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Detroit Back To School Shopping To Top $581.7M in 2023

Jul 15, 2023 12:49:11 PM / by Larry Julius

“Back-to-class shopping is one of the most important consumer shopping occasions of the year," says Matthew Shay, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation (NRF).  "Our research for 2023 shows American consumers are eager to jumpstart their back-to-school and college purchases early."

Based on per capita spending estimates from the NRF, Detroit area parents are expected to spend a record $581,744,241 to prepare more than 653,800 children returning to grades K-12. These expenditures will exceed 2022 back-to-school sales by 12.5%

Expenditures to equip K-12 students in the Detroit area will be on:

  • Clothing: $213.1 million
  • Shoes: $168.2 million
  • Supplies: $109.3 million
  • Electronics: $91.1 million

In addition to expenditures for K-12,  $1.3 billion is expected to be spent in the Detroit area to prepare college students for their return to campus. This is 27% more than was spent last year. Another record.

The biggest spending categories to equip Detroit area college students in 2023 will include:

  • Electronics: $325.2 million
  • Dorm/Apartment Furniture: $183.6 million
  • Clothing: $175.2 million
  • Food Items: $145.7 million

In order to capture the largest portion of this record back-to-class cash, Detroit small business owners will need to fight to keep these dollars local. According to the NRF, a painful majority of shoppers plan to buy online and in department stores.  While only 13-15% of consumers plan to buy locally.

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Advertise In Detroit: Retailers Expect Record Father's Day Spend

Jun 2, 2023 2:06:47 PM / by Larry Julius

Father's Day, this year, is June, 18. To celebrate the dads in their lives, 2.9 million Detroit area consumers are expected to spend a record $394.8 million. According to a per capita forecast by the National Retail Federation (NRF), 2023 spending will be 14.5% more than last year.

“Father’s Day remains a momentous occasion for Americans to honor the important men in their lives,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Consumers plan to celebrate the holiday in a big way this year, and retailers are ready to help make it special.”

The record highs for both collective and average spending are primarily driven by an increase in the percentage of consumers purchasing clothing, electronics, personal care and special outings and the amount they are spending on these categories.

Overall  80% of all Father's Day spending will be concentrated into four gift categories:

  • Special Outing: $134.4 million
  • Clothing: $60.3 million
  • Gift Cards: $48.2 million
  • Electronics:  $44.8 million
  • Personal Care: $29.1 million

The remainder of the retail dollars Detroit consumers spend will be for tools/appliances, sporting goods, greeting cards, and books/CDs.

The challenge for Detroit area retailers, however, is keeping a significant share of these Father's Day dollars in local cash registers and out of the coffers of online sellers and department stores. Right now, according to the NRF, those two retail channels will gobble up almost 81% of all spending.

To earn a larger share of Father's Day spending, local small business owners will need to advertise to convince Detroit consumers of the benefits of buying from local retailers.  By almost every marketing metric, the best way to advertise is on Detroit radio.

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Advertising In Detroit: Mother's Day Spending Will Set Record

Apr 29, 2023 10:55:24 AM / by Larry Julius

Mother's Day is On May 14th this year. According to per capita data from The National Retail Federation, 2.9 million adult consumers in the Detroit area plan to celebrate the occasion.

Between now and that special Sunday in May, the NRF expects a record $615.5 million to be spent in Detroit to honor all the different moms in consumers' lives. Of those celebrating Mother’s Day, most (57%) are purchasing gifts for a mother or stepmother, followed by a wife (23%) or daughter (12%).

Comparatively speaking, Detroit area consumers will spend 12.6% more to celebrate Monther's Day this year than they did in 2022, which was also a record year.

“Mother’s Day provides Americans with an opportunity to honor important women in their lives,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “As people make plans to celebrate this year, retailers are prepared to help shoppers find gifts of appreciation and admiration for those they want to recognize on this special day.”

Almost half of all Mother's Day spending in the Detroit area will fall into three categories:

  1. Jewelry: $134,482,706
  2. Special Outing: $96,551,686
  3. Electronics: $68,965,490

The other half of Mother's Day spending includes purchases of gift cards, clothing, flowers, personal services, housewares, books, and greeting cards.

The challenge for Detroit area retailers, however, is keeping a significant share of these Mother's Day dollars in local cash registers and out of the coffers of online sellers and department stores. Right now, according to the NRF, those two retail channels will gobble up almost 68% of all spending.

To earn a larger share of Mother's Day spending, local small business owners will need to advertise to convince Detroit consumers of the benefits of buying from local companies.  By almost every marketing metric, the best way to advertise is on Detroit radio.

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Advertise In Detroit: Retail Sales To Exceed $88.4 Billion in 2023

Apr 10, 2023 3:36:58 PM / by Larry Julius

Despite high-interest rates, inflation, and recession fears, Detroit area consumers are expected to spend between $88.4 and $90.2 billion dollars at retail in 2023, according to recent per capita forecasts based on a survey by the National Retail Federation. This will be a 4-6% increase over 2022.

“In just the last three years, the retail industry has experienced growth that would normally take almost a decade by pre-pandemic standards,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “While we expect growth to moderate in the year ahead, it will remain positive as retail sales stabilize to more historical levels."

The challenge for Detroit area retailers, however, is keeping a significant share of these dollars in local cash registers. According to the NRF, the amount of money spent online and non-store options will increase by 10-12%. This is nearly twice the growth rate of all 2023 retail dollars and translates to more than a $8.8 billion dollar outflow.

