05/17

Media Unplugged: Do Influencers Really Influence Anything?

Do influencers really influence anything? And... Adidas unfriends Facebook. Maybe your brand should, too. Plus, rants and raves about the Earth-shattering consequences of Best Buy's new logo, a newspaper's wet-look ad that looks too real, and Google's new AI that's almost too human. It’s episode 83 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 … [Read more...]

05/01

Dear FCC: What is Radio in 2018?

So the FCC is contemplating the relaxation of radio ownership rules. Some broadcasters want to own more stations under one roof in order to compete with more platforms attacking radio from the fringes. Central to this issue is what radio "is" now. In order to regulate something you need to know what it is and what it isn't, right? Here's a fact: Radio is not an industry of towers. It's an industry of content and listeners and advertisers. Spotify, Pandora, and podcast platforms all want to carve out a piece of the radio industry revenue pie for themselves. It's all audio. It's all … [Read more...]

04/30

Media Unplugged: The End of Authenticity

The end of authenticity. And... Will Amazon finally make TV's smart AND friendly? Plus rants and raves about Ford halting production of most sedans, the phenomenon of micro-merchandising, and how Sherwin-Williams is using augmented reality. It’s episode 82 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 … [Read more...]

04/11

Spotify’s Attack on Radio in the Car

It's informed speculation at this point, but the story goes like this: By the end of this month, Spotify is expected to make some hardware announcements, and there's a good chance that one of those announcements will be designed to bring the platform closer to more cars. Obviously anybody with a smartphone and bluetooth can conceivably use Spotify in their cars, but the platform is notoriously laborious - indeed, that's the whole point of Spotify: Getting exactly what you want when you want it - and that takes a bit of effort. For most users, it's not the passive experience that Pandora … [Read more...]

04/09

Media Unplugged: The Strategy Behind Amazon’s Prime Video

The strategy behind Amazon's Prime Video. And... MoviePass and the magic power of data. Plus rants and raves about Jesus Christ Superstar, the Star Wars theme park, and the new book "The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies." It’s episode 81 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 … [Read more...]

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