Tag: radio industry

08/14

Is The Radio Industry Too Selfish?

For years now, many in the radio industry have viewed the challenges they face from technology and consumer trends all wrong. They have seen it from the perspective of the radio industry, not the consumer. The latest example is illustrated in this article, titled: "As TuneIn Continues Subscription Push; Where Does AM/FM Go?" Setting up the argument: TuneIn, the one time aggregator that built its brand on the backs off making it easy to find streams for broadcast radio before putting its growth behind premium subscription content, has raised $50 million to continue its investment in … [Read more...]

07/31

The Problem With Podcasting is NOT Discovery

If you were to survey most folks in the podcast space, they'd tell you that the primary problem they face is surfacing their content: Discovery. That, of course, is the natural perception you'd expect to find among people with too-small audiences who can't reconcile the size of their audience with the scale of the always-on, worldwide distribution provided by the Internet. My show is available everywhere and all-the-time! So what's the problem? Well, let's assume the problem is not with the "quality" of your show for the sake of argument. After all, plenty of great content is released … [Read more...]

07/18

Media Unplugged: Pandora’s Prospects – Gloomy

Pandora's prospects: Gloomy. And... Can simple-priced generics topple your favorite brands? Plus, rants and raves about the role of desire in every decision you make, and why it's time to stop making "an IMDB for podcasts." It’s episode 67 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. 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 audio. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do the same at Stitcher. Or Google … [Read more...]

06/29

“Radio, Advertisers are Less Interested in an Audience and More Interested in a Buyer”

Gordon Borrell has issued his latest report benchmarking local media's digital revenues. Required reading for anyone in the local media business. Yesterday I published a transcript of Part 1 and the full video interview. Today, Part 2: Whereas the emphasis in the radio industry seems to be "let's communicate the value of the Nielsen numbers, let's make the Nielsen numbers as accurate as they can be," you're suggesting that there's way too much dependence on Nielsen and the traditional revenue driven by it. Oh, absolutely, and it worries me. I think the agencies still certainly look at … [Read more...]

06/28

“Radio is Shrinking, Give the Advertisers What They Want”

Gordon Borrell has issued his latest report benchmarking local media's digital revenues, and it's another eye-opener. Here's my full conversation with Gordon about this report, the consequences for the radio industry, and what radio can learn from it. Part 1 publishes today, Part 2 tomorrow. What's the biggest way this report is different from your previous reports? I think after 15 years, basically, of doing these reports, you really either see a pattern or you're stupid. And the pattern is that the gorge between those who get it and those who don't. We see a gorge widening … [Read more...]

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...]

06/21

Audio Advertisers: It’s Time To Make Spots Much Shorter

This was the headline: "Fox adopting YouTube's Six Second Ad Format." "This is the first time that a broadcast television company has committed to the ad format, which YouTube introduced last year," the companies said. That means Fox TV will be airing six second spots across its platforms, including linear television. And don't think that this trend will stop there, folks. At my hivio event last year I presented research which explicitly tested what consumers - listeners - wanted to hear from ad-supported audio platforms (you can watch the whole presentation here). We didn't test … [Read more...]

06/16

Let’s Face It: Your Advertising Sucks

So I'm reading a headline predicting a 4% decline in radio advertising over the next year and another 4% decline the year after. Meanwhile we are constantly reminded about clients pushing for lower rates or for tech-enabled solutions which risk commoditizing radio altogether. The solution? Well, remove ownership caps, of course. That way we can buy more stations, cut more people, and provide a greater fraction of less value for fewer clients with, at least, less competition. Meanwhile, would you believe that some segments of the advertising universe are thriving? Not because they think … [Read more...]

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