Tag: content

southparklarge
07/16

The Death of Distribution Channel Advantage

So I read with interest today this distribution-related tidbit from NTS MediaOnline: Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One has announced an agreement with NextRadio that will enable all U.S. radio stations to use advertising inventory to fund the industry’s payments to Sprint. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund the Sprint NextRadio Initiative, which plans to sell at least 30 million FM receiver-enabled smartphones in the next three years. Broadcasters can now meet their commitment by providing two minutes per station per day (Mon-Sun/ … [Read more...]

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02/24

6 Reasons Radio Listeners IGNORE Your Morning Show

You know the routine. Your radio station introduces a new morning show and you sit back and wait for the magic to happen. And you wait...and you wait. Still, the audience doesn't know them, doesn't care about them, or knows them and still doesn't care about them. Why is this happening? Six reasons: 1. Because they're just not that good It's true! Radio managers are not famous for spotting and nurturing talent. And a corollary: Being good is hard! There's a reason why Howard Stern was fired all the way to the top. There's a reason why it's a safer bet to plug in Ryan … [Read more...]

dexter
11/05

Lessons for Radio from Time Warner Cable

Earlier this year, CBS was blacked out on Time Warner Cable in several major markets due to a dispute over content rights fees. CBS wanted more and Time Warner didn't want to pay it. More than 3 million Time Warner Cable customers lost access to CBS-owned stations, Showtime, and three other cable nets for a month until the standoff was resolved. So what happened? The monthlong CBS blackout for Time Warner Cable customers in major markets was a key factor leading to the cable operator’s biggest quarterly loss of video subscribers in its history. The cable company lost 306,000 residential TV … [Read more...]

iwatch
01/02

What Happens to Radio when Technology Kills Mobile Phones?

There remains a drumbeat among some broadcasters to install FM radio into mobile phones, but what happens when some new technology kills off those mobile devices? From Business Insider: There is a line of thinking that the smartphone era will perish almost as quickly as it began.This is, after all, the natural way of technology. It's defined by creative destruction. Just as the smartphone killed the flip phone, and the iPad is killing the traditional PC, something is going to come along and kill the smartphone. Wearable computers are widely believed to be the next computing fad. The point … [Read more...]

star wars disney
11/09

Investors are Focusing on Content, not Distribution

USA TODAY markets reporter Matt Krantz answers this reader question: Why have the large diversified media companies been such strong [stock market] performers, despite the rise of the Internet? Matt's answer: Investors are starting to pay less attention to the device, and more to the content. Companies that make the entertainment and content viewed on the bevy of new mobile devices, websites and Internet-connected TV devices are winning new appreciation with investors. Disney (DIS), Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIA.B) shares are all at or near their 52-week highs as investors … [Read more...]

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10/09

Local Public Radio: What To Do…

...in a world where the networks you pay for content circumvent you by distributing much of that same content online? This is a complicated question, but it's one that branding authority Tom Asacker tackles with me in this highlight from our conversation at the recent Public Radio Program Director's conference in Las Vegas. Is it as simple as "more local news" because newspapers are folding (pun intended) all over America? Oh no it isn't.  Not nearly. Watch (or click on the post title if there's no video image): [iframe … [Read more...]

ironmanr2-d2
08/10

How to Make Your Content “Pop”

Sometimes we have this weird notion that platforms are places for us to put the same stuff everywhere. They're not. The way to make your content "pop" is to re-imagine it for every platform where it appears.  It's not the same thing someplace else. It's something new someplace else - inspired by its original form, but not limited to it. Think re-imagined, not re-purposed. That's how to make your content "pop." Watch: [iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/46058418?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0 500 281] Prefer audio?  Try this: Download mp3 (You can subscribe … [Read more...]

bruckheimer
11/11

Is Radio a Content-Creator or a Distribution Channel?

Many readers know that one of my regular themes is the relationship between radio as content creator vs. radio as distribution channel. While radio retains massive reach there's no question that the attention enabled by that reach is fraying and dispersing.  I'll share some statistics on this point in some later post, but for now suffice it to say that in a world of many meaningful alternatives to radio, attention is following choice - and ultimately advertising dollars will follow attention. So what are the consequences of this? When choice proliferates and consumers embrace those … [Read more...]

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