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03/20

It’s Time to Blow Up Podcasting

Despite the rise in podcast usage there are still a ton of people who don't know what podcasts are and couldn't care less. Why? This week in our twice-monthly podcast Media Unplugged, Tom Asacker and I discussed (among other things) how it could be that Seinfeld, an almost twenty-year-old TV show that has been re-run umpteen times, could be worth $90 million in streaming rights fees. $90 million?! So what does that have to do with the growing pains of podcasting? A lot, I think. Let me explain. Podcasting was born as media by and for geeks. The content was primarily … [Read more...]

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03/18

Is Social Media “A Great Wasteland”?

Is social media “a great wasteland” of the modern media age? And…why is MSNBC launching daily Facebook videos that have nothing to do with the MSNBC brand? It’s episode 15 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Tom rants and raves on platforms mistaken for brands. Mark rants and raves about the importance of Hollywood actors’ Twitter followings, how often you should (or shouldn’t) post to social media, and one new podcast that wants you to review it WITHOUT listening to it. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly … [Read more...]

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03/11

The Power of Audio Storytelling

Robert McKee is a teacher of Story and author of the classic book Story. Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting. Past students of Mr. McKee's include people like Peter Jackson, Russell Brand, Jimmy Fallon, Julia Roberts, Geoffrey Rush, Kirk Douglas, David Bowie, Meg Ryan, John Cleese, and many more. McKee is hosting an event on how to use story in business called Storynomics on March 19 in LA. I’ll be there. So should you. Click below to watch our Q&A: What follows is a highly edited transcript of our conversation. Ramsey: For those of us in business, … [Read more...]

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03/10

Music Labels Don’t Understand the Real Value of Music

Memo to music labels: The "value" of music is defined by consumers, fans, and listeners, not by you and your minions. From Billboard: A renewed focus on the value of music comes as a transition point for the record business. Rob Wells, Universal Music Group's president of digital who brokered deals with "freemium" services like Spotify, left the company in late February. Now the company is rethinking the value of unlimited free streaming, according to a label source. At the same time, Apple's upcoming subscription service, slated for a June launch according to an industry source and media … [Read more...]

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03/06

Are Your Audio Ads Too Dumb? Make Them Smarter

Data is powering marketing in general and advertising in particular in ways that could not have been imagined even five years ago. It's important for folks in the audio space to bend their heads around this because data is, fundamentally, a form of marketing intelligence. And the more marketing intelligence that's packed into ad inventory, the smarter and more valuable it becomes to the buyers and sellers of those ads. One of the great differences between traditional radio spots and some online audio ads is the raw intelligence - the smarts - embedded into the advertising. Needless to … [Read more...]

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