What Local Businesses Need to Know for Reaching Sports Fans

What Local Businesses Need to Know for Reaching Sports Fans

Lancaster County loves football, from high school teams to the NFL. Every Friday night, LNP readers take to the fields to watch their local high school football games. No one knows more about local high school and college sports than LNP. We offer great news reporting and highlights in print and online, and we offer a range of advertising opportunities like the High School Football Preview. So during the peak of fall sports, your business can reach fans right here in Lancaster.

When your business places advertisements in the High School Football Preview, your brand shows support for your favorite high school football team.

Why should your business care about advertising in this popular annual feature? Simple: This is the opportunity for your business to generate sales and goodwill by being a team sponsor. High School Football Preview could be a touchdown for your business.

Associate your business with a school by placing team ads.

Sports fans connect with their favorite team. Studies have shown that for fans, identifying with a favorite team is more important than being identified with their work and social groups.  Support for a certain team or club can serve as a point of identity for sports lovers. Die-hard fans will do anything for their team.

Use this to your business’s advantage. Make a connection with local sports fans by identifying your business as a high school football team fan when you advertise in the High School Football Preview.

Reach sports fans, parents, and students in Lancaster County.

Football Sports player High School in LancasterJust like the competition athletes face on the field, your business has its own competition. By becoming a team sponsor, your business will attract the sports fans in Lancaster and beat out the competition. When fall comes around, high school football games attract fans that could also become customers. It’s not just men reading the Sports Section. Teachers, parents, students or any fan of local Lancaster high school football teams could be reading your advertisement in LNP. This opportunity allows you to connect with a wide range of sports enthusiasts. Your business could be seen by the 140,000 people who read LNP on weekdays when you become a part of the High School Football Preview.

Football brings lots of hype once the season starts. People bring out their favorite jerseys, tailgating supplies, and decorations for their homes. Why wouldn’t your business want to join the hype that football season brings? It’s a smart move.

Mixing sports and marketing is a good play.

LNP will publish this special edition on Wednesday, August 30 and Wednesday, November 29, during the beginning and end of high school football season. By running your business’s advertisement twice, you can reach twice the number of sports fans and athletes! Your business can reach over 140,000 readers and potential customers with each publication.

Want to be a part of this special spotlight edition? Hurry! The deadline for space reservation is Friday, August 11th.

Beat the competition and build awareness with the High School Football Preview. Contact us now to speak with a Sales Rep!

What 7 in 10 LNP Readers Revealed in Our Last Survey

What 7 in 10 LNP Readers Revealed in Our Last Survey

Reading Habits can be Personal

It’s probably not surprising to learn that the people at LNP Media Group are obsessed with measuring and analyzing reader habits. We do a lot of research and big studies. We ask a lot of questions to find out what people care about, and try to measure how much they care about it. But readers are not always forthcoming. Sometimes they don’t get specific, or don’t want to share too much about what they read, or why. Despite all the research we do, we’re not always 100% sure about our readers feelings about every part of our news and information offers. Over the years, we’ve come to accept that people don’t always want to share every part of their reading habits. Some parts of our subscribers’ lives are personal. We get it.

We Never Expected Rave Reviews

Maybe that’s why we were surprised when we started getting positive feedback. Sometimes it was a short note. Other times it was a legitimate, handwritten letter. (Yes, they still exist!) And we started getting emails, and Facebook posts and comments. We got lots of positive comments in surveys. In fact, everywhere we look, people were making an effort to tell us how much they like our new magazine. There’s no other way to describe it. Sunday magazine got rave reviews.

 7 in 10 Readers read Sunday EVERY WEEK

Our last survey cinched it. 7 out of 10 people who subscribe to LNP on Sundays reported that they read Sunday magazine every week. That translates to loyal weekly readership in over 50,000 homes, with a readership of almost 140,000.

