Category: Radio’s Future

synclarge
12/12

What Radio Looks Like on Ford’s New Sync 3 for 2016

Never let it be said that the automakers don't listen to feedback, because when it comes to Ford's clunky Sync platform, they got an earful. And guess what? Ford responded. This week the automaker introduced the latest and greatest version of its Sync infotainment system, and it looks great. It will make its debut on at least some Ford 2016 models, meaning it will be in the showroom in the fall of 2015, just months from now. The primary value proposition of the platform has less to do with entertainment than it has to do with all the other problems faced by drivers as you can see in … [Read more...]

futureofradio
12/05

Uh Oh: Radio’s Reach is Declining

In  a new report from Nielsen, the news for the traditional radio space is decidedly unsurprising, and not the stuff of holiday cheer. As Tom Taylor summarizes: AM/FM’s monthly reach gained half-a-percent – but Time-Spent fell 3% over last year. And the 3% drop is consistent across African-Americans and Hispanics, two groups that have traditionally shown stronger listening than the national average. Two charts display the contrast between monthly reach for Americans age 2+ and their actual consumption of radio. The positive news - the “number of users” for radio grew 0.5% compared to last … [Read more...]

portableradio
12/04

Would Today’s Youth Miss Radio if it Went Away?

In an article aptly titled "Young People Don't Care About Newspapers, Old People Don't Care About Smartphones," Business Insider quoted an Ofcom study contrasting the responses of persons 16-24 to folks 75 and over. The question? "What media would you miss the most?" And here's the chart: BI writes: People between the ages of 16 and 24, for example, would not blink an eye if newspapers and magazines went extinct; smartphones are the "must-have" device of the younger generation. The breakdown among all adults shows a much stronger craving for TV over smartphones and computers, and … [Read more...]

marcopologlarge
12/02

3 Lessons Radio can Learn from Netflix

On the surface there are a zillion differences between radio brands and Netflix. One is local, while the other is national, even international. One is free (for the most part) while the other is by subscription. One is audio and the other is video. And so on. But the similarities are more important than the differences, because like Netflix, yours is a media company competing for the attention of consumers in a marketplace facing blistering changes and blossoming alternatives. There are at least three lessons any radio brand can learn from Netflix: 1. Invest in content The list of … [Read more...]

soylentgreen
11/17

Radio’s Crisis of Personality

One of radio's greatest advantages relative to competing media are its personalities - or at least that could be an advantage. But a "personality" isn't simply a voice on the air. For a personality to matter he or she must be a genuine talent, someone with "star power" who magnetizes an audience because he or she is just that good. Anything less is just a voice. So what personalities do consumers think of when they think of radio? I thought I'd find out. I did a flash study with 1,000 consumers in the U.S. aged 18-54 and I asked this question: What are the names of the THREE most … [Read more...]

sethgodin
11/14

About Seth Godin’s “End of Radio”

Radio broadcasters have made much fuss about Seth Godin’s post this past week titled “an end of radio.” In it, Seth referenced the conversation he and I had eight years ago about the future of radio and how it would likely be impacted by access to unlimited online radio alternatives. It’s hard to believe our conversation was that long ago – 2006 B.M.E (that’s Before the Mobile Era). At the time, Seth theorized an end would come with city-wide wifi. He writes: I realized last week that this has just happened. Not via wifi, but via Bluetooth and the smart phone. The car-sharing driver … [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...]

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