Tag: communication design

09/27

TV’s Digital Lessons for Radio

Edison Research recently showcased some buyer interviews arguing, among other things, that radio’s digital-only doo-dads are less than compelling to many buyers and that what they really want is an integrated approach across platforms built around fresh ideas. So what’s best, digital-only or integrated? Don’t get lost in this “either/or” – it’s a myth. It’s all about value, folks. Good or bad, high or low. Period. I think radio buyers can only respond to what’s in front of them, and many of radio’s digital-only doo-dads are not exceptional enough to capture their attention or … [Read more...]

08/22

Gamification can Transform Radio’s Digital Platforms

Chris Bell is president of Triton Digital's Applications and Services division. Triton is an innovator in bringing game mechanics to radio platforms.  Indeed, gamification is a major emphasis for the company and I have been impressed by their investments in this area. So what is gamification, and why does it matter to radio? How does gamification dramatically improve the engagement between consumers and our radio brands, and how can this engagement be effectively monetized? Chris answers all these questions and more in this short Q&A.  Listen! [iframe … [Read more...]

08/21

Apple wants to Erase your Radio Spots

Another day, another technology-driven way to undo advertising.  Forget the fact that advertising is what pays for most of the content we enjoy on TV or radio. Apple was just granted a patent for technology that would allow users to switch seamlessly to their own audio or video files once ads started playing on their TV or radio stations. I don't know how this could affect listening to radio on traditional radios (still the way most folks get their radio) - it would certainly affect listening mediated by more advanced tech gadgets.  Not that those are catching on, or anything. The … [Read more...]

08/20

What if Listeners Don’t Want to “Engage” with your Radio Brands?

There's this assumption in digital-land that everybody wants to "engage."  That "engagement" is the ultimate goal of all digital activities. So then why is there so little "engagement" with most radio brands online? Is it because radio brands are poorly represented on digital platforms?  Or is it because most (but certainly not all) listeners use radio not because it occupies their every moment of conscious thought, but precisely because it doesn't? The answer is certainly "both." Too many radio brands expect audiences to "engage" with their station brands simply because those … [Read more...]

07/25

Is it Time to Stop “Owning a Word”?

Back in the day, Ries & Trout galvanized broadcasters by preaching the power of the "word." Own one, they advised.  Just one. This played well with a broadcasting audience for obvious reasons - we were and largely are in the audio business, and messaging in that business continues to be driven by words (I happen to think it should be driven more by sounds, but that's a topic for another post). CUT TO: PRESENT DAY Ries & Trout begat Ries & Ries, helmed by Al Ries's daughter Laura.  And Laura's new book, Visual Hammer. Her pitch: Al and I have been preaching about the … [Read more...]

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