There are 559,886 millennials in the Charlotte area. The oldest of them turn 40 this year. According to The Pew Research Center, millennials comprise the generation of Americans born between 1981 and 1996.
As a consumer group, millennials account for an outsized percentage of retail spending. This generation represents 25.9% of the Charlotte area population but almost one-third of metro-area sales.
All in, Charlotte millennials are expected to ring up more than $16.9 billion in purchases during 2021. You name it, millennials are planning to buy it.
According to Nielsen, over the next 12 months, Charlotte millennials will be showing up in huge numbers at auto dealerships, furniture stores, mattress stores, appliance stores, home improvement stores, and scores of other area retailers and service providers.
Every week, according to Nielsen, Charlotte radio reaches nearly 90% of all millennials. This is remarkably more than watch local TV, cable, or streaming video. It's more than use social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. It's more than listen to streaming audio from Pandora and Spotify.
The number of different Charlotte consumers reached by an advertising campaign is crucial to success.
A study, Nielsen discovered the elements of an advertising campaign that had the most potent effect on purchase behavior. The results indicate that reach (the number of different consumers exposed to a campaign) was responsible for driving more sales for the advertiser than branding, recency, context, or targeting. Only the message itself (creative) was more potent.
In addition to superior reach, advertising on Charlotte radio also delivers an extraordinary return-on-investment.
Between April 30 and May 27 of last year, Nielsen analyzed the sales results of a retailer who conducted an advertising campaign during that period using both radio and TV.*
The bottom line of this study: Radio advertising produced a $28,000 increase in sales for every $1000 the retailer spent.
These findings confirm 21 previous studies by Nielsen, which demonstrate that, on average, radio advertising returns $10,000 in advertising for every $1000 invested. The chart below shows the range of returns from each study.
Charlotte millennials defy the stereotypes foisted upon their generation. They are, in fact, hardworking homeowners with families and jobs. But most importantly, these 25-40-year-olds are shaping Charlotte's retail economy.
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