Tag: trends

03/22

2 Minutes of Spots Per Hour – Radio’s Future?

By now you're probably familiar with the recently announced initiative from FOX that will reduce commercial content to just two minutes per hour by 2020. This comes as audiences are spending less time on network TV and more time on OTT (over the top) platforms like Amazon and Netflix. While in some cases younger demographics have opted away from traditional TV altogether, the greatest problem is the reduced time spent viewing on traditional TV, particularly among younger demographics. This is a problem that TV and radio tend to share for some of the same reasons (more choices, more … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

09/07

Media Unplugged: Where is the Business of Podcasting Headed?

Where is the business of podcasting headed? And... Marijuana entertainment value gets high. Plus, rants and raves about Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP, newspaper brands highlighting their importance with blank pages, and Stephen King's IT. It’s episode 70 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 Stitcher. Or … [Read more...]

06/29

“Radio, Advertisers are Less Interested in an Audience and More Interested in a Buyer”

Gordon Borrell has issued his latest report benchmarking local media's digital revenues. Required reading for anyone in the local media business. Yesterday I published a transcript of Part 1 and the full video interview. Today, Part 2: Whereas the emphasis in the radio industry seems to be "let's communicate the value of the Nielsen numbers, let's make the Nielsen numbers as accurate as they can be," you're suggesting that there's way too much dependence on Nielsen and the traditional revenue driven by it. Oh, absolutely, and it worries me. I think the agencies still certainly look at … [Read more...]

06/21

Audio Advertisers: It’s Time To Make Spots Much Shorter

This was the headline: "Fox adopting YouTube's Six Second Ad Format." "This is the first time that a broadcast television company has committed to the ad format, which YouTube introduced last year," the companies said. That means Fox TV will be airing six second spots across its platforms, including linear television. And don't think that this trend will stop there, folks. At my hivio event last year I presented research which explicitly tested what consumers - listeners - wanted to hear from ad-supported audio platforms (you can watch the whole presentation here). We didn't test … [Read more...]

06/16

Let’s Face It: Your Advertising Sucks

So I'm reading a headline predicting a 4% decline in radio advertising over the next year and another 4% decline the year after. Meanwhile we are constantly reminded about clients pushing for lower rates or for tech-enabled solutions which risk commoditizing radio altogether. The solution? Well, remove ownership caps, of course. That way we can buy more stations, cut more people, and provide a greater fraction of less value for fewer clients with, at least, less competition. Meanwhile, would you believe that some segments of the advertising universe are thriving? Not because they think … [Read more...]

03/29

Media Unplugged: 10 Media Trends You Need to Know

10 media trends you need to know. And... Niche! It's the new mainstream! Plus, rants and raves about lying with podcast trend statistics and more. It’s episode 60 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 Stitcher. Or Google Play. And if you like what Tom and I are doing, please rate the show and leave … [Read more...]

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