Tag: news

08/22

Tweet This: Quality News is Dying

Tweet this: Quality news is dying. And... Twitter growth screeches to a halt - at 52 million users! Plus, rants and raves about the "connected lawn" and proof that Donald Trump's hands are not as HUUGE as he says they are. It’s episode 48 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 Unplugged at iTunes. Or do the same at Stitcher. And if you like … [Read more...]

04/03

Periscope…Meerkat…When We All Stream Live, Big Media Pays the Price

Periscope…Meerkat…When we all stream live, will Big Media pay the price? And… Facebook is about to EAT your news brand! It’s episode 16 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, Tom rants about Fox News icon Bill O’Reilly. Mark rants about over-complicated decision trees for folks trying to decide whether or not to cut the cable cord. 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 … [Read more...]

01/27

Is Streaming Momentum Stuck? Really?

There's been lots of attention in the radio industry trades lately about the lack of audience momentum for many broadcasters in the streaming space, even as so-called pure-plays like Pandora and Spotify grow by leaps and bounds. Tom Taylor writes: iHeart’s not the only terrestrial operator with flat or negative growth over the period from February 2013 to October 2014. #3-ranked CBS is down from about 69,000 average domestic streams (6am-8pm weekdays) to a little less than 60,000. #4-ranked Cumulus is off from a bit more than 70,000 to 58,104. Cox is off from 30,327 to 23,674. Even EMF, … [Read more...]

01/22

How to Make News Stories go Viral

How do you make a news story go viral? Also: Marriott - it's a hotel chain; no, it's a film studio! And what that means for all brands. It's episode 11 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, Tom rants about the Pope who pulls no punches and Mark rants about TV's Celebrity Apprentice, which is setting back the practice of marketing by 50 years. 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 … [Read more...]

01/19

A Dramatic Reinvention of Mobile News/Talk Apps

What if your News/Talk station could have a mobile app that not only replayed your linear over-the-air stream, but also created something new? That is, what if you could personalize the content to the individual consumer - news, traffic, weather? And what if it could be presented in a non-linear stream, unique to every individual? That's the promise of NewsBeat, a new platform built to give consumers the content they want whenever they want it - not just whenever it happens to run over the air. Watch this Q&A and demonstration between me and Anil Panguluri, NewsBeat's co-founder … [Read more...]

12/29

Did News/Talk Radio Bungle “The Interview”?

Where was News/Talk radio when hackers reportedly representing the North Korean government nuked Sony Pictures and scared major theater owners into locking out the latest movie from Seth Rogen and James Franco, The Interview? With stations labeled "Freedom" and "The Flag" and "The Truth," News/Talk crows daily about the dangers faced by "free" Americans from their own government, so what did N/T broadcasters do when those same freedoms were abjectly denied to Americans due to the vandalism (or terrorism) of a foreign government? For most stations in the format, the answer appears to be: … [Read more...]

12/17

Me, My Family, and My Neighborhood

"Local” or “not local” is the wrong way to think about news and entertainment on the radio. When it comes to information, for example, there are two flavors – one kind is relevant to me, my family, or my neighborhood. The other kind is entertainment. Here is an overview of consumers' “circles of interest”: At the center is ME. Then my FAMILY. Then my NEIGHBORHOOD. Why not a circle for city (i.e., "local") news? Because the only city news that matters to me is the kind that affects me, my family, and my neighborhood (with the singular and important exception of local … [Read more...]

11/16

News/Talking about the Wrong Things

Republican soul-searching followed the demographic slam to the gut from younger voters, African Americans, and Hispanics in the election earlier this month. And the reverberations from that punch have resonated through the ranks of News/Talk programmers and talent nationwide. While I can’t be specific about the research I have done in that area (it’s both extensive and proprietary), I can tell you this much: It should come as no great surprise. Interest in Talk per se – as expressed in the form of Conservative Political Talk – is only a small fraction of the overall interest in the … [Read more...]

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