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03/20

It’s Time to Blow Up Podcasting

Despite the rise in podcast usage there are still a ton of people who don't know what podcasts are and couldn't care less. Why? This week in our twice-monthly podcast Media Unplugged, Tom Asacker and I discussed (among other things) how it could be that Seinfeld, an almost twenty-year-old TV show that has been re-run umpteen times, could be worth $90 million in streaming rights fees. $90 million?! So what does that have to do with the growing pains of podcasting? A lot, I think. Let me explain. Podcasting was born as media by and for geeks. The content was primarily … [Read more...]

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03/11

The Power of Audio Storytelling

Robert McKee is a teacher of Story and author of the classic book Story. Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting. Past students of Mr. McKee's include people like Peter Jackson, Russell Brand, Jimmy Fallon, Julia Roberts, Geoffrey Rush, Kirk Douglas, David Bowie, Meg Ryan, John Cleese, and many more. McKee is hosting an event on how to use story in business called Storynomics on March 19 in LA. I’ll be there. So should you. Click below to watch our Q&A: What follows is a highly edited transcript of our conversation. Ramsey: For those of us in business, … [Read more...]

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03/10

Music Labels Don’t Understand the Real Value of Music

Memo to music labels: The "value" of music is defined by consumers, fans, and listeners, not by you and your minions. From Billboard: A renewed focus on the value of music comes as a transition point for the record business. Rob Wells, Universal Music Group's president of digital who brokered deals with "freemium" services like Spotify, left the company in late February. Now the company is rethinking the value of unlimited free streaming, according to a label source. At the same time, Apple's upcoming subscription service, slated for a June launch according to an industry source and media … [Read more...]

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03/06

Are Your Audio Ads Too Dumb? Make Them Smarter

Data is powering marketing in general and advertising in particular in ways that could not have been imagined even five years ago. It's important for folks in the audio space to bend their heads around this because data is, fundamentally, a form of marketing intelligence. And the more marketing intelligence that's packed into ad inventory, the smarter and more valuable it becomes to the buyers and sellers of those ads. One of the great differences between traditional radio spots and some online audio ads is the raw intelligence - the smarts - embedded into the advertising. Needless to … [Read more...]

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03/04

The Audio of Things

Recent research indicated the surprising (to some) result that a relatively small fraction of consumers have a radio by their bedside, meaning it’s functionally impossible to “wake up to radio.” The solution: Get more radios in the bedroom, right? Actually, no, that’s not the solution. All technology is transitional, you see. And that includes that staple that used to be aptly called the “clock radio.” And so it goes, too, for the car dashboard. Other research recently reported by NTSMediaOnline indicated that: AM/FM radio remains the overwhelmingly preferred audio entertainment … [Read more...]

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02/26

A Tale of Two Tees

As part of hivio, the audio future festival, I'm producing a free t-shirt for all who attend. My instructions to the designers were to represent the power of audio - the theme of the event. I took the leading ideas and did a poll for folks who were interested in hivio, and that poll had some clear results. This was the winner: And this design was the runner-up. The final decision, of course, was mine. So now I'm going to tell you why I picked the runner-up over the "winner." Praise was effusive for the leader: "Now that says audio!" one person wrote. And indeed it … [Read more...]

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02/23

A Choppy Stream Ahead for NextRadio

With a great flourish, the powers-that-be behind the NextRadio app have announced that this week shall begin a thunderous effort to enlist one constituency so far utterly lacking in enthusiasm for NextRadio's product: Consumers. And so begins an onslaught of over-the-air radio spots designed to lead consumers to download an app that will not work on most of their phones, meanwhile attempting to incite rage that the "choppy, buffered streaming radio" that wireless companies "want you to pay for" is no substitute for comparatively crystal-clear FM radio, even though the content being consumed … [Read more...]

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02/19

How Great Creative Makes Audio Advertising Sexy

Is it important for creative to make audio advertising sexy? Okay, not necessarily "sexy," per se - but seductive, compelling, irresistible? Yes, I think so. And Yaman Coskun explains why and how. Yaman is CEO of Yamanair, whose products include Cash by Creative. Click the play button below to watch the video: And while we're at it, can someone please ban spots that repeat phone numbers four times? If I wanted to remember a phone number I wouldn't own a smartphone. … [Read more...]

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