While it surprises some, Sunday magazine is not available in newsstand editions. None of its content is available online. It doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account. Instead, it’s a rock-solid expression of our commitment to print and to those who love it. We’re grateful that our readers love our magazine. And we’re excited to have such a beloved magazine to offer to our local advertisers.

 

Haikus, Birdwatching, Local Makers and More

Whether you love nature, culture, food, history or the arts, Sunday offers readers original, local content every week. The Sunday staff looks for the very best of everything local. That’s why you’ll find work from local poets and writers, profiles on businesses, chefs, craftsmen and historians, glimpses back into Lancaster County history, recipes, profiles on artists and musicians and, of course, our now famous Lancaster County-inspired word searches.

How Can You Reach Sunday Readers?

Sunday magazine offers three ways to reach our loyal readers.

  1.  1/3 page ads–Only two are allowed on any one page, so your business gets maximum attention.
  2. Table of Contents page–Your logo will be included on a page that not only kicks off the Sunday magazine experience, but also features a timely quote, information about the cover and a map that sources every story or feature and connects it to one of the towns or townships in the county.
  3. Page sponsorship–Some of our pages get special attention from readers, such as  The Lancaster That Was, Almanac and Puzzles. We don’t offer ads on these pages, but we do offer sponsorships, so you can be in front of readers as they spend extra time with our magazine. Your name or logo will be prominently featured on the page.

Want to learn more? Contact us and let’s start talking about introducing your business to our passionate and engaged readers.

How to Target the Right Audience on Facebook

How to Target the Right Audience on Facebook

By Tiffany  Anderson   

If you don’t already know the value of Facebook advertising, it’s OK. The good news is that it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down in the near future. In fact, the ad manager platform frequently launches new updates intended to create a better user experience.

Businesses can now promote content with a few simple clicks but if you don’t understand the targeting opportunities beyond what boosted posts have to offer, you could be wasting money. We’ve collected a few stats from Facebook’s ad manager to give you a preview of the targeting potential in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Facebook users in Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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Our infographic illustrates just a few of the 200+ targeting options businesses can use to increase their local reach. January reports showed that nearly 70% of the county’s population 18 years and older are active on Facebook. Before you assume this isn’t the right advertising tool for your business, the ad manager allows us to check the potential reach before spending any money. You may be pleasantly surprised by the numbers!

Here are the best Facebook targeting strategies every ad manager should take advantage of.

Custom Audiences

If you have a list of customer emails, upload them to your audience profile. This presents an opportunity to nurture your audience, develop brand loyalty, promote order frequency, and increase the lifetime customer value.

Lookalike Audiences

Who better to target than the friends of your current customers? You can create a “lookalike” audience from a custom audience, conversion tracking pixel, or business page followers. How does it work? First, Facebook scans the active accounts of the source to identify similar qualities based on demographics, interests, and behaviors. Then, those qualities are matched with the friends of the users from the source and curated into a new lookalike audience list.

Location Targeting

This is one targeting option that is pretty easy to overlook. Besides having the option to target locations by country, state, address, and mile radius; there is one selection advertisers should think twice about before starting their campaign. It’s that little drop down box beside the Locations field where “everyone in this location” is preselected. Depending on your business and/or offer, this may not be the most efficient way to spend. When you look at the drop down options (everyone in, living in, recently in, and traveling in this location), you may find at least one of the three groups that make up the default selection does not apply to your target audience.

A home cleaning business, for example, wouldn’t benefit by targeting people who do not live within their service area. A local attraction, however, would see value in targeting people who live in the area and are traveling near their location. In this instance, an advertiser can create different ads that are unique to residents and visitors.

Detailed/Layered Targeting

This is level audience targeting is not available in boosted posts so pay close attention because it can help save you money! There are so many scenarios where this hypertargeting tool comes in handy but let’s pretend we are marketing a new fast and fresh meal option to working moms with small children.

It’s not enough to simply add those selections in one layer because you won’t be targeting the right audience. Without narrowing your selections, you will be targeting all working moms no matter what age their children are and all moms with small children who may or may not be working.  Detailed targeting allows us to exclude or narrow selections to further define your most desired audiences.

