10/21

What To Do About Declining Listening for NPR Stations

Listening to NPR member stations is slipping among younger listeners. That's from new NPR data shared at the recent Public Radio Program Director's Conference (always a great event, by the way). The writeup in Current reports: Average–quarter-hour (AQH) listening during morning drive time has dropped 11 percent in the past five years, and afternoon drive audience has declined 6 percent. The only age bracket that has increased listening to NPR stations is the 65-plus audience [up 18% overall]. It appears the statistics referenced here are AQH persons. And that number is sensitive to … [Read more...]

10/20

Radio: How Do You “Do Local”?

"Live and local" is one of the favorite phrases employed by broadcasters who want to emphasize that, unlike some other media platforms fighting for your attention and your ad dollars, we are here in your local community. But how do you prove that? And why does it matter? In too many cases, being "local" is an address more than an action. But if "local" isn't an action, "local" has no value. It's otherwise just a cushy, sweet idea. You can't just "be local," you must "do local."  You can't do this with your music in a land of nationally-based hits. You can't do this just by using … [Read more...]

10/19

Interacting with Audio Ads by Voice – XAPPMedia’s Pat Higbie

Is "touch" broken, when it comes to advertising? That's the argument from XAPPmedia CEO Pat Higbie in this presentation from hivio 2015, the audio future festival. So what's not broken? Your ability to activate advertising outcomes with your voice. Especially using mobile devices and when you're on-the-go. XAPPmedia's XAPP Ads are interactive audio ads that connect consumers directly with brands. Consumers can respond to ads instantly with just their voice. Watch this video and see (or hear) for yourself: Make sure to sign up at hivio.com if you want to be in the loop for … [Read more...]

10/17

You’ll Never Guess How Much Music Matters to Millennials!

You’ll never guess how much music matters to Millennials! And… What happens when Stars ARE the Network? It's episode 29 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, Playboy says “goodbye” to nudity, Meryl Streep thinks there aren’t enough female movie critics, and there’s actually something called “Paranormal Date.” Brand authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what’s really happening in media. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading … [Read more...]

10/12

Why Are You Trusting Your Ratings to Nielsen?

I have largely steered clear of the Voltair/Nielsen discussion (except for this piece) because it's so simple: It's a classic evolutionary dilemma, and in those evolutionary dilemmas the individuals who are most capable of adapting survive and those most finely tuned to their changing environments thrive. In other words, those who spend their hard-earned bucks on Voltair gadgets will have an advantage over those who do not. Now Nielsen announces that it's "improving" its technology so as to provide every participant a level playing field and perhaps eliminate the "need" for Voltair … [Read more...]

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