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Media Unplugged: How to Blow Up Podcasting

How to blow up podcasting. And… 9 ways to innovate journalism – and media – online. Plus, rants and raves about Oscar’s new “Popular Film” category, the niche luxury brand of (wait for it) dental floss, and how 3 minutes of a podcast can generate tons of publicity for all the wrong reasons. It’s episode 86 […]

Posted in blow up, dental floss, edison, innovation, journalism, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, oscar, podcast, podcasting, podcasts, popular film, ramsey-blog, tom asacker, tom webster, unplugged

Oh No! Listeners Switch Stations! It’s the End of the World!

So people are freaking out about the new Edison data indicating that consumers – that’s you and me – switch stations 22 times in an average commute. …unless you’re my beautiful wife, in which case you switch stations 2200 times in an average commute. Is that number (the 22) shocking? I don’t know why. Anybody […]

Posted in Advertising, agencies, commercials, edison, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, research, robot, scarlett johansson, spotify, trends advertising, tune-out

The New Auto Dashboard Isn’t as Scary as Radio Thinks

Every time there’s some new innovation out there which enhances the choice set available to consumers who want to hear audio entertainment or information, a chill runs up the spine of every broadcaster, because with such a large fraction of listening, radio seems to stand more to lose than to gain from the expansion of […]

Posted in apple, auto, car, coke, connected car, dashboard, doom, edison, fox news, future, libsyn, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, nike, pandora, podcasts, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, spotify, taylor swift, trends

FM Chip in Cell Phones means More Radio Listening? Don’t Count on It

Last week Edison Research released its always excellent “Infinite Dial” study of audio listening habits in the U.S. I’m a big fan of this study, so this post is intended more as observation than critique. I was troubled by only one chart and the headline drawn from that chart, which was widely trumpeted by the […]

Posted in edison, fm chip, FM on Mobile Phones, fm tuner, infinite dial, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phones, ramsey-blog, research

TV’s Digital Lessons for Radio

Edison Research recently showcased some buyer interviews arguing, among other things, that radio’s digital-only doo-dads are less than compelling to many buyers and that what they really want is an integrated approach across platforms built around fresh ideas. So what’s best, digital-only or integrated? Don’t get lost in this “either/or” – it’s a myth. It’s […]

Posted in Advertising, agencies, book, brand, buyers, clear channel communications, communication, communication design, consumer electronics, design, digital, digital lessons, digital planner, digital television, edison, future, graphic design, iheartradio, lessons, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, marketing, Media, music festival, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, research, social tv, song, song 2, song 3, tv, tv's, visual arts

The Future of AM Radio

Radio Ink made a classic mistake last week when it celebrated the strength of AM radio by trumpeting the financial success of the top radio brands, many of which happen to be on AM. Why is this a mistake?  Because it confuses the band with the brand. AM radio is not what makes stations like […]

Posted in am, am radio, arbitron, distribution, edison, fm, fm radio, infinite dial, living social, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online radio, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, RIU

Is Radio Losing the “War for Attention”?

Put these pieces together: First, Arbitron/Edison’s Infinite Dial study shows 30% year-over–year growth in the online radio audience (a large number, but not at all surprising to anyone paying close attention).  Attention spreading. Second, a small study reported in Ad Age indicated that young consumers switch media 27 times in an hour.  ”What they are looking for […]

Posted in arbitron, Digital Strategy, edison, game of thrones, hd, hd radio, hob, Insights, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phones, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, research, RIU

Arbitron doesn’t like Audience Estimate Comparisons

Can you convert streaming metrics to shares and compare those shares to the numbers in an Arbitron ranker? Of course you can, but that doesn’t mean Arbitron will like it. Today Arbitron released their “Thoughts on Comparing Audience Estimates,” and while they make some good points, those points don’t tell the whole story. Let’s dive […]

Posted in arbitron, comparison, edison, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, ppm, radio, radio industry, ratings, RIU, share, streaming, triton
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