Purchase Behaviors

Facebook’s partnerships with big data companies offer advertisers with a whole new set of targeting options based on the buying habits of users. From DIYers, coupon users, fashionistas and consumers of just about any type of product you can think of, there is bound to be a selection relevant to your offer.

Life Events

Some businesses, like jewelers, can benefit greatly from Facebook’s life events selections. Life events is a collection of user data that helps advertisers target people in new relationships, who are newly engaged, have an anniversary coming up, started a new job, and more. This feature gives us the unique ability to capture and convert customers at opportune times.

With the amount of information Facebook collects on their users, to say they know more about you than your best friend wouldn’t be totally far-fetched for some. As scary as it may sound, they are committed to transparency and respecting user privacy. Advertisers will never gain access to personally identifiable information of their target audience unless it is willingly submitted by an individual in response to a call-to-action campaign.

Are you ready to explore the opportunities Facebook has in store for you? Create customized ads for niche audiences, build better connections, and measure campaign effectiveness. For help getting started, contact us!

LNP Media Group is committed to delivering exceptional experiences to our audiences, our customers, our vendors and our employees throughout Lancaster County and Central Pennsylvania. We provide value to our marketing and advertising partners by building effective and innovative solutions and by delivering exemplary customer experiences.
LNP Media Group is a division of Steinman Communications, one of the largest and most experienced communications companies in the Mid-Atlantic. Steinman Communications is an innovative, multi-channel communications company that delivers high-quality news, information and entertainment to diverse audiences.
Digital Marketing from the “Newspaper?”

Digital Marketing from the “Newspaper?”

Digital marketing has become a critical part of most marketing plans. Platforms like Facebook offer unmatched audience targeting, paid search advertising reaches specific customers who are ready to buy, and geofencing reaches mobile audiences within narrow geographic areas. The question we often get is, “Why do I want digital marketing services from the newspaper?”

While LNP Media Group used to be just “the newspaper,” today we offer advertisers a wide range of tools. LNP Media Group provides digital marketing services and results that are hard to match anywhere else.

LNP Media Group is a Google Partner

We bring proven expertise—just ask Google:

  • To be certified as a Google Partner, LNP Media Group’s digital team members had to pass exams. We took tests designed to evaluate our understanding of Google AdWords(Google’s advertising platform) and Google Analytics (Google’s website analysis tool).
  • We also had to show Google that we’re managing a significant amount of digital advertising and we had to verify that we have sustained growth in the number of clients we serve.

What does this mean to you? It means that when you use LNP Media Group’s digital marketing services, you can be sure that our team is on top of the latest advances in digital marketing. It also means that the Google support team is just a phone call away to answer any questions you have. This proven expertise translates into a better return on investment for your digital marketing campaigns.

Reach Virtually Any Audience; Not Just Digital Ones

LNP Media Group is different from a typical marketing agency; we can efficiently deliver audiences that no one else can. We can deliver digital audiences with pinpoint precision through geofencing, paid search, email marketing, targeted display, and Facebook. We can also use our own media platforms to reach huge numbers of Lancaster County consumers. That means that LNP Media Group can help you bundle together digital and local print marketing to create the most effective marketing plan possible.

We Deliver Digital Marketing Results You Can Measure

The digital marketing team at LNP Media Group is fanatical about delivering measurable results. Here are a just a few examples:

  • An email marketing campaign for a local auto retailer resulted in 17 cars sold with a return on investment of over 100%.
  • Paid search advertising campaign for a heating and air conditioning company increased sales leads by 165%.
  • A Facebook advertising campaign for a local retailer resulted in 1,431 sales leads at a cost per lead of $0.81.

These are the kind of results that we’d like to deliver to your business for your next marketing campaign. Let’s take the first step of getting to know each other with a free marketing strategy sessions. We’ll meet you, review your marketing goals, and offer you a custom marketing proposal. To get started, contact us at LNP Media Group.

