advertising fails. This could happen because commercials are placed on the wrong radio station. Or, the commercials were not engaging or compelling. Other times the advertiser did not invest enough to ensure success.

The number one reason advertising on Portland radio could fail, though, is the lack of a marketing objective. According to the Small Business Guide to Effective Radio Advertising, a well-articulated objective is critical for the success of any campaign.

Some Maine business owners might mistakenly identify their marketing objective as "getting my name out there", "creating a buzz", or "increasing foot-traffic". But, achieving any of those goals will not ensure success.

Sometimes the business owner could simply think they need "exposure". Exposure did not end well for the Donner party or Pee Wee Herman. And, if "exposure" is your marketing objective, then your campaign will probably end just as badly.

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Proof: Radio Advertising Delivers Sales For Maine Business Owners

Posted by Larry Julius on Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 09:15 PM

A variety of successful Maine small business owners invest in advertising on Portland radio to market their products and services. A slew of research clearly proves radio reaches mores consumers in southern Maine that any other ad medium.

These studies also show, that radio advertising provides business owners with the highest return-on-investment as well.

Studies are one thing. But, cash register receipts provide the definitive proof of radio advertising's potency.

If you were 1 of the 700,000 listeners who tuned-in to a Portland radio station last week, there was a good chance you heard commercials for Royal River Heat Pumps, a Freeport based HVAC dealer; Saco River Dentistry, a Buxton based dental practice; and The Time Pilots, a Portland based wedding band. Each of these small businesses report jaw-dropping results from their radio advertising investments

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Advertising on Portland Radio Brings Smiles To Maine Business

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Aug 05, 2018 @ 04:36 PM

There are 25,782,816 teeth in southern Maine. Over the next 12 months, according to Nielsen, 62% of them will end up in the offices of 600 or so practicing dentists.

The majority of dentists in southern Maine are self-employed, making them, by definition, small business owners. These owners are fighting, dare I say, tooth-and-nail for their share of $280 million in patient billing.

Advertising on Portland radio has proven to be an effective way for some dental professionals to recruit patients...and not just because radio is an "oral" medium. Buxton, Maine based Saco River Dentistry, for example, credits its radio advertising with contributing to a 426% increase in new patients this year versus last year.

For any Maine small business that advertises, including dentists, it turns out that the reach of an advertising campaign ranks very high in factors that ultimately convert a target audience into paying customers. Earlier this year, Nielsen released a study that found just that.

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