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Charlotte Retail Sales Are Growing. Is It Time To Advertise?

Oct 19, 2020 4:03:44 PM / by Larry Julius

Now would be a good time for Charlotte small business owners to consider increasing their advertising expenditures.

There are just over 92,000 small businesses in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC metro area, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Based on some promising retail sales data, the Overall  Sentiment Index among local small business owners has improved 28.5% between April 26 and October 12 of this year.

The best news for business owners came from the Commerce Department on Friday when it reported that retail sales rose by a seasonally adjusted 1.9% in September. This is the fifth straight month of gains.

Local retail gains are being powered by improving consumer confidence and a large pool of cash sitting in people's savings accounts.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 101.8 in September, up 17.9% from August. This means consumers are in the mood to spend. Fortunately, they have money in the bank to do so.

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Topics consumer spending, small business, small business owner, millennials, roi, return on investment, small business marketing, small business advertising, retail spending, retail, retail sales, retail stores, retailer, millennial parents, advertising ROI, consumer confidence, purchase intent

Advertise In Charlotte: Shoppers' Needs Are Changing...Again!

Sep 28, 2020 2:00:21 PM / by Larry Julius

There are over 2.2 million adult consumers in the Charlotte area. Collectively, in a typical year, these shoppers would generate $49.6 billion in retail sales. This money would be spent on cars, shoes, fast-food, entertainment, groceries, mattresses, adult beverages, haircuts, makeup, and an over-abundance of other of goods and services. Their money was being spent on both the essential and the frivolous. 

The way Charlotte consumers spend money changed radically in March as COVID-19 began to spread. Six months into the pandemic, shopping strategies are about to change again.

It started with panic buying. Consumers began ignoring prices and were paying what was ever necessary to ensure the safety, health, and comfort of their families.  According to Nielsen, this sudden spike in demand caused widespread price increases. To put it in perspective, retail prices shot-up in 64% of all product categories stocked in grocery stores.

Almost immediately, advertising messages from local retailers shifted from promises of low prices and convenience to product availability and shopper safety.

Based on new research from Nielsen, consumers' shopping strategies are beginning to shift again. This will require Charlotte small business owners and retailers to also change their advertising strategies, too.

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Topics small business, small business owner, roi, return on investment, small business marketing, small business advertising, retail spending, retail, retail sales, retail stores, retailer, corona, coronavirus, covid 19, pandemic, advertising ROI

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