Tag: mark ramsey media

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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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02/16

Here’s Why Apple Hired a Famous Radio DJ

Why would Apple hire a well-known radio DJ? This past weekend Apple plucked popular British DJ Zane Lowe from BBC's Radio 1. Lowe is famous for his artist interviews and for what Rolling Stone describes as his "keen ear for emerging new music." It's assumed that Lowe will work on iTunes Radio and its music products, of course. But not simply behind the scenes. He will be more than a "master curator." How do I know? Because there are many folks in the world who have an ear for what's new in music, and most of them don't earn their living as radio DJ's. If what you want is music … [Read more...]

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02/12

What’s the Future of Radio? That’s the Wrong Question

Everyone wants to know about "the future of radio"? But what if that's the wrong question? For example, what happens if (or is it when?) the FCC relaxes the rules restricting cross-ownership of newspaper, TV, and radio stations in local media markets? Reflect on how dramatically the radio industry changed when broadcasters were free to consolidate within the single distribution channel called "radio." Now how much do you think the landscape will change when the differences between media channels are no longer radio vs. TV vs. newspaper but rather between my bundle of media assets in a … [Read more...]

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02/09

Look What’s Coming Tomorrow

Coming tomorrow.... Some terrific announcements from hivio, the audio future festival. Click to Watch: Sneak peek here. Or stay tuned for details tomorrow. Spread the word, y'all. … [Read more...]

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02/05

How to Monetize your Online Radio Streams

Last week I published a piece using actual data from actual broadcasters that argued that their brands could make more money if streaming spots were monetized separately from over-the-air spots. That is, separate inventories have greater revenue potential than one simulcast pool. So how does a radio broadcaster maximize revenue from that online-only pool of inventory? I'm going to provide some thoughts on that. Now I'll warn you: Not all of these ideas are easy and some of them will cause you to gulp hard. But the universe doesn't really care what you or I find comfortable and easy, does … [Read more...]

revenuelarge
01/29

Radio Revenue: You Get What You Ask For

You get what you ask for. Last week Townsquare Media reported that about 30% of its revenue derived from non-spot sources in 2014 - 42% if you exclude recent acquisitions. And Townsquare isn't alone. Check out how CBS (the entire company, not just radio) is shedding its dependence on advertising: CBS, which in addition to the CBS Television Network, owns Showtime, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Television Studios and Simon & Schuster, has the most exposure to advertising among the major media companies. But the media giant has reduced that exposure in recent years to 50% … [Read more...]

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