Tag: podcasts

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...]

Archer VO
07/06

Show Me the New Talent

A friend in Public Radio reached out to me the other day. He was looking for talent. Fresh talent. For a major broadcast client who wanted some original voices that speak to a younger demographic than the one Public Radio (and News/Talk) is most famous for. And I got to thinking.... How many times have I been asked for new "spoken word" talent by commercial broadcasters? Zero. This fellow realizes what most of my commercial peers do not:  The new talent is all around us but rarely do we seek it out.  It's on the podcasts and in the spaces between media forms.  It's on … [Read more...]

podcastapp
06/28

Apple’s New “Podcasts” App – Radio’s Friend or Foe?

Podcasts are emerging from the dungeons of iTunes in their own dedicated app. You can get it yourself here. If you're a podcast fan, immediately all your podcasts populate the app under the "podcasts" tab.  Nice - and way overdue. Most interesting is the "Top Stations" tab.  Apple seems to be reconceptualizing "shows" or "series" as "stations" (a dumb idea, if you ask me, since that distinction is so deeply embedded). Also interesting is the "swipe" metaphor to move from one genre to another:  It is a radio dial!  Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but is also a … [Read more...]

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