Category: Branding


6 Lessons for Radio from Game of Thrones

There's a lot any radio brand can learn from watching TV, especially good TV. Take Game of Thrones, for example. Almost 7 million viewers watched last Sunday night, topping the series' previous viewing record. There are at least 6 lessons for radio brands from Game of Thrones: 1. Build for Quality Yes, talent is expensive. Yes, great talent is greatly expensive. But nothing great happens without great source material and talented custodians of that material. At any point we have a choice: Make it good or make it cheap. The opportunities to do both at the same time are few and … [Read more...]


What’s Your Sign?

Before 1960, the drive-in was king. It was ground-zero for a demographic segment Hollywood had forgotten in its obsession to meet head on the challenge that was television, and that demo was teenagers. So a generation of films and filmmakers arose with that segment squarely in their sights. And chief among them was a director and producer who is still working today: The legendary Roger Corman. Even if you don't know Corman you know the names of the A-listers whose careers Corman made possible. And you probably know some of the films, many of which are showcased in a lavish and cool new … [Read more...]


Lessons for Radio from a World-Class Brand: The San Diego Zoo

What could radio broadcasters possibly learn from a Zoo? Ask the folks at hivio, the first inaugural radio ideas festival, because this conversation between me and San Diego Zoo Global Brand Manager Michael Warburton turned out to be one of the "hits" of the event, and it had the room buzzing. Some highlights: How legendary brands can keep fresh Why bother to go beyond "good enough" in all the actions of your brand (hint: Because the extra effort matters to fans and they appreciate it) Why "radio" means something very specific and might be the wrong name for something like … [Read more...]


“Radio” is not a Brand

When we say things like "let's whip up a better story for radio to convince folks how important it is in their lives" we are fighting an impossible battle for this reason: "Radio" is not a brand. "Radio" is a distribution platform for brands, where the brands can, should, and do live on other platforms, too. If we have learned anything from this digital age it's that the most useful brands are those that are device-agnostic, those that view platforms as distribution opportunities for useful manifestations. The most useful brands are not bound to one and only one distribution … [Read more...]


How can Radio be Extraordinary?

If we want our fans to spread the word about our radio brands, why don't we create content that's more remarkable to begin with? After all, people don't spread the mundane, they spread the extraordinary. Case and point...this video. [iframe 500 281] Prefer audio? Try this: Download mp3 (You can subscribe to all the MRM video and audio via iTunes and get the goodies before everybody else. You can also get advance notice of this content if you "like" MRM on Facebook or follow me on Twitter). … [Read more...]


Your PPM Strategy is Wrong: Word-of-Mouth Still Matters

It is almost impossible to count the ways in which playing to Arbitron's PPM measurement methodology may provide short term gains for radio ratings, but very much at the expense of the health of radio brands long-term. And here's yet another one. It is accepted wisdom that, since PPM supposedly measures behaviors rather than recall of behaviors, then so-called top-of-mind recall is irrelevant. After all, why remind folks that you're there when they no longer need to remember what they listened to? Here's one reason why. Because top-of-mind leads directly to word-of-mouth, and … [Read more...]


“Passion is the Great Persuader” – Q&A with Tom Asacker, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my special conversation with branding guru and author Tom Asacker. If you missed Part 1 go here. Tom and I talk about his new book, The Business of Belief: How the World's Best Marketers, Designers, Salespeople, Coaches, Fundraisers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders Get Us to Believe. Watch the complete Q&A here, or skip to Part 2 of the abbreviated transcript below. If consumer desire precedes interest, how does the marketer effectively tap in to those desires? Well you can only move people slowly. You start with what peoples’ beliefs and desires … [Read more...]


Radio: Is Anybody in Charge of your Fans?

It was my first visit to the Sundance Channel, and I was met with this visual: Not so much a "pop up" per se as in invitation to deepen a relationship which was at least strong enough to bring me to the page in the first place (and it didn't "pop" during my second visit). Does your radio brand have such an invitation? One that invites consumers to give up their email in exchange for information of real value? One that says "we want to connect with you personally"? I was struck recently when I read a piece by David Siteman Garland (who will be appearing in my blog soon) on his great … [Read more...]

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