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Why Slacker is Radio’s Best-Kept Secret

How can terrestrial radio partner with online radio for the benefit of both? That's just one topic tackled by Duncan Orrell-Jones, CEO of Slacker Radio. In this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival, Orrell-Jones outlines Slacker's business strategy and how it contrasts with the strategies of more familiar names like Pandora or Spotify. Slacker's emphasis is on building a state-of-the-art radio experience and pursuing unique deals in partnership and distribution. Some of the questions Orrell-Jones addresses: How is Slacker different - how are you approaching online radio … [Read more...]


Radio Social Media Managers Are Near Tears

Yesterday I published a post that detailed how the typical radio station's Facebook strategy is, at best, off-base, and at worst, non-existent. To coin a phrase, that post "went viral" and generated a bunch of response, most of which came privately (such is the fear of consequences in the radio industry). I'm going to share some of those responses with you along with my answers. All of the feedback I received is thoughtful and sincere, and most of it reflects an inherent friction between doing what's best and doing what one is told. Rarely do these seem to be the same things, … [Read more...]


The Biggest Problem Your Radio Station Has on Facebook

In what is perhaps a typical radio station scenario, 70% of the inbound traffic to the station's website comes from social media. That’s right. Not from over-the-air promotion, not from organic search, but from social media. And 50% of that traffic comes from Facebook, specifically. That means more than one-third of that brand’s inbound digital traffic comes from Facebook. What do these percentages look like for your brand? Now, what are you doing to expose your best content on Facebook such that listeners want to find it, and don't only consume it, enjoy it, and share it, … [Read more...]

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How Spotify’s Data Insights Propel Their Strategy

What if music genres are a lot less important to how listeners tune in music than "use case" moments? That is, what if what you want to do while you're listening is more important than the genre you are listening to? That's just one insight from Spotify's deep dive into their massive dataset. Think about the implications of that for a moment. It suggests that you should spend less time trumpeting your genre and more time trumpeting the moments that your genre is suited for in the lives of your listeners.  Brian Benedik, Spotify's VP and Global Head of Ad Monetization, reveals some of … [Read more...]


What if Distribution is King and Content is Crap?

Maybe distribution is king! And… Content is crap. Plus, rants and raves on the ridiculous controversy over Starbucks’ holiday red cup and REI’s Black Friday gimmick. It’s episode 31 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. 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 notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do the same at Stitcher. And if you like what … [Read more...]

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