Category: Advertising

buylarge
12/15

When Radio Advertising Goes Wrong

Over the past few weeks I have heard the story more than once: A big segment of a News/Talk show or a morning show was given over to an interview subject whose identity, content, and duration had nothing to do with what interested audiences and everything to do with what advertisers are paying for. Everybody was in on this joke - except for the audience. For them it was just crappy content. It seems quaint to reflect on the fact that advertisers once bought spots. Today, the demands are much broader, deeper, and contextual. And there's not necessarily anything wrong with that, of … [Read more...]

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11/05

Nielsen Ratings are a Toxic Force that Imperils Radio’s Future

Recently I was in a gathering of brands. Not agencies, brands. Among my conversations was one with the VP and Director of Global Media & Digital Marketing for a well known company that, among other things, produces one of the most famous brands of whiskey in the world. I asked him: What do you spend your day doing, thinking about, worrying about? He talked to me about the time he and his team spend creating personas representing the user segments of his brand. He talked about how all the tentacles of the brand arose from those personas and what those segments valued. He talked … [Read more...]

anthonybourdain
10/08

If CNN’s Ratings “Don’t Matter,” Why Do Yours?

The entire category of cable news is suffering a ratings slide. So acknowledges Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. But what's his solution? How will he turn the cable news ratings situation around? Well it turns out that's asking the wrong question. In fact, CNN's response has been to add specialty shows which are decidedly not "cable news" per se - shows like Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, a new show from Mike Rowe, and custom-produced documentaries. That is, CNN is broadening the definition of what its category can be. And viewers are responding. But the larger issue is a "mistake" … [Read more...]

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09/25

Ryan Holiday: How to Grow Your Media Brand the Silicon Valley Way

Quick Summary: How do today's tech startups launch and scale big and fast? By using a new union of traditional and direct marketing and business development that adds up to one thing: Growth. How can radio and other media brands become "growth hackers"? Ryan Holiday is the former Director of Marketing for American Apparel. He has promoted the works of authors like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Marc Ecko and Tucker Max. He is a devious genius when it comes to the art and science of media attention, and he's the author of some of my favorite books from the past three years, including Trust Me, I'm … [Read more...]

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09/23

What is Radio’s “Fair Share” of Revenue?

"Radio does not get its fair share [of ad revenue]," says Radio Ink. That's based on a new eMarketer report indicating that consumers aged 18+ spend 12% of their media time with radio, while radio receives only 9.3% of the ad spend. Radio Ink's premise is flawed in two ways: First, there's no such a thing as a "fair" share of ad dollars; Second, ad dollars should not necessarily match time spent. "Fair" is a value judgment in a world where life generally isn't. From the advertiser's perspective, a "fair" share is one that reflects the full power of a platform to deliver results, … [Read more...]

imlistening1024
09/17

How Broadcasters Can Monetize Their Mobile Apps

I have long argued that radio broadcasters demand too little of their mobile apps. Yes, they can stream the over-the-air content. But so can your radio. What else can they do? What about your app is so essential, so engaging, such an important complement to the over-the-air and streaming experience that it demands not only that I download it, but that I also use it on a regular basis? That's why I like the Clip Interactive platform so much (I have featured them before in this blog - here's a look at the newest generation of the Clip Interactive app). And here's the proof in the … [Read more...]

money1024
07/07

Why Aren’t Radio Program Directors Compensated on Top Line Revenue?

Once upon a time a radio station featured two opposing forces: The sellers who sold the ads that interrupted the content and the programmers who created the content to grow the audience that sellers interrupted. The system was built to do two things: Maximize the audience and then throw obstacles at them - spots - that blocked their ability to enjoy the content they came to the brand for in the first place. Sounds like a house of cards, doesn't it? While each side - sellers and programmers - needed the other, the success of each was also compromised by the other. As if to reinforce this … [Read more...]

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06/30

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which - like Apple's CarPlay - aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for radio? Well let's take a step back. Broadcasters have been obsessed over the dashboard lately because they smell big trouble. But the trouble is much bigger than whatever you're sniffing, gang. Here is my assessment of where we are and where we're heading. … [Read more...]

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