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Spotify’s Attack on Radio in the Car

It’s informed speculation at this point, but the story goes like this: By the end of this month, Spotify is expected to make some hardware announcements, and there’s a good chance that one of those announcements will be designed to bring the platform closer to more cars. Obviously anybody with a smartphone and bluetooth can […]

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Posted in alexa, car, car radio, connected car, gadget, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify, streaming

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

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 2

Yesterday I published a piece that argued two things: First, the decline in streaming for broadcast radio stations is real – it’s a trend, not a blip. Second, that decline has consequences not only for your streaming strategy but also for the strategy of spreading your radio brands across every new platform under the sun […]

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Posted in digital, Digital Strategy, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, pureplay, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, screwed, spotify, strategy, streaming, trends

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 1

It’s one of the most disturbing results from the recent Triton streaming audio trends report, and most broadcasters are looking the other way. This is the picture I’m talking about: The charts show year-over-year streaming listening growth for pureplays (e.g., Spotify, Pandora, etc.) and for broadcasters. And it clearly shows two things: Pureplay listening is […]

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Posted in Digital Strategy, disney, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pureplay, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, screwed, streaming, triton

Media Unplugged: Should You Buy Followers and Likes on Social Media?

Should you buy followers and likes on social media? And… How to profit from the spoils of streaming? Just ask The Weeknd. Plus, rants and raves about the couple who learns to survive without food (?) and a long-overdue update on news from wax museums around the world. It sounds better than it looks, folks. Just like […]

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Posted in buy, facebook, followers, likes, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Media Unplugged, podcast, podcasts, ramsey-blog, revenue, stackadapt, streaming, the weeknd, tom asacker

Access To Your Radio Station Is Not Enough

This one is going to upset some of you, so get ready…. Recently I did some research where listeners were asked what platforms they listened to and where they listened to them. One respondent, a 40’ish woman with a teenaged son, indicated that her son would never listen radio “because he’s always wearing those headphones […]

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Posted in access, alexa, apple music, future, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, skill, spotify, streaming

Media Unplugged: Amazon Lands NFL Streaming Rights…So What?

Amazon lands NFL streaming rights…So what? And… Should Twitter be charging? Plus, rants and raves about Netflix’s new ratings system, the value of authenticity (or lack thereof) in Pepsi’s aborted new campaign, and more. It’s episode 61 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. This episode is brought to you […]

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Posted in amazon, Audio, football, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, netflix, nfl, pepsi, podcasts, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, rights, stackadapt, streaming, tom asacker, Twitter, unplugged

Radio’s Future in a Self-Driving Car

Estimates vary, but the consensus seems to be that we’ll see a meaningful number of self-driving cars replacing the human-powered ones by 2020, less than four years hence. Personally, I think that’s a bit optimistic, but I have no doubt that the future of cars is a self-powered one. While we fret about the future […]

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Posted in apple, Audio, auto, Autonomous Vehicle, david smith, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mediavillage, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, self-driving car, streaming, technology

Radio’s Advertising Spending Forecast – 2015 – 2020

There’s a new report from one of my favorite media experts, Jack Myers, and it highlights advertising revenue projections for radio and other media from 2015 to 2020 (you can download your own copy here). To summarize: Terrestrial radio (non-digital advertising only) is expected to be essentially flat with 0.6% growth annually. Digital advertising revenue is […]

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Posted in 2015, 2020, Advertising, digital, jack myers, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, non-digital, online radio, podcasting, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, spending, streaming, terrestrial, trends

Audio is a Feature, Not an Industry

So what does it mean when the radio industry headlines lead with debt-burdened iHeartMedia and this: iHeartMedia Battles Angry Creditors as Bankruptcy Looms. What does it mean when the next headline is about Cumulus, and this quotation: “Q4 and 2015 results dismal as radio’s decline shows no signs of stabilization.” What does it mean when CBS announces their […]

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Posted in apple, apple music, Audio, cbs, cumulus, debt, feature, future, iheartmedia, industry, mark ramsey, Media, online radio, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, rdio, spotify, startup, streaming, trends