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.
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.
If you attended Advertising Week this year you couldn’t avoid sessions devoted to millennials, mobile and … audio. Yes, it’s true. Audio is back and hip enough to get attention at the advertising industry’s largest gathering.
IAB yesterday named the XAPP Ad for Mack Avenue Records artist Cecile McLorin Salvant as one of five finalists for the Mixx Awards honoring the top digital audio marketing work of 2015. The artist promotion ran on the NPR One mobile app and has been recognized for its innovative use of interactive audio technology to bring listeners closer to Salvant’s unique vocal style.
We’ve come a long way in just one year. At 12:04 pm on April 8, 2014, the first XAPP Ad was served on the NPR News mobile app. The advertiser was Lumber Liquidators and the call to action was to download the company’s Floor Finder app.
Last week, Mobile Marketer published an article about the current state of Internet radio advertising. Michael Barris calls out advertisers and marketers for missing some of the key dynamics involved in the audio experience. He applauds innovators such as NPR for use of tactics that are more conducive to the consumer experience, such as XAPPmedia technology.
From Mobile Marketer, October 2014: "NPR listeners can now use voice commands with a mobile application to seamlessly interact with in-program promotions and other media within the network’s system, increasing engagement with the public radio network’s brand."
National Public Radio Vice President of Digital Strategy and Sponsorship Operations, Bryan Moffett is one of four panelists on next week's Advertising Week panel, "Out of Touch but Still Connected: Today's Ultramobile Consumers" sponsored by XAPP. He shares what's changed in the radio industry over the past decade and how digital became a key component.