Tag: future

08/14

Is The Radio Industry Too Selfish?

For years now, many in the radio industry have viewed the challenges they face from technology and consumer trends all wrong. They have seen it from the perspective of the radio industry, not the consumer. The latest example is illustrated in this article, titled: "As TuneIn Continues Subscription Push; Where Does AM/FM Go?" Setting up the argument: TuneIn, the one time aggregator that built its brand on the backs off making it easy to find streams for broadcast radio before putting its growth behind premium subscription content, has raised $50 million to continue its investment in … [Read more...]

06/22

Access To Your Radio Station Is Not Enough

This one is going to upset some of you, so get ready.... Recently I did some research where listeners were asked what platforms they listened to and where they listened to them. One respondent, a 40’ish woman with a teenaged son, indicated that her son would never listen radio “because he’s always wearing those headphones attached to his mobile phone.” At first, I couldn’t understand why she viewed this as an obstacle to listening to radio, since radio can run through those same mobile phones and into those same headphones, thanks to streaming. It can, but that’s not how this consumer … [Read more...]

05/01

Media Unplugged: Inside Media’s Data-Driven Future

Inside media's data-driven future. And... Here's how advertisers ignore data. Plus, rants and raves about overt messaging and suspension of disbelief, Disney's new Star Wars Land, and how Suave fooled a bunch of beauty influencers into thinking it was luxury haircare - but how the joke may be on Suave. It’s episode 62 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. This episode is brought to you by StackAdapt,  an omnichannel digital advertising platform that helps brands accelerate customer acquisition. Listen as we go inside … [Read more...]

01/05

Here’s How Radio Gets MORE Important In Cars

I have written extensively about the challenges radio will have in cars with a dashboard which is built to sync with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. I have also written a lot about what happens to radio when cars drive themselves (hint: It gets ugly). But there's another force out there and it's a force in the other direction. And that force is your own voice. Ford has announced an integration between their Sync platform and Amazon's Alexa voice control system: [Starting] this summer, drivers will be able to talk to Alexa in their Ford vehicle to ask questions, look for destinations, … [Read more...]

12/21

Facebook Live Audio – So What?

Cue the panic in the radio streets. Facebook is moving into the audio space by making available a publishing tool called "Live Audio." "Should you be worried?" asks Radio Ink (which should be in a position to answer that question rather than ask it). First, let's acknowledge the utter inevitability of this announcement. Facebook's job is to extract dollars from potential advertisers who value the platform's virtually infinite and addressable audience and want to reach them in every possible channel. To ignore audio would be leaving money on the table. And that's not Facebook's … [Read more...]

12/02

And the Future of Radio is…

I love “future of radio” discussions, even though the premise of the phrase is completely wrong. Radio people care about “the future of radio” – listeners don’t. Indifference to what listeners really care about is why Clear Channel didn’t acquire Pandora when it was bargain-priced. It’s why there are many podcasts that sound like radio shows and enjoy radio-sized audiences but have never played on a radio station. The issue isn’t about the “future of radio” per se, but rather about the “future of how people want to consume audio”, “the future of what people want to consume,” and – … [Read more...]

11/07

Radio: There Will Be No More New Music Formats

If you're waiting for a new music format - a knight in shining armor - to save your flagging ratings, then you will be waiting for the rest of your professional career. Because there never will be one ever again. What's the next big new format? Radio has been asking that question forever. Most recently, the answer was Classic Hip Hop. Is it the next big thing? Maybe not (from Radio Ink): If you listened to Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins on his earnings call you might come to the conclusion that he believes the Classic Hip Hop format — or BOOM, as Radio One calls it — has run its … [Read more...]

09/20

hivio 2016: What’s the Future of ESPN Audio?

If ever there was a brand built on proprietary content, that brand is ESPN. Across all platforms, ESPN Audio offers more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching nearly 24 million listeners per week on more than 450 stations. Traug Keller is ESPN’s Senior Vice President, Production, Business Divisions, and he leads three business units at the company: ESPN Audio, ESPN Local and the ESPN Talent Office. For ESPN Audio, Traug oversees all aspects of the business including talent, staffing, national programming content, scheduling, and event production. Traug was one of … [Read more...]

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