Advertising In Charlotte: Don't Say 'March Madness'

Feb 21, 2022 2:01:58 PM / by Larry Julius

Right now, at least one of the 97,696 businesses located in the Charlotte area is thinking about using the phrase 'March Madness' as part of upcoming advertising and marketing plans. Why not? It's a great use of alliteration. It's a familiar term. And, it's that time of year.

A furniture store in Indian Trail might think it would be clever to use 'March Madness' in its commercials on Charlotte radio to promote a big spring sale. A non-profit in Matthews feels it would be a good way to describe its charity fun run on social media and online advertising. A sports bar in Rock Hill believes it would be a no-brainer to use the term in streaming video and audio ads to bring in scores of basketball fans.

It is, indeed,  tempting for a Charlotte small business owner to use this term for advertising or marketing purposes. But,  to avoid a costly legal battle, the use of this trademarked phrase should be a non-starter. Here's why.

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Topics radio advertising, social media advertising, television advertising, online advertising, OTT, streaming media, streaming audio, CTV, streaming video, streaming television, internet advertising, display advertising, search engine marketing, SEM, streaming TV, copyright, trademark, intellectual property

Online Advertising In Charlotte: How Much Will Be Spent in 2022?

Jan 20, 2022 1:45:52 PM / by Larry Julius

Charlotte-area business owners are expected to spend $783 million advertising online in 2022. This, according to Borrell Associates, a company that tracks advertising expenditures across the country.

Borrell's forecast indicates that almost 50% of Charlotte's online expenditures will be in the form of paid search. The most recognizable type of this advertising is the paid ads that appear adjacent to the results of almost every search query on Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Borrell's forecast also indicates that approximately 27% of online expenditures will be in the form of display advertising. This consists of traditional banner ads that appear across millions of websites and apps, including social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. According to, the average Charlotte area consumer is served more than 1700 of these ads per month.

Video advertising in Charlotte is forecast to account for 23% of all online ad dollars in 2022. Like search and display, millions of websites can support this type of advertising. This includes sites, apps, and platforms like YouTube, Roku Channel, Hulu, Paramount+, and most social media sites.

The remainder of online advertising dollars is expected to be spent on audio advertising, including streaming sites like Pandora and Spotify; or email marketing campaigns.

So many Charlotte business owners are investing a large portion of their marketing budgets into online advertising because that's where their customers are.
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Topics social media advertising, millennials, online advertising, digital advertising, social media, streaming media, streaming audio, streaming video, ad spending, advertising options, streaming television, internet advertising, display advertising, search engine marketing, SEM

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