Tag: distribution


What if Distribution is King and Content is Crap?

Maybe distribution is king! And… Content is crap. Plus, rants and raves on the ridiculous controversy over Starbucks’ holiday red cup and REI’s Black Friday gimmick. It’s episode 31 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do the same at Stitcher. And if you like what … [Read more...]


How Serial Went from Podcast to TV Show

Anyone who knows me or who has been following this blog for a while knows that I am a champion for the primacy of unique and compelling content. You see, media is really about two things: Content and distribution. And distribution channels are inherently dumb conduits that need to be filled with the stuff audiences care about: Great content. That’s true of all dumb conduits, whether they be digital, analog, TV, podcasting, or radio. I have long argued that unique and compelling content that draws an audience is primed to carry that audience to other illustrations of the brand on other … [Read more...]


People Don’t Fall In Love With Distribution Channels…

...they fall in love with content. It's not often I make a post that is purely an image, but I thought I'd make a tiny - and meaningful - exception today. Enjoy. … [Read more...]


Surprise! Radio Disney Doesn’t Need Radio!

So Disney sells of all of its Radio Disney station assets - 23 AM and 1 FM -  save for its LA flagship, which is evidently a content creation hub and not simply a means of distribution. ...and the radio industry goes wild! What does this mean? What is Disney signaling? Does this even matter? These are the questions that were on everyone's lips last week. But to me, the larger question is this: How come this took so long? Does anyone think Disney chief Bob Iger awakened one bright day in the summer of 2014 to discover that his army of primarily AM radio distribution points was not … [Read more...]


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...]


Wrist-Powered Radio?

There's a tendency to obsess on devices. But if you're in the content business devices are only channels of distribution for that content. The real challenge and opportunity for media brands is to spread content across all popular platforms in a form and a context that fits that platform. To chase a device is to miss the forest for the trees. For example, do you need iPhone and Android apps? Not necessarily, but you do need a mobile strategy. Because as consumers spend more time online with mobile devices your content is either part of that time stream or it isn't. Do you need … [Read more...]


Radio: Your Facebook Page is Un-Liking You

This is directly from Facebook: We expect organic distribution of an individual page's posts to gradually decline over time as we continually work to make sure people have a meaningful experience on the site. In other words, all that effort you go to to populate your Facebook page with useful content is increasingly wasted. Even Facebook acknowledges your distribution to the very folks who raise their hands to "like" your page will increasingly thin over time despite their willingness to receive that content in their feeds. Why? Because Facebook wants you to pay for distribution of … [Read more...]


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...]

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