Another Way To Avoid The Wandering Sales Candidate

Hiring salespeople is difficult. In this latest installment in a series of columns from expert sales coach Barrett Riddleberger, he identifies once again a group of sales candidates who, when hired, fail to meet expectations. Yet, they all have one thing on common: they interview well.

Wireless Incentive Auction ‘Surprises Activists, Suggests More Humility’

The recently concluded FCC spectrum auction "of a big chunk of old broadcast TV airwaves" was supposed to make the big mobile firms bigger and reduce competition in broadband. In the eyes of AEI Visiting Fellow Bret Swanson, that's the assessment of "activists and a few self-interested parties." As he writes, the "alarmist theory" that went into the auction didn't pan out.

At-Work Radio Listeners: Potential PPM Participants

According to a study of close to 5,700 respondents across all Nielsen Audio PPM markets, nearly 60% of likely PPM panelists listen to radio at work. It's far more than the number of those who predict they wouldn't participate in a Nielsen Audio survey, NuVoodoo Media Services finds.

Will ‘Normal, Everyday’ Tasks In The Smart Home Include AM, FM Access?

"Eventually, asking our voice assistant to track down a fact or order more cat food will become a normal, everyday interaction – the same as asking it to dim the lights." That's a conclusion from ReportLinker, which late last week released the findings of a May 4 online survey of 508 respondents. Will asking our Amazon Echo or Google Home device to tune to a specific radio station also become a "normal, everyday interaction"?

Surviving the Upfronts in a Cross-Media World

Now in their seventh year, the digital upfronts continue to shake up the media and advertising industries. But, the relatively novel concept of online TV audiences is still uncharted territory for most buyers. Many still have questions about how to most effectively allocate dollars across TV and digital media. A June 2012 report from comScore remains relevant, and we've traveled into the RBR+TVBR archives to present it once again for our members.

What’s Next for Personal Electronics?

As a Futuresource Consulting analyst sees it, the smartphone will likely remain the most important personal electronics device for consumers for the foreseeable future. As technology progresses, however, we won't rely on or be limited to the smartphone forever. What could this mean for broadcast media's C-Suite?
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Sen. Thune: Why The ‘Open Internet’ Needs Protection

With the FCC today launching an NPRM that would strip net neutrality regulations, South Dakota Republican John Thune has a suggestion. "My preference would be to begin bipartisan work on such legislation without any further delay." The Chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee made the comment on the floor of the Senate today. Here's what else Sen. Thune had to say on what he believes is the restoration of an open internet.

Facebook’s Bug Problem: ‘Fake News’ Or Broadcast Media Booster?

Better and more transparent audience measurement is a demand advertisers are delivering to Facebook, which has a bug in its system. According to The Wall Street Journal, some clients are getting refunds after this bug led the social media giant to overstate clicks on marketers' websites when accessed via a mobile device. Facebook says it's a minor glitch. What do radio and TV executives have to say, and will they use the bug as part of their own "repellent plan"?

Beware Of The Golden Child

In a continuing series from expert sales coach Barrett Riddleberger, a group of sales candidates who you might hire, but fail to meet expectations, are identified. These candidates all have one thing on common: they interview well. "You struggle to hire good salespeople but experience frustration when they fail to achieve their sales goals," Riddleberger says. Here is another example of a type of sales candidate you’ll want to avoid.

Local TV Ad Buying: How Programmatic Is Changing Things

How are automation and data revolutionizing local TV ad buying? Atlanta-based Videa has some thoughts on the subject. "We offer order stewardship services, and avails are delivered to the buyer in seconds," Videa explains to first-timers seeking to learn more about its client solutions. Now, the Cox Media Group-owned programmatic TV marketplace has released a White Paper that suggests the shift to computerized client solutions is the new norm for any TV sales executive.

Should You Be Concerned About Short-Form Pre-Roll?

This week saw the NewFronts, the digital media version of the Upfronts. One of the presenters, Trusted Media Brands, announced seven new video series aligned with its Taste of Home, Reader's Digest and The Family Handyman / Haven Home Media properties. Thus, it stands to benefit from the success of digital media. It could explain why it has drafted a study suggesting that short-form pre-roll is set to grow in a big way. Is it "fake news," or is this something radio and TV broadcasters need to be concerned about?

Is ‘OTT’ Overblown? Look At This Research

The digital denizens have been actively pushing OTT for several months. The chatter over "cord-cutting" won't cease, and it's crippling big, established players such as ESPN. But, is "OTT" really an acronym for "Overblown Technology Tweet"? The latest data from Hub Entertainment Research begs the suggestion, says RBR+TVBR's Editor-in-Chief in this Intelligence Brief.

Here’s How Ad-Strong Google and Facebook Really Area

As noted by the IAB, digital advertising is the No. 1 advertising medium in the U.S. According to eMarketer, TV advertising came in at $71.3 billion. Recon Analytics cannot underestimate the significance of this event, and in this Media Information Bureau intelligence brief, notes that advertisers demanding efficiency and effectiveness measurements "have voted with their wallets to make digital advertising the biggest spend category." What does this mean for you?
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Broadcasting License Fees Abolished!

An increasingly competitive commercial environment, with intense competition for audiences and advertising revenue from other media companies, has led to the end of broadcasting license fees and datacasting charges. Furthermore, there's been a repeal of the "two out of three" and 75% audience reach media ownership rules. G'day, readers: This is what's happening in Australia.

Why Soft Auto Sales Present A Strong Opportunity For Radio

Slower automotive sales may be leading the way to softening ad revenue in radio, but the radio industry still has significant revenue opportunities in automotive. That's the key takeaway from a new report from The Media Audit. Noting that TV will attract one-third of all ad dollars in 2017, now is the time for radio to act. Learn how you can bounce back from new ways to attract local and regional dollars. We've also chimed in with an RBR + TVBR Observation on radio's automotive spots.

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