Category: Internet Radio

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...]

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...]

mediaunpluggedlogo_featured
11/12

The Battle Between Taylor Swift and Spotify: And the Winner Is…

It's Spotify vs. Country superstar Taylor Swift! And the winner is... Yes, there is a winner - and it may not be whom you think. Plus, does the end of Honey Boo Boo really mean the end of trash reality TV? It's episode 7 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. If you haven't listened yet, this episode - about the conflict between shifting business models in the music industry (and what a "stream" really is) is the one to check out. I think you may be surprised by our take: Click the play button here: And if you're … [Read more...]

arianagrandelarge
11/11

What Happens When Ariana Grande Conquers America?

One of the greatest benefits of having a massive music platform is being able to parse the data in interesting and insightful ways. While all the big streaming platforms mine data in this way, Spotify is making at least some of that analysis public, and it's fascinating. It's all at Spotify's Insights blog, and you should take a look. Here, for example, is their distillation of the top U.S. artists by state every day this year (up to mid-October). At the top of January, Drake and Lorde were battling for dominance: By May, Lana Del Rey owned the Southwest: By early … [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...]

disneylarge
08/15

Surprise! Radio Disney Doesn’t Need Radio!

So Disney sells of all of its Radio Disney station assets - 23 AM and 1 FM -  save for its LA flagship, which is evidently a content creation hub and not simply a means of distribution. ...and the radio industry goes wild! What does this mean? What is Disney signaling? Does this even matter? These are the questions that were on everyone's lips last week. But to me, the larger question is this: How come this took so long? Does anyone think Disney chief Bob Iger awakened one bright day in the summer of 2014 to discover that his army of primarily AM radio distribution points was not … [Read more...]

questions
08/04

Is NextRadio’s Consumer Enthusiasm a Mirage?

I am stridently pro-consumer. I believe that if we focus on what consumers show us they want, then we will have more consumers, happier consumers, and a healthier business overall. This is the thinking that has driven all my successful audience research efforts for years. So it was with much disappointment that I reviewed the recent research project produced by Coleman Research for NextRadio, financed by the NAB. Coleman has a well-deserved strong reputation, but this deeply flawed research project will add no luster to it. There are two kinds of research: The kind that aims to reveal … [Read more...]

contentlarge
07/30

Here’s Why Pandora Will Eventually Be in the Spoken Word Business, Too

Today, Pandora (and pretty much every other online radio provider) is famous for its music, not its talk. That's going to change. Yes, I know Pandora has comedy content driven by the secret sauce of its "genome project." But I'm talking about much more. Yes, I know there are other platforms out there featuring various flavors of spoken word, most of which is repurposed from terrestrial commercial and public radio. Yes, I know there's a world of podcasting which is virtually all spoken word - the best of which is likewise repurposed from radio or TV, while most of the rest is way … [Read more...]

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