Tag: radio


How Serial Went from Podcast to TV Show

Anyone who knows me or who has been following this blog for a while knows that I am a champion for the primacy of unique and compelling content. You see, media is really about two things: Content and distribution. And distribution channels are inherently dumb conduits that need to be filled with the stuff audiences care about: Great content. That’s true of all dumb conduits, whether they be digital, analog, TV, podcasting, or radio. I have long argued that unique and compelling content that draws an audience is primed to carry that audience to other illustrations of the brand on other … [Read more...]


The New Auto Dashboard Isn’t as Scary as Radio Thinks

Every time there’s some new innovation out there which enhances the choice set available to consumers who want to hear audio entertainment or information, a chill runs up the spine of every broadcaster, because with such a large fraction of listening, radio seems to stand more to lose than to gain from the expansion of choice. Without question, new choices squeeze existing options. Indeed, given the growing number of distractions available to consumers across every platform – audio, video, and more, it’s exceedingly unlikely that the pie of audio listening is actually growing so long as … [Read more...]

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The Amazing Advertising Impact of Podcasts – PodcastOne’s Mike Agovino

Podcasting is helping millions of listeners fall in love with audio all over again. That's from the perspective of someone who has been at the center of radio, digital, and now podcasting. Mike Agovino is Executive Vice Chairman of PodcastOne and former COO of Triton Digital - two firms at the core of the new age of digital audio. In this conversation from hivio, the audio future festival, Mark Ramsey talks with Agovino about the amazing impact of podcasting for advertisers and how, in many ways, the medium is a throwback to an earlier era of radio, dominated by compelling … [Read more...]


Listeners are Blocking Radio Ads

Recently, Seth Godin penned a great piece on ad blocking. Yes, I know - you can't block the ads on your local radio station. That's the beauty of a linear, non-digital programming stream. Hooray! But actually, people block radio ads all the time. Every time a consumer switches stations or switches from radio to a platform that is not radio it's to hear something that is not on right now, because often what's on right now is a commercial. And for digital audio the problem is just as bad, maybe worse. The yogurt shop downstairs from my office plays Pandora all day long with never a … [Read more...]


Christian Music Radio: 10 Secrets of Success Revealed

Nobody had ever done this before. What if you take the leading programmers to one popular format and ask them a slew of in-depth questions about the way they program their stations, how they conduct fundraising, how they market and what they spend, how they perceive the priorities for their brands, etc? Then what if you correlate all that data with ratings outcomes? This gives you the ability to see what best practices - what "secrets of success" - characterize the highest-rated stations in the format. This past week I was honored to be a featured speaker at the Christian Music … [Read more...]


Breakthrough Digital Strategy for Radio – Federated’s James Derby

In radio, we are always talking about digital strategies, but how about seeing some actual strategies in action and the real audience and revenue results they generate? That's why James Derby spoke at hivio, the audio future festival held a while back in LA. James has led the development of some of the boldest, most inventive, and most compelling platform integrations in and around the audio space. James is the Chief Strategy Officer for Federated Media. In this role he’s helping guide Federated’s radio, newspaper and digital properties as legacy and digital media converge. In this … [Read more...]


How to Master Social Media

How can audio brands master social media? What are the best practices in social media for audio brands? How should audio brands be thinking about social media strategy and the importance of influencers? I was thrilled to have Jaclyn Johnson answer these and many other questions at hivio 2015. Jaclyn is one of Forbes' "Top 30 under 30.” Her company, [NO SUBJECT], is one of the go-to marketing, influencer and events agencies in Los Angeles, servicing brands such as Nasty Gal, Levi’s, Sprint, Baxter of California, Urban Decay and more. Jaclyn has a keen understanding of what … [Read more...]


Here’s What Radio Will Learn from This Week’s Republican Debates

So all the leading (and not so leading) Republican presidential contenders will be stretched across two stages at the end of this week in the first official debate of the election season. So what can radio learn from this political extravaganza? Well, consider what you will and won't see. You'll see little of any depth or seriousness. That's because time is so short. You'll see that there is no "winning" or "losing" of the debate on the power of argument or the weight of issues. Instead, the "winning" will come from memorable moments that result in "oohs" and "aahs" and cheers and … [Read more...]

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