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02/04

Snapchat goes Big Media and Amazon becomes a Movie Studio

Snapchat introduces Discover and goes from messaging to big media. Also: Amazon’s making their own original movies – here’s why the movie business will never be the same. Plus, Tom raves about Taylor Swift’s move to gobble up trademark protection to many of her phrases, while Mark rants about the utter absence of ideas for season two of the popular podcast, Serial. Mark also raves about the most popular Superbowl commercials – many of which didn’t even exist. It’s episode 12 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go … [Read more...]

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01/29

Radio Revenue: You Get What You Ask For

You get what you ask for. Last week Townsquare Media reported that about 30% of its revenue derived from non-spot sources in 2014 - 42% if you exclude recent acquisitions. And Townsquare isn't alone. Check out how CBS (the entire company, not just radio) is shedding its dependence on advertising: CBS, which in addition to the CBS Television Network, owns Showtime, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Television Studios and Simon & Schuster, has the most exposure to advertising among the major media companies. But the media giant has reduced that exposure in recent years to 50% … [Read more...]

listentophone
01/28

Radio Survey: To Simulcast Spots or Not to Simulcast Spots

In the second release from a new study of radio industry thought-leaders, managers say their radio brands can make more money by monetizing streams separately with their own spot inventory than by simulcasting those spots with the over-the-air brands. The study was conducted by Mark Ramsey Media by telephone in November and December, 2014 among more than 100 top-50 market radio General Managers, Sales Managers, Digital Executives, and Program Directors. 56% of these managers say a separate monetization strategy for streams with their own spot inventory will likely make more money … [Read more...]

stuck
01/27

Is Streaming Momentum Stuck? Really?

There's been lots of attention in the radio industry trades lately about the lack of audience momentum for many broadcasters in the streaming space, even as so-called pure-plays like Pandora and Spotify grow by leaps and bounds. Tom Taylor writes: iHeart’s not the only terrestrial operator with flat or negative growth over the period from February 2013 to October 2014. #3-ranked CBS is down from about 69,000 average domestic streams (6am-8pm weekdays) to a little less than 60,000. #4-ranked Cumulus is off from a bit more than 70,000 to 58,104. Cox is off from 30,327 to 23,674. Even EMF, … [Read more...]

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01/22

How to Make News Stories go Viral

How do you make a news story go viral? Also: Marriott - it's a hotel chain; no, it's a film studio! And what that means for all brands. It's episode 11 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, Tom rants about the Pope who pulls no punches and Mark rants about TV's Celebrity Apprentice, which is setting back the practice of marketing by 50 years. 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 … [Read more...]

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