Posts Tagged ‘ Business ’

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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Why The Smartwatch Will Be A Huge Hit

March 28, 2014
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Why The Smartwatch Will Be A Huge Hit

Last January at CES, Paul and I made the rounds seeking out the latest in smartwatches.  As you have no doubt read, heard, and perhaps experienced, “wearable technology” is being touted by many as the next big thing. While Samsung has its Galaxy Gear (with those great TV ads), and other brands are dabbling in the space, the industry is waiting for the other Cupertino clog to drop.  There is much anticipation that Apple will launch its own “iWatch” sometime this year, which many believe could be the industry...

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Go For It

March 27, 2014
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Go For It

When I first went to work for WRIF back in the late ‘70s, the Post-Newsweek TV affiliate, WDIV, was in the process of launching a new branding campaign.  Similar to today, Detroit was in the process of trying to overcome difficult economic times.  Using the phrase “Go For It,” Channel 4’s message to Detroiters was to reach high, be strong, and not be afraid to take risks.  It was the “Just Do It” of its time, and the campaign resonated with many Motor City residents and was very memorable....

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Radio’s BFF 2

March 25, 2014
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Radio’s BFF 2

Yesterday, we looked at the growing importance of the car to everyone in radio.  The dashboard has long been the epicenter of listening – whether it’s the two knob/six preset radio in a 1997 Saturn or the 17” screen in a new Tesla Model S. And we also know the importance of automotive to radio sales.  The most recent report available on the RAB website shows that for the past five years, revenue derived from cars was the top category for radio. Thus, there’s all this interest in the “center stack”...

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The One Thing

February 13, 2014
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It’s hard to forget that big moment in City Slickers where Billy Crystal’s character Mitch Robbins reaches that mid-life crisis moment (yes, he’s a radio advertising sales rep).  He goes on a cattle drive and learns a lot about life – especially from an old cowhand – Curly – played by the late, great Jack Palance. In the scene below, Mitch’s search for the secret to life reaches a conclusion, thanks to a life lesson from Curly: >EMAIL RECIPIENTS: CLICK HERE TO WATCH JACK PALANCE AND BILLY CRYSTAL< So is...

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Groundhog Day

February 12, 2014
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Groundhog Day

When Chuck Daly coached the Detroit Pistons back in those “Bad Boys” days, he was constantly in search of ways to inspire the 12 millionaires on his bench.  After several years of managing the same core group, Daly admittedly starting running out of answers so he started watching TV evangelists for inspiration. I’m not that patient or desperate, but I have to admit that I scour business journals, magazines, and columns looking for great coaching tips, especially for stations that we’ve consulted for more than a decade. We all...

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BlackBerry Blues

February 10, 2014
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BlackBerry Blues

For several years now, Paul has been a driving force behind the growth of our mobile app company, jacAPPS.  Along the way, he has aggregated a wealth of experience about mobile handsets, platforms, software, apps – along with the people who run these companies and produce products that consumers purchase.  The demise of the BlackBerry brand, once a juggernaut in the mobile space, has provided textbook lessons for all tech firms – and maybe any company that experiences dominance with the goal of creating a franchise.  In today’s post,...

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The ‘70s Called. They Want Their Radio Back.

February 5, 2014
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The ‘70s Called.  They Want Their Radio Back.

Most people probably agree that only Seattleites enjoyed Sunday’s “Big Game.”  But as is often the case, the ads were interesting this year (especially the ones I remember before I fell asleep in the third quarter). The casting of Bob Dylan in the new Chrysler ad was inspired, especially for someone like me who’s connected to Detroit, cars, and Classic Rock.  As a Motor City guy, it’s hard not to feel a deep sense of pride while watching this spot – especially as the city continues to be roiled...

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Too Many Cooks

February 3, 2014
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Too Many Cooks

We’ve all been a part of this situation in radio station strategizing.  The research company comes to town to deliver the data, the consultant flies in, the corporate staff shows up, and the station team is in the conference room.  And collectively, they’re all supposed to figure it out. But while having lots of great minds in one room is a requirement for winning and carving out the plan, the plain fact is that having too many opinions can sometimes make it difficult to come up with a singular...

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“We’re Off The Air!”

January 29, 2014
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“We’re Off The Air!”

What’s just about the worst thing that can happen when you work in radio? Well, I’m sure that question triggered no shortage of thoughts, from format attacks to that big cancellation. But really the nuclear problem is when a station gets knocked off the air – whether it’s for five minutes or painfully, longer than that.  While engineers are famous for building in redundancy, we’ve all been through the heartache of backup systems failing to kick in, despite huge investments in equipment and maintenance. But radio isn’t the only...

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