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Did Smart Speakers Affect Radio Listening in 2017?

There’s lots of talk about the impact of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo on usage for radio. Indeed, last year alone, some 25 million of these devices were sold, 11 million in the holiday quarter alone. The appeal to broadcasters is obvious: A device that’s all about listening – and it’s being embraced by millions […]

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Posted in 2017, alexa, amazon echo, google home, impact, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, Smart Speaker, streaming, trends

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 […]

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Posted in Advertising, facebook, future, impact, live audio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Moble Audio, podcast, podcasts, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, revenue, trends

hivio 2016: How Radio Can Make a Real Difference in Local Communities

During this week of Thanksgiving (and in the spirit of giving thanks), I wanted to share with you one of the most important conversations from the 2016 hivio audio future festival. If you’re a radio broadcaster, this will change the way you view contesting forever. Ryan Cummins is the Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Omaze, a cause marketplace that […]

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Posted in 2016, broadcasting, charity, contest, hivio, impact, kickstarter, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, omaze, platform, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, ryan cummins

Listeners are Blocking Radio Ads

Recently, Seth Godin penned a great piece on ad blocking. Yes, I know – you can’t block the ads on your local radio station. That’s the beauty of a linear, non-digital programming stream. Hooray! But actually, people block radio ads all the time. Every time a consumer switches stations or switches from radio to a […]

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Posted in ad-blocking, ads, Advertising, blocking, consumers, engagement, frequency, impact, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, radio spots, ramsey-blog, reach, seth godin