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...]

11/08

Now Any Car Is An Android Auto

The evolution of the car dashboard: It's all some folks in radio want to talk about. Understandably, since such a large fraction of radio listening happens while driving. But isn't it just the nature of disruption to change the conversation all at once? And that's what happened today with the news that consumers wanting Android Auto no longer need to wait to buy a compatible car to use the platform. Now the platform is coming to them! More accurately, Android Auto software will run entirely on an Android phone, thus circumventing the stodgy and finicky infotainment system ordained by … [Read more...]

11/07

Radio: There Will Be No More New Music Formats

If you're waiting for a new music format - a knight in shining armor - to save your flagging ratings, then you will be waiting for the rest of your professional career. Because there never will be one ever again. What's the next big new format? Radio has been asking that question forever. Most recently, the answer was Classic Hip Hop. Is it the next big thing? Maybe not (from Radio Ink): If you listened to Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins on his earnings call you might come to the conclusion that he believes the Classic Hip Hop format — or BOOM, as Radio One calls it — has run its … [Read more...]

11/04

Media Unplugged: AT&T And Time Warner – The End Of The World As We Know It?

AT&T wants to buy Time Warner: The end of the world as we know it? And... Should Coke nix content marketing? Plus, rants and raves about the spoon that makes every food taste good and Pringles' desperate attempt to produce a viral ad by encouraging consumers to play with their food. It’s episode 53 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. Sample and subscribe to Media … [Read more...]

11/03

The End of Advertising?

We all know the folks in the print business are being squeezed by digital. At the New York Times total revenue fell 1% while Gannett Co. reported revenues down almost 9%. And remember, those declines take into account any growth in digital. But this note from MediaPost is particularly telling: It’s worth noting that [circulation] revenues now make up 59.7% of NYTCO’s total, up from 41.3% in the third quarter of 2010. The proportion derived from advertising has fallen from 51.8% to 34.3% over the same period. In other words, ad revenue is falling much faster than total revenue, while … [Read more...]

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