Category: Interviews

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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09/25

Ryan Holiday: How to Grow Your Media Brand the Silicon Valley Way

Quick Summary: How do today's tech startups launch and scale big and fast? By using a new union of traditional and direct marketing and business development that adds up to one thing: Growth. How can radio and other media brands become "growth hackers"? Ryan Holiday is the former Director of Marketing for American Apparel. He has promoted the works of authors like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Marc Ecko and Tucker Max. He is a devious genius when it comes to the art and science of media attention, and he's the author of some of my favorite books from the past three years, including Trust Me, I'm … [Read more...]

cheetah
09/15

How “Smartcuts” Can Transform Your Media Brand

Quick Summary: How can your media brand leapfrog your competition? Not by shortcuts but by "smartcuts." Here are a few examples that you can put right to work: Lateral thinking, agility, leveraging platforms, 10X thinking, and more.... Shane Snow is the co-founder of Contently, the publishing platform for brands, journalists, and storytellers. Shane is a journalist who's written for "Fast Company," "The New Yorker," "Wired," and "The Washington Post." Shane also is the author of a terrific new book called Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. Watch this … [Read more...]

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06/19

A New Tool to Make Audio Advertising Interactive – XAPPmedia

You know the radio spots that give you an 800-number - and repeat it four times? Don't you just love that? Or the ones that ask you to call a number and leave your email on the answering machine? Sounds efficient, doesn't it? Have you ever wished for an audio advertising experience that was more direct, more interactive, and didn't require new chips in your mobile phone or a pad and pen at the ready 24/7/365? XAPPmedia is one company looking to provide that interactive experience. I talked with Pat Higbie, XAPPmedia's CEO, who told me about the technology and demonstrated how … [Read more...]

guylistening
05/08

Radio: Monetizing Fans who Love You

It's not all about advertising, folks. Whether you're a podcaster, a broadcaster, or something in between, how can you extract revenue from your biggest fans, the folks who most want to give you money because they love you? That's the question I put to David Plotz, the Editor in Chief of Slate.com and a host of one of my very favorite podcasts, the Slate Political Gabfest. Slate is launching a new initiative called Slate Plus with lots of lessons to teach. We talked about that and about Slate's podcasting strategy. What follows is a highly edited transcript of our chat. For the full … [Read more...]

futureofradio
04/22

The Internet Radio Revolution has Arrived

Everybody wants to know what's just over the horizon for radio. That's why I talked with BIA/Kelsey's Managing Director Rick Ducey about their new report, "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived,” a fresh look at how platforms, services, audiences and advertisers are reinventing audio. (Lesson number one: Think "audio," not "radio.") "Radio has a strong future," says Rick, "but there are challenges." Digital will soon make up a third of media spend, Rick tells me, and for audio specifically, 21% of the overall audio advertising market will go to digital audio within the next four … [Read more...]

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