Tag: platform

01/07

Inside Facebook’s Aggressive Move into Video

What does Facebook's aggressive move into video mean for their future? And YouTube's? Also: It's a trend - publishers as platforms, where fans make content but publishers make bank. It's episode 10 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. 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 … [Read more...]

09/17

How Broadcasters Can Monetize Their Mobile Apps

I have long argued that radio broadcasters demand too little of their mobile apps. Yes, they can stream the over-the-air content. But so can your radio. What else can they do? What about your app is so essential, so engaging, such an important complement to the over-the-air and streaming experience that it demands not only that I download it, but that I also use it on a regular basis? That's why I like the Clip Interactive platform so much (I have featured them before in this blog - here's a look at the newest generation of the Clip Interactive app). And here's the proof in the … [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...]

04/06

Radio’s Spot on the New Dashboard – Time to Do a Deal?

This past week I had a conversation with someone knowledgeable in the auto technology space: "The dash is getting crowded and complicated," she argued, "and the harder to find a radio station is the less apt folks will be to listen to it." "But if the content is compelling enough, they will seek it out," I replied. "Ease of use trumps compelling content," she argued back. "It has to be easy to find and use first, and some of these new dashboards don't even have an FM/AM button." Now this is abjectly true: You can't listen to what you can't find. But what are the consequences of … [Read more...]

03/03

What Apple’s CarPlay Means for Radio

By now you've heard about Apple's new CarPlay platform which is gearing up for battle with Google's Open Automotive Alliance, not to mention all the other platforms making a land grab for that whitest of spaces, the car dashboard. The Apple platform - coming soon - will only be available on a few new car models and will be integrated with only the newest iPhone models and features only a few non-Apple app partners (notably excluding Pandora). But this is how change comes, one innovation, one device, one new car model at a time. Here's a video that illustrates how the platform works on a … [Read more...]

08/12

What ESPN’s Franchise Business Means to You

Why did ESPN acquire Nate Silver and his hugely popular NYT blog FiveThirtyEight.com? Was it just to lay odds on sports events? Or was it for a much bigger play? This past weekend on CNN's Reliable Sources, ESPN Chief John Skipper spelled out the strategy: ...We had launched Grantland, [where we] allowed Bill Simmons to have the freedom to do the kind of site he's doing so that when we went to Nate and said we're going to let you range across things other than sports, we're going to give you support and freedom to have opinions and to look at things, it gave us a real credibility. [It's … [Read more...]

08/20

What if Listeners Don’t Want to “Engage” with your Radio Brands?

There's this assumption in digital-land that everybody wants to "engage."  That "engagement" is the ultimate goal of all digital activities. So then why is there so little "engagement" with most radio brands online? Is it because radio brands are poorly represented on digital platforms?  Or is it because most (but certainly not all) listeners use radio not because it occupies their every moment of conscious thought, but precisely because it doesn't? The answer is certainly "both." Too many radio brands expect audiences to "engage" with their station brands simply because those … [Read more...]

10/04

4 Ways to Improve Your Station’s Website

Here  are four key things that will instantly improve your station's website: Stuff that's compelling (no, I mean compelling) Bite-size content Content that's easy to share Track back to the platform And by "improve" I mean make it more relevant, more popular, more effective, and ultimately more profitable, directly or indirectly. Watch this short video where I explain all four in more detail: [iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/29426126?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0 500 281] Prefer audio?  Try … [Read more...]

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