Tag: nielsen

darrylparkslarge
07/18

Why Nothing Changes in Talk Radio

Today, I'm taking a back seat to the inimitable Darryl Parks, a legend in the world of commercial radio spoken word. Darryl has an extraordinarily blunt and insightful perspective on what ails Talk Radio, and you can read it here. A few highlights: I guess I hit close to home with my prior blog post on the Ratings Disaster that is today’s talk radio. The June PPM’s suck for talk radio. Hell. The diary markets coming in are bringing little joy. And many in the talk radio industry just sit back and continue on autopilot with the same hard line conservative narrative hour after hour, ignoring … [Read more...]

nielsenoopsbig
06/16

Radio Ratings are in a Heap of Trouble

If you can't trust the Nielsen ratings in America's largest radio market, then where can you trust them? A few days ago, Nielsen delayed the release of May ratings for Los Angeles when "inconsistencies" resulted in the need for more "quality control reviews." Since then, the problem has only deepened. From the LA Times: Nielsen has been attempting to verify that individuals who participated in its sample audience panel were truly independent and did not have ties to any radio stations or radio personalities that were being measured. The ratings agency said Wednesday that it needed to … [Read more...]

abacus
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...]

hannitysmoking
05/14

What is Sean Hannity Smoking?

“It’s the single biggest threat to the radio business today, the measurement system is flawed in a dramatic way.” So says Sean Hannity in Radio Ink: For example, in New York, if you’re listening to The Sean Hannity Radio Show on the WOR website, even if you have a Portable People Meter, I can’t get credit for that. We know that WABC, at times, had well over 1.4 million people listening online. If we can’t get credit for that, then all the data that’s being put out there is just inaccurate. Then you add to that those people who listen to me on satellite. That’s unmeasured. If people listen … [Read more...]

pandoraradio
01/19

Buying Pandora can Increase Your Radio Station’s Ratings

What?! Yes, a radio station can buy time on Pandora with the intention of driving audience to the station either online or (less efficiently) on-air. How do I know? Because some stations have done it - and done it successfully enough to be repeat customers. Just one example: A station in a top ten market wanted to communicate to listeners of Pandora's Christmas music that this station was "All Christmas" during the holiday season when the campaign ran. Makes sense, right? I'm listening to Christmas tunes on Pandora...Up pops an ad from a radio station promoting their own Christmas … [Read more...]

newstalk
12/16

Is News/Talk Really the Top Audio Format of 2013?

Nielsen just released a report trumpeting “News/Talk/Information” as the “Top Audio Format of 2013.” But what does that mean…really? First, recognize that the ranker is based on Persons 6+. Among 25-54’s, however, News/Talk/Info ranks 4th, clearly indicating that the driving force for the format’s dominance is persons over the age of 55, which should come as no surprise to anyone tracking News/Talk ratings over the years (not that 4th is shabby). Second, there is no indication that these numbers exclude Public Radio, so I will assume that the strength for News/Talk/Info also … [Read more...]

fear
11/02

Radio is Afraid of Change

There's no doubt about it: Consistency matched to consumer expectations is a big reason why listeners keep coming back to the brands they love. But what happens when new choices and the novelty packed into them abound? And not just "radio" choices, but attention-getting distractions which occupy the same block of time that otherwise would have been devoted to "radio"? It was legendary ad-man David Ogilvy who famously said "Encourage innovation. Change is our life blood, stagnation is our death knell." How would Ogilvy react to stations who rest on their laurels not for years but for … [Read more...]

pandora
10/16

“The Number One Station is Pandora”

Any good radio research nowadays allows respondents to express what they listen to using the lines consumers draw, not the ones historically drawn by broadcasters. For that reason, one of the questions I ask is this: “Considering AM, FM, Satellite, and Internet Radio, what one radio station or service would you say is your favorite for music specifically? In one recent study in a large market among women who listen to Hit radio stations and are aged 15-34, the answer to this question was clear: The number one choice was Pandora. And it was ahead of #2 by no small … [Read more...]

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