Tag: strategy

03/19

Is NPR Crazy? Yes, Like a Fox

So NPR has decided it won’t promote its podcasts or NPR One on air, and many critics are calling them out for what they describe as stupidity. I think these critics are missing the larger point. Sure, NPR derives a huge portion of its revenue from local stations, and local stations have long been uncomfortable (to say the least) with NPR's practice of routing around them to deliver their content - in many cases, content popularized by these very local stations - directly to consumers on-demand. So on the surface, NPR's decision to avoid podcast/NPR One promotion on-air looks like the … [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...]

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...]

11/19

Why Slacker is Radio’s Best-Kept Secret

How can terrestrial radio partner with online radio for the benefit of both? That's just one topic tackled by Duncan Orrell-Jones, CEO of Slacker Radio. In this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival, Orrell-Jones outlines Slacker's business strategy and how it contrasts with the strategies of more familiar names like Pandora or Spotify. Slacker's emphasis is on building a state-of-the-art radio experience and pursuing unique deals in partnership and distribution. Some of the questions Orrell-Jones addresses: How is Slacker different - how are you approaching online radio … [Read more...]

11/17

Radio Social Media Managers Are Near Tears

Yesterday I published a post that detailed how the typical radio station's Facebook strategy is, at best, off-base, and at worst, non-existent. To coin a phrase, that post "went viral" and generated a bunch of response, most of which came privately (such is the fear of consequences in the radio industry). I'm going to share some of those responses with you along with my answers. All of the feedback I received is thoughtful and sincere, and most of it reflects an inherent friction between doing what's best and doing what one is told. Rarely do these seem to be the same things, … [Read more...]

09/01

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...]

10/06

Who Says Radio Talent Can’t Compete with Hollywood?

I've watched with some bemusement a debate in broadcasting circles: Does it makes sense for broadcasters to embrace an abundance of digital tools - including video - to tell their stories and reach their audiences across platforms? Or should radio folks simply do better radio? After all, can you really compete with Hollywood? With ABC and NBC and CBS? Well of course you can. Indeed, people are doing it every day. And they're doing it without the benefit of the magnificent stage called "radio" - the stage which gives you an unfair advantage over any of them. What does Michelle … [Read more...]

05/26

Can Digital Revenue “Make Up” Lost Traditional Radio Revenue?

Are you wasting your time nursing digital pennies and dimes when the "big money" is in the dollars that flow to your coffers from traditional agencies buying traditional radio in traditional ways? "Yes." At least, that's the opinion of one radio industry analyst, whose solution is to double-down on traditional revenue and the ratings methodology which feeds its ecosystem. Better content, sold better - that's his answer. While I agree and routinely argue that radio professionals spend way too much time trying to sell what they have and way too little time trying to have what's worth … [Read more...]

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