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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 […]

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Posted in Advertising, agencies, fox, hivio, mark ramsey, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, roy williams, sellers, short, spots, trends, tv, wizard of ads, youtube

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 […]

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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

Why Are You Trusting Your Ratings to Nielsen?

I have largely steered clear of the Voltair/Nielsen discussion (except for this piece) because it’s so simple: It’s a classic evolutionary dilemma, and in those evolutionary dilemmas the individuals who are most capable of adapting survive and those most finely tuned to their changing environments thrive. In other words, those who spend their hard-earned bucks on Voltair […]

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Posted in Advertising, agencies, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, measurement, Media, nielsen, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, ratings, voltair

hivio is LIVE Thursday and Friday – WATCH for FREE

hivio, the audio future festival, is LIVE THURSDAY and FRIDAY! You can watch it for FREE! Radio, online radio, podcasting, agencies, social media, brands, talent, and voices from transmedia brands like TV Guide and TheBlaze and a special appearance by Marilu Henner. It’s all happening at hivio. We’re live on Thursday, from 1 – 5pm PT and Friday from […]

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Posted in Advertising, agencies, event, hivio, live, marilu henner, mark ramsey, online radio, podcasting, radio, ramsey-blog, stream, talent

Watch hivio Stream LIVE on Thursday

hivio is the audio future festival, and it begins THURSDAY! You can watch it LIVE for FREE! Radio, online radio, podcasting, agencies, social media, brands, talent, voices from transmedia brands like TV Guide and TheBlaze, and a special appearance from Marilu Henner. It’s all happening at hivio. We get started at 1pm PT / 4pm ET, Thursday […]

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Posted in 2015, agencies, event, hivio, live stream, mark ramsey, Media, online radio, podcasting, radio, ramsey-blog, talent

Nielsen Ratings are a Toxic Force that Imperils Radio’s Future

Recently I was in a gathering of brands. Not agencies, brands. Among my conversations was one with the VP and Director of Global Media & Digital Marketing for a well known company that, among other things, produces one of the most famous brands of whiskey in the world. I asked him: What do you spend […]

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Posted in Advertising, agencies, brands, future, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, ppm, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, ratings, results

This is how Pandora has Changed Audio Advertising

Pandora is changing more than the way folks consume radio – it’s changing the way agencies view audio advertising. This was at the center of my conversation with Pandora VP Audio Sales Doug Sterne at the hivio audio future festival in San Diego in June, 2014. Among the questions Doug answers: What impact has online radio in […]

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Posted in 2014, Advertising, agencies, broadcasting, Doug Sterne, future, hivio, Internet Radio, interview, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, online radio, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, sales, trends

Radio: Pretend your Customers are Fans, not Advertisers

So I’m talking to a digital solutions provider who has created a platform featuring new value for consumers as part of a radio station’s online brand. Right in the middle of his on-screen experience, surrounded by the new stuff he created for his radio client, is that particular station’s Facebook feed. “Why is that there?” […]

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Posted in Advertising, agencies, customers, facebook, Insights, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, speed bump, Twitter

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 […]

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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