Category: Internet Radio


How to Monetize your Online Radio Streams

Last week I published a piece using actual data from actual broadcasters that argued that their brands could make more money if streaming spots were monetized separately from over-the-air spots. That is, separate inventories have greater revenue potential than one simulcast pool. So how does a radio broadcaster maximize revenue from that online-only pool of inventory? I'm going to provide some thoughts on that. Now I'll warn you: Not all of these ideas are easy and some of them will cause you to gulp hard. But the universe doesn't really care what you or I find comfortable and easy, does … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]

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