Audio & Podcasting

Podcasts Are Fertile Ground for City & Regional Publishers
August 20, 2018 at 3:10 pm

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve entered an era of on-demand media consumption. And due to its mobility and being a natural accompaniment for multitasking, audio has emerged as a favorite among the on-demand public. Podcasting, in particular, has enjoyed a boom in recent years, with one in four Americans now listening to podcasts. “The…

Can Publishers Monetize Their Digital Technology Expertise?
April 27, 2018 at 10:24 am

Recently I sat down with Thorin McGee, editor-in-chief of sister publication Target Marketing, to discuss the technologies publishers are adopting – and in some cases have mastered – to consider how this impacts the marketing ecosystem. In many cases, publishers are now leading the way in terms of innovating with digital media and marketing technology,…

The Race is on For Media Brands to Own Voice-Assistant “Skills”
February 22, 2018 at 11:10 am

In January, we took a journey to understand the opportunity for media brands with voice-enabled devices like Amazon’s Echo Dot (aka Alexa) and the Google Home device. But there’s a big learning curve and a new language that you have to learn when you make the decision to target these platforms and actually have your…

7 Things to Listen Out for in 2018 as Audio Undergoes a Revolution
January 25, 2018 at 8:00 am

By Richard Brooks, Coventry University It was a remarkable year for innovation in audio story telling. Listeners in 2017 had the chance to experience new ways of listening to stories told through artificial intelligence, gaming, augmented reality and personalized soundtrails. The shift of radio plays to smartphones has transformed the medium and is bringing a…

Slate Says Podcasts Are Now 25 Percent of Revenue
January 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm

In the scramble to serve Facebook, publishers have pivoted to video, with some disastrous results. Not Slate. It is betting big on text and podcasting this year, supported by new hires, ad strategy and site design. “The big story is, we’re pivoting to words,” said Julia Turner, editor of Slate. “We’re going to be experimenting…

Amazon Tips Its Hand on Alexa Ads
January 8, 2018 at 8:00 am

Although Amazon says no plans to put ads on its Alexa voice assistant, but they’ve started asking advertisers what they might pay for.

Amid Audio Boom, Magazines Hire Actors to Voice Their Work
January 5, 2018 at 1:39 pm

The New York actor William DeMeritt spent the better part of 2017 as William Shakespeare, portraying the poet in the US premier of Shakespeare in Love, a play adapted from the Oscar-winning film of the same name, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. The run began in February and ended in October, and included…

How Publishers Can Prepare for Voice, the Next Frontier in Media
January 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Several months ago, I purchased an Amazon Echo Dot. Since then, all I’ve heard my kids say is: “Alexa, tell me the score of this game…” “Alexa, let me know this…” “Alexa, play this song…” “Alexa, add this item to my shopping list…” The list of commands goes on and on and on. What’s amazing…