Tag: ratings

futureofradio
12/05

Uh Oh: Radio’s Reach is Declining

In  a new report from Nielsen, the news for the traditional radio space is decidedly unsurprising, and not the stuff of holiday cheer. As Tom Taylor summarizes: AM/FM’s monthly reach gained half-a-percent – but Time-Spent fell 3% over last year. And the 3% drop is consistent across African-Americans and Hispanics, two groups that have traditionally shown stronger listening than the national average. Two charts display the contrast between monthly reach for Americans age 2+ and their actual consumption of radio. The positive news - the “number of users” for radio grew 0.5% compared to last … [Read more...]

statueofliberty1024
11/05

Nielsen Ratings are a Toxic Force that Imperils Radio’s Future

Recently I was in a gathering of brands. Not agencies, brands. Among my conversations was one with the VP and Director of Global Media & Digital Marketing for a well known company that, among other things, produces one of the most famous brands of whiskey in the world. I asked him: What do you spend your day doing, thinking about, worrying about? He talked to me about the time he and his team spend creating personas representing the user segments of his brand. He talked about how all the tentacles of the brand arose from those personas and what those segments valued. He talked … [Read more...]

anthonybourdain
10/08

If CNN’s Ratings “Don’t Matter,” Why Do Yours?

The entire category of cable news is suffering a ratings slide. So acknowledges Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. But what's his solution? How will he turn the cable news ratings situation around? Well it turns out that's asking the wrong question. In fact, CNN's response has been to add specialty shows which are decidedly not "cable news" per se - shows like Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, a new show from Mike Rowe, and custom-produced documentaries. That is, CNN is broadening the definition of what its category can be. And viewers are responding. But the larger issue is a "mistake" … [Read more...]

darrylparkslarge
07/18

Why Nothing Changes in Talk Radio

Today, I'm taking a back seat to the inimitable Darryl Parks, a legend in the world of commercial radio spoken word. Darryl has an extraordinarily blunt and insightful perspective on what ails Talk Radio, and you can read it here. A few highlights: I guess I hit close to home with my prior blog post on the Ratings Disaster that is today’s talk radio. The June PPM’s suck for talk radio. Hell. The diary markets coming in are bringing little joy. And many in the talk radio industry just sit back and continue on autopilot with the same hard line conservative narrative hour after hour, ignoring … [Read more...]

nielsenoopsbig
06/16

Radio Ratings are in a Heap of Trouble

If you can't trust the Nielsen ratings in America's largest radio market, then where can you trust them? A few days ago, Nielsen delayed the release of May ratings for Los Angeles when "inconsistencies" resulted in the need for more "quality control reviews." Since then, the problem has only deepened. From the LA Times: Nielsen has been attempting to verify that individuals who participated in its sample audience panel were truly independent and did not have ties to any radio stations or radio personalities that were being measured. The ratings agency said Wednesday that it needed to … [Read more...]

abacus
06/13

The Unfortunate Farce of Radio Ratings

I just delivered a research project for a broadcaster in a relatively small market. The study contained the opinions of 600 people. Now this market, like virtually all markets, has its radio usage measured by Nielsen - in this case, by diaries. Do you know how long it takes Nielsen to recruit a sample in this market as large as the sample in my research project? Two years. That's right. The sample sizes in markets like this one - and markets like yours - are almost laughably small. In fact, we would all laugh if our direct incentive was to do anything but cry. Recently Tracy … [Read more...]

hannitysmoking
05/14

What is Sean Hannity Smoking?

“It’s the single biggest threat to the radio business today, the measurement system is flawed in a dramatic way.” So says Sean Hannity in Radio Ink: For example, in New York, if you’re listening to The Sean Hannity Radio Show on the WOR website, even if you have a Portable People Meter, I can’t get credit for that. We know that WABC, at times, had well over 1.4 million people listening online. If we can’t get credit for that, then all the data that’s being put out there is just inaccurate. Then you add to that those people who listen to me on satellite. That’s unmeasured. If people listen … [Read more...]

fallontonight
03/25

How Social Media Can Improve Your Radio Station’s Ratings

Why are you investing the time, energy, and effort you're putting into social media? And more importantly, are you investing that energy right? I could write a post about tactical techniques to spike listenership via social media, but authorities like NuVooDoo will happily walk you through exactly that kind of campaign. Instead, I want to write about something larger: How does your brand view social media and its ongoing role in stoking attention, interest, tune-in, and tune-back to your station? Here I'm talking about the over-the-air manifestation of your brand. There are a host of … [Read more...]

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