Tag: radio industry

07/20

What the Amazing Success of Pokemon Go means for YOUR Media Brand

What the amazing success of Pokemon Go means for YOUR media brand. And... Amazon wants you to PAY for Podcasts. It’s episode 46 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about the virtual Cheetos museum and how much food gets trashed just because it's "ugly", and what happens when a celebrity with a popular social media identity forgets to edit a sponsored post. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the … [Read more...]

07/06

Podcasting is Not a “Secret Weapon”

Recently Radio Ink asked whether podcasting was "the secret weapon" to attract younger listeners. That was based on reports from NPR (echoed by NPR's Anya Grundmann at hivio recently) that, thanks in large part to on-demand content and digital distribution, "We’re seeing some very encouraging signs that younger people are coming into NPR that previously haven’t listened." But the conclusion that this is all thanks to podcasting is wrong. In fact, the way to attract younger listeners is to give them the things they want to listen to on the anytime, anywhere platforms they want to … [Read more...]

06/24

Where Are Your Stars, Radio?

"Inspired." "An engaging read." The critics gushed over the new book by Robert Galbraith. Imagine the author's disappointment, then, when after three months, his book had sold only 1,500 hardcover copies. Until one day. That was the day the book shot from #4,709 on Amazon's bestseller list to #1. What happened to make this dog into a star, and so suddenly? This was the day that Robert Galbraith's secret identity was revealed. He was also known as J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter juggernauts. And so we can understand the most recent move by Facebook - it's … [Read more...]

06/16

Radio’s Future in a Self-Driving Car

Estimates vary, but the consensus seems to be that we'll see a meaningful number of self-driving cars replacing the human-powered ones by 2020, less than four years hence. Personally, I think that's a bit optimistic, but I have no doubt that the future of cars is a self-powered one. While we fret about the future of radio in fast-changing conventional dashboards, we're missing the much bigger worry: What happens when all the tech sacrifices made to cater to the driver's attention and concentration vanish? What happens when the car becomes as engaging and as powerful as the gadget in your … [Read more...]

06/07

Hey Radio, What Happens Next?

I heard a story recently from a Buzzfeed exec. As part of their never-ending experimentation with new platforms - and as part of their desire to play a joke on the boss - they filled the boss's office with goats and hay while the boss was temporarily away at a meeting. What would happen when he came back to his office to see...that?! The whole scene ran on Facebook Live and the metrics, as with all things Buzzfeed, were through the roof. But here's the interesting part of the story: While the goats were grazing around the office all alone views grew and grew and grew. But … [Read more...]

04/13

Oh No! Listeners Switch Stations! It’s the End of the World!

So people are freaking out about the new Edison data indicating that consumers – that’s you and me – switch stations 22 times in an average commute. …unless you’re my beautiful wife, in which case you switch stations 2200 times in an average commute. Is that number (the 22) shocking? I don’t know why. Anybody who has ever been in a car has seen this firsthand. I know we want to imagine that no advertiser will ever figure this out, but hey, advertisers know this already. They have fingers and buttons and the same impossibly short attention span the rest of us have. Yes, it’s easy, it’s … [Read more...]

03/23

If Radio Wants to Matter in the Cars of the Future…

Remember when buying a new car meant more than buying an entertainment system that also happened to contain wheels? In other words, remember when you bought the car, not the entertainment system? No longer. Watch this TV spot for the new Kia Optima. It compares the entertainment system "in most mid-size sedans" to a Rubiks Cube. The solution to that problem? Apple CarPlay! So doing stuff via your entertainment system in your car "is as easy as it is on your iPhone." This strategy will last right up until Apple CarPlay (or Android Auto) is embedded into every auto dashboard. … [Read more...]

03/19

Is NPR Crazy? Yes, Like a Fox

So NPR has decided it won’t promote its podcasts or NPR One on air, and many critics are calling them out for what they describe as stupidity. I think these critics are missing the larger point. Sure, NPR derives a huge portion of its revenue from local stations, and local stations have long been uncomfortable (to say the least) with NPR's practice of routing around them to deliver their content - in many cases, content popularized by these very local stations - directly to consumers on-demand. So on the surface, NPR's decision to avoid podcast/NPR One promotion on-air looks like the … [Read more...]

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