Thursday, April 18, 2019

Music Research: Get More Response-Ask For Less

Sometimes, to get more, it makes sense to ask for less. That sounds strange, but it's not a contradiction of terms. It's reality, and it certainly applies to the world of online surveys. How many times...

Music Research: How To Interpret Results

The results of the music research have come in. 600 songs have been tested, and you have reams of data. Now it's time to interpret results and get it on the air. The first thing you notice makes...

How To Make Your Database a High Leverage Weapon

Most radio stations have a database, but few know what to do with it. In our media world of shrinking budgets and increased pressure, actively managing one-to-one listener relationships often takes a back seat....

Research Key: Ask Actionable Questions

Stations with the luxury of a having a research budget will be spending a big chunk of cash on that next perceptual survey. But are you getting data that will motivate change? Many research questionnaires...

How To Sort Music Categories: Deep & Narrow or Shallow & Wide

It's great to have music research that provides a map of what titles to play, but when it comes time to sort music into categories, it takes more than a spreadsheet with numbers. Programmers...

Music Research: Asking About Burn Is Useless

Programmers want to know everything possible when making music decisions. That's understandable. The more detail and insight, the more we can fine-tune the playlist. It's part of the pursuit of a perfect radio station....

How To Determine Library Depth and Song Turnover

The ratings are in. There is a TSL (time spent listening) problem. The cume went up, but average quarter hours are down. Management wants an explanation. The first thought is to examine the music...

How to Conduct a (Nearly) Free Research Project

A free research project? Seriously? That price point gets even the tightest manager’s attention. But you can do it, if you are willing to invest some time and creativity into it. First off, a couple...

Fix Music Research Response Rates By Completing The Feedback Loop

Over the years, online music research has prospered. It's now accepted as an effective, affordable method of gathering data. And programmers use the information to make critical decisions. But response rates have plummeted. There are...

5 Hidden Research Mistakes That Could Tank Your Station

You're ready for that next big research project that will define your station brand. Maybe it's a perceptual study to measure the station's current position. Or a music test to find the right songs....

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Every Personality Needs These 3 Promotion Tools

Personalities are often frustrated with what they perceive as a lack of commitment and promotion support from management. It's common to hear complaints about...