Tag: podcasts

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...]

09/22

The Amazing Advertising Impact of Podcasts – PodcastOne’s Mike Agovino

Podcasting is helping millions of listeners fall in love with audio all over again. That's from the perspective of someone who has been at the center of radio, digital, and now podcasting. Mike Agovino is Executive Vice Chairman of PodcastOne and former COO of Triton Digital - two firms at the core of the new age of digital audio. In this conversation from hivio, the audio future festival, Mark Ramsey talks with Agovino about the amazing impact of podcasting for advertisers and how, in many ways, the medium is a throwback to an earlier era of radio, dominated by compelling … [Read more...]

07/01

Spotify after Apple Music – Brian Benedik at hivio 2015

What's in store for Spotify now that we're living in a post-Apple Music world? That's what I discussed with Brian Benedik, Spotify's North American VP for Advertising and Sponsorships at hivio 2015. Some of the questions Brian addresses: In its news releases Spotify seems to refer to “audio shows” rather than “podcasts.” Why? Spotify has added entertainment, news, and video clips to its wealth of music. What have you learned about consumer interest in these additions? How have they added value to the platform? Exclusive content will be a big part of Apple Music. How important are … [Read more...]

04/21

Advertising is Dead; Long Live Advertising

Interruption marketing is bad. Right? People hate 'em - those ads that stop you from enjoying the content you love - blah! But wait, if this type of advertising is so bad - so hated, then how come there's more of it now than ever? There are more spots on TV than ever. In 2009, for example, cable networks averaged 14 minutes and 27 seconds per hour. Last year, the average was 15 minutes and 38 seconds. Meanwhile there are more spots on radio than ever. There are more spots on Pandora and Spotify than ever. There are more spots on podcasts than ever. There are more … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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