Tag: 2014


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...]


Radio: What Happened to BIG?

A few weeks ago I was very pleased and flattered to be part of the opening presentation at the Public Radio Program Directors Conference in Portland. The PRPD is always one of my favorite events because every single person in the room is on a content- and service-based mission to make their communities and the lives of folks in them better. They are passionate about what they're doing. As one of the speakers said, "nobody here is getting rich doing this." The theme of all the opening presentations was the same: What's enduring about Public Radio, even in the face of dramatic … [Read more...]


Is Bob Hoffman’s Argument “Full of Crap”?

Tongues are wagging about NAB keynoter and self-styled "ad contrarian" Bob Hoffman's profanity-laced critique of online advertising. Wagging for all the wrong reasons. See, Bob conveniently chose convenient facts and then conveniently wrapped those facts with absurd conclusions. On Online Advertising Says Bob: "the advertising industry has become the web's lapdog – irresponsibly exaggerating the effectiveness of online advertising and social media, ignoring the abominable results of display advertising, glossing over the fraud and corruption, and becoming a de facto sales arm for … [Read more...]


How to Make Your Message “Viral” – Growth Hacker Mark Middo at hivio 2014

How do you make your audio brand go "viral"? Mark Middo should know. He's a "growth hacker," an entrepreneur who builds growth into the DNA of his product at low cost and without spending big money on marketing or advertising. Growth hacking is at the heart of how today's hot tech startups get off the ground. No wonder Mark was a hit at hivio 2014. Among the questions he addresses: What is “growth hacking”? How can players in the audio space build in growth to their products and platforms? What is the role of gathering leads for audio brands? Very few radio brands, for … [Read more...]


The Booming Business of Podcasting – PodcastOne’s Rob Greenlee

Just how big is podcasting, and how are consumers and advertisers embracing the platform? That was the topic I covered with PodcastOne's Rob Greenlee in this spectacular conversation from hivio, the audio future festival. At about the halfway point, we're joined by "Randall," the hilarious YouTube icon famous for "badass" honey badger videos (Randall had a podcast running on PodcastOne at the time). Rob answers these and other questions: Just how popular are podcasts? There are a zillion podcasts and lots of ways to consume them. Where does PodcastOne fit in? Metrics – Where are … [Read more...]


How Audio Platforms Can Monetize Content Marketing

This is one of my favorite Q&A's from this year's hivio audio future festival. Content marketing is one of the hottest new trends among brands worldwide, and the audio space is primed to excel in this area because audio media companies have been creating content for decades. So how can audio media companies leverage their own content across platforms and help brands embrace this trend? Robert Rose is Chief Strategist for the Content Marketing Institute. He's also co-host with Joe Pulizzi of the terrific podcast "This Old Marketing." Robert addresses these and other … [Read more...]


A Remarkable Conversation with Glenn Beck

If you are a regular watcher of CNN's Reliable Sources, then last weekend you saw the first part of a remarkable interview with the equally remarkable Glenn Beck. Always a great talent and once a polarizing lightning rod for controversy, Glenn reveals new layers of thoughtful complexity and a humanity that will surprise those who know him best from his Fox News days. I thought it was quite striking. Watch for yourself and see if you don't agree. One of the great challenges of commercial spoken word radio is that audiences and broadcasters alike are pigeonholing the format as the home of … [Read more...]


Bringing Audio Together – the Magic of AGOGO with J.D. Heilprin

If all your favorite audio content is all over the place in a variety of different channels, why can't you aggregate it all in one place? Well, now you can! J.D. Heilprin is founder of AGOGO, a stealthy mobile-first startup that was recently featured in the iTunes store as "best new app" and "top news app." Much more than aggregating podcasts, AGOGO is a platform bringing together a world of audio (and the audio form of TV and textual media content made audio) in one place, and lets the user create his or her own channels. What's fascinating about this app is that it disaggregates … [Read more...]

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