10/11

Apple CarPlay And Android Auto Are About To Explode

I have written a lot about the coming transformation of the auto dashboard and my belief that, in the long run, it will be the domain of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - that these platforms will squeeze out most alternatives. Why? Because consumers will exert their will on automakers and demand that their dashboards are not only as powerful as their smartphones but that they are identical to them (at least within the constraints of driver safety, a sacrifice any driver understands even if he doesn't respect it). This will become even more true when cars self-drive and the passengers are … [Read more...]

10/10

Media Unplugged: Dear Advertisers: Our Audience Numbers Are Garbage!

Dear advertisers: Our audience numbers are garbage! And... The road to Hell is paved with pageviews. Plus, rants and raves about the iPhone parody gadget which earned one startup 1.5 million visitors a day, the Brangelina wax figure divorce, and more. This is the episode to listen to if you're a media brand perplexed that greater scale only drives down the value of your reach. It’s episode 51 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 … [Read more...]

10/04

When Under-34’s Shrink Their Radio Listening

People under the age of 50 spend more time every week using apps and the web on their smartphone than they spend listening to the radio. Indeed, the biggest users of radio are persons 50-64, while the lightest users are 18-24's, who spend about 50% more time with mobile apps/web than they spend with the radio. That's from Nielsen data, by the way. So you can assume it's as accurate...as Nielsen data (I have left TV usage (live and time-shifted) off this chart - that's actually higher than mobile app/web usage among 18-24's and rockets ever-higher as consumers age). So what do … [Read more...]

09/25

Millennials Say “Out With Blogs, In With Podcasts!”

Millennials say "out with blogs, in with podcasts!" And... Is TV doomed - thanks to ad blockers? Plus, rants and raves about "lit-bait," the 4-year-old with the most-viewed YouTube channel in the world, and the final word on whether or not removing naked ladies was a smart move for Playboy magazine. It’s episode 50 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 … [Read more...]

09/20

hivio 2016: What’s the Future of ESPN Audio?

If ever there was a brand built on proprietary content, that brand is ESPN. Across all platforms, ESPN Audio offers more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching nearly 24 million listeners per week on more than 450 stations. Traug Keller is ESPN’s Senior Vice President, Production, Business Divisions, and he leads three business units at the company: ESPN Audio, ESPN Local and the ESPN Talent Office. For ESPN Audio, Traug oversees all aspects of the business including talent, staffing, national programming content, scheduling, and event production. Traug was one of … [Read more...]

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