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How Audio Advertising is Changing

What is the future of audio advertising? That's what I set out to learn from a true expert: Kirsten Wolf, VP Media Director of Starcom Worldwide. While Kirsten doesn't speak for the entire advertising industry, Starcom is unquestionably at the forefront of the audio advertising space. What are advertisers and buyers looking for from audio brands? How do advertisers see radio, podcasting, online radio, and more? And where are the trends headed? Here are some of the central questions Kirsten answered in this interview from hivio 2015 - the audio future festival: How does Starcom see … [Read more...]


How to Get Rich with Online Video

Yes, you can get rich with online video - but not through YouTube. And... Paramount's new business model makes theater owners AND consumers happy. It's episode 23 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Google's new chat-bot that can debate the meaning of life, how Sony Music is "disfavoring" artists through its investment in Spotify, and how J.J. Abrams Star Wars presentation at Comic-Con is footage-free for a particularly sneaky reason. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click … [Read more...]

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Marilu Henner Loves Radio – and Listeners Love Marilu

What's there to love about radio? A lot, according to Marilu Henner. Indeed, my conversation with the always warm and spirited Marilu was one of the highlights of hivio 2015. Marilu is the ultimate Hollywood hyphenate - author, actor, TV star, and humanitarian. Along with starring in over thirty films, six Broadway shows, and two hit classic sitcoms, Taxi and Evening Shade, this five-time Golden Globe Nominee now hosts her own nationally syndicated radio show The Marilu Henner Show. With equal parts news, advice and entertainment, Marilu offers celebrity guests, life-changing tips, and … [Read more...]


What’s EXCLUSIVE about your Radio Brand?

If you aren't the exclusive provider for something meaningful, you're sunk. In April, I shared Bloomburg's report that Apple Music’s strategy would be to secure new music exclusives from some of the industry’s hottest artists, and I wrote about how exclusives were set to power the next generation of online radio competition and, by association, all radio competition. Now there's a report that this strategy is beginning to unfold, big time: Apple [has] started creating their own original content. The company made Drake's amazing "Energy" video in-house, as well as Pharrell's "Freedom" … [Read more...]


How to Hire Radio Talent

This week I was called by a radio industry trade and asked an interesting question: How should radio stations hire differently in this new age? In other words, what qualifications should we be looking for in talent, programming, and sales that are different from today's conventional qualifications? This is a great question, so let me provide some answers. Today I'll tackle how to hire radio talent. In a later post I'll take on how to hire radio programmers and sellers. First, let's consider it a given that talent is hired in no small part for their ability to generate and grow … [Read more...]

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