Tag Archives: Digital Media

Edison Media – Podcasting 2010

Tom Webster, VP of Strategy & Marketing for Edison Research, recently presented the renowned company’s fifth annual study of American podcasting consumers at the Blogworld New Media Expo.  The presentation contained previously unreleased data from The American Youth Study 2010 conducted by Edison Research & Arbitron as well as the Edison/ADM Consumer Attitudes to Podcast Advertising Study 2010.
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Here’s what you need to know:

  • Podcast consumers are highly engaged with social media
  • A majority listen to podcasts in their vehicles (through iPod or other MP3 connectivity)
  • Mobile Phone Media consumption is rising quickly, although most podcast consumers still prefer to get content on their desktop computers than dedicated media players
  • About 70-million Americans 12+ have listened to a podcast in the past year, that’s up slightly from last year to 45% of the population

The most important takeaway point Webster makes is the podcast audience is no longer just an “early adopter,” but now more closely resembles mainstream media consumers.

Dave & Geri in Grand Rapids are a great example of a highly successful morning show which has made the transition from traditional radio to on demand content.  Their daily “FunCast” now averages more than 40-thousand downloads per week and continues to grow.  Paul Poteet & Tom Davis in Indianapolis are another example with their “Off The Cuff” podcast in Indianapolis.

The O’Reilly Factor

I wrote down this quote last summer and sent to all of our air talent:

“Go back and tell your personalities – if they are not on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and writing a daily blog two years from now – at the latest – they will be irrelevant.” (Leo Laporte at the Jacobs Media Summit XIII)

With all due respect to Mr. Laporte, I don’t think irrelevance is that far away.  It’s here.  Now.  I’ll even take his assertion one step further:  talent’s new media presence must include on demand demand – especially video – which is portable and compelling enough to be viral.

It’s 2009 and time for a serious review of your talent’s commitment to your digital platform.

Bill O’Reilly is a timely case study for the subject.  O’Reilly is leaving his nationally syndicated “The Radio Factor” at the end of February.  He claims that he’s too busy on the Fox News Channel for radio.  Tom Taylor notes on Radio-Info.com that Bill’s real plans are to spend more time working on his website and premium membership.  Here’s the posting: Continue reading

Must Read: 3 Web 2.0 Tools EVERY Sales Force Should Activate

James Burnes, an Indianapolis web and social media guru, just blogged a few highlights from high latest new media seminar.  You’ve GOT to read it and follow his advice.

CLICK HERE

Radio influences online behavior.

Audio4Cast.com says radio plays a major role influencing behavior of online consumers.  A survey of 1,000 “digital influencers” by MS&L and IPSOS found traditional media like radio played a “vital role in igniting the process that leads influencers to share information online.”

84% said they go online to learn more after hearing something on the radio.

The study quantifies the connection between online and offline media.  Online marketing has become a nearly essential element of most advertisers’ marketing strategies.  Hopefully, this study will open doors to new cross-platform opportunities between digital and traditional media creating successful marketing strategies.

“This research supports the need for influencer marketing campaigns to leverage both traditional and online tools to connect with consumers,” said MS&L/NEW YORK’s RENNE WILSON.

How Obama used digital media and social networking to win the election.

Mediasauce, and Indianapolis-based digital strategies company, presented a great conference last week on the topic.  Now, they have posted a four part video recap.  It’s obviously not as extensive as the live presentation; but, still worth viewing.

Click here.

If it’s too loud, you’re too wired!

There has been one under-reported, yet very important, finding in the “Internet & Multimedia 2008 Study” conducted by Arbitron and Edison Media Research — the number of workers listening to broadcast radio via streaming instead of traditional receivers is dramatically on the rise!

In fact, the percentage of terrestrial radio listeners who tuned-in via the Internet rather than a radio grew from 12% to 20% in less than one year.

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