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It’s Time For Radio To Make Spots Shorter

YouTube has announced that they will no longer support 30-second ads that viewers can’t skip, starting 2018. No more. Nada. Zip. Why? A YouTube spokesman said… We’re committed to providing a better ads experience for users online. As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead […]

Posted in 30 seconds, ads, Advertising, agency, effectiveness, facebook, hivio, instagram, length, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online radio, podcasting, podcasts, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, research, shorter, snapchat, user experience, youtube

Radio’s Lost Podcasting Opportunity

When you talk to radio broadcasters about their podcasting strategy, they tend to see it from the same perspective: The one that relates to their own content. But there’s another way to see podcasting strategy, one that is right in front of your ears. I have a secret podcast project (B2C, not B2B) launching this […]

Posted in broadcasting, commercial radio, content, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, podcasting, podcasts, Public Radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, shows, strategy, talk, Talk Radio

New Radio Competition from the New York Times

Oh but so much more than that. From MediaPost: The New York Times will launch a new daily podcast hosted by Michael Barbaro called “The Daily.” The show, which is billed as “a reimagining of a daily audio report for a digital audience,” will debut on February 1. It will include a text messaging component […]

Posted in Audio, Audio Trends, dean baquet, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, micharl barbaro, new york times, nyt, podcast, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog

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 […]

Posted in ccm, christian, Christian Radio, fm, fundraising, giving, kickstarter, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, non-com, non-commercial, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, trends

The Magic of Radio Experiences

Retail stores are closing all across the country. “It’s Amazon! They’re stealing our market!” That’s the refrain. And it’s true, right? But wait… Has America lost its taste to shop locally? And what does that imply for local broadcasters who also compete for the attention of their audiences with platforms not bound by geography? Here’s a […]

Posted in compelling, content, experiences, forrester, lesson, local, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio broadcasting, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, retail, strategy, unique

The Secrets to Facebook Engagement for Radio

Now that Facebook is all but “pay for play,” what’s the best way for you to maximize your time and your investment on the platform as you build out your social media engagement for your radio brand? No longer is it worth wasting time posting for posting’s sake. And no longer is money involved in […]

Posted in best practices, brand, comment, engagement, facebook, like, mari smith, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio station, ramsey-blog, research, share, social media

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 […]

Posted in Advertising, Audio, digital, gen x, gen y, gen z, kantar millward brown, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, preferences, radio, ramsey-blog, research, Teens, trends

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 […]

Posted in alexa, amazon, android auto, apple carplay, Audio, car, ces, ford, future, in-car, listening, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, radio, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, sync, technology, trends

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. […]

Posted in diary, down, eCBET, joanne church, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, meter, nielsen, ppm, pumm, pur, radio, radio research consortium, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, ratings, report, research, rrc, trends, voltair

hivio 2016 – Glenn McQuaid and “Tales from Beyond the Pale”

The power of audio is more than just music or even “spoken word.” With his partner Larry Fessenden, Glenn McQuaid is the co-creator of the extraordinary contemporary audio drama series “Tales from Beyond the Pale,” featuring voices you’ll recognize from artists like Vincent D’Onofrio, Sean Young, and the late, great horror legend Angus Scrimm. In […]

Posted in 2016, angus scrimm, Audio, glasseye pix, glenn mcquaid, hivio, interview, larry fessenden, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, podcast, radio, ramsey-blog, sean young, show, tales from beyond the pale, vincent d'onofrio
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