James Cridland, the radio futurologist, is a conference speaker, writer and consultant. He runs the media information website media.info and helps organise the yearly Next Radio conference. He also publishes podnews.net, a daily briefing on podcasting and on-demand, and writes a weekly international radio trends newsletter, at james.crid.land.
- Ireland: A celebration of Irish pirate radio
- That super-efficient online targeting for your advertisers? Um, it isn’t. In fact, it’s less effective than just guessing. /via @adcontrarian
- Spotify Is Pulling Away From Apple Music – an interesting graph, lest you believed the hype that Apple’s winning this. (Apple Music is available on Android too, incidentally)
- Global Breakfast Radio – it’s breakfast time somewhere in the world: this is a website that helps you listen
- Media consumption data from New Zealand. Radio gets 1.5 hours a day from kiwis. (The UK figure is 2.6 hours a day).
- ShakeMe™ Ad Format Gaining Traction with Another Successful Campaign with Strong Results – this is a very interesting piece of tech, allowing listeners to just “shake” their mobile phones to be sent more information on the ad they’re listening to.
- What does Spotify know about you? Everything, it turns out.
- Podcasting advice: a talk from Podcast Movement, with Rob Walch from Libsyn. Good watch; lots of stats and explanation.
- Broadcasters meeting podcasters? Goodness.
- NuVoodoo Study Reveals Startling Insights For Radio – the reason you hear the same songs on the radio all the time? Listeners apparently believe it’s to keep radio’s music licensing costs down.
- A moan about no more jazz on a radio station; but a lovely phrase in the middle of it: “My sense is that if you don’t know something exists you’re not going to look for it.”
- Interesting – iHeart has added a “discovery weekly” type playlist to their app (in the US). For many people, that functionality is the only thing keeping them subscribed to Spotify.
- A new advertising space that really is the pits. /via @splicenewsroom
- Congratulations UK radio – growing faster than any other ad medium. Yes – even the internet.
- Meanwhile, another set of RAJAR ratings are out. Very little hype with this quarter: digital listening hit that magic 50% figure last time (and actually went down slightly this time around, though thankfully for all concerned, remains about 50% and is up year-on-year). Weekly reach has fallen from 90% to 89.2%. Here’s Matt Deegan’s blog and Adam Bowie’s blog, which tell you all you really need to know.
- Always important when doing research to keep abreast of the technology you’re researching.
- Another UK online radio station crashes and burns, with £4m of debt. Is there a UK online radio station who has business success? I’d love to hear about it if so.
- More consolidation in the North of England, as Global encircles Bauer again, buying 2BR
- Interesting to spot Aussie radio making TV. (Also interesting to give equal billing to YouTube as well as ABC’s own iView product)
- Australia appears to be the home of the unfunny radio stunt. Here’s a classic of the genre, retold by Adam Hills.
- From Australia’s youth station triplej, a very good piece of research into young people. This is really good stuff: the opportunity of a ton of press stories, great audience research, and a good way to align triplej as ‘the good guys’ looking after their audience. (Their CD, Ollie Wards, is speaking at Next Radio in London – you should come!)
- A man called Matt visits a Facebook troll – this is an interesting bit of video from (a) TripleM in Australia.