Tag: streaming

09/19

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 2

Yesterday I published a piece that argued two things: First, the decline in streaming for broadcast radio stations is real - it's a trend, not a blip. Second, that decline has consequences not only for your streaming strategy but also for the strategy of spreading your radio brands across every new platform under the sun ("Alexa, I mean you!"). So what do you do? Here's what I think you have to do. And not just you, but everyone who comes at digital from a place that has not, until recently, been digital: You have to start over. Imagine the consumer at the center of the content … [Read more...]

09/18

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 1

It’s one of the most disturbing results from the recent Triton streaming audio trends report, and most broadcasters are looking the other way. This is the picture I’m talking about: The charts show year-over-year streaming listening growth for pureplays (e.g., Spotify, Pandora, etc.) and for broadcasters. And it clearly shows two things: Pureplay listening is rising rapidly – it’s up more than 16% overall year-over year; meanwhile streaming listening to broadcast brands – the very same radio stations that almost everyone listens to for at least some time in an average week – is … [Read more...]

06/26

Media Unplugged: Should You Buy Followers and Likes on Social Media?

Should you buy followers and likes on social media? And... How to profit from the spoils of streaming? Just ask The Weeknd. Plus, rants and raves about the couple who learns to survive without food (?) and a long-overdue update on news from wax museums around the world. It sounds better than it looks, folks. Just like the idea of a wax museum itself. It’s episode 66 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. This episode is brought to you by StackAdapt,  an omnichannel digital advertising platform that helps brands accelerate … [Read more...]

06/22

Access To Your Radio Station Is Not Enough

This one is going to upset some of you, so get ready.... Recently I did some research where listeners were asked what platforms they listened to and where they listened to them. One respondent, a 40’ish woman with a teenaged son, indicated that her son would never listen radio “because he’s always wearing those headphones attached to his mobile phone.” At first, I couldn’t understand why she viewed this as an obstacle to listening to radio, since radio can run through those same mobile phones and into those same headphones, thanks to streaming. It can, but that’s not how this consumer … [Read more...]

04/10

Media Unplugged: Amazon Lands NFL Streaming Rights…So What?

Amazon lands NFL streaming rights...So what? And... Should Twitter be charging? Plus, rants and raves about Netflix's new ratings system, the value of authenticity (or lack thereof) in Pepsi's aborted new campaign, and more. It’s episode 61 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. This episode is brought to you by StackAdapt,  an omnichannel digital advertising platform that helps brands accelerate customer … [Read more...]

06/16

Radio’s Future in a Self-Driving Car

Estimates vary, but the consensus seems to be that we'll see a meaningful number of self-driving cars replacing the human-powered ones by 2020, less than four years hence. Personally, I think that's a bit optimistic, but I have no doubt that the future of cars is a self-powered one. While we fret about the future of radio in fast-changing conventional dashboards, we're missing the much bigger worry: What happens when all the tech sacrifices made to cater to the driver's attention and concentration vanish? What happens when the car becomes as engaging and as powerful as the gadget in your … [Read more...]

03/17

Radio’s Advertising Spending Forecast – 2015 – 2020

There's a new report from one of my favorite media experts, Jack Myers, and it highlights advertising revenue projections for radio and other media from 2015 to 2020 (you can download your own copy here). To summarize: Terrestrial radio (non-digital advertising only) is expected to be essentially flat with 0.6% growth annually. Digital advertising revenue is expected to increase by 18% annually over the next five years. That means digital will rise from 9% of overall ad revenue in 2015 to 19% in 2020. In other words, all the growth in radio ad revenue is likely to come from digital … [Read more...]

03/16

Audio is a Feature, Not an Industry

So what does it mean when the radio industry headlines lead with debt-burdened iHeartMedia and this: iHeartMedia Battles Angry Creditors as Bankruptcy Looms. What does it mean when the next headline is about Cumulus, and this quotation: "Q4 and 2015 results dismal as radio's decline shows no signs of stabilization." What does it mean when CBS announces their plan to spin all of their radio assets while at the same time vowing to boost revenue $3.75 Billion by 2020 based on everything except radio: Retransmission fees, OTT, international projects, and more? What does it mean when … [Read more...]

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