Category: Radio’s Future

uniquelarge
07/13

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...]

talentlarge
07/10

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...]

surprise_large
07/07

The Power of Just Because

Spend enough time around any mature, successful industry - radio included - and you'll find an environment that isn't necessarily welcoming new ideas unless those new ideas are attached to a firm business plan. On one hand, how can you blame folks for this? After all, shouldn't everything we do at one stage or another add value to the consumer experience? And shouldn't that value come back to us in the form of dollars? Well, maybe not right away. And maybe not directly. Revenue is usually an outcome of doing many things right, not any one thing right. And stuff that is valued just for … [Read more...]

beats1
06/29

What Apple’s Beats 1 Means for Your Radio Brand

The shape of Apple's new live-streaming radio station Beats 1 is coming into focus, and it's full of exclusive celebrity content: The New York Times reports that Elton John will have a regular show on Beats 1 titled "Elton John's Rocket Hour," and it will play old and new music. Other musicians with shows on Beats 1 include Pharrell Williams, Drake, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Jaden Smith, and Disclosure. Pharrell isn't just a presenting a show, though. His new single "Freedom" will be the first track exclusive to Apple Music, only available to listeners of Apple's streaming … [Read more...]

spreadwidely
05/12

How to Make Your Online Audio Go Viral

Video goes viral, but what about audio? I have never even heard the expression “viral audio,” have you? “Going viral” means “being shared.” So why is it so tough to share audio online? In some cases the sharing capability is clunky or nonexistent. But even where conventional sharing functions exist there are two larger problems: Consumption and discovery. Consumption: Online audio is hard to consume. Okay, not hard, but taxing. If one picture is worth a thousand words, then it takes a thousand words to communicate one picture and – more importantly – the time to consume a thousand … [Read more...]

Discovery
05/03

Music Discovery is Overrated

Last week Seth Godin penned a piece titled "Discovery Fatigue." In it he argued that a little bit of discovery goes a long way, and the zeal to discover at the beginning of something wanes as time and life go on. Seth offers three reasons for this: First, once you're busy with what you've got, it diminishes the desire to get more. Second, discovery is exhausting. Putting on a new pair of glasses, seeing the world or hearing the world or understanding the world in a new way is a lot more work than merely cruising through a typical day. And third, infinity is daunting. A birdwatcher might … [Read more...]

iheartmedia_soundfront
04/28

The Dawn of Audio UpFronts

If you're in the TV business, you're familiar with the UpFronts. That's the annual dog and pony show put on by the networks to debut their new shows and to impress and dazzle advertisers and media. On the digital side, we have the more recent NewFronts. Sponsored by the IAB, this event features 20 or more companies in the digital video space, including Google, Yahoo, Hulu, and others. And as of this month we finally have some equivalent events in the audio space. And for the record can I say this: It's about time. Last week, iHeartMedia launched its first "SoundFront," where they … [Read more...]

starwars7
04/20

What Radio Can Learn from Star Wars VII

Last week the Internet melted. And if you're a Star Wars fan, you know the precise moment: When the latest teaser trailer for the newest chapter in the long-running Star Wars saga was unleashed online. You've probably seen it by now. It has been watched more than 40 million times, so I'm assuming at least one of those viewings was yours. So I thought, what can radio broadcasters learn from the pandemonium surrounding this second in a series of promotional trailers for a movie which promises to stop both space and time when it finally opens in a cineplex near you in … [Read more...]

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