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Media Unplugged: Do Influencers Really Influence Anything?

Do influencers really influence anything? And… Adidas unfriends Facebook. Maybe your brand should, too. Plus, rants and raves about the Earth-shattering consequences of Best Buy’s new logo, a newspaper’s wet-look ad that looks too real, and Google’s new AI that’s almost too human. It’s episode 83 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen […]

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Posted in adidas, best buy, facebook, google, influencers, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Media Unplugged, podcasts, radio, ramsey-blog, tom asacker

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 […]

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Posted in android auto, apple, apple carplay, Automotive, carplay, google, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, mobile phone, Moble Audio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, trends

The End of Advertising?

We all know the folks in the print business are being squeezed by digital. At the New York Times total revenue fell 1% while Gannett Co. reported revenues down almost 9%. And remember, those declines take into account any growth in digital. But this note from MediaPost is particularly telling: It’s worth noting that [circulation] revenues […]

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Posted in Advertising, broadcasting, disney, end, facebook, gannett, google, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, marketing, Media, new york times, newspaper, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, television, trends

Too Much Content Marketing, Not Enough Consumers?

When we all create content, nobody’s left to consume it! And… Will Facebook’s new Instant Articles wreck your favorite media brands? It’s episode 20 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus rants and raves on topics like crap articles with brand pedigrees, a silly plea for Google to […]

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Posted in ad age, baekdal, content marketing, crap, facebook, google, instant articles, itunes, jeff schmidt, lefsetz, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, movie projector, pizza hut, podcast, podcasts, ramsey-blog, social media, stitcher, tom asacker, uber, unplugged

How Many Cars will be Dashboard-Powered by Google and Apple?

There’s much interest and much consternation about the entry of Google and Apple into operating-system extensions for the car dashboard with Android Auto and CarPlay, respectively. According to BI Intelligence: By 2020, nearly 40 million cars will be using Android Auto and 37.1 million will be using CarPlay, and that will cover nearly all cars […]

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Posted in android auto, apple, auto, beats, car, carplay, connected car, Digital Strategy, google, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify

Your New Auto Dashboard Debuts This Month

In a preview of CES, The Hollywood Reporter cuts to the chase – the most fundamental reason why the technology of the car dashboard is bound to change no matter what the power players of the radio industry desire: Car buyers—particularly millennials—are no longer as susceptible to the [auto] industry’s traditional marketing tropes of styling, […]

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Posted in 2015, android, android auto, apple, apple carplay, Audio, Audio Trends, auto, Automotive, carplay, ces, google, hollywood reporter, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, radio trends, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, trends

Is Online Video Killing the TV Star? No!

Is online video killing the TV star? Absolutely not! Also: What does it mean when the debut novel from a YouTube star breaks records and outsells even Harry Potter? It’s episode 9 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! And if you’re reading […]

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Posted in advertisers, content, google, harry potter, itunes, jeff schmidt, jk rowling, killing, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, online, original, peter pan live, podcast, podcasts, ramsey-blog, record, stitcher, tom asacker, tv star, tweet, unplugged, viacom, video, youtube, zoella

Here’s Why Radio Will Have a Tough Time on Mobile Phones

The battle for real estate and attention on mobile devices is even tougher than you think. This past week Techcrunch reported on a study by comScore which indicated… U.S. users are now spending the majority of their time consuming digital media within mobile applications. That means mobile apps, including the number 1 most popular app […]

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Posted in amazon, apple, Audio, eBay, facebook, FM on Mobile Phones, google, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, nextradio, pandora, phone, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify, stitcher, techcrunch, yahoo

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which – like Apple’s CarPlay – aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for […]

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Posted in Advertising, android auto, apple, Audio, Automotive, carplay, chelsea handler, family ties, future, google, google play, howard stern, iheartradio, infotainment, Internet Radio, itunes radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Moble Audio, nielsen, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, refresher, sean hannity, spotify, starbucks, stitcher, tunein

The Unfortunate Farce of Radio Ratings

I just delivered a research project for a broadcaster in a relatively small market. The study contained the opinions of 600 people. Now this market, like virtually all markets, has its radio usage measured by Nielsen – in this case, by diaries. Do you know how long it takes Nielsen to recruit a sample in this […]

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Posted in facebook effectiveness, game of thrones, google, laughable, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, ratings, small, spotify, tracy johnson