12/20

Can Taylor Swift Save Apple Music?

Have you checked out the Media Unplugged podcast I do with Tom Asacker? If not, the holiday season is a great time to catch up. Just go here for the iTunes link (other links are below). We reveal what's really happening in media. And so far, the 'cast has been good enough to be distributed by Media Village, NetNewsCheck, the prestigious American Marketing Association, and more. Maybe you're missing something! About this new episode (the last of 2015): Meet your new cable company: Amazon! And… Can Taylor Swift save Apple Music? Plus, rants and raves on the Alamo Draft House’s … [Read more...]

12/19

Does Your Radio Station Need a Mobile App?

Why should radio broadcasters care about mobile? And, more importantly, what strategies should broadcasters employ to stay in tune with their audiences as they adopt mobile and move some or most of their attention and usage to it? Jeff Hasen is the perfect person to talk with about this. He's the author of The Art of Mobile Persuasion: How the World's Most Influential Brands are Transforming the Customer Relationship through Courageous Mobile Marketing. He's also a veteran of the radio wars. Here are some of the topics we cover in this short video Q&A: Why should radio … [Read more...]

12/16

How to “Fame”

Think fame isn't a formula? Think again. And RLM Public Relations head Richard Laermer is going to spell it out for you. A frequently-quoted authority on media culture and hype, Richard is a PR visionary, former journalist, and author of five bestselling books including 2011: Trendspotting, Punk Marketing, Full Frontal PR, and the forthcoming How To Fame. Here are just some of the questions we covered in this conversation at hivio 2015: What are the “how to fame” commandments? How do you “fame”? What is “Pragmatic Notoriety”? Everybody wants to “go viral”. What’s the … [Read more...]

12/14

What if Christmas Music on Radio Isn’t Popular After All?

The routine is familiar: At least one radio station in every market flips to "All Christmas" music around Thanksgiving, thus dominating the Nielsen ratings before and during the holiday period. The interpretation: Everybody wants to hear Christmas tunes during the holiday season. So let's go all in and market the heck out of it! But what if something else is going on here? What if Christmas music is the thing you hear when you're in the right place rather than being the thing you seek out? What if Christmas music on the radio isn't really as popular as we think it is? Some time ago a … [Read more...]

12/12

Why Data Caps Don’t Matter for Audio

Do consumers want radios built into their mobile devices so they can save on precious bandwidth? In other words, does the use of audio streaming itself push bandwidth past available data caps? Is audio a "data hog"? Is there a consumer problem here? I have previously argued that audio streams are, in fact, fairly economical. Even if you do all of your streaming audio consumption without the benefit of Wi-Fi, you’d need to stream about 4 hours on Pandora every day to hit a 2-gig monthly limit, and many mobile phone users have limits much higher than that while some have no limits … [Read more...]

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