01/26

Look out! The Attention Economy is Collapsing!

Look out! The attention economy is collapsing! And… ABC Family Channel rebrands as “Freeform” – and who cares? It’s episode 35 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves on yet another reference to the tired Oreo “dip in the dark” social media tactic, the mysterious connection – if any – between social media wins and TV ratings wins, and a tribute to the legendary David Bowie. 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 … [Read more...]

01/24

One Surprising Thing Radio Can Learn from Donald Trump

I could drone on and on about the lessons Donald Trump teaches media companies, but many of the lessons are so obvious that I need not bother. There's one, however, that you may find surprising. The Trump campaign has on file the name, phone number, address, and email of every one of the tens of thousands who flock to Trump events nationwide. Can your brand say that? Now I'm not suggesting this is unusual in the political sphere. My guess is that it's the norm (which is why it may not confer the desired competitive advantage to Trump, but it will certainly help him keep up with the … [Read more...]

01/15

Your Audio Does Not Want to Go Viral

Everybody wants to go viral. It's as if your little corner of fame or infamy is not complete unless you have some tidbit of content achieving the kind of exponential exposure that used to require things like, say, TV or radio. The same goes for those who create audio content and post it online with all the best intentions and hopes for a viral miracle. So the other day I read something that stopped me cold. It was a comment from Jenna Weiss-Berman, director of audio at BuzzFeed, a platform which knows approximately everything about going viral. And here's what Jenna said: Audio will … [Read more...]

01/13

The End of Commercial Clutter on Radio?

If there's any medium more cluttered with commercials than radio, that medium would be TV. Or is it? Some signs suggest that the powers-that-be in TV-land sense a turning point. Witness these words from Kevin Reilly, president of the TBS and TNT cable nets last week at the TCA winter press tour: We have overstuffed the bird. We need to create a better viewing experience. A "better viewing experience"? How about a "better listening experience," radio broadcasters? Stuart Elliott at [Media Unplugged distribution partner] Media Village writes: Reilly, who is also Chief Creative … [Read more...]

01/12

7 Predictions about the Future of Media

7 predictions about the future of media. And… Great advice for musicians – and marketers! It’s episode 34 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves on your chance to own your own movie theater for just $100 – and more. 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 … [Read more...]

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