The Mid-Year Music Report: Audio Consumption Growth Slows

The music industry experienced a strong start to 2020, with audio streaming growing through early March — up 20% over the same period in 2019. That's one of the key takeaways from the just-released Nielsen Music/MRC Data 2020 Mid-Year Report, which also finds that, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, audio consumption is up by just a trickle.

Remote Rollout Of NEXTGEN TV: Today’s Task, Tomorrow’s Norm?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, when a new TV station transmission chain came online, it was common for engineering management from the corporate office and key suppliers to travel to the launch site to ensure that all went well. With today’s travel restrictions, remote management of ATSC 3.0 station rollouts is being seen. This could be the norm in coming years.

RBR+TVBR Encore: ‘What Radio Can Learn From Wegmans’

Three years ago, our editor-in-chief visited a Wegmans supermarket for the first time. His visit sparked a column offering inspiration and innovative ways a radio station can best connect with your community, thus driving revenue and an increase in listeners. The column proved very popular, and we are pleased to offer it today as an RBR+TVBR Encore Presentation.

Six Questions to Ask Before Terminating a Sales Rep

Letting go of a sales rep is tough to do, notes expert sales training coach Barrett Riddleberger. Before you make that decision, check out these important questions. As he sees it, you just might save a superstar sales rep.
Facebook

Is Radio Selling Against Facebook, Especially Now?

A #StopHateForProfit movement that started June 17 initially targeted Facebook and, specifically, sought to squelch online advertising on the platform across the month of July. It appears marketers have responded a bit stronger than what the hashtag harriers intended. A wider boycott is being seen. So ... have your radio stations' responded?
Kids

Child’s Play: SVOD’s Integral Role In Growing Up Today

Despite a plethora of cable TV channels, kid-friendly digital multicast offerings including PBS Kids and educational and informational programming blocks across broadcast television stations, U.S. tweens are being raised on subscription video-on-demand programming. The trends from six European countries are no different, newly released Kagan data show.
ANA

Innovation and Technology: Brand Growth, and Media, too?

According to a "great majority of marketers," future brand growth will be tied to marketing innovations and technology. But, many of them spend little time learning how to utilize either of those tools. If this sounds familiar to your radio or TV operation, you may want to read a new ANA report that offers keen insights on marketing, innovation and technology.

Smart TV Home Ownership Passes 50% Threshold

New research from Parks Associates and Applicaster indicates that more than 50% of U.S. broadband households now own at least one smart TV -- making it the primary platform for video services at a time when content consumption is accelerating dramatically.

Deloitte: COVID-19 Hastens Subs/Cancels Cycle For Paid Entertainment

Deloitte's 14th Digital Media Trends Survey is out, and this time the focus is on consumer streaming and entertainment habits. Deloitte conducted two surveys related to digital media: one pre-COVID-19, and a second in May. Together, the surveys provide intriguing insights into how media consumption has accelerated and changed as a result of COVID-19.

Radio’s Ad Attraction Factor, Format by Format

Years ago, the April/May Arbitron book was essential for advertising across the rest of a year. Today, in the top markets, monthly ratings reports have erased that paradigm. And, as we welcome the first day of summer, veteran consultant Clark Smidt offers up an exclusive review of what Nielsen Audio is telling us about radio's sell-ability, by format.
Shopping

CPG Spending Continues Its COVID-19 Fueled Surge

While not quite as impressive as the year-over-year increases seen in March and April, as much of the U.S. was in strict shelter-at-home quarantines tied to the novel coronavirus, household consumer packaged goods (CPG) spending in May 2020 was still up significantly compared to one year ago.

‘It’s Time To Re-Conceptualize Linear Television’

In an exclusive column, the founder and Chief Product Officer of TV data company Alphonso Inc. notes that the demise of this structure and linear TV in general has long been prophesied and discussed, but still commands the majority share of overall video advertising.

Black Media Owners To America: ‘Actions, More Than Words’

First, it was the disproportionate COVID-19 pandemic impact on the Black community. Then, it was the murder of George Floyd, and the resulting nationwide protests tied to a message that "Black Lives Matter." Now, a group of NABOB members believe it is time for Corporate America and Capitol Hill to speak up.

A Matter Of Trust: American Opinions Rise On Government, Business

Is this a positive COVID-19 effect ... or something else? Since the start of the year, Americans' trust in government has risen nine points, while their trust in business has risen by six points. Those are the key findings of the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer Spring Update: Trust and the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To Attract Top Talent, Consider A Purpose-Driven Culture

The role of a sales executive has evolved, says Alexander Group media-focused change agent Matt Bartels. Today's sales pros require knowledge of new technological skills, and younger pros tend to have them all. However, as Bartels writes in this fresh column, they may not be considering sales careers because they don't see it as a lucrative profession.

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