Category: Audio Trends

lovingaudio
03/04

The Audio of Things

Recent research indicated the surprising (to some) result that a relatively small fraction of consumers have a radio by their bedside, meaning it’s functionally impossible to “wake up to radio.” The solution: Get more radios in the bedroom, right? Actually, no, that’s not the solution. All technology is transitional, you see. And that includes that staple that used to be aptly called the “clock radio.” And so it goes, too, for the car dashboard. Other research recently reported by NTSMediaOnline indicated that: AM/FM radio remains the overwhelmingly preferred audio entertainment … [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...]

microphone
01/14

Your Audio Advertising Needs to be More Human

Alex Blumberg is the creator of the popular podcast Startup and founder of the new podcasting network, Gimlet Media. Given his deep background in public media, it's fair to ask what anyone in the commercial audio space might learn from Alex about audio advertising. What the heck does he know, anyway? Well, Gimlet Media is powered in no small part by advertisers, and Alex brings his knowledge of storytelling to bear when he crafts ads for his clients. His goal is to extract what he describes as "honest and authentic feelings" from the people at the heart of the brands sponsoring his … [Read more...]

androidauto
01/04

Your New Auto Dashboard Debuts This Month

In a preview of CES, The Hollywood Reporter cuts to the chase - the most fundamental reason why the technology of the car dashboard is bound to change no matter what the power players of the radio industry desire: Car buyers—particularly millennials—are no longer as susceptible to the [auto] industry’s traditional marketing tropes of styling, horsepower and handling. Instead, they see the car as an extension of their digital lives, and increasingly demand that it mesh seamlessly with their smart phones, tablets and other personal tech. A Compass Intelligence survey of smart phone-owning … [Read more...]

marcopologlarge
12/02

3 Lessons Radio can Learn from Netflix

On the surface there are a zillion differences between radio brands and Netflix. One is local, while the other is national, even international. One is free (for the most part) while the other is by subscription. One is audio and the other is video. And so on. But the similarities are more important than the differences, because like Netflix, yours is a media company competing for the attention of consumers in a marketplace facing blistering changes and blossoming alternatives. There are at least three lessons any radio brand can learn from Netflix: 1. Invest in content The list of … [Read more...]

dashlarge
05/12

Will Wearable Tech Compete with Radio?

Wearable tech is all the rage, or at least discussing it is all the rage, since gadgets like Google Glass and the rumored iWatch are just over the horizon for the most part. But does wearable tech have the potential to affect radio listening in its traditional form? It might. Case and point: “Smart earphones.” Business Insider writes: In the near future, smart earphones could be used to enhance the world around you by providing supplemental information about the people you meet and the places you visit — without looking obnoxious. Bragi, which will make the Dash earbuds, … [Read more...]

katyperry
04/18

This is Research Steve Jobs Never Would Have Used

I have nothing against Mark Kassof, although I interviewed for a job with him at the very beginning of my career and he didn't hire me. Of course, some would say he made the right decision there. Kassof just released a piece of research which aims to prove not only that radio is primarily "local" but woe unto any broadcaster who thinks otherwise. Here's his first question: Now think about media – TV, radio, newspapers, the internet and so on. Some media are mainly local – focused on serving one city or town – while others are mainly national – focused on the serving the entire … [Read more...]

legocrazy
04/16

Radio and the Future of Mobile Phones

In January, Google will reportedly release a "modular smartphone" in an attempt to disrupt market leaders Apple and Samsung. From Business Insider: Project Ara is Google’s attempt to make a mobile device where the major components, including the camera, speakers, GPS and other common features of modern smartphones, can be swapped out for new ones, mixing and matching modules to customise the phone to do what the user needs it to do. "Designed exclusively for 6 billion people," says the project site. While the jury is out on the future of this particular gadget, the lesson behind it is … [Read more...]

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