Advertising plays an important part in attracting consumers to the sales points. However, such large advertisers as MacDonald's or Wal-Mart perform their advertising campaigns nationwide, it is still crucial for the business success to advertise locally. The local advertising is mostly performed by local shops, restaurants, companies, which provide services or retailing companies.
It is not enough for people to know about the shops or restaurants' network, it is necessary to inform them about their specific locations, closer to their homes or workplaces, and the specifics relevant offers. The most part of the local advertisements consists of information of this sort.
For the retail trading advertising, as for any kind of ads, it is vital to set specific goals and tasks, to determine the target market segment and to elaborate the Media strategy.
One of the most popular Media for the local retailers has been newspapers. They offer excellent opportunities for advertisers to cover their target market segment, to vary the frequency and volumes of the advertisements and to react relevantly to the market changes. In addition, the newspaper advertising allows the traders to define the number of their target consumers they cover with the advertisements. The target insets in the newspapers permit covering the whole target audience as well as the certain neighborhoods of a city or a town. It lets to stimulate the buyers' activity in a certain neighborhood or at the sales point proximity. Additionally, it gives a possibility to win back the market segment from the competitors. At the meantime, it cuts the expenses for the address advertising. Some newspapers offer their advertisers the delivery of the products samples or advertisements to the wealthiest households of the city or of the neighborhood.
The second top position in the retail advertising is taken by the radio. The radio advertising is very efficient for stimulating the sales. It possesses a great reminding capability, as the radio ad has a very high level of contact with the consumers' frequency and may remind them about a product or a retail network on their way to shopping as many people listen to the radio while driving their cars. Furthermore, the audience of many radio stations is strongly fragmented, which allows the retailers to address directly their target consumers.
The television has come into consideration as an important Media channel for the local advertising only recently. The nationwide broadcasting networks used to be very expensive for many local advertisers. Moreover, the nationwide advertising had no much sense for the local traders as it covered huge masses of people across the nation instead of the local target audiences. With the development of the cable television, the local retailers found another good opportunity to attract attention of their target consumers. Mostly, there are several cable networks, which cover several different districts of the city. It may perform the address and more scaled advertising campaigns.
The retail trading has widely accepted a joint venture advertising of the product manufacturers and local retailers. This sort of advertisement is presented in the name of the manufacturer with mentioning the name of the local retailer that provides the product for sale. These joint venture ads may be paid either by both sides or by the manufacturer alone.
The retail advertising is essential for the merchants and for the manufacturers of the products they sell. The level of popularity and attendance of the networks of the retailers depends on the level of sales of the manufacturers' products.
The more planning and marketing researches are carried out in this field, the more investments turnover it produces. This is the reason why the field of the retail advertising has been growing so dynamically.