Tag: game of thrones

07/31

The Problem With Podcasting is NOT Discovery

If you were to survey most folks in the podcast space, they'd tell you that the primary problem they face is surfacing their content: Discovery. That, of course, is the natural perception you'd expect to find among people with too-small audiences who can't reconcile the size of their audience with the scale of the always-on, worldwide distribution provided by the Internet. My show is available everywhere and all-the-time! So what's the problem? Well, let's assume the problem is not with the "quality" of your show for the sake of argument. After all, plenty of great content is released … [Read more...]

07/27

Media Unplugged: The Diminishing Returns of Online Advertising

The diminishing returns of online advertising. And... Innovation lessons from the Grateful Dead. Plus, rants and raves about the mixed reaction to Lyft's new "Taco mode," the easy way to win with Snapchat - assuming you're HBO's Game of Thrones, and the "dark side" of Influencers: Douchebags. It’s episode 68 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. Sample and subscribe to Media … [Read more...]

04/30

The Secret to Marketing a Movie – and Will Vessel Crush YouTube?

The secret to marketing movies like brands. And... Will Vessel crush YouTube? It's episode 18 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves on what a Vine superstar has in common with one of the Staples Singers, faulty statistics in determining that millennials are flooding back into movie theaters, Ben Affleck's Slave-gate coverup, and a great co-promotion between HBO's Game of Thrones and UBER. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by … [Read more...]

06/13

The Unfortunate Farce of Radio Ratings

I just delivered a research project for a broadcaster in a relatively small market. The study contained the opinions of 600 people. Now this market, like virtually all markets, has its radio usage measured by Nielsen - in this case, by diaries. Do you know how long it takes Nielsen to recruit a sample in this market as large as the sample in my research project? Two years. That's right. The sample sizes in markets like this one - and markets like yours - are almost laughably small. In fact, we would all laugh if our direct incentive was to do anything but cry. Recently Tracy … [Read more...]

04/30

6 Lessons for Radio from Game of Thrones

There's a lot any radio brand can learn from watching TV, especially good TV. Take Game of Thrones, for example. Almost 7 million viewers watched last Sunday night, topping the series' previous viewing record. There are at least 6 lessons for radio brands from Game of Thrones: 1. Build for Quality Yes, talent is expensive. Yes, great talent is greatly expensive. But nothing great happens without great source material and talented custodians of that material. At any point we have a choice: Make it good or make it cheap. The opportunities to do both at the same time are few and … [Read more...]

05/02

Radio’s Game of Thrones

Recently I was visiting a client and sitting in on a sales meeting, when the GM flew in, looking as animated as I had ever seen him. It seems that a nearby sister-cluster’s sales team had thrown down the gauntlet. Not only did they have the gall to suggest they were a more potent sales team, but they had the gall to do it in a song! A song?! How dare they, this smaller market!? And to make matters worse, the song was funny and clever and biting in just the right good-natured way, even the jabs at the GM’s choice in neckties. How DARE they?! So the agenda for this sales meeting … [Read more...]

04/12

Is Radio Losing the “War for Attention”?

Put these pieces together: First, Arbitron/Edison's Infinite Dial study shows 30% year-over--year growth in the online radio audience (a large number, but not at all surprising to anyone paying close attention).  Attention spreading. Second, a small study reported in Ad Age indicated that young consumers switch media 27 times in an hour.  "What they are looking for is engaging content, and they dismiss so much stuff," said Dan Albert, senior VP-media director at Chicago's MARC USA agency.  Innerscope Research CEO Carl Marci: "The target has become faster, and the window of opportunity … [Read more...]

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