Tag: christian

12/03

Mark Ramsey Media Announces New Division – for Christian Broadcasters

Today I'm proud to announce something new: A new division of my company, Mark Ramsey Media. For many years we have served the research needs of all broadcasters everywhere. That will not change. Christian broadcasters, however, are a special subset with special needs and - in many cases - a business model driven by fans, not by ratings. Over time, my company has become the leading strategic research firm for Christian radio. So now we're doubling down with a new division built from the ground up with that market’s unique needs in mind. This new division will not only provide custom … [Read more...]

12/11

What Christmas Means for Radio

The title of the (somewhat cheeky) Washington Post piece said it all: "We can’t take any more of 2017, so we’ve turned to the Hallmark Channel in desperation." Most radio broadcasters seem to think that Christmas is about Christmas music, but it's not. And while Christmas is ultimately about the birth of Christ, that's not the meaning I'm talking about either. Christmas is a time of hope, of kindness, of togetherness, of love, and of nostalgia. And in an era of political divisions so broad and so deep, an era when politics is everything and everything is political, an era when crass … [Read more...]

01/27

Non-Commercial Christian Radio Had Better Worry About This

I am blessed to do a lot of research work with Christian non-commercial broadcasters. As I travel around the country working with these amazing and passionate folks, I have discovered something unsettling – a trend that, I believe, should concern them a great deal. Here’s what I hear: Over time, the magnitude of giving is steady or rising, but the total number of givers is declining. Also – as my own research shows – the age of the giving audience is not just a little older than the age of the listening audience; in many cases it’s a lot older. If you’re a Christian non-com … [Read more...]

09/11

Christian Music Radio: 10 Secrets of Success Revealed

Nobody had ever done this before. What if you take the leading programmers to one popular format and ask them a slew of in-depth questions about the way they program their stations, how they conduct fundraising, how they market and what they spend, how they perceive the priorities for their brands, etc? Then what if you correlate all that data with ratings outcomes? This gives you the ability to see what best practices - what "secrets of success" - characterize the highest-rated stations in the format. This past week I was honored to be a featured speaker at the Christian Music … [Read more...]

10/24

What Radio Needs to Know About Millennials

If you were born in the 80's or 90's, you're in your late teens to early 30's today. You are also a digital native and quite unlike older folks, including the older folks running the radio business. That explains why these older folks don't know a lot about you - only what Nielsen tells them - only what radio their PPM devices are exposed to - and not much else. But oh, there's much more to know. And it's terribly important for the future of an industry that must maintain its relevance as generations come and go. That's why I talked with psychologist, professor, and author Jean Twenge … [Read more...]

12/06

Christian Radio: No Such Things as “Teaching Shows”?

Here's a special post for my clients and friends in Christian radio.... Typically, there's a distinction in that space between music and "teaching." We have "teaching programs" and sometimes refer to them as such on- and off-air. But what if there's no such thing as "teaching programs"? What if, instead, there are only programs that happen to teach? This is no small distinction. Do I, for example, seek a show out because it is a "teaching program"? Or do I seek it out because it's Focus on the Family with Jim Daly? In other words, what's the magnet? The industry category … [Read more...]

09/26

Christian Radio means “Betterness”

A couple weeks ago I gave a presentation at the Christian Music Broadcasters' Momentum Conference, and the topic could not have been more timely: "Betterness." My argument is that improving the lives of our consumers is the highest calling for any broadcaster - and certainly for any Christian broadcaster.  This is not a generic thing or a symbolic thing.  This is a very specific action that begins with one listener and spreads to her family and her neighborhood (not the other way around). Over time I'll share bits and pieces of the video, but here's an opportunity to view all the slides … [Read more...]

09/20

What Business Are You In, Radio?

It's one of the most important and least understood conversations all broadcasters should be having:  What business are you really in? This is a highlight of the recent Christian radio CMB Momentum Conference in Orlando, where I introduce this concept. It's worth noting that the answer for (non-commercial) Christian broadcasters is completely different from the answer for their commercial peers.  I would go so far as to argue that Christian radio is not even in the "radio" business per se. This clip is not specific to a Christian radio audience, however.  It tees up the problem for any … [Read more...]

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