There is a voice assistant arms race going on between Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook. This is all about mobile. Each company recognizes that the mobile user experience often makes touch and type interaction inconvenient. Voice is simply a more efficient way to interact with a smart device – at least when it works.
In a MediaPost column published today, XAPPmedia CEO Pat Higbie comments on the projected broadcast radio advertising spend for 2016. The forecast? Flat. Even in anticipation of lucrative election ad spend.
Larry Rosin of Edison Research presented new data about broadcast radio and other audio listeners in Nashville last week at the Country Music Seminar. The conclusions include recommended strategies and line up around a core set of differentiators that offer broadcasters a competitive edge in an increasingly crowded audio landscape.
The simultaneous release of Serial's second season on Pandora and iTunes gave consumers a choice between downloading or streaming. This choice has existed on a number of platforms previously, but most podcasters seem to default to iTunes even though its technology constrains long-term success. Today we published a white paper that explores why the download model that gave podcasts their initial success now hinders their growth.
Direct Marketing News (DMN) provides marketers with a comprehensive view of the marketing landscape — complete with the latest news, data and success strategies from the industry. DMN recently released an eBook where they asked industry insiders to predict the most significant changes for marketing in 2016.
The Financial Times reported over the weekend that Apple Music has reached 10 million subscribers. This trails what The Verge estimates is over 25 million Spotify subscribers, but represents impressive growth just six months after launch. It is interesting to consider the different user acquisition strategies used by the leading music streaming services.
Radio broadcasters have long considered the experience of live and local to be their greatest asset in attracting and maintaining audience. That experience is too often undermined by long stopsets of advertisements that motivate listeners to choose another station or another audio channel altogether.
With a new year upon us, Radio World interviewed CEO Pat Higbie on the future of Internet radio in 2016. As the Internet radio audience continues to grow, so will the interest of national advertisers. With a large amount of consumer attention and advertising revenue at stake, Higbie predicts competition will be fierce for both.
The Internet Radio Ad Load Report for Q3 2015 showed a small growth in advertisers, but a reduction in the frequency of the top advertisers. The spots are getting spread around among more advertisers. In Q3, Retail and the combined Media, Entertainment & Gaming (MEG) group were again the top two industries represented in Internet radio ads.