Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends report provides 196 slides packed with data. Radio typically only shows up in one slide with a chart that represents time spent with media compared to advertising revenue. If you look back at five years of these presentations there is story to be told about radio’s past, present and future.
Consumers interact on mobile with a frequency and intensity that is simply absent in a desktop environment. You must produce a mobile user experience that considers both consumption and interaction to have a truly exceptional digital media product today.
The Internet Radio Ad Load Report for Q1 2015 presented some interesting numbers on a declining ad load. However, the more intriguing finding was the steady growth in advertisers identified across industries. We admitted surprise to the large number of advertisers we identified in the Holiday 2014 Internet Radio Ad Load Report. In the first quarter of 2015, we were surprised again.
XAPPmedia, provider of the first interactive audio content and advertising service, today announced it has received an additional $3.8 million in funding, bringing the total amount invested in the company to $6.8 million. The private investors who participated in the seed round also led the A1 funding round.
eMarketer recently put out a note with the subtitle, “As time spent with digital radio rises, ad loads, rates follow.” The conclusion was drawn from data in the recent Internet Radio & Streaming Report by XAPPmedia/RAIN News along with Edison and eMarketer research. While it was nice to see XAPPmedia data cited by eMarketer, there were two conclusions by their analysts that were particularly important for the industry...
Traditional music ownership models benefited tremendously from the ubiquitous ad-supported listening on broadcast radio. Ad-supported listening on Internet radio is the logical complement to the on-demand subscription model and will be the much larger platform for music exposure to consumers and a larger revenue source for artists.
After collecting responses from over 300 industry insiders about the future of internet radio and other streaming services, XAPPmedia and RAIN News held a free webinar to present the findings. The webinar, presented by Brad Hill of RAIN News and Bret Kinsella of XAPPmedia, covered topics ranging from time spent listening to the future of podcasting.
Recently, I made a presentation at the Internet radio industry’s premier event, RAIN Summit. My message was simple. A great mobile user experience requires two components: a great content consumption experience and a great content interaction experience.