03/19

Introducing hivio – Radio’s First-Ever Ideas Festival

I’m sick and tired of radio being sick and tired.  Aren’t you?

In this era of choice and abundance and consumer control, people will continue to embrace radio primarily because it offers them something they can’t get anywhere else, something unique and compelling.

Or they won’t embrace radio at all.

So how to explain the results of a survey I conducted last week – 1,000 random US respondents ages 18 and up. The question: Agree or Disagree – “Radio brands create unique and compelling content”

The results?

That’s more than 3-to-1 in the wrong direction. And the younger you are, the worse the numbers.

To maintain its relevance into the future, radio needs to embrace fresh and exciting consumer-facing ideas.

What kind of ideas? Ideas to transform and disrupt radio (because transformation and disruption are ultimately the same thing).

Ideas which lead to stronger, more compelling and memorable content. It’s not just about how to better sell what we have, it’s about how to have more stuff consumers want to consume in the first place. Outside in, people first.

That’s why I’m thrilled to announce a new, first-time-ever radio and media event: “hivio,” as in a hive of smart people in and around radio.

hivio is the first Radio Ideas Festival – radio’s only ideas un-conference.

No suits. No group heads. No panels. No hotel conference rooms.

It’s intimate – between 25 and 50 people.

You can’t pay to come. It’s Free.

You may not be able to come at all. It’s by invitation only.

One day – June 20 in San Diego at a secret location – a gritty warehouse space filled with delightfully uncomfortable fold-out chairs.

Presentations and in-depth Q&A with media, agency, brand, technology, and content authorities who are not the same old radio faces.

Live and captured on video for public distribution.

The full lineup? More on that soon. But it includes an up close and personal Q&A with Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren and a live presentation from a little company called Google.

This is going to be a very special and very exclusive event. More information and info on how to get a free ticket is available at the hivio site. I strongly urge you to check it out.

Who says radio isn’t cool?

I hope you can join me.

PLEASE spread the word about this event. Did I mention that it’s free? And all the content will be available at no charge. No strings attached.

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Go now to hivio or sign up for more info below.


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  • Incredibly excited, this is going to be a very special day! As radio continues to grapple with tough questions, environments where forward thinkers can connect, exchange ideas and meld minds will be critical, (and probably a whole lot of fun). Here we go!

  • Incredibly excited, this is going to be a very special day! As radio continues to grapple with tough questions, environments where forward thinkers can connect, exchange ideas and meld minds will be critical, (and probably a whole lot of fun). Here we go!

  • action!

  • The ideal result of ideas. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I’m in! Nice work, Mark and Jamie!

  • Huzzah!

  • I would love to be a part of this event!

  • The filter begins with the signup list, Jeffrey!

  • Thanks Carl! Glad you’re in 🙂

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