Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Mike Gould, President and CEO
of Eastlan

Documenting consumer listening habits on a consistent basis is important to both content providers and sales professionals no matter the size of the market. One company, Eastlan Ratings is focused on serving the needs of small and medium market broadcasters. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Eastlan, a privately held company based in the Northwest, is currently providing radio audio measurement data in 100 markets across the U.S.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Mike Gould, President & CEO of Eastlan. From methodology to sample sizes to understanding how and where radio is being consumed, Mike feels strongly that it’s time for every radio listener to be counted, regardless of what technology they use to consume the content.

The Importance of Local Connection

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

According to Google research, almost one-third of mobile searches were based upon location searches – and that was in 2017.  The importance of local or being within the community continues to gain popularity.  The terms of “locally grown” or “shop local” have become common terms by consumers.  We have all seen the value in “local” and perhaps that is why American Express sponsored the first Small Business Saturday in 2010.

There are other companies that understand the value of local – something that radio delivers through its 15,000+ local radio stations across the U.S.  Reading a recent interview of one such advertiser sharing their views on the importance of local for their brand highlighted what radio does so well.

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Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Scott Davis and Bernie Shimkus from Harmelin Media

Strong partnerships and collaborations are, many times, the most important ingredient for results oriented success. Harmelin Media has grown into one of the largest independent media service firms in the country and is connecting brands and customers in relevant and efficient ways.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Harmelin Media’s EVP of Client Relations, Scott Davis and VP/Director of Research and Consumer Insights, Bernie Shimkus about the importance of understanding the customer’s journey and their path to purchase. Since every advertising dollar is being looked at under a microscope these days, Scott and Bernie agree that radio needs to continue to demonstrate accountability and develop measurements along with solid research to quantify how an advertising message performs.

What the Marijuana Industry’s Organization Voluntary Ad
Standards Mean for Radio

Contributors: Brad C. Deutsch  Principal, Garvey Schubert Barer, P.C. and Aaron S. Edelman, Attorney, Garvey Schubert Barer, P.C. 

 In our previous blog posts, we’ve addressed both the possible risks associated with marijuana advertising that are unique to being the federal licensee of a radio station and the intricacies of many state laws regarding digital media advertisements for marijuana.

The latest development in the push to normalize marijuana and cannabis products as a consumer good comes from the cannabis industry’s own “Self-Regulatory” member organization, the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB), which has recently adopted voluntary standards for advertising by its members. This blog post examines what impact these voluntary standards will actually have for advertising on the radio.

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Radio on Main Street Featuring R.J. Curtis, Recently Appointed Executive Director of the Country Radio Broadcasters and Producer of the CRS, Feb. 13-15

One of the most exciting events of the year for those working in country radio is the Country Radio Seminar.  Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the seminar held in Nashville is scheduled for February 13-15.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with the recently appointed Executive Director of the Country Radio Broadcasters and producer of the event – RJ Curtis.  Taking over the reins this year from soon to be retired executive Bill Mayne, RJ shares his thoughts on the country radio format, the relationship between the radio and music communities and what we can look forward to at this year’s seminar.

Insights into CES 2019

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

We are transitioning from the digital age into a new era that some are calling the data age.  The importance of learning and understanding technology, as well as how it affects brands, the consumer experience, and ultimately radio advertisers and listeners was underscored during RAB’s attendance at CES 2019.

Throughout CES 2019, content, consumers and transformation were some of the words that were used as part of product descriptions but also within panel discussions.  And while CES may have once been considered a tech conference, Shawn DuBravac, futurist and trendcaster, believes it should be viewed as a business conference.  Technology is infused in everything as businesses – ranging from automotive to consumer product goods and even agriculture – tap into it.

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