To keep the expected deluge of new retail dollars local, area small business owners will need to advertise to convince Detroit consumers of all the benefits of buying from local companies.  By almost every marketing metric, the best way to advertise is on Detroit radio.

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Best Way To Advertise In Detroit: Furniture & Mattresses

Feb 22, 2023 2:49:32 PM / by Larry Julius

Over the next 12 months, according to Nielsen, 607,846 Detroit area households plan to buy furniture and mattresses. Based on a per capita forecast from Furniture Today, these expenditures will total $1.73 billion during 2023, a $31.6 million dollar increase over 2022.

Although the forecast growth of furniture and bedding sales is expected to moderate a bit versus 2021, what retailer would not want to grab a share of the multi-million dollar category growth this year?

To capture a bigger share of the increased spending on chairs, couches, beds, tables, and mattresses will require local stores to invest in marketing. And according to most key metrics, the best way to reach local furniture buyers is with advertising on Detroit radio.

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Surprise? Detroit Radio Is Still #1 Way To Reach Local Consumers

Nov 30, 2022 2:41:41 PM / by Larry Julius

Detroit area business owners have an abundance of options for marketing their goods and services to local consumers. New research from Nielsen, however, indicates that advertising on Detroit radio is still the best way to reach local shoppers.

Every week, according to Nielsen, Detroit radio reaches 2.8 million adults. This is significantly more than are reached by social media, local TV stations and cable systems, newspapers, streaming video and audio, and podcasts.

In addition to listening to their favorite Detroit radio stations over the air, Nielsen reports that 701,141 adults also listen to local stations online every month.

As a matter of fact, according to a study conducted by Edison Research during the third quarter of 2022, among Adults 25-54, 17% of all time spent listening to local AM/FM stations occurs online. This share of online listening has nearly doubled since 2016.

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Holiday Spending In Detroit Will Top $13.0 Billion In 2022

Nov 10, 2022 2:57:10 PM / by Larry Julius

Economic concerns among Southeast Michigan area consumers are not expected to subdue holiday shopping in in 2022.  Based on forecasts from The National Retail Federation, local shoppers are projected to spend at least $13.0 billion this year. This would be 6% more than was spent in 2021.

“While consumers are feeling the pressure of inflation and higher prices, and while there is continued stratification with consumer spending and behavior among households at different income levels, consumers remain resilient and continue to engage in commerce,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “In the face of these challenges, many households will supplement spending with savings and credit to provide a cushion and result in a positive holiday season.”

The biggest challenge facing Detroit business owners is keeping holiday spending local. NRF expects 10-12% of purchases to happen online from retailers like Amazon and Walmart.

To lay claim to this expanding pool of holiday spending,  and keep business local, small business owners will need advertising. By, most marketing metrics, the best way to advertise is on Detroit radio.

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Best Way To Advertise In Detroit: AM/FM Radio Still Rules

Aug 30, 2022 1:44:27 PM / by Larry Julius

Southeast Michigan small business owners have an abundance of options for advertising their goods and services. Choices include local TV, local cable, social media, streaming video, streaming audio, podcasts, and newspapers.

The best way to advertise in Detroit, however, is local radio.

Every week, according to Neilsen, 2.8 million adults tune-in to their favorite Detroit radio stations. This is significantly more than any other advertising medium.

In addition to the adults who listen to Detroit radio over-the-air, an incremental 173,228 adults connect to their favorite stations online as well using their phones, computers, and tablets. In all, according to Nielsen, 23.3% of all Detroit radio listeners listen both online and offline.

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Detroit Consumers Still Spending Despite Economic Sentiment

Aug 8, 2022 9:43:15 AM / by Larry Julius

Local consumers may have a gloomy feeling about economic conditions, but their spending has not tapered. This is good news for the 158,041 small business owners in the Detroit area.

According to the latest University of Michigan's Survey of Consumers, sentiment about current economic conditions remains near the all-time low. Concerns about volatile gas prices, rampant inflation, and a looming recession have driven the survey's index down 37% versus a year ago.

Despite these dim consumer sentiments, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis's July report shows that real personal consumption expenditures are pacing well above pre-Covid levels. According to Morgan Stanley research, consumers' ability to spend is being driven, in part, by a massive amount of excess savings accumulated over the course of the pandemic.

Earlier this year, based on per capita spending data from the National Retail Federation (NRF). Detroit consumers were forecast to spend nearly $67.6 billion at retail this year. The current level of spending suggests that shoppers are on track to hit that number.

Of course, for local business owners to successfully compete for a share of this record spending requires marketing. By most key marketing metrics, the best way to advertise is on Detroit radio. This is especially true among business owners who must limit the number of marketing channels that can be used because of economic restraints.

Of all media, advertising on the radio provides the greatest return on investment.

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Advertising On Detroit Radio Still #1 Way to Reach Consumers

Jun 8, 2022 10:03:22 AM / by Larry Julius

Every week, according to new Nielsen data, 2,778,339 adults tune in to a Detroit radio station. This is more consumers than use social media, access local cable, watch broadcast TV, stream video channels, listen to streaming audio, read a newspaper, or download a podcast.

Based on per capita estimates from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Detroit consumers are expected to spend between $67.6 and $68.9 billion at retail in 2022, a six to eight percent growth over the previous year. Utilizing radio's enormous advertising reach, local business owners can compel shoppers to spend this large pool of cash in their stores and on their websites.

The number of consumers reached is critical to the success of an advertising campaign.

According to a Nielsen study, after the actual content of the commercial message itself, reach is the most potent advertising element that can drive sales. Reach is more important than brand, recency, or even context. Detroit radio provides local business owners with the most significant reach among consumers.

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