11/03

Pandora to Exclusively Stream Serial Podcast – and What It Means

Beginning later this month, Pandora becomes the exclusive streaming home for the uber-popular Serial podcast. And starting next year, Pandora adds Serial's sister radio show/podcast This American Life (on what can only be a non-exclusive basis). I've been thinking about the consequence of this announcement, and here's the best I can come up with: It's good PR for Pandora in an otherwise quiet time It's great news for Serial, which gets to add an all-new distribution partner with millions of tuned-in consumers That's it. While this evolution may make sense for Pandora given the … [Read more...]

11/02

5 Must-Hear Trends in Media and Marketing

5 must-hear trends in media and marketing. Plus… CMO’s say the darnedest things! It’s episode 30 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 Tom and I are doing, please leave a comment on those sites! (For you RSS jockeys, here’s … [Read more...]

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...]

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