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Pandora’s Future in Your Car

Today Radio Ink reported that Pandora is being dropped from Toyota’s dash display. The report was based on an email sent to Toyota Entune users by the carmaker. Is this dire for Pandora? Should radio be celebrating? No. And no. I own a late model Toyota and I received that email. First, anyone who is forced […]

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Posted in Advertising, android auto, apple, carplay, entune, future, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, technology, terrible, toyota, trends

2 Minutes of Spots Per Hour – Radio’s Future?

By now you’re probably familiar with the recently announced initiative from FOX that will reduce commercial content to just two minutes per hour by 2020. This comes as audiences are spending less time on network TV and more time on OTT (over the top) platforms like Amazon and Netflix. While in some cases younger demographics […]

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Posted in 2 minutes, Advertising, fox, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mediapost, ott, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, revenue, sales, spots, subscription, trends

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

Media Unplugged: Where is the Business of Podcasting Headed?

Where is the business of podcasting headed? And… Marijuana entertainment value gets high. Plus, rants and raves about Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP, newspaper brands highlighting their importance with blank pages, and Stephen King’s IT. It’s episode 70 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! […]

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Posted in goop, gwyneth paltrow, high, it, marijuana, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, newspaper, podcast, podcasts, ramsey-blog, stephen king, tom asacker, trends

“Radio, Advertisers are Less Interested in an Audience and More Interested in a Buyer”

Gordon Borrell has issued his latest report benchmarking local media’s digital revenues. Required reading for anyone in the local media business. Yesterday I published a transcript of Part 1 and the full video interview. Today, Part 2: Whereas the emphasis in the radio industry seems to be “let’s communicate the value of the Nielsen numbers, let’s make […]

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Posted in 2017, Advertising, associates, audience, borrell, buyer, gordon borrell, local advertising, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, ratings, sales, trends

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

Let’s Face It: Your Advertising Sucks

So I’m reading a headline predicting a 4% decline in radio advertising over the next year and another 4% decline the year after. Meanwhile we are constantly reminded about clients pushing for lower rates or for tech-enabled solutions which risk commoditizing radio altogether. The solution? Well, remove ownership caps, of course. That way we can […]

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Posted in Advertising, clients, droga5, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, problems, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, trends

Media Unplugged: 10 Media Trends You Need to Know

10 media trends you need to know. And… Niche! It’s the new mainstream! Plus, rants and raves about lying with podcast trend statistics and more. It’s episode 60 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button […]

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Posted in branding, lies, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, podcasting, podcasts, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, tom asacker, trends, unplugged

Non-Commercial Christian Radio Had Better Worry About This

I am blessed to do a lot of research work with Christian non-commercial broadcasters. As I travel around the country working with these amazing and passionate folks, I have discovered something unsettling – a trend that, I believe, should concern them a great deal. Here’s what I hear: Over time, the magnitude of giving is […]

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Posted in ccm, christian, Christian Radio, fm, fundraising, giving, kickstarter, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, non-com, non-commercial, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, trends