portableradio
12/04

Would Today’s Youth Miss Radio if it Went Away?

In an article aptly titled "Young People Don't Care About Newspapers, Old People Don't Care About Smartphones," Business Insider quoted an Ofcom study contrasting the responses of persons 16-24 to folks 75 and over. The question? "What media would you miss the most?" And here's the chart: BI writes: People between the ages of 16 and 24, for example, would not blink an eye if newspapers and magazines went extinct; smartphones are the "must-have" device of the younger generation. The breakdown among all adults shows a much stronger craving for TV over smartphones and computers, and … [Read more...]

marcopologlarge
12/02

3 Lessons Radio can Learn from Netflix

On the surface there are a zillion differences between radio brands and Netflix. One is local, while the other is national, even international. One is free (for the most part) while the other is by subscription. One is audio and the other is video. And so on. But the similarities are more important than the differences, because like Netflix, yours is a media company competing for the attention of consumers in a marketplace facing blistering changes and blossoming alternatives. There are at least three lessons any radio brand can learn from Netflix: 1. Invest in content The list of … [Read more...]

mediaunpluggedlogo_featured
11/25

Does This American Life’s “Serial” Signal a “Golden Age” for Podcasts? Nope.

Does This American Life’s “Serial” Podcast signal a new “Golden Age” for Podcasting? Nope. And we're going to explain why. Also: Why is Beats crushing Bose – on YouTube? It’s episode 8 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we take the steam out of some overheated PR. Click the play button here: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Don’t forget to subscribe to Media Unplugged at Stitcher or on iTunes (for you RSS jockeys, here’s the … [Read more...]

forceforchange
11/19

What’s Wrong With Radio Contests…

Are you doing contests all wrong? Why yes, I think so. Seth Godin makes a point about the wrong questions to ask before crowdfunding, but they also turn out to be the wrong questions to ask before we expect anything from an audience. He writes: A friend explained to me all the reasons for her upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The machine she wanted to buy was sorely needed, it would increase her productivity and also make her day significantly easier--it made perfect business sense. These are all great reasons to borrow money from a bank or a professional investor. They aren't good … [Read more...]

soylentgreen
11/17

Radio’s Crisis of Personality

One of radio's greatest advantages relative to competing media are its personalities - or at least that could be an advantage. But a "personality" isn't simply a voice on the air. For a personality to matter he or she must be a genuine talent, someone with "star power" who magnetizes an audience because he or she is just that good. Anything less is just a voice. So what personalities do consumers think of when they think of radio? I thought I'd find out. I did a flash study with 1,000 consumers in the U.S. aged 18-54 and I asked this question: What are the names of the THREE most … [Read more...]

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