Tag: radio industry

04/12

Radio and the End of Personalization

There is a sense of inevitable satisfaction in the idea that we can get from digital platforms exactly what we want whenever we want it, right? We lean forward with Netflix and find precisely what we want or what Netflix tells us we will like because of what we have watched previously. We want that one song from Spotify, and so we find it and listen to it. We want to create a Pandora station that sounds just like one of our favorite artists so it hews as closely as possible to that expectation. We swim in a bottomless digital lake of recommendation engines, each looking to offer us … [Read more...]

04/10

Media Unplugged: Amazon Lands NFL Streaming Rights…So What?

Amazon lands NFL streaming rights...So what? And... Should Twitter be charging? Plus, rants and raves about Netflix's new ratings system, the value of authenticity (or lack thereof) in Pepsi's aborted new campaign, and more. It’s episode 61 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. This episode is brought to you by StackAdapt,  an omnichannel digital advertising platform that helps brands accelerate customer … [Read more...]

04/05

Advertisers Can Be Their Own Worst Enemies

We had to produce some direct response ads for my podcast project (you've heard it, right?), but one of the would-be sponsors was a hard sell. You can find them advertising on many podcasts here and there (and maybe even on a certain televised annual sports event). But this kind of podcast doesn't work for them, they argued. So they'll steer clear. Our work-around solution: Create a spec spot that really illustrates the power of audio and moves the product and even has what almost zero podcast (or radio) spots have: The inherent potential to go viral. And that's exactly what my … [Read more...]

03/29

Media Unplugged: 10 Media Trends You Need to Know

10 media trends you need to know. And... Niche! It's the new mainstream! Plus, rants and raves about lying with podcast trend statistics and more. It’s episode 60 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 Play. And if you like what Tom and I are doing, please rate the show and leave … [Read more...]

03/16

Where’s Radio’s Branded Content?

I'm not in the business of crafting ads for clients. Let me get that out of the way right up front. And maybe that's what permits me to see the world in ways many folks in the trenches selling radio don't. I hear lots of terms: "Non-traditional revenue," "integrated selling," the "events business," and so on. But here's a term I hear very little: Branded content. And yet, it's one of the big growth areas in the advertising space. Branded content is content that exists because it matters to the target audience, not just because it matters to you and your client. So it's not the … [Read more...]

03/15

Strong Debut for “Inside Psycho” Podcast

Last week I told you about the new podcast I am producing for Wondery: Inside Psycho. This week I am proud to announce that Inside Psycho is now #1 on iTunes in the TV & Film category (#46 overall at this writing). It's also featured by Apple as "New and Noteworthy," which is a special privilege. Now, these are dynamic lists and rankings to be sure. Stuff changes. And iTunes rankings aren't the whole story. But even so, with the zillions of podcasts in distribution every day it says something to be atop these lists. If you haven't yet sampled the teaser for Inside … [Read more...]

03/09

Secret Revealed: Mark Ramsey Media Signs Content Deal with Wondery

Today, I am proud to announce that my company, Mark Ramsey Media, has signed an agreement to develop content for on-demand audio publisher Wondery. The first show created under that agreement launches today. It's called Inside Psycho, and it's the first audio graphic novel in the podcast space. It's a six-part deep dive inspired by the making of the classic movie Psycho. A special sneak preview is available today wherever you listen to podcasts. So what's the show about? It’s all here, from the real-world serial murders that inspired the film, to the movie star crank calls that … [Read more...]

02/20

It’s Time For Radio To Make Spots Shorter

YouTube has announced that they will no longer support 30-second ads that viewers can't skip, starting 2018. No more. Nada. Zip. Why? A YouTube spokesman said... We’re committed to providing a better ads experience for users online. As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers. This change will not affect shorter ads - the 20-second videos and six-second bumpers will continue as before. But they are, by definition, shorter. Obviously, radio is no stranger to shorter … [Read more...]

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