Tag: radio industry

tomasackerlarge
07/09

You Will Probably Do the Opposite of This

Why don't we do what we know we need to do to make a difference in the world or our own industry? Or even a difference in our own lives? In the radio space, for example, the majority of managers will nod agreeably at the roster of must-do's facing the industry, the stuff they know they need to do. Then, more often than not, they do exactly the opposite. Why? Why is change so hard? Why do we do the opposite of what we need to do even when innovative action is so critical? Because "we're mad, feeling creatures being pushed and pulled by our environments, by our truths." So … [Read more...]

ricmiliti1024
07/08

What Advertisers Want from Radio

What do advertisers want from the audio marketplace in general and from radio in particular? Let's ask an agency head! Or in this case, an "anti-agency" head: Ric Militi, CEO of InnoVision, a company that buys terrestrial radio, Pandora, and a whole lot more. This was one of the standout Q&A's from hivio 2014, the audio future festival. Among the questions Ric answers: What kind audio do you buy? Why? What is the BEST thing about the audio space from the advertiser's perspective? How do you factor in -- or overrule -- Nielsen ratings in your decision-making? How do you … [Read more...]

money1024
07/07

Why Aren’t Radio Program Directors Compensated on Top Line Revenue?

Once upon a time a radio station featured two opposing forces: The sellers who sold the ads that interrupted the content and the programmers who created the content to grow the audience that sellers interrupted. The system was built to do two things: Maximize the audience and then throw obstacles at them - spots - that blocked their ability to enjoy the content they came to the brand for in the first place. Sounds like a house of cards, doesn't it? While each side - sellers and programmers - needed the other, the success of each was also compromised by the other. As if to reinforce this … [Read more...]

dougsternelarge
07/01

This is how Pandora has Changed Audio Advertising

Pandora is changing more than the way folks consume radio - it's changing the way agencies view audio advertising. This was at the center of my conversation with Pandora VP Audio Sales Doug Sterne at the hivio audio future festival in San Diego in June, 2014. Among the questions Doug answers: What impact has online radio in general -- and Pandora in particular -- had on audio as a force among agencies? For online radio, audio is more than just audio. What creative opportunities has online radio opened up for agencies and their clients? Mobile is obviously the direction all … [Read more...]

androidauto1024
06/30

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which - like Apple's CarPlay - aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for radio? Well let's take a step back. Broadcasters have been obsessed over the dashboard lately because they smell big trouble. But the trouble is much bigger than whatever you're sniffing, gang. Here is my assessment of where we are and where we're heading. … [Read more...]

freelarge
06/25

T-Mobile Says: Your Online Radio Listening is now Free

Remember when some broadcasters dismissed online radio, arguing it would never catch on because the data plan caps would keep a lid on demand and discourage ongoing use of the platforms? Well, I and others long ago revealed the flaws in that argument based strictly on the relatively thin data requirements of audio streams (especially when compared to the real data hog: Video). But now comes a new statement from underdog mobile provider T-Mobile: Stream all the music you want - data charges do not apply.* Yes, the all-you-can-eat buffet for streaming radio fans has arrived! Last … [Read more...]

imlistening1024
06/24

Key Takeaways from hivio, the Audio Future Festival

So what did you miss at hivio, the audio future festival, in San Diego earlier this month? Well let's ask somebody who was there. Sara Marsolek, Faith Radio Network's Listener Engagement Director, was kind enough to take some copious notes and has agreed to let me share a summary of them with you. You can read her original blog post about the event here. Thanks Sara! Here are some key takeaways: 1. Build your list. I call this new name acquisition – too fancy? Well, you get the point. Everything you do should incorporate a strategic and exciting way for a fan to share their contact … [Read more...]

listentoradio
06/23

The Future of Your Radio Brand – Mark Ramsey @hivio 2014

Podcasting, online radio, terrestrial radio, satellite radio....Do you think that all these audio silos have little in common? That podcasting is different from radio is different from online radio and Pandora, etc? You're wrong. Do you think that ever-increasing choices in a world offering everybody their own personal customized experience means the end of "hits," and - by association - the end of radio? No, in fact the more choices you have, the more important "hits" become. But be forewarned, "hits" are about more than music. In fact, the importance of "hits" reflects the … [Read more...]

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