Thursday, April 18, 2019

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...

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...

Ratings Are Driven By Daily Cume

Stations that want higher ratings (and what station doesn't?) create a strategy to put their station in the best position for success. Sounds logical, right? But there are so many moving parts to the...

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?...

How to Handle the Ratings Freak Out

The ratings freak out is understandable, but radio management can do serious internal (and external) damage by over-reacting. Whenever a ratings report comes out, broadcasters should step back, take a breath and try to...

Should You Program For PPM Methodology?

I had an interesting email dialogue with an air personality in a major U.S. market about PPM methodology. Specifically, the question is whether it's possible to connect with the audience in a radio ratings world...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Perfect Music Categories: Step By Step

You know the importance of using math for rotating your music. And you certainly understand the value of playing the right songs for your...