Tag: mark ramsey media

05/29

Introducing “Inside Star Wars”

Today I'm proud to announce the latest podcast series written, created, and presented by yours truly in conjunction with the terrific team at Wondery. It's "Inside Star Wars," and the first two episodes are now available in all corners of the universe and wherever else podcasts can be found. My goal here was to remind us all why we fell in love with the franchise in the first place. If you or someone you know is or ever has been a fan of Star Wars, then this is the show for them. Cue the wonderful video teaser: Thanks, as always, to the incomparable Jeff Schmidt for his production … [Read more...]

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...]

09/20

Pandora’s Future in Your Car

Today Radio Ink reported that Pandora is being dropped from Toyota's dash display. The report was based on an email sent to Toyota Entune users by the carmaker. Is this dire for Pandora? Should radio be celebrating? No. And no. I own a late model Toyota and I received that email. First, anyone who is forced to suffer Toyota's miserable Entune entertainment system knows it's easily the worst thing about their Toyota which, fortunately, can be easily circumvented by accessing the content of your choice directly though your mobile phone. Toyota's system is clunky and … [Read more...]

06/05

Podcast Listeners are Too Smart

Well, not "too smart" per se, but too well educated. And not "too well educated" per se, but so educated they are out of step with the rest of America, or as I like to call them/us: Regular people. Here's the colorful proof, based on Census data and Edison Research data: Yep. 41% of Americans are graced with a High School education or less. Only 12% have Graduate degrees. Compare that to the regular Podcast listener. Only 15% H.S. or less. 30% have Graduate degrees - almost 60% Bachelors Degrees or above. DOUBLE that of typical America. Now these numbers are not perfectly … [Read more...]

05/17

Media Unplugged: Do Influencers Really Influence Anything?

Do influencers really influence anything? And... Adidas unfriends Facebook. Maybe your brand should, too. Plus, rants and raves about the Earth-shattering consequences of Best Buy's new logo, a newspaper's wet-look ad that looks too real, and Google's new AI that's almost too human. It’s episode 83 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. 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. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged … [Read more...]

05/01

Dear FCC: What is Radio in 2018?

So the FCC is contemplating the relaxation of radio ownership rules. Some broadcasters want to own more stations under one roof in order to compete with more platforms attacking radio from the fringes. Central to this issue is what radio "is" now. In order to regulate something you need to know what it is and what it isn't, right? Here's a fact: Radio is not an industry of towers. It's an industry of content and listeners and advertisers. Spotify, Pandora, and podcast platforms all want to carve out a piece of the radio industry revenue pie for themselves. It's all audio. It's all … [Read more...]

04/30

Media Unplugged: The End of Authenticity

The end of authenticity. And... Will Amazon finally make TV's smart AND friendly? Plus rants and raves about Ford halting production of most sedans, the phenomenon of micro-merchandising, and how Sherwin-Williams is using augmented reality. It’s episode 82 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. 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. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do the same at … [Read more...]

04/11

Spotify’s Attack on Radio in the Car

It's informed speculation at this point, but the story goes like this: By the end of this month, Spotify is expected to make some hardware announcements, and there's a good chance that one of those announcements will be designed to bring the platform closer to more cars. Obviously anybody with a smartphone and bluetooth can conceivably use Spotify in their cars, but the platform is notoriously laborious - indeed, that's the whole point of Spotify: Getting exactly what you want when you want it - and that takes a bit of effort. For most users, it's not the passive experience that Pandora … [Read more...]

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