Tag: trends

01/27

Non-Commercial Christian Radio Had Better Worry About This

I am blessed to do a lot of research work with Christian non-commercial broadcasters. As I travel around the country working with these amazing and passionate folks, I have discovered something unsettling – a trend that, I believe, should concern them a great deal. Here’s what I hear: Over time, the magnitude of giving is steady or rising, but the total number of givers is declining. Also – as my own research shows – the age of the giving audience is not just a little older than the age of the listening audience; in many cases it’s a lot older. If you’re a Christian non-com … [Read more...]

01/11

Younger Audiences Hate Ads Even More Than You Do

According to a new global media habits study from Kantar Millward Brown, if you think your audience hates advertising now, just wait. It is about to get a lot worse. The study spanned 39 countries and 23,907 interviews, including populations representing Gen X (35–49), Gen Y (20–34) and Gen Z (16–19). According to the report: It’s particularly tricky to get Gen Z to engage, because they are highly discriminating and more averse to advertising in general. In the online space Gen Z are significantly more likely to skip ads, suggesting they have a lower threshold for boredom. They are also … [Read more...]

01/05

Here’s How Radio Gets MORE Important In Cars

I have written extensively about the challenges radio will have in cars with a dashboard which is built to sync with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. I have also written a lot about what happens to radio when cars drive themselves (hint: It gets ugly). But there's another force out there and it's a force in the other direction. And that force is your own voice. Ford has announced an integration between their Sync platform and Amazon's Alexa voice control system: [Starting] this summer, drivers will be able to talk to Alexa in their Ford vehicle to ask questions, look for destinations, … [Read more...]

01/03

Long-Term Trends in Radio Listening Revealed

One of the biggest secrets in radio is what's happening to listening over the long term. Talk to insiders and they will acknowledge that while a huge majority of Americans still listen to the radio the amount of time spent listening continues to decline. Or does it? Well, it depends on how you measure it. And that should add one more reason to the long laundry list of reasons why broadcasters should be irritated at Nielsen, which presumes to produce the accepted unit of measure. Get ready for some pictures you rarely see. These are from a report by the Radio Research Consortium and … [Read more...]

12/21

Facebook Live Audio – So What?

Cue the panic in the radio streets. Facebook is moving into the audio space by making available a publishing tool called "Live Audio." "Should you be worried?" asks Radio Ink (which should be in a position to answer that question rather than ask it). First, let's acknowledge the utter inevitability of this announcement. Facebook's job is to extract dollars from potential advertisers who value the platform's virtually infinite and addressable audience and want to reach them in every possible channel. To ignore audio would be leaving money on the table. And that's not Facebook's … [Read more...]

12/07

The Biggest Problem with Podcasting is…

Everyone's abuzz about podcasting! Well, kind of. Maybe not everyone. You've probably seen the 2016 stats: According to Edison, 21% of Americans ages 12 and up have listened to a podcast in the past month. That's followed by this spin on trends: "That is up from 17% in 2015. Monthly podcast listenership has increased 75% since 2013." Everyone deserves a high-five, right? Those numbers are huge! But wait a minute. I think folks in the audio space are missing the bigger story: Only 21% of us have listened to even one podcast in the past month. Consider that there are 47 … [Read more...]

12/02

And the Future of Radio is…

I love “future of radio” discussions, even though the premise of the phrase is completely wrong. Radio people care about “the future of radio” – listeners don’t. Indifference to what listeners really care about is why Clear Channel didn’t acquire Pandora when it was bargain-priced. It’s why there are many podcasts that sound like radio shows and enjoy radio-sized audiences but have never played on a radio station. The issue isn’t about the “future of radio” per se, but rather about the “future of how people want to consume audio”, “the future of what people want to consume,” and – … [Read more...]

11/08

Now Any Car Is An Android Auto

The evolution of the car dashboard: It's all some folks in radio want to talk about. Understandably, since such a large fraction of radio listening happens while driving. But isn't it just the nature of disruption to change the conversation all at once? And that's what happened today with the news that consumers wanting Android Auto no longer need to wait to buy a compatible car to use the platform. Now the platform is coming to them! More accurately, Android Auto software will run entirely on an Android phone, thus circumventing the stodgy and finicky infotainment system ordained by … [Read more...]

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