Posts Tagged ‘ Business ’

Radio Needs To Be More Cheesy

July 22, 2014
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Radio Needs To Be More Cheesy

Mike Stern has programmed lots of great radio stations in small markets and Top 5 metros alike.  No matter where you go, super fans – or as they are often called, “contest pigs” – are always part of the package.  In today’s guest post, Mike takes a look at how one consumer product has approached catering to these over-the-top fans, and how radio can take advantage. For anyone who thinks it’s difficult to develop innovative new ideas to drive more radio listening, imagine the challenge of trying to move the needle...

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Take Me To Your Leader

July 2, 2014
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Take Me To Your Leader

Over this past weekend while barbecues were being ignited, sunscreen was being slathered on, and families were loading up the SUV for a getaway, a changing of the guard took place at the Ford Motor Company, headquartered here in Dearborn, Michigan. CEO Alan Mulally stepped down after eight years on the job. During that time, he reinvented Ford, changing the company’s vehicle lineup, as well as its culture. A great article by Joe Nocera in The New York Times chronicles Mulally’s run at Ford. As you know, Ford was the...

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Goin’ Mobile, Eh?

June 30, 2014
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Goin’ Mobile, Eh?

When I grew up in Detroit in the pre-cable TV days, there were just the big three networks, and a local UHF station – a far cry from today’s hundreds of channels.  But we also had a bonus – Canadian television, in the form of the CBC.  Because of our proximity to Windsor, access to Canadian TV added some variety, and not just because of the hockey coverage. This is a proud and traditional operation, and recently, their president and CEO, Hubert Lacroix, layed out a whole new and controversial vision for the network’s future.  While...

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Be Disruptive

June 27, 2014
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Be Disruptive

As COO of jacAPPS, Bob Kernen has a unique perspective on new technology…and disruption. Bob’s background is truly varied – a member of the early Microsoft Web TV team, a leader of startups, and also a deep background in television.  It’s now “halftime” in 2014, a great time to look forward to the last six months of the year.  Here’s Bob’s take on a major decision in the new media space, and how traditional brands would be smart to disrupt themselves. Digital disruption. You’ve probably noticed that it’s everywhere. The...

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Party On, Bob

June 24, 2014
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Party On, Bob

The industry trades were abuzz with news about Bob Pittman’s big soiree at Cannes, featuring A-list guests as well as heavy hitters from the advertising industry.  No, I was not on the list, but Mariah Carey (who performed) and Shaun White (who did not) were reportedly in attendance. Clear Channel bashers may take the opportunity to criticize this kind of high-priced social networking.  Some might even calculate how many lost radio jobs might be restored for the cost of the hors d’oeuvres and place settings.  Others might wonder why...

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The Power of One

June 20, 2014
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The Power of One

It is fascinating to see the jockeying going on in Los Angeles as Nielsen continues to dig into the meters to determine what went wrong. In a story that has now moved any remaining controversy about Casey Kasem’s illness and passing off the front page, all attention continues to be focused on the efficacy of the ratings, specifically in the L.A. market. But around the country, broadcast professionals – from the corner office to the air studio – are wondering how one household (or even two) could wreak so...

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From The C-Suite

June 19, 2014
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From The C-Suite

So here are a couple of quotes from a new chief executive of a company that is one of the most successful in the world – and yet, he is talking reinvention: “There are so many new ways to serve customers. Technology, data, and information are opening new doors for us to lead through. Our purpose of saving people money will always be relevant, but we’ll do it new ways.” The source? Walmart’s new CEO, Doug McMillon who is taking an entirely new approach to a business model that...

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“Chef”

June 13, 2014
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“Chef”

OK, in more than nine years of writing blog posts, I have only recommended two films. (By the way, both went on to win the Oscar for best picture, so you might want to pay attention to today’s choice.) Our posts about The King’s Speech in 2011, and then the next year The Artist attempted to draw parables to the business of radio. Both were focused on adapting to new technology (radio for The King’s Speech, and “talkie” movies in The Artist). Both were what are known as “small films,” but...

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Mergers & Acquisitions

May 30, 2014
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Whenever one company buys another, you typically hear terms like “efficiencies” or “economies of scale.”  Translation: ”Downsizing,” because that’s what often happens when one company buys another. The workforce often goes into a panic, job slashing is imminent, and the cultures will inevitably clash. Or pieces will be sold off because they are “redundant” to the good of the new entity. And it almost always becomes obvious that the one company will dominate the other because they’re smarter, sharper, or because their brand is better positioned to succeed.  Or so they...

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Glass Half Full

April 21, 2014
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Glass Half Full

I don’t want to suggest that we’re freakishly early adopters here at Jacobs Media and jacAPPS.  But for the past several years, that’s the way it’s worked out.  Since launching jacAPPS in 2008, the newest smartphones and tablets have made their way to our offices, often on the first day they’re available to the public. But when I happened upon the “invitation” to become a Google Glass Explorer last week on Twitter, there was something about it that I couldn’t resist.  The jokes about Google Glass have flowed early...

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