Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Why Radio Programming Is Tricky: The Two Switch Theory

While watching some old home videos (yeah, we have a life), I learned a valuable radio programming lesson from my two year old son. Specifically, it reminded me of the two switch theory of...

Hack the Ratings With Online Videos In a Few Fast, Easy Steps

When I experienced the sheer power of this viral video from Hot 96.9 in Boston, it was clear that something major was going on. And there's tremendous potential for air personalities to build a...

3 Ways To Increase Ratings By Playing to Ratings Respondents

As long as the radio industry allows ratings services to hold us hostage to their insanely outdated methods of gathering ratings data, programmers should at least know how to play the game. And that...

This Radio Station Increased Share By 70% With This Ratings Strategy

How would you like to implement a long-term ratings strategy and increase share by 70%? Sound good? Don't roll your eyes and dismiss this as if it were an infomercial. I'm serious. It could...

Increase Ratings? Simple. Reduce Tune Out

If a radio station could reduce listener erosion, that station could sustain ratings without marketing, promotion or increased costs. Without tune out, listeners would become fans, and you would reach ratings nirvana. Why worry...

What? How Many Promos Are Needed?

It’s becoming more and more difficult to inspire audiences to take action. Listeners are increasingly distracted and there is more competition for limited attention. As a result, radio stations often fail to promote heavily...

6 Ways to Win a Programming Battle With A Direct Competitor

It’s normal to freak out a little when a new station, personality or radio show comes on the air. After all, the radio pie is already sliced pretty thin. Head-to-head competition is more common...

Don’t Let PPM Kill Your Brand Imaging

Has PPM changed how your station sounds? Probably, if only in small ways. But many stations have allowed PPM measurement to affect brand imaging on their stations. They're convinced that since the meters are...

3 Ways To Lose a Programming Battle With A Direct Competitor

You have a new competitor in town. They've challenged your position and are attacking your brand. Uh oh. Now what? Hopefully, you'll follow these 6 ways to win the battle. But even if you...

How To Double Your Ratings

Yeah, a headline like Double Your Ratings immediately makes you think it will be followed with some flippant comment like, "Get twice as many listeners." I'm not selling a magic, "get rich quick" plan. But...

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The 7 Second Challenge

7 seconds. It goes by fast. But that's exactly how much time personalities have to win listener attention when launching a talk break or...