Tag: online radio

06/22

Access To Your Radio Station Is Not Enough

This one is going to upset some of you, so get ready.... Recently I did some research where listeners were asked what platforms they listened to and where they listened to them. One respondent, a 40’ish woman with a teenaged son, indicated that her son would never listen radio “because he’s always wearing those headphones attached to his mobile phone.” At first, I couldn’t understand why she viewed this as an obstacle to listening to radio, since radio can run through those same mobile phones and into those same headphones, thanks to streaming. It can, but that’s not how this consumer … [Read more...]

02/20

It’s Time For Radio To Make Spots Shorter

YouTube has announced that they will no longer support 30-second ads that viewers can't skip, starting 2018. No more. Nada. Zip. Why? A YouTube spokesman said... We’re committed to providing a better ads experience for users online. As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers. This change will not affect shorter ads - the 20-second videos and six-second bumpers will continue as before. But they are, by definition, shorter. Obviously, radio is no stranger to shorter … [Read more...]

08/02

hivio 2016 – How Pandora is Changing Audio Advertising

Lizzie Widhelm is Pandora’s Senior Vice President of Ad Product Sales & Strategy where she spearheads the team that brings advertising products to life and to market. At this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival, Lizzie talks about the evolving Pandora platform and how it's changing its sales strategy to meet the future head-on. Here are some of the questions we cover: Why is this evolution of Pandora so important? How is the new shape of Pandora likely to be different from what Spotify provides today? What is your sales strategy at Pandora? Talk about your … [Read more...]

07/21

Here’s How Digital Makes Audio Content Better – NPR’s Anya Grundmann

Think digital and radio are two separate worlds and digital learnings can't make audio content across platforms better and more popular? Think again. Anya Grundmann is NPR's Vice President for Programming and Audience Development. She leads NPR's programming center and its strategy for program acquisition, evaluation, and development. In this remarkable presentation from hivio, Anya shares what NPR has learned from its digital efforts and how those digital efforts have enhanced their ability to create outstanding audio content. This presentation is a must-see for anyone in the … [Read more...]

07/05

The Digital Trends that Will Most Impact Audio, Online Radio, Radio, and Podcasting

How do radio, online radio, and podcasting fit into the larger pattern of tech trends washing over today's audiences? What's the power of audio in the first place? Peter Kafka is a great person to ask. Peter is Senior Editor for Media at Re/code, the digital news platform launched by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. Peter has been covering media and technology since 1997 for Forbes, forbes.com, and the brand that became Business Insider. He is the host of the "Recode Media with Peter Kafka" podcast, and the producer of the annual Code/Media conference. Here are some of the questions we … [Read more...]

06/28

How Millennials Use Radio, Online Radio, and Podcasting

Millennials are the future, but how do they really use audio platforms: Radio, online radio, podcasting, etc? And how do these platforms fit into their fast-changing lives? We recruited a special panel of Millennials at hivio 2016 so you could hear from 20-somethings themselves, and some of what attendees heard was shocking. When asked if anyone has an actual radio in their home, one panelist compared that idea to owning a laserdisc player! Among the questions these Millennials answered: Take me through your day. When do you listen to the radio? online radio? podcasts? How much … [Read more...]

06/23

Help! They’re Abandoning Your Podcast!

Some interesting new podcast usage stats, as reported in eMarketer: Research from Bridge Ratings looked at the abandoment [sic] rates of podcasts among US listeners. A quarter of US podcast listeners abandoned podcasts that ran 45 to 60 minutes, though a lower 15% of respondents abandoned podcasts longer than 1 hour. Shorter podcasts had significantly lower abandonment rates. For example, just 5% of listeners abandoned podcasts that were less than 5 minutes long. I'd like to take issue with the term "abandonment." This is an awful term that suggests a meaning which isn't deserved. You … [Read more...]

06/22

Five Ways to Dramatically Improve Audio Advertising

Audio advertising sucks. It just does. Face it. But it doesn't have to. That's a main takeaway from new research into the types of audio advertising listeners prefer. This research was presented for the first time anywhere at the recent hivio conference in LA, and you can watch the entire presentation (it's only 13 minutes long) below. This is required viewing if you're in the business of selling ads to agencies or clients and pushing those ads to consumers via audio. And it's relevant for anyone in the advertising space in audio: Radio, online radio, … [Read more...]

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