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12/10

Is Online Video Killing the TV Star? No!

Is online video killing the TV star? Absolutely not! Also: What does it mean when the debut novel from a YouTube star breaks records and outsells even Harry Potter? It’s episode 9 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Don’t forget to subscribe to Media Unplugged at Stitcher or on iTunes (for you RSS jockeys, here’s the feed). And tweet us at @tomasacker and … [Read more...]

11/06

Amazon Just Reimagined the Table Radio – Amazon Echo

It's called Amazon Echo, and like so many tech gadgets made by Amazon it's more of an interesting idea than something which is necessarily likely to leap off the virtual shelves. Writes Amazon: Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. And - more to the point - it can play all kinds of music (and news) from your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and … [Read more...]

09/06

Media Unplugged Ep 2 – Big Media Sheds Advertising and the NFL Says “Pay to Play”

This is episode 2 of Media Unplugged, the brand-spanking new podcast created by yours truly and that one-of-a-kind branding authority, consultant, speaker, and author, Tom Asacker. Every other week, Media Unplugged will go behind the big media spin to spell out what's really happening and what it really means to media, brands, and consumers. This week: Tom and I take on two topics: First, big media brands are relying less and less on advertising for their bread and butter. We deep-dive into this and spell out what it means for media brands like yours. Second, the NFL will … [Read more...]

08/05

Bringing Audio Together – the Magic of AGOGO with J.D. Heilprin

If all your favorite audio content is all over the place in a variety of different channels, why can't you aggregate it all in one place? Well, now you can! J.D. Heilprin is founder of AGOGO, a stealthy mobile-first startup that was recently featured in the iTunes store as "best new app" and "top news app." Much more than aggregating podcasts, AGOGO is a platform bringing together a world of audio (and the audio form of TV and textual media content made audio) in one place, and lets the user create his or her own channels. What's fascinating about this app is that it disaggregates … [Read more...]

06/11

How to Measure NPR’s Success in a Digital Age

Is NPR’s performance on the digital front a sign that radio’s digital evolution has stalled? Or, worse, that it’s just a big hairy mistake? So says would-be town crier Richard Harker. Harker’s basic point is right on: Broadcasters should direct some of their innovative attention towards content on traditional radio channels and not only experiment with all things digital. I agree! But saying innovative effort should be spread around is different from saying initiatives on the digital front are a waste. Yet that’s what Harker seems to say with the example of NPR, where he steps into … [Read more...]

05/26

Can Digital Revenue “Make Up” Lost Traditional Radio Revenue?

Are you wasting your time nursing digital pennies and dimes when the "big money" is in the dollars that flow to your coffers from traditional agencies buying traditional radio in traditional ways? "Yes." At least, that's the opinion of one radio industry analyst, whose solution is to double-down on traditional revenue and the ratings methodology which feeds its ecosystem. Better content, sold better - that's his answer. While I agree and routinely argue that radio professionals spend way too much time trying to sell what they have and way too little time trying to have what's worth … [Read more...]

01/13

And Radio’s Best Chance for the Future is…

If there's one book this year that best sums up what the radio industry has to do to compete in a world of infinite choice, it's this one: Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment. It's a heavily researched and highly readable book by Harvard professor Anita Elberse. I talked with Anita to test some of my own theories about radio's future in the presence of her research. The result is a clear strategy and plan of action. Now the rest is up to you. Click here to listen to my interview: [jwplayer mediaid="10455"] Download Audio Or here for the … [Read more...]

09/15

4 Ways iTunes Radio Changes Everything

This post was originally published by PBS's MediaShift and is reprinted here with their permission. I wrote it shortly before last week's spate of Apple announcements. The launch of Apple’s iOS 7 signals more than a major upgrade to Apple’s mobile operating system. Embedded in its feature set is an alternative to every music-playing radio station and every online radio service – iTunes Radio. But is iTunes Radio just another choice for music, along with Pandora, Spotify, and the rest? Or is it something much bigger, something that changes everything? I think it’s the latter. First, … [Read more...]

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