Tag: this american life

07/31

The Problem With Podcasting is NOT Discovery

If you were to survey most folks in the podcast space, they'd tell you that the primary problem they face is surfacing their content: Discovery. That, of course, is the natural perception you'd expect to find among people with too-small audiences who can't reconcile the size of their audience with the scale of the always-on, worldwide distribution provided by the Internet. My show is available everywhere and all-the-time! So what's the problem? Well, let's assume the problem is not with the "quality" of your show for the sake of argument. After all, plenty of great content is released … [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...]

11/05

The Future of Podcasting – PRX’s Jake Shapiro

What is the future of Podcasting? Nobody knows better than Jake Shapiro. Jake is founding CEO of PRX - an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to deliver significant stories to millions of people. Since its launch in 2003 PRX has been a leader and innovator in public media. PRX programs include The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, Snap Judgment, Reveal, 99% Invisible and the Radiotopia podcast network. Fast Company named PRX as one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Media Companies in 2015. This is another video from hivio 2015, the audio future festival. Watch Jake talk … [Read more...]

04/28

The Dawn of Audio UpFronts

If you're in the TV business, you're familiar with the UpFronts. That's the annual dog and pony show put on by the networks to debut their new shows and to impress and dazzle advertisers and media. On the digital side, we have the more recent NewFronts. Sponsored by the IAB, this event features 20 or more companies in the digital video space, including Google, Yahoo, Hulu, and others. And as of this month we finally have some equivalent events in the audio space. And for the record can I say this: It's about time. Last week, iHeartMedia launched its first "SoundFront," where they … [Read more...]

01/14

Your Audio Advertising Needs to be More Human

Alex Blumberg is the creator of the popular podcast Startup and founder of the new podcasting network, Gimlet Media. Given his deep background in public media, it's fair to ask what anyone in the commercial audio space might learn from Alex about audio advertising. What the heck does he know, anyway? Well, Gimlet Media is powered in no small part by advertisers, and Alex brings his knowledge of storytelling to bear when he crafts ads for his clients. His goal is to extract what he describes as "honest and authentic feelings" from the people at the heart of the brands sponsoring his … [Read more...]

11/25

Does This American Life’s “Serial” Signal a “Golden Age” for Podcasts? Nope.

Does This American Life’s “Serial” Podcast signal a new “Golden Age” for Podcasting? Nope. And we're going to explain why. Also: Why is Beats crushing Bose – on YouTube? It’s episode 8 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we take the steam out of some overheated PR. Click the play button here: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Don’t forget to subscribe to Media Unplugged at Stitcher or on iTunes (for you RSS jockeys, here’s the … [Read more...]

07/20

Will Kickstarter Disrupt Public Radio?

Kickstarter is one of several crowdsourced funding platforms.  Have a pet project?  Post it there and let the crowd fund it for you (or not). Recently the folks at public radio program developer PRX (friends of mine) have been experimenting with crowdsourcing development funds for some of their programs, including the third season of a show about design and architecture, 99% Invisible. The results for this show in particular have been very strong:  Almost $100,000 raised as of this writing - more than double their goal. GigaOm argues that this kind of funding model might upset the … [Read more...]

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