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...]

03/28

Lessons for Radio from the Roseanne Revival

Well the ratings are in, and the revival of the classic sitcom Roseanne is a huge hit: The first two episodes of Roseanne, a full hour at the top of the ABC lineup, won the night by both adults 18-49 and total viewers. The show averaged a 5.1 rating in the key demo and 18.1 million viewers, rising from the first half hour to the next. The first number alone is enough to make Roseanne the highest-rated regularly scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons, since Empire at its peak, as well as the highest-rated sitcom broadcast in over three years. Those are big numbers, folks. And they … [Read more...]

03/22

2 Minutes of Spots Per Hour – Radio’s Future?

By now you're probably familiar with the recently announced initiative from FOX that will reduce commercial content to just two minutes per hour by 2020. This comes as audiences are spending less time on network TV and more time on OTT (over the top) platforms like Amazon and Netflix. While in some cases younger demographics have opted away from traditional TV altogether, the greatest problem is the reduced time spent viewing on traditional TV, particularly among younger demographics. This is a problem that TV and radio tend to share for some of the same reasons (more choices, more … [Read more...]

03/11

Media Unplugged: Creating Your Own Podcast: A Big Waste of Time?

Creating your own podcast: A big waste of time? And... NBC/Universal cuts primetime ads by 20% - should you? Plus, rants and raves about Tuxe - the fashion company that has turned its products into services - and Ring's impressive acquisition by Amazon after being rejected by the Shark Tank crew. It’s episode 80 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 … [Read more...]

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