How Serial Went from Podcast to TV Show

Anyone who knows me or who has been following this blog for a while knows that I am a champion for the primacy of unique and compelling content. You see, media is really about two things: Content and distribution. And distribution channels are inherently dumb conduits that need to be filled with the stuff audiences care about: Great content. That’s true of all dumb conduits, whether they be digital, analog, TV, podcasting, or radio. I have long argued that unique and compelling content that draws an audience is primed to carry that audience to other illustrations of the brand on other … [Read more...]


The New Auto Dashboard Isn’t as Scary as Radio Thinks

Every time there’s some new innovation out there which enhances the choice set available to consumers who want to hear audio entertainment or information, a chill runs up the spine of every broadcaster, because with such a large fraction of listening, radio seems to stand more to lose than to gain from the expansion of choice. Without question, new choices squeeze existing options. Indeed, given the growing number of distractions available to consumers across every platform – audio, video, and more, it’s exceedingly unlikely that the pie of audio listening is actually growing so long as … [Read more...]

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The Amazing Advertising Impact of Podcasts – PodcastOne’s Mike Agovino

Podcasting is helping millions of listeners fall in love with audio all over again. That's from the perspective of someone who has been at the center of radio, digital, and now podcasting. Mike Agovino is Executive Vice Chairman of PodcastOne and former COO of Triton Digital - two firms at the core of the new age of digital audio. In this conversation from hivio, the audio future festival, Mark Ramsey talks with Agovino about the amazing impact of podcasting for advertisers and how, in many ways, the medium is a throwback to an earlier era of radio, dominated by compelling … [Read more...]


Listeners are Blocking Radio Ads

Recently, Seth Godin penned a great piece on ad blocking. Yes, I know - you can't block the ads on your local radio station. That's the beauty of a linear, non-digital programming stream. Hooray! But actually, people block radio ads all the time. Every time a consumer switches stations or switches from radio to a platform that is not radio it's to hear something that is not on right now, because often what's on right now is a commercial. And for digital audio the problem is just as bad, maybe worse. The yogurt shop downstairs from my office plays Pandora all day long with never a … [Read more...]


Apple is Wrong about the Future of TV

Apple says the future of TV is apps – but is it? And… Why is Verizon launching a video service nobody is asking for? It's episode 27 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves for the ubiquity of all things “artisanal,” the 23rd Annual Sports Fan Loyalty Index, MTV’s gangbuster ratings performance for the VMA’s – on Snapchat, and the delightful inappropriateness of Nicki Minaj’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're … [Read more...]

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