LNP Media Group is committed to delivering exceptional experiences to our audiences, our customers, our vendors and our employees throughout Lancaster County and Central Pennsylvania. We provide value to our marketing and advertising partners by building effective and innovative solutions and by delivering exemplary customer experiences.

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5 Ways Real Estate Uses Digital To Attract Sellers

5 Ways Real Estate Uses Digital To Attract Sellers

Digital marketing is one of the most effective ways to grow your business. By investing in digital marketing, you can reach a growing customer base at a fast pace. Has your real estate business dipped into the digital world yet? Start reaching more sellers with these digital marketing tips.

Content Marketing

Though maintaining a blog can be tedious, it’s importance to a complete digital marketing portfolio should not be overlooked:

  • Having an updated blog with engaging content is a great way to connect with sellers and even buyers.
  • Companies that published 16+ blog posts a month got almost 3.5x more traffic than companies that published between 0-4 monthly posts. Increasing the amount of blog posts you have increases web traffic.
  • Customized content will allow sellers to feel as though you’re speaking directly to them, which is a great way to connect with your target audience.
  • When choosing blog post topics, make sure to pick subjects that are both applicable to your audience and focused on a specific topic.

Email Marketing

Email marketing is a great way to connect with potential home sellers and buyers in any market. What’s critical about this kind of digital marketing is that you can communicate directly with an engaged audience. Email marketing gives you the tools to stay connected with those who are interested in what you have to offer:

  • Studies have shown that 74% of consumers prefer to receive commercial communication via email.
  • If you have a website, consider adding an email sign-up form to the most highly visited pages, such as the homepage, in order to collect email addresses. This will help provide you with a sufficient list of emails.
  • You’ll want to be sure your sign-up form also tells visitors what kind of information to expect in your emails.
  • If you’re on Facebook, set up your business page’s call-to-action feature to connect to your sign up form to attract new email subscribers.
  • You can also collect emails offline by using sign-up sheets at events such as open houses.

Geo-fencing

Geo-fencing is location-based digital marketing in which you define geographic boundaries to target an audience on their mobile devices. Geofences can be precision targeted down to a radius of 400 meters, allowing you to fence locations such as home shows, interior design stores, home improvement stores, or any location you can envision that would attract your target audience.

Once your audience has entered the geofenced area, they will be tagged to be served your ads on their location-enabled mobile device. You can use these ads for awareness of your real estate company, or even to alert people to their proximity to an open house.

Social Media

Social media allows real estate agents to set themselves apart while growing a loyal following:

  • Selling or buying a home is one of the most important processes in a person’s life. Listing houses can be a lengthy process, and prospects will need to be nurtured along the way.
  • Facebook is an excellent tool for building longer-term relationships. Facebook Ads can reach a targeted audience based on demographics and interests, so that you can engage with them throughout the longer buying and selling process.

Website Design

You have one shot at impressing visitors when they come to your website for the first time. Their first visit will influence their decision to stay or move on. Make sure your website makes an impact and highlights your most compelling message. How do you make sure your website is working hard?

  • Ensure it is mobile friendly
  • Include a mortgage calculator
  • Include information for buyers, sellers, and investors
  • Make sure your site is easy to navigate on all types of devices
  • Include social media sharing buttons
  • Make sure your content is compelling

For more information on how you can use digital marketing to reach sellers, contact us. Our real estate experts will be happy to assist you in developing your digital marketing plan.

LNP Media Group is committed to delivering exceptional experiences to our audiences, our customers, our vendors and our employees throughout Lancaster County and Central Pennsylvania. We provide value to our marketing and advertising partners by building effective and innovative solutions and by delivering exemplary customer experiences.

LNP Media Group is a division of Steinman Communications, one of the largest and most experienced communications companies in the Mid-Atlantic. Steinman Communications is an innovative, multi-channel communications company that delivers high quality news, information and entertainment to diverse audiences.

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