Tag: radio industry

02/08

No AM Radio? Automakers Should Listen To Their Customers

Now I am as pro-technology as anyone you'll find in the audio space, but the reason to be pro-technology is to be pro-consumer. Because any technology that doesn't serve the interests and desires of consumers is a solution that, by definition, nobody wants. And the only thing worse than not being wanted is being UNwanted. So it is with the ridiculous decision of BMW and Tesla to dispense with AM radio in some of their recent EV vehicle lines. Not surprisingly, some consumers are up in arms over this, as detailed in this incredibly poorly written piece in something called … [Read more...]

02/03

Announcing: hivio 2016 – Get your TIX now!

It's back! It's hivio, the audio future conference. What is it? One of the coolest events of the year, hivio brings together more than 100 of the most influential people in audio and media for two days of candid, unscripted conversation. This is not your father's NAB (no offense intended, NAB). Amazing thought-leaders and provocative presentations. No boring panels. No celebrity keynoters. hivio is LIVE in LA on June 2 and 3, 2016 at the Andaz West Hollywood. Tickets and more information are available here Early-bird tickets are available for a limited time and in limited … [Read more...]

01/26

Look out! The Attention Economy is Collapsing!

Look out! The attention economy is collapsing! And… ABC Family Channel rebrands as “Freeform” – and who cares? It’s episode 35 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves on yet another reference to the tired Oreo “dip in the dark” social media tactic, the mysterious connection – if any – between social media wins and TV ratings wins, and a tribute to the legendary David Bowie. 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 … [Read more...]

01/24

One Surprising Thing Radio Can Learn from Donald Trump

I could drone on and on about the lessons Donald Trump teaches media companies, but many of the lessons are so obvious that I need not bother. There's one, however, that you may find surprising. The Trump campaign has on file the name, phone number, address, and email of every one of the tens of thousands who flock to Trump events nationwide. Can your brand say that? Now I'm not suggesting this is unusual in the political sphere. My guess is that it's the norm (which is why it may not confer the desired competitive advantage to Trump, but it will certainly help him keep up with the … [Read more...]

01/15

Your Audio Does Not Want to Go Viral

Everybody wants to go viral. It's as if your little corner of fame or infamy is not complete unless you have some tidbit of content achieving the kind of exponential exposure that used to require things like, say, TV or radio. The same goes for those who create audio content and post it online with all the best intentions and hopes for a viral miracle. So the other day I read something that stopped me cold. It was a comment from Jenna Weiss-Berman, director of audio at BuzzFeed, a platform which knows approximately everything about going viral. And here's what Jenna said: Audio will … [Read more...]

01/13

The End of Commercial Clutter on Radio?

If there's any medium more cluttered with commercials than radio, that medium would be TV. Or is it? Some signs suggest that the powers-that-be in TV-land sense a turning point. Witness these words from Kevin Reilly, president of the TBS and TNT cable nets last week at the TCA winter press tour: We have overstuffed the bird. We need to create a better viewing experience. A "better viewing experience"? How about a "better listening experience," radio broadcasters? Stuart Elliott at [Media Unplugged distribution partner] Media Village writes: Reilly, who is also Chief Creative … [Read more...]

12/21

How Radio Can Make Money in Mobile

If you're a radio broadcaster, your audience is mobile-first, but what about your audio platform? Increasingly, mobile is the place where you need to activate audience interaction and monetize audience engagement. So do you have a compelling mobile solution for your audio brand, one that actually makes money? Bill Freund is EVP/Chief Revenue Officer and Sara Sisenwein is VP Marketing for Clip Interactive, a mobile applications platform for broadcast radio and music labels, that allows all forms of audio content to have rich interactive capabilities. While theirs isn't the only … [Read more...]

12/19

Does Your Radio Station Need a Mobile App?

Why should radio broadcasters care about mobile? And, more importantly, what strategies should broadcasters employ to stay in tune with their audiences as they adopt mobile and move some or most of their attention and usage to it? Jeff Hasen is the perfect person to talk with about this. He's the author of The Art of Mobile Persuasion: How the World's Most Influential Brands are Transforming the Customer Relationship through Courageous Mobile Marketing. He's also a veteran of the radio wars. Here are some of the topics we cover in this short video Q&A: Why should radio … [Read more...]

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