Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Starbucks Understands TSL Better Than Radio

The ratings formula is familiar: It's cume and TSL. Cume is the total number of listeners. TSL is the number of quarter hours they listen. But here's something interesting. Starbucks is more skilled in driving...

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...

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...

Radio Theories on Stop Set Placement

The best way to program commercials is to go commercial free. Okay, that's not probable. So what is the best way to schedule those pesky spots? What is programming's best practice on stop set placement?...

The Truth About Radio P1s and Fans

The ratings report is in. The ratings service says the station's cume is strong but P1's are down. Oh no! There's a problem with the radio station, because everyone knows that P1s are the lifeblood...

An Extra 10 Percent In 9 Areas Will Increase Ratings

A willingness to go the extra mile is rare. I'm not talking about being really good at the things that must be done to get by. I'm talking about the extra 10 percent. An extra 10...

The 3 Ways To Increase Ratings

To win the ratings game, a programmer must be like a gambler in Las Vegas. Understand how the game is played and place your bets when the best odds are in your favor. In radio,...

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...

A Chaos-Based Theory To convert Cume to Fans

It's the Holy Grail of radio programming: Fans account for up to 90% of a station's total listening. But fans make up only about 10% of a station's cume. The key to higher ratings,...

4 Ways to Impact Ratings By Thinking Outside In

Radio is one of those peculiar industries that touches all aspects of a programmer’s life. Radio station(s) require so much time and attention, it is hard to keep perspective. It's easy to think "inside...

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Coach, Don’t Correct: How To Get Better Performance From Air Checks

The program director was frustrated with his morning show. And for good reason. It was under-performing and there were a lot of things that...