Tag: brand

09/15

How “Smartcuts” Can Transform Your Media Brand

Quick Summary: How can your media brand leapfrog your competition? Not by shortcuts but by "smartcuts." Here are a few examples that you can put right to work: Lateral thinking, agility, leveraging platforms, 10X thinking, and more.... Shane Snow is the co-founder of Contently, the publishing platform for brands, journalists, and storytellers. Shane is a journalist who's written for "Fast Company," "The New Yorker," "Wired," and "The Washington Post." Shane also is the author of a terrific new book called Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. Watch this … [Read more...]

07/30

Lessons for Radio from a World-Class Brand: The San Diego Zoo

What could radio broadcasters possibly learn from a Zoo? Ask the folks at hivio, the first inaugural radio ideas festival, because this conversation between me and San Diego Zoo Global Brand Manager Michael Warburton turned out to be one of the "hits" of the event, and it had the room buzzing. Some highlights: How legendary brands can keep fresh Why bother to go beyond "good enough" in all the actions of your brand (hint: Because the extra effort matters to fans and they appreciate it) Why "radio" means something very specific and might be the wrong name for something like … [Read more...]

07/03

“Radio” is not a Brand

When we say things like "let's whip up a better story for radio to convince folks how important it is in their lives" we are fighting an impossible battle for this reason: "Radio" is not a brand. "Radio" is a distribution platform for brands, where the brands can, should, and do live on other platforms, too. If we have learned anything from this digital age it's that the most useful brands are those that are device-agnostic, those that view platforms as distribution opportunities for useful manifestations. The most useful brands are not bound to one and only one distribution … [Read more...]

03/25

Radio is Bad at Technology, but…

All right, let's just say it. Radio is really bad at technology. Sure, we can mess with Twitter and Facebook and YouTube, but your five-year-old has mastered these. Being able to function in the presence of technology with something less than the capacity of a pre-teen is not the same as being good at technology from the perspective of a brand. Technology today is helping to broaden the definition of brands and transform them into experiences. In fact, the future of brands is as experiences across media and platforms. That's why Nike's fuelband makes sense for a company that … [Read more...]

09/27

TV’s Digital Lessons for Radio

Edison Research recently showcased some buyer interviews arguing, among other things, that radio’s digital-only doo-dads are less than compelling to many buyers and that what they really want is an integrated approach across platforms built around fresh ideas. So what’s best, digital-only or integrated? Don’t get lost in this “either/or” – it’s a myth. It’s all about value, folks. Good or bad, high or low. Period. I think radio buyers can only respond to what’s in front of them, and many of radio’s digital-only doo-dads are not exceptional enough to capture their attention or … [Read more...]

09/25

Mediacize This: Radio, Your Clients are Becoming “Media”

One of the greatest challenges for ALL traditional media - radio, TV, and print - is what I'm calling the "mediacizing" of brands." As our client brands create content via media these brands become media, and as brands become media we have to ask: Where does that leave traditional media brands? Will big brands need radio (or TV or print) when they are their own media and can create their own content? Just today, the New York Times reports on the "mediacizing" of Oreo, a Times Square event to commemorate the end of a 100-day social media campaign celebrating the 100th anniversary of the … [Read more...]

08/22

Gamification can Transform Radio’s Digital Platforms

Chris Bell is president of Triton Digital's Applications and Services division. Triton is an innovator in bringing game mechanics to radio platforms.  Indeed, gamification is a major emphasis for the company and I have been impressed by their investments in this area. So what is gamification, and why does it matter to radio? How does gamification dramatically improve the engagement between consumers and our radio brands, and how can this engagement be effectively monetized? Chris answers all these questions and more in this short Q&A.  Listen! [iframe … [Read more...]

08/20

What if Listeners Don’t Want to “Engage” with your Radio Brands?

There's this assumption in digital-land that everybody wants to "engage."  That "engagement" is the ultimate goal of all digital activities. So then why is there so little "engagement" with most radio brands online? Is it because radio brands are poorly represented on digital platforms?  Or is it because most (but certainly not all) listeners use radio not because it occupies their every moment of conscious thought, but precisely because it doesn't? The answer is certainly "both." Too many radio brands expect audiences to "engage" with their station brands simply because those … [Read more...]

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