12/07

The Biggest Problem with Podcasting is…

Everyone's abuzz about podcasting! Well, kind of. Maybe not everyone. You've probably seen the 2016 stats: According to Edison, 21% of Americans ages 12 and up have listened to a podcast in the past month. That's followed by this spin on trends: "That is up from 17% in 2015. Monthly podcast listenership has increased 75% since 2013." Everyone deserves a high-five, right? Those numbers are huge! But wait a minute. I think folks in the audio space are missing the bigger story: Only 21% of us have listened to even one podcast in the past month. Consider that there are 47 … [Read more...]

12/02

And the Future of Radio is…

I love “future of radio” discussions, even though the premise of the phrase is completely wrong. Radio people care about “the future of radio” – listeners don’t. Indifference to what listeners really care about is why Clear Channel didn’t acquire Pandora when it was bargain-priced. It’s why there are many podcasts that sound like radio shows and enjoy radio-sized audiences but have never played on a radio station. The issue isn’t about the “future of radio” per se, but rather about the “future of how people want to consume audio”, “the future of what people want to consume,” and – … [Read more...]

11/28

Media Unplugged: Deflating Fake News Hysteria on Facebook

Deflating fake news hysteria on Facebook. And... Who needs facts when you have belief? A shockingly thoughtful conversation about the role of facts in marketing - and in Presidential elections. Plus, rants and raves about the voter who was determined not to know who the election winner was, the vast time wasted by people looking for something to watch on TV, and the huge number of small businesses that claim to use social media for marketing, yet don't have their own Facebook page. It’s episode 54 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark … [Read more...]

11/22

hivio 2016: How Radio Can Make a Real Difference in Local Communities

During this week of Thanksgiving (and in the spirit of giving thanks), I wanted to share with you one of the most important conversations from the 2016 hivio audio future festival. If you're a radio broadcaster, this will change the way you view contesting forever. Ryan Cummins is the Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Omaze, a cause marketplace that raises money and awareness for charity by offering the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Many of my clients know I'm a huge fan of what Omaze is doing, both in terms of its contributions to society and the elegance of its platform. In just … [Read more...]

11/10

hivio 2016: How to Transform Personalities into Digital Brands

Every high profile brand and personality must now think of themselves as digital brands, but how? Chris Balfe has the answer. He's a Partner at Red Seat Ventures. Red Seat partners with high profile individuals and brands to build unique digital businesses. Initial clients include Premiere Networks and motion picture producer Blumhouse. Prior to founding Red Seat, Balfe was President & COO of Mercury Radio Arts as well as CEO of TheBlaze. TheBlaze pioneered a brand new direct-to-consumer subscription model, while TheBlaze.com became one of the top 100 website in the world. Here … [Read more...]

* = required field