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...]

12/11

What Radio Can Learn from TV

...and what TV learned from the Serial podcast. Disruption is rampaging through the TV industry, and there are a lot of lessons there for radio. That's according to a great source: TV Guide Executive Editor Michael Schneider, who also c0-hosts the excellent KCRW podcast The Spinoff. Mike spoke with me at hivio, the audio future festival in Los Angeles. Here are just some of the questions we covered: How do TV people see audio? What can the audio space learn from the TV space? We tend to silo in audio - podcasting, online radio, terrestrial radio….That doesn’t exist in TV … [Read more...]

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