Starting in January 2019, Emergency Alert Systems will be required to have the ability to deliver Blue Alerts as a new, event code. Blue alerts are an event code to issue a warning about an imminent and credible threat to police officers’ safety across radio and television stations.
While SoundExchange reporting will not change much in 2018, we want to make sure you’re aware of a couple of things that will be different in the new year.
Yesterday, Jacob’s Media released statistics from their TechSurvey 13 in a webinar focused on podcasting, specifically looking into the quickly growing segment as it relates to radio. Continue reading
Last week Will and I sat in on The 2017 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research and Triton Digital. I was pretty surprised by some of the numbers – a lot has changed over the 11 years I’ve been at SurferNETWORK. As both bandwidth and mobile work toward becoming a commodity; smartphone ownership is up to 81% of the US population, and the consumption of streaming has been along for the ride.
Yesterday RAIN sponsored a conference in NYC to highlight trends in online audio content, platforms and listening, and then tied that with the value of advertising. There was an excellent cross-section representation from the various and related fields of expertise and overall it turned out to be a valuable experience. There were two specific highlights I want to mention. Continue reading
According to a study of the listening habits of over 2,000 women 54% of women who listen to music at work are listening to the radio. 14% of those are listening to the station’s stream while 40% are listening to traditional over the air radio… Just another example of radio still being the go to listening source for many people. Continue reading
Edison Research recently released additional information from their 2014 ‘Share of Ear’ study with a specific focus on podcast listeners.
According to this study, podcast usage was up 18% overall from the spring to fall releases of study results. The study focused on those podcast listeners, and broke down the time spent listening to different audio sources, and the results for radio were optimistic, with podcast listeners spending 21% of their listening time on the radio and 30% listening to podcasts. Continue reading
Nielsen recently released data for music sales as well as streaming, and they showed that overall music consumption was up, despite sales being down in 2013 compared to 2012. That means that streaming music is on the rise. It’s up 32% to be exact, and we expect that number to be even higher in 2014 with more people move their listening habits online, and even more competition in the On-Demand music streaming arena (which was up a whopping 103% last year). Continue reading
Arbitron recently released their 2013 Infinite Dial Report, focusing on media consumption on and offline. It’s a treasure chest of information in terms of how/when/where your listeners are, and how they consume and interact with content.
AM/FM Radio Still the Top Listening Platform – But a Cross Platform Strategy is Necessary
Overall, the report finds that radio still rules the road. You have the most loyal following, and they stay glued to your content. Even with the boom of Internet Radio options, 82% of respondents that listen to internet radio (including Pandora) find their way back to the AM/FM dial. With 53% of Americans 12+ now owning a smartphone, you have the ability to engage your audience and request feedback all on the same device! Are you leveraging this for success at your radio station? Continue reading
There’s been a lot of talk lately around the Radio Industry regarding Radio’s ‘Story’. And there is a lot to be said there. The fact is that there are numerous other avenues for advertising budgets to go; digital being the most obvious as internet usage continues to explode here in the United States as well as abroad. Radio seems to be avoiding digital, in a time where the web could be its greatest asset in reinforcing the marketing message of its clients. The web isn’t here to kill radio, and the faster you realize that, the faster you can use it to your advantage. Continue reading