Category: Internet Radio

iwatch
01/29

Wrist-Powered Radio?

There's a tendency to obsess on devices. But if you're in the content business devices are only channels of distribution for that content. The real challenge and opportunity for media brands is to spread content across all popular platforms in a form and a context that fits that platform. To chase a device is to miss the forest for the trees. For example, do you need iPhone and Android apps? Not necessarily, but you do need a mobile strategy. Because as consumers spend more time online with mobile devices your content is either part of that time stream or it isn't. Do you need … [Read more...]

listentoyourheart
01/28

Stop Picking on Pandora, Radio

So is Pandora "radio" or isn't it? I have (correctly) argued "yes" here and here and here. "Radio" is a menu of value propositions - "jobs", combinations of which consumers "hire your brand for" every time they choose to tune in. Many of those "jobs" are clearly shared with Pandora, thus making Pandora a substitute for your station - part of the same category of consumer solutions, as I argue in this popular presentation. The debate, such as it is, continues to rage on primarily because broadcasters are under siege and take comfort in whatever back-slapping comes their way. In fact, … [Read more...]

pandoraradio
01/19

Buying Pandora can Increase Your Radio Station’s Ratings

What?! Yes, a radio station can buy time on Pandora with the intention of driving audience to the station either online or (less efficiently) on-air. How do I know? Because some stations have done it - and done it successfully enough to be repeat customers. Just one example: A station in a top ten market wanted to communicate to listeners of Pandora's Christmas music that this station was "All Christmas" during the holiday season when the campaign ran. Makes sense, right? I'm listening to Christmas tunes on Pandora...Up pops an ad from a radio station promoting their own Christmas … [Read more...]

aharadio
11/06

What’s the Future of Radio in the Connected Car?

What does the crystal ball predict about the future of the so-called "connected car" and radio's place in it? That was the purpose of my conversation with Toby Trevarthen, VP Monetization for Aha by Harman, a key provider of platforms and apps to automakers and the "connected" car. Here are two of the key questions I discussed with Toby: What will the auto dashboard look like in five years? What is the role of radio in the future of that dashboard? We talked about what's really on the horizon: a reimagining of the car and, more to the point, the time consumers spend in that car. … [Read more...]

listentochristmas
10/21

And Pandora’s Newest Client is…Radio!

Today in two conversations two separate radio stations told me how they were promoting their brand using Pandora. Yes, you heard that right. One is a Christian non-com that is pitching its Christmas programming in season - just click right through to the station! This is an incredibly elegant and (in hindsight) obvious tactic to meet the music-loving audience where they are for a unique programming proposition that's only a click away. A targeted message that, this station reports, produced more than adequate ROI. And, I might add, possibly a no-brainer for any station flipping to … [Read more...]

pandora
10/16

“The Number One Station is Pandora”

Any good radio research nowadays allows respondents to express what they listen to using the lines consumers draw, not the ones historically drawn by broadcasters. For that reason, one of the questions I ask is this: “Considering AM, FM, Satellite, and Internet Radio, what one radio station or service would you say is your favorite for music specifically? In one recent study in a large market among women who listen to Hit radio stations and are aged 15-34, the answer to this question was clear: The number one choice was Pandora. And it was ahead of #2 by no small … [Read more...]

lovethatradio
10/03

Are There Too Many Commercials on the Radio? Nope!

A friend told me how radio broadcasters at a recent conference emphasized the importance of minimizing commercial interruptions in online radio streams without mentioning the proverbial elephant in the room: What about the far worse ad clutter on good, old-fashioned terrestrial radio? Does the logic of minimizing spots in one place mean spots should, for the same reasons, be minimized in every place? Here’s my answer (and this may shock you): No. Three reasons: 1. Practical Reality On a purely practical basis, there is no way the radio industry is going to significantly trim … [Read more...]

newiphones1024
09/23

11 Million New Users to iTunes Radio – in One Weekend

That's the news from Apple: Over 11 million unique listeners have already tuned in to iTunes Radio since launch with the most listened to song being “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. A "Pandora killer"? Of course not. But does some of that listening come from Pandora? You bet. Does some come from other iTunes listening? You bet. Is some of that listening brand new - borrowed from nobody in the radio space? You bet. Is some of that listening stolen from radio? Absolutely. There's a slavish devotion among some in radio to research which asks respondents to dissect their … [Read more...]

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