Category: Insights

stuck
01/27

Is Streaming Momentum Stuck? Really?

There's been lots of attention in the radio industry trades lately about the lack of audience momentum for many broadcasters in the streaming space, even as so-called pure-plays like Pandora and Spotify grow by leaps and bounds. Tom Taylor writes: iHeart’s not the only terrestrial operator with flat or negative growth over the period from February 2013 to October 2014. #3-ranked CBS is down from about 69,000 average domestic streams (6am-8pm weekdays) to a little less than 60,000. #4-ranked Cumulus is off from a bit more than 70,000 to 58,104. Cox is off from 30,327 to 23,674. Even EMF, … [Read more...]

igerlarge
12/30

Bob Iger’s Lessons for Radio

Disney chief Bob Iger is on the cover of the new issue of Fortune, pictured in front of Star Wars' legendary Millennium Falcon. I can't imagine a picture that could speak more loudly about content and branding and distribution and the role of fan passion in powering a media behemoth. Highlights of the piece in The Wrap indicate three lessons that should be heard loud and clear by radio broadcasters: 1. Iger focuses on both content and technology “There are a lot of companies that focus on content and lot of companies that focus on technology, but I think Disney is one of a few … [Read more...]

whatwomenwant
11/06

Why Doesn’t Radio “Talk” to Women?

Radio is an industry that pioneered entertainment content by and for women. Soap operas began on radio, after all. And later, talk shows from the likes of Dr. Laura and Dr. Ruth and Sally Jesse Raphael spotlighted radio's incomparable ability to be intimate and one-to-one even as it's one-to-many. But does radio "talk" to women today? In a sense, yes. After all, pick any strong CHR or Hot AC morning show and you have what is primarily "talk" for (and sometimes by) women. Sure, these shows often contain music, too. Who ever said today's woman wants only chit-chat from their favorite … [Read more...]

halloween
10/31

A Halloween Story for Broadcasters

This is something of a tradition for me - to post one particular spooky video I produced about three years ago. Every year on Halloween I share it again. If you've seen it before please forgive the indulgence. The truth is that my list has swelled to about double what it was last year at this time, so this is new for many. It's a lesson from one of Hollywood's most famous monsters for all the radio and media monsters of today. Enjoy. And happy Halloween. … [Read more...]

generation-me
10/24

What Radio Needs to Know About Millennials

If you were born in the 80's or 90's, you're in your late teens to early 30's today. You are also a digital native and quite unlike older folks, including the older folks running the radio business. That explains why these older folks don't know a lot about you - only what Nielsen tells them - only what radio their PPM devices are exposed to - and not much else. But oh, there's much more to know. And it's terribly important for the future of an industry that must maintain its relevance as generations come and go. That's why I talked with psychologist, professor, and author Jean Twenge … [Read more...]

listening-to-podcast
10/13

How to Monetize Your Podcast

What's the upside for advertising on podcasts? Where is it going and how can your podcast get a piece of a growing advertising pie? That's what I asked Erik Diehn, VP Biz Dev at Midroll Media, the podcasting advertising network. Midroll, like PodcastOne, is one of the companies creating of the business of podcasting. The audience sizes of leading podcasts are approaching and surpassing what advertisers are accustomed to on TV, so despite imperfect measurements, momentum is beginning to build for podcasts among advertisers. Direct response advertisers are already in the space, but … [Read more...]

listening-to-phone
09/29

Proof that Terrestrial Radio Can Make Money Streaming

I'm tired of certain "chiefs" of the radio industry who diminish the prospect of making money from streaming, as if Internet radio is altogether different from or irrelevant to the future of broadcast tower licensees. Hardly. Further, when these individuals proudly proclaim "there's no money to be made in streaming" and "I've never met any broadcaster who has made money streaming," they are not only expressing ignorance, they are also granting permission for an entire industry to fail in the fastest growing category of radio there is: The one online. So today I thought I would lead by … [Read more...]

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