Category: Radio’s Future


The Biggest Problem Your Radio Station Has on Facebook

In what is perhaps a typical radio station scenario, 70% of the inbound traffic to the station's website comes from social media. That’s right. Not from over-the-air promotion, not from organic search, but from social media. And 50% of that traffic comes from Facebook, specifically. That means more than one-third of that brand’s inbound digital traffic comes from Facebook. What do these percentages look like for your brand? Now, what are you doing to expose your best content on Facebook such that listeners want to find it, and don't only consume it, enjoy it, and share it, … [Read more...]


Radio Play-By-Play without Play-By-Play Rights Fees

So let's say you're a radio station that attracts a male audience, but when play-by-play airs on another station, BOOM - off go listeners from your station to theirs. What do you do when your fans want to hear that play-by-play and they leave your station to hear it? Well, consider this: What if they could get the play-by-play and get it from you - no rights or rights fees necessary? And what if they could get it through your digital platforms by the hosts they love the most - yours? Or even hosted by your fans themselves? That's at least one potential application for Rabble.TV, a … [Read more...]


Radio: How Do You “Do Local”?

"Live and local" is one of the favorite phrases employed by broadcasters who want to emphasize that, unlike some other media platforms fighting for your attention and your ad dollars, we are here in your local community. But how do you prove that? And why does it matter? In too many cases, being "local" is an address more than an action. But if "local" isn't an action, "local" has no value. It's otherwise just a cushy, sweet idea. You can't just "be local," you must "do local."  You can't do this with your music in a land of nationally-based hits. You can't do this just by using … [Read more...]


The New Auto Dashboard Isn’t as Scary as Radio Thinks

Every time there’s some new innovation out there which enhances the choice set available to consumers who want to hear audio entertainment or information, a chill runs up the spine of every broadcaster, because with such a large fraction of listening, radio seems to stand more to lose than to gain from the expansion of choice. Without question, new choices squeeze existing options. Indeed, given the growing number of distractions available to consumers across every platform – audio, video, and more, it’s exceedingly unlikely that the pie of audio listening is actually growing so long as … [Read more...]


And Radio’s Secret Power is…

Recently one of my radio clients explained how his 20-year-old daughter uses radio: “She chases her favorite songs around the dial,” he said. For her, every station button is another chance at hitting the proverbial jackpot. Either I land on a song I love or I don’t. And if I don’t, I move to the next button. It’s radio as slot machine, and – like a slot machine – the odds are better than even that any given spin is a loser. But this is the behavior of someone who is using radio because it’s convenient, not because it’s her preferred way to solve a problem. Let’s face it, if it’s your … [Read more...]


Here’s What Radio Will Learn from This Week’s Republican Debates

So all the leading (and not so leading) Republican presidential contenders will be stretched across two stages at the end of this week in the first official debate of the election season. So what can radio learn from this political extravaganza? Well, consider what you will and won't see. You'll see little of any depth or seriousness. That's because time is so short. You'll see that there is no "winning" or "losing" of the debate on the power of argument or the weight of issues. Instead, the "winning" will come from memorable moments that result in "oohs" and "aahs" and cheers and … [Read more...]


What’s EXCLUSIVE about your Radio Brand?

If you aren't the exclusive provider for something meaningful, you're sunk. In April, I shared Bloomburg's report that Apple Music’s strategy would be to secure new music exclusives from some of the industry’s hottest artists, and I wrote about how exclusives were set to power the next generation of online radio competition and, by association, all radio competition. Now there's a report that this strategy is beginning to unfold, big time: Apple [has] started creating their own original content. The company made Drake's amazing "Energy" video in-house, as well as Pharrell's "Freedom" … [Read more...]


How to Hire Radio Talent

This week I was called by a radio industry trade and asked an interesting question: How should radio stations hire differently in this new age? In other words, what qualifications should we be looking for in talent, programming, and sales that are different from today's conventional qualifications? This is a great question, so let me provide some answers. Today I'll tackle how to hire radio talent. In a later post I'll take on how to hire radio programmers and sellers. First, let's consider it a given that talent is hired in no small part for their ability to generate and grow … [Read more...]

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