07/30

Why Doesn’t Radio use “Add to Calendar”?

Why Doesn't Radio use "Add to my Calendar"?

I spend my day inviting others to meetings and accepting invitations from others.

And I do it the same way you do, by sending or accepting those little “add to calendar” invitations.

So here we are, radio broadcasters, driving tune-in to an appointment-based medium where appointments are clearly rewarded by Arbitron at ratings time.

And I personally have never seen a broadcaster invite any listener to add anything to their calendars with the simplicity of a “click.”

That doesn’t mean nobody has done it – just that I have never seen it.  And judging from some of the response to this issue on my Facebook page where I posted this question originally, I’m not the only one.

What’s the point of having a “permission asset” that includes email if you’re not going to use it to invite those fans to things that would interest them at particular days and times?

Want me to listen to you?

Invite me.

Maybe you’ll end up in my calendar.

Especially when I am at every radio broadcaster’s favorite listening post:  The workplace.

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  • @buzzbishop

    OMG .. YES! I remember arguing with promo directors and web editors FIVE YEARS AGO about putting this features into the website.

    Never happened.

  • http://www.markramseymedia.com Mark Ramsey

    We weren’t ready for the obvious five years ago. Now we are!

    Thanks Buzz.

  • http://www.markramseymedia.com Mark Ramsey

    Talk to your digital team. It’s not an app. It’s simply the ability to code in some response mechanism that integrates with fan calendars in emails and elsewhere.

  • Tom Killorin

    “We weren’t ready for the obvious five years ago. Now we are!” Mark, that is Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra funny.

  • http://www.markramseymedia.com Mark Ramsey

    Ha. Thanks Tom!

  • http://twitter.com/johnford johnford

    still not sure how i feel about this. but that’s another issue left unturned. how about making it easier… have them text to add the even to your cal. should work with a smart phone. makes it easier (for them) text to subscribe to station’s event with your caldav feed.

  • http://www.markramseymedia.com Mark Ramsey

    Sounds good to me, John.