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06/29

What Apple’s Beats 1 Means for Your Radio Brand

The shape of Apple's new live-streaming radio station Beats 1 is coming into focus, and it's full of exclusive celebrity content: The New York Times reports that Elton John will have a regular show on Beats 1 titled "Elton John's Rocket Hour," and it will play old and new music. Other musicians with shows on Beats 1 include Pharrell Williams, Drake, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Jaden Smith, and Disclosure. Pharrell isn't just a presenting a show, though. His new single "Freedom" will be the first track exclusive to Apple Music, only available to listeners of Apple's streaming … [Read more...]

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06/25

Lessons for Audio from Big Brands – Tom Asacker at hivio 2015

It may be the most popular presentation from hivio 2015, the audio future festival. It's branding authority and celebrated author Tom Asacker on what folks in the audio space can learn from the big brands and the critical trends shaping the winners and losers in the modern media world. Tom cuts to the chase and spells out not only what's going on out there but what you and I should do to leverage consumer and business trends and emerge on top. Many people told me this was a highlight of their days at hivio, so I can't recommend this video strongly enough. Watch this video, and … [Read more...]

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06/17

Media Unplugged – Is the New Apple Music a “Mess?”

Is the new Apple Music a mess? And… The new marketing muscle of your favorite movie stars. It's episode 21 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Kaitlin Jenner’s first name, the mismatch between social media performance and actual TV ratings, and the journalist who tricked media outlets into believing that chocolate makes you thin. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. For show … [Read more...]

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06/16

The Power of Audio – Mark Ramsey @hivio 2015

We live in a video world, don't we? A world where pictures are worth a thousand words and are therefore a thousand times more powerful, right? Not always. Sometimes the power of audio can be amazing, and the intimacy and impact of audio on listeners and on consumers can be monumental. Hence my opening presentation at the recently wrapped hivio 2015, the audio future festival. The title was "The Power of Audio." It's more than a love story to audio and to those who make it and appreciate it. If you have ever had a client question the value of audio as an ad medium, this is the … [Read more...]

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06/13

What Apple Music’s Streaming Radio Station REALLY Means

In part one of the slicing of Apple Music, I looked at the all-you-can-eat streaming service itself. Today, in part two, I go inside the strategy behind Apple Music's streaming radio station, Beats 1. What is Beats 1? It is "Apple's first 24/7 worldwide radio station." Special? Innovative? No (and does Zane really not have his own board op?). That's despite the hyperbolic and breathless reception this initiative is getting by some tech-heads who should know better. Take MacWorld, for example: What’s really neat is that every user around the world will hear the same content at the … [Read more...]

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