Tag: impact

01/23

Did Smart Speakers Affect Radio Listening in 2017?

There's lots of talk about the impact of smart speakers like Amazon's Echo on usage for radio. Indeed, last year alone, some 25 million of these devices were sold, 11 million in the holiday quarter alone. The appeal to broadcasters is obvious: A device that's all about listening - and it's being embraced by millions of American households who quite possibly don't own radios at home and thus are less likely to listen to them. What if we could return the radio to the living room in the form of Amazon Echo or Google Home? What would that do to radio listening? I thought I would put that … [Read more...]

12/21

Facebook Live Audio – So What?

Cue the panic in the radio streets. Facebook is moving into the audio space by making available a publishing tool called "Live Audio." "Should you be worried?" asks Radio Ink (which should be in a position to answer that question rather than ask it). First, let's acknowledge the utter inevitability of this announcement. Facebook's job is to extract dollars from potential advertisers who value the platform's virtually infinite and addressable audience and want to reach them in every possible channel. To ignore audio would be leaving money on the table. And that's not Facebook's … [Read more...]

11/22

hivio 2016: How Radio Can Make a Real Difference in Local Communities

During this week of Thanksgiving (and in the spirit of giving thanks), I wanted to share with you one of the most important conversations from the 2016 hivio audio future festival. If you're a radio broadcaster, this will change the way you view contesting forever. Ryan Cummins is the Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Omaze, a cause marketplace that raises money and awareness for charity by offering the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Many of my clients know I'm a huge fan of what Omaze is doing, both in terms of its contributions to society and the elegance of its platform. In just … [Read more...]

09/21

Listeners are Blocking Radio Ads

Recently, Seth Godin penned a great piece on ad blocking. Yes, I know - you can't block the ads on your local radio station. That's the beauty of a linear, non-digital programming stream. Hooray! But actually, people block radio ads all the time. Every time a consumer switches stations or switches from radio to a platform that is not radio it's to hear something that is not on right now, because often what's on right now is a commercial. And for digital audio the problem is just as bad, maybe worse. The yogurt shop downstairs from my office plays Pandora all day long with never a … [Read more...]

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