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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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Portland Radio Rises Above Static For Maine Small Business Owners

Posted by Larry Julius on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 @ 08:01 AM

Eighteen years ago, when the millennium was fresh, Maine small business owners had relatively few media options available for advertising their goods and services. There was local Portland radio. Local TV. Local Newspaper. Local Magazines.

It's hard to believe in the year 2000 there were no iPads, iPods, iPhones, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius/XM, Hulu, Roku, Netflix, Fire Sticks, Kindles, Nooks, Fitbits, Apple Watches, or countless other devices and distractions.

The inundation of new media since then has taken a toll on most legacy media. Radio, however, has been the exception. Awesome news for Maine businesses who depend on Portland radio advertising to deliver customers.

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

Top Reasons Maine Business Owners Love Advertising On Portland Radio

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Jul 29, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

On July 25, 1925 WCSH-AM, became the first radio station in Maine. Since that day, Maine small business owners have depended on Portland radio to successfully advertise their goods and services.

A lot of things have changed over the last 93 years. WCSH no longer broadcasts from the lobby of the Congress Street Hotel (notice the station's call letters). Also, the spot on the AM dial once occupied by WCSH is now home to WZAN, the local ESPN radio affiliate.

One thing that hasn't changed, though, is that hundreds of Maine business owners still invest their advertising and marketing dollars on Portland radio stations. Here are the top 3 reasons why.

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Grab An Unfair Share of Maine's Retail Boom For Your Small Business

Posted by Larry Julius on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 02:20 PM

If, during the first 6 months of 2018, sales at your Maine small business did not expand by at least 5.5% versus the same period in 2017, then you are not grabbing your fair share of retail growth. According to the latest census data, 5.5% is the amount by which the retail sales economy has grown.

So, if your sales have have been flat or edged up by only a couple of percent, then that means your competitors have been eating your lunch. Advertising on Portland radio can help you claim the share of business growth you are leaving on the table. Here's how I know.

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

What Amazon Knows That Some Maine Business Owners Don't

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Jul 22, 2018 @ 09:40 AM

The 700,000 people who tuned-in to a Portland radio station last week could not help but hear commercials for Amazon's Prime Day. Radio advertising is not a typical part of the company's advertising mix. Last week, though, Amazon broadcast a ton of commercials across the AM and FM dials.

Here's what Maine small business owners can learn from the world's second largest retailer: Advertising on radio delivers stunning results at the cash register. Cha-ching!

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

150,000 Reasons To Advertise on Portland Radio

Posted by Larry Julius on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 @ 08:04 AM

There are 75,072 adults in Southern Maine who have an annual household income of $150,000 or more. This is just under 10% of the population.

Why should Maine small business owners care about this segment of the population? This tiny slice of the population accounts for 40% of all retail spending, that's why. We're talking $4.4 billion in cha-ching!

If a business owner wants to claim an unfair share of these rare and valuable southern Maine consumers, then advertising is required. And which medium is most capable of reaching these big spenders? Portland radio.

According to Nielsen, 94.6% of these big earners tune into a local, Portland radio station each week. This is far more than watch local TV, read local newspapers, or thumb-through local magazines.

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Tags: Effective Radio Advertising, Portland Maine Radio, maine small business advertising, Portlan Radio, maine small business marketing, Maine Small Business Owners

TV Networks and Maine Business Owners Depend on Radio Ads For Results

Posted by Larry Julius on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

Thousands of Maine small business owners depend on Portland radio to attract new customers. Radio advertising works so well that even TV networks benefit from it.  A recent study demonstrates just how well.

First of all, radio reaches more adults each week than any other medium. More than TV. More than smartphones. More than newspapers. More than anything. Last week, for instance, almost 700,000 consumers living in southern Maine tuned into a Portland radio station.

So, when a national TV network wanted to compel viewers to tune-in to a recent mini-series, it advertised the show on the radio. To determine if the advertising paid off, Nielsen, a media research company, partnered with Cumulus Westwood One, a radio broadcasting company, to measure the results. Let's just say the results were spectacular.

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This Is Your Brain On Radio. Advice For Maine Small Business Owners.

Posted by Larry Julius on Sat, Jul 07, 2018 @ 01:43 PM

When a Maine small business owner invests in an advertising campaign, the goal of the ads should never be to sell a product. The primary purpose for any type of ad including those on TV, on radio, or online, is to be remembered. When a consumer can't recall your company's message when it's time to make a purchase, chances are they'll buy from your competitors.

So, when a business owner has to choose between purchasing ads on Portland radio, TV, or digital, the owner needs to know which ads are most likely to be remembered. Spoiler alert: it's the radio commercials. How do we know? Science tells us so.

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Target The Heart: Advertising Advice For Maine Small Business Owners

Posted by Larry Julius on Wed, Jul 04, 2018 @ 05:22 PM

Last week in southern Maine, according to Nielsen, 700,000 adult consumers tuned-in to their favorite Portland radio station. This is, by far, more people than who watched TV, read a newspaper, used a smartphone, or used an online app.

The reality that radio has the largest reach is not lost on thousands of Maine small business owners who depend on the medium to advertise their products and services. As we wrote in the article "The 3 Rs of Radio Advertising", reach is the second most potent element of a successful ad campaign for driving sales. What is the most powerful component?

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Advertising On Public Radio. Should Maine Small Business Owners Do It?

Posted by Larry Julius on Sun, Jun 24, 2018 @ 04:57 PM

Confession: WMEA-FM, 90.1, is one of the Portland radio presets on my car radio.

WMEA is one of the 13 Maine stations that comprise Maine Public. This network provides listeners from Kittery to Fort Kent with programming from NPR (National Public Radio); local news; and classical music.

Each week, 17% of all adults living in southern Maine, tune-into WMEA. This, according to Nielsen, makes it the most listened to Portland radio station. So, does it make sense for a Maine small business to advertise and market its goods and services to this audience. Here are some things considered:

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