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Media Unplugged: Apple’s TV Strategy Revealed

Apple’s TV strategy revealed! And… Video wins online – but where’s the money? Plus, rants and raves about Dyson’s move into electric vehicles, the scale of Amazon’s investment in Alexa, 12 questions that will change your life, and my own new podcast about the people and the making of the movie The Exorcist. It’s episode […]

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Posted in 12 questions, alexa, apple, branding, dyson, exorcist, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Media Unplugged, money, online, podcast, podcasts, ramsey-blog, tom asacker, tv, video

How to Make Your Online Audio Go Viral

Video goes viral, but what about audio? I have never even heard the expression “viral audio,” have you? “Going viral” means “being shared.” So why is it so tough to share audio online? In some cases the sharing capability is clunky or nonexistent. But even where conventional sharing functions exist there are two larger problems: […]

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Posted in Audio, Audio Trends, avengers, consumption, contagious, Digital Strategy, discovery, hollywood reporter, how to, howard stern, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, mashable, Media, new york times, online, podcasting, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, robert downey jr., siriusxm, soundcloud, spread, viral

Are Your Audio Ads Too Dumb? Make Them Smarter

Data is powering marketing in general and advertising in particular in ways that could not have been imagined even five years ago. It’s important for folks in the audio space to bend their heads around this because data is, fundamentally, a form of marketing intelligence. And the more marketing intelligence that’s packed into ad inventory, […]

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Posted in ads, Advertising, age, Audio, digital, gender, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mike agovino, online, online radio, programmatic, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, registration, triton, triton digital, zag, zip

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

Radio’s Crisis of Personality

One of radio’s greatest advantages relative to competing media are its personalities – or at least that could be an advantage. But a “personality” isn’t simply a voice on the air. For a personality to matter he or she must be a genuine talent, someone with “star power” who magnetizes an audience because he or she is […]

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Posted in bob and tom, casey kasem, dick clark, dj's, elvis duran, famous, hosts, howard stern, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, most, online, Personalities, podcasting, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, ryan seacrest, satellite, soylent green, star, talent, wolfman jack

What Happens When Ariana Grande Conquers America?

One of the greatest benefits of having a massive music platform is being able to parse the data in interesting and insightful ways. While all the big streaming platforms mine data in this way, Spotify is making at least some of that analysis public, and it’s fascinating. It’s all at Spotify’s Insights blog, and you […]

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Posted in advertisers, ariana grande, business model, digital, drake, ed sheeran, iggy azalea, Insights, Internet Radio, lana del rey, lorde, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, maroon 5, Media, online, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, smart, spotify, spotify insights, streaming, trends

T-Mobile Says: Your Online Radio Listening is now Free

Remember when some broadcasters dismissed online radio, arguing it would never catch on because the data plan caps would keep a lid on demand and discourage ongoing use of the platforms? Well, I and others long ago revealed the flaws in that argument based strictly on the relatively thin data requirements of audio streams (especially when […]

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Posted in free, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, online, online radio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, streaming, t-mobile

Radio Listeners: Is “Free” All That Matters?

“When it comes to mobile devices, we need to remind listeners that radio is FREE – that its use does not sap so much precious battery energy and even more precious data plan bandwidth.” So argue the folks I call the “freeks.” These are the well intentioned folks in the radio industry who believe that […]

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Posted in app, Audio, bandwidth, consumers, FM on Mobile Phones, free, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, nextradio, online, online radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, streaming

Simulcasting Radio Spots Online? Open your Checkbook

So which is the better strategy to monetize online radio? Featuring targeted spots built for the context and platform of online radio and the consumers who expect something relevant there? Or simulcasting the same spots you run on-air online? Well we can argue about which is better from a strategic standpoint (I certainly have made […]

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Posted in Advertising, AFTRA, fees, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online, radio, radio industry, sag, simulcasting, spots, trends

The Future of Radio is Visual

As media mix and match, as edges smudge and barriers topple, it’s inevitable that the original audio medium becomes enhanced with pictures and even video. Not only will this be more engaging to consumers, but it will be more valuable for advertisers. Case and point: SoundCloud. This week the company announced a beta “Pro Partner” […]

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Posted in Digital Strategy, future, kevin smith, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nerdiest, online, partner, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, snoop, soundcloud, streaming, video