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What Detroit Consumers Need To Know Now About Your Small Business

Aug 12, 2020 7:45:34 AM / by Larry Julius

There is good news for Metro Detroit retailers and restaurants.

As a result of the pandemic, one-third of consumers indicate they will pay a premium for local brands and products, according to a recent study by Ernst & Young

However, before consumers will buy from a local business in Dearborn, St. Clair Shores, Farmington Hills, or any town in-between, they must know they can do so without risking their health.

Advertising is the only practical way to let Southeast Michigan shoppers and diners know about the precautions and practices your small business has taken to reduce potential health threats.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, restaurant marketing, restaurant advertising, retail, retailer, retail sales, retail store, restaurants, writing a commercial, small business marketing, small business advertising, effective advertising

Advertising On Detroit Radio: What Consumers Want To Hear

Jul 16, 2020 2:31:59 PM / by Larry Julius

If you were one of the 2.9 million adults who tuned-in to a Detroit radio station last week, then no doubt you heard multiple commercials that included phrases like 'troubling times', 'uncertain times', 'unprecedented times', 'new normal', and 'we're in this together'. 

In March, as the pandemic began to disrupt consumers' lives, using these phrases was a powerful way for Southeast Michigan small business owners to acknowledge the severity of the crisis and to exhibit empathy. But 120 days later, these words have become cliche and have lost potency.

A cliche, says the Oxford Dictionary, is "a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought." 

According to the Writing Center at The University of North Carolina, the dependence on cliches could create a harmful perception of a business that uses them. For instance, these overused phrases can make an advertiser's message seem boring. They can be perceived as vague. They can be interpreted to be a sign of laziness. They can also result in a lack of credibility. 

The words a Metro Detroit small business chooses for its advertising will have the most significant effect on sales. That's why eliminating cliches is critical.

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Topics small business, small business owner, radio advertising, advertise on radio, writing a commercial, commercial length, small business marketing, small business advertising, effective advertising, radio commercials, creative, scripts

Best Way To Re-Introduce A Detroit Small Business To Consumers

Jun 5, 2020 2:29:15 PM / by Larry Julius

Metro Detroit small business owners are learning that 're-opening' may not be an appropriate word for the challenges they face as the Coronavirus crisis winds down.  A better term might be 're-introducing'.

Since the Governor of Michigan shuttered the state on March 23 to slow the spread of COVID-19, Detroit area consumers have discovered new ways to buy the goods and services they need.  It's now the burden of local business owners to lure these customers back. The first step is re-introduction.

On August 20, 1920, WWJ signed-on as the first radio station serving Southeast Michigan. Since then, local business owners have used radio advertising to introduce themselves successfully to new customers. Radio has also helped these businesses survive recessions, depressions, world wars, tornados, and blizzards. By any metric, advertising on Detroit radio remains the most effective tactic a small business owner can use post-pandemic, as well.

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Topics small business, small business owner, radio advertising, best way to advertise, retail, return on investment, ROI, retailer, retail sales, retail store, reopen, advertise on radio, dayparts, time of day, writing a commercial, commercial length

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