Hurricane Sandy and SurferNETWORK

Last week the team at SurferNETWORK witnessed firsthand the awesome power of Mother Nature as “Superstorm Sandy” devastated New Jersey and much of the tri-state area.  After being without power at the SurferNETWORK Headquarters for a week, we’ve started to make our way back to some semblance of normalcy today, and reflecting back on the past week has without a doubt reinforced our passion for the radio industry. Continue reading

SurferNETWORK at the IdeaBank Conference

This week SurferNETWORK attended our very first International Broadcasters IdeaBank, Bill Grywalski and I had a wonderful time meeting the radio station executives that attended this event. We are so ecstatic with the release of our upcoming streaming media player, and the feedback so far has been fantastic.  We believe that the future of broadcasting is bright, and are working hard to keep our partner radio stations right at the forefront of the industry.

I believe that we have found a real niche in the IdeaBank – broadcasters focused on the future of radio, making it a great experience for listeners and profitable for the radio station.  This has been at the core of SurferNETWORK’s culture since the beginning… revolutionizing radio online with an enhanced listener experience, and creating advertising opportunities for our partner radio stations.

If you were at the convention and have any other questions about streaming we are always available to answer all of them! We also had a great time meeting our customers and seeing that so many were part of a great organization like the International Broadcasters IdeaBank.

International Broadcasters IdeaBank thanks for having us in New Orleans and see you in Decatur!

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Men Spend More Time on Computers than Watching TV

A recent survey by askmen.com found that 50% of males now spend the majority of their non-work entertainment time in front of a computer, and not a television.

The poll asked men from the US, UK, Australia, and Canada how they spend their non-work recreational time, and between May and July 2012 there were 55,000 responses.  The computer was the common theme, with 50% of respondents spending the majority of their time using the computer to entertain themselves. Continue reading

comScore June 2012 Mobile Market Share

comScore recently published the June 2012 market share report, and there were some interesting numbers, especially for radio broadcasters.

Total smartphone ownership was up 4% from March, with 110 million people now owning smartphones in the United States alone.  This number continues to grow as smartphones become more widely available and less expensive. Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day

Interestingly, Father’s Day as an officially recognized Observance did not occur until 1972.  However, efforts to establish this day honoring fathers began only 62 years earlier.   In America today, Father’s Day is the fifth-largest card-sending occasion, with about 85 million greeting cards exchanged.  In a survey by the National Retail Federation and BIGinsight, consumers estimated they will spend approximately 10% more this year than last for Father’s Day.  Continue reading

Ecommerce Spending Up 17% From a Year Ago

According to the latest comScore report on ecommerce spending, in the first quarter of 2012, spending at online retail outlets was up 17% from the same time a year ago.  Expect that trend to continue, because since 2010, almost every quarter has seen double digit percentage gains from the year before.  There are many ways to leverage this into more sales for your station. Continue reading