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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...]

12/16

How to “Fame”

Think fame isn't a formula? Think again. And RLM Public Relations head Richard Laermer is going to spell it out for you. A frequently-quoted authority on media culture and hype, Richard is a PR visionary, former journalist, and author of five bestselling books including 2011: Trendspotting, Punk Marketing, Full Frontal PR, and the forthcoming How To Fame. Here are just some of the questions we covered in this conversation at hivio 2015: What are the “how to fame” commandments? How do you “fame”? What is “Pragmatic Notoriety”? Everybody wants to “go viral”. What’s the … [Read more...]

07/28

Is the ESPN Bubble About to Burst?

How to make Buzzfeed-style videos - but SHOULD you? And... Is the ESPN bubble about to burst? It's episode 24 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Staples' school supplies designed by actual students, a wacky marketing lesson from Donald Trump, and a horror movie podcast so bad it's great! 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. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Sample … [Read more...]

05/12

How to Make Your Online Audio Go Viral

Video goes viral, but what about audio? I have never even heard the expression “viral audio,” have you? “Going viral” means “being shared.” So why is it so tough to share audio online? In some cases the sharing capability is clunky or nonexistent. But even where conventional sharing functions exist there are two larger problems: Consumption and discovery. Consumption: Online audio is hard to consume. Okay, not hard, but taxing. If one picture is worth a thousand words, then it takes a thousand words to communicate one picture and – more importantly – the time to consume a thousand … [Read more...]

02/05

How to Monetize your Online Radio Streams

Last week I published a piece using actual data from actual broadcasters that argued that their brands could make more money if streaming spots were monetized separately from over-the-air spots. That is, separate inventories have greater revenue potential than one simulcast pool. So how does a radio broadcaster maximize revenue from that online-only pool of inventory? I'm going to provide some thoughts on that. Now I'll warn you: Not all of these ideas are easy and some of them will cause you to gulp hard. But the universe doesn't really care what you or I find comfortable and easy, does … [Read more...]

03/25

How Social Media Can Improve Your Radio Station’s Ratings

Why are you investing the time, energy, and effort you're putting into social media? And more importantly, are you investing that energy right? I could write a post about tactical techniques to spike listenership via social media, but authorities like NuVooDoo will happily walk you through exactly that kind of campaign. Instead, I want to write about something larger: How does your brand view social media and its ongoing role in stoking attention, interest, tune-in, and tune-back to your station? Here I'm talking about the over-the-air manifestation of your brand. There are a host of … [Read more...]

11/11

How to Pick the Hits

The "golden gut." It's what separates those who can pick a hit from the rest of us. But what does the science tell us? Its lesson is unambiguous: Hits are total flukes. Well not entirely. A number of years ago students at Columbia staged an interesting experiment, described here by Tim Sullivan at HBR: [Doctoral student] Matthew Salganik and his coauthors set up an ingenious experiment: they created a website where people could listen to songs by unknown artists, then decide whether they wanted to download particular songs to their private library. Participants were randomly assigned … [Read more...]

06/29

How to become a Social Media Magnet

Richard Laermer is a social media powerhouse. Whether it's regarding his best-selling books (including Punk Marketing: Get Off Your Ass and Join the Revolution), his cable news appearances, his public relations work as head of RLM Public Relations, his contributions to the Huffington Post, or his latest effort, HowToFame, social media is the bloodstream that nourishes all these projects. How did Richard become a social media magnet, and how can you do likewise?  That's the subject of this short interview. Are we too quick to focus on monetizing social media?  Are we missing the larger … [Read more...]

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