XAPPmedia’s Interactive Audio Ads are based on an observable fact: people don’t watch radio; they listen to it. Of course there is YouTube and video coupled with audio content can be a great creative tool. However, that’s not radio. Radio is that experience where your ears are focused and your eyes are free to do something else.
I was at the RAIN conference in Indianapolis catching up with a mix of Broadcast and Internet Radio executives. There was a lot of great content shared. The Internet Radio industry is definitely a numbers-driven market and there was plenty of data to chew on. With that said, sometimes data cannot capture the mood of an industry in transition, as well as a good metaphor. Paul Jacobs had just that metaphor for his panel entitled, “Mobile is the New Black.”
Last week, we talked about how XAPP Ads were developed to ensure consumer scalability. That boiled down to making the user experience so simple that consumers could successfully interact with an ad the first time. From an advertiser standpoint, we wanted to deliver a similar outcome. Radio ads today are simple and inexpensive to make. XAPP Ads are too. There is no new programming platform for agencies to learn, XAPP Ads are created just like traditional radio ads.
Radio Ink’s Convergence 2014 last week in Santa Clara brought together a unique cast of characters trying to answer the nagging question: "What are the best social, local and mobile digital strategies to drive radio revenue?" While many strategies were discussed around listener engagement and formats, the real issue that emerged is more specific. It’s about revenue.