Tag: podcasts

people-don't-large
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...]

portableradio
01/15

Radio is Still Tops, But…

In a November survey by Morgan Stanley (released this week and reported in Quartz), more than 2,000 American adults were asked what audio platforms they used. Their answers: Now this question is roughly analogous to what broadcasters would call "reach." It does not really address frequency of usage or "time spent listening." Radio tops the list with 86% of respondents saying it's part of their usage routine. That's by far the highest number (although not as high as Nielsen wants us to believe). YouTube ranks next, but YouTube is a lean forward experience for music - you're looking … [Read more...]

guylistening
05/08

Radio: Monetizing Fans who Love You

It's not all about advertising, folks. Whether you're a podcaster, a broadcaster, or something in between, how can you extract revenue from your biggest fans, the folks who most want to give you money because they love you? That's the question I put to David Plotz, the Editor in Chief of Slate.com and a host of one of my very favorite podcasts, the Slate Political Gabfest. Slate is launching a new initiative called Slate Plus with lots of lessons to teach. We talked about that and about Slate's podcasting strategy. What follows is a highly edited transcript of our chat. For the full … [Read more...]

druckerquote
02/22

The Future of Radio In a Nutshell

Want to hear some great ideas on the future of radio and the role of what we sometimes call "podcasting" in it? Then watch this video. It's the New Media Show from Geek News Central with Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee, and I am their featured guest this week. We cover a TON of ground in this conversation, including... How should Apple's iTunes Radio and Podcast app evolve? Why radio should consider podcasters to be their "farm team" A strategy for radio to monetize the most popular podcasts The unfortunate truth about radio's obsession with "local" Why "podcasting" is a … [Read more...]

marcmaron
11/23

Whatever Happened to Podcasting?

[A longer version of this post appeared in NetNewsCheck] "Podcasting" is the term describing the creation and consumption of on-demand video and especially audio. It was the “next big thing” – about six or seven years ago. And today? Not so much. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of podcasting going on out there. It doesn't mean there aren't a lot of people making and listening to them. It doesn’t mean podcasting lacks a place in our media portfolio. But podcasting is most certainly off the media radar. Just ask Google. Google Trends shows that news headlines for “podcasting” … [Read more...]

simple1024
09/21

Do Less Better

Everybody wants more. At least that's what they say. We can be led astray by this, of course, because we can prove almost any point when we go to consumers and ask them "what if we also gave you this?" They will almost always say "yes." This is true of new features to our products and new choices in our portfolios. We say we want a zillion choices then become so paralyzed by these choices that we very often opt out of the decision to choose altogether in favor of something simpler and more familiar. This, for example, is a big advantage of traditional radio which, for all its … [Read more...]

michaeljfox
07/07

Radio is Ignoring “Pre-Awareness”

In Hollywood, they call it "pre-awareness." It's the idea that you're already familiar with the concept of the movie, thus the studios don't need to waste those precious marketing resources making you familiar with the concept. Even before you see it, you know enough about it to know you really want to see it. It's why so many of our cinematic tentpoles are followed by roman numerals, and why international territories in particular (the source of 70% of Hollywood's revenues) are eating them up. In television, CSI spawns CSI: New York and CSI: Miami. In music, hits are produced by … [Read more...]

audioimage
08/03

What’s Wrong with your Podcasts, Radio?

One of radio's great opportunities is to get our communal heads and hands around the form and manner in which we post audio online.  Yes, I'm talking about the dreaded podcasts, people! If you're a radio broadcaster then chances are you have a section of your website devoted to show podcasts (assuming you have a show worthy enough to warrant on-demand listening). Some stations refer to that page as an audio "archive."  I refer to it as an audio dungeon.  Because only someone held captive against their will would possibly want to spend much time or effort there. Here are just a few of … [Read more...]

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