Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Kip Cassino, Executive Vice President of Borrell Associates.

Election day 2018 is about eight weeks away and while it is not a presidential election there are many state and local races that will be decided.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Kip Cassino, Executive Vice President of Borrell Associates. Borrell Associates recently updated their forecast for political media spending by media choice with their forecast for radio showing modest growth from their original April forecast.

With less than one-third of the 8.9 billion of political dollars yet to be spent this year, Kip shares his advice as to how radio can compete for a larger share of the available dollars and how important it is for radio to make the case that radio is local.

Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Tina Murley, Director of Sales for the Beasley Media Group in Boston.

Having success in growing revenue all starts with relationships, being a true partner for your clients.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Tina Murley, Director of Sales for the Beasley Media Group in Boston. Tina is focused on creating a culture for her sales team of saying “yes” to their clients and potential clients. She empowers, provides the tools and helps her sellers find a way to just get it done.

She believes that digital is the future and because radio offers integrated local solutions, it’s is the perfect partner for advertisers.

Building Relationships with Radio

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

“In relationships, the little things are big things.”  No truer words have ever been said as these by Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Building and nurturing relationships is important for any successful person or business.

There are other quotes that can help frame the approach for opportunities:

  • “Make a customer, not a sale.” – Katherine Barchetti, founder K. Barchetti Shops
  • “There is only one boss.  The customer.” – Sam Walton, founder of Walmart

Each of these individuals were successful retailers and, like Stephen Covey, they, too, understood the value and importance of relationships.

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Radio Delivers Experiences

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Of all generations, millennials have had the greatest influence on the advertising and marketing world.  Their views and opinions and how they communicate amongst each other shifted how advertiser brands engage with them. According to an early study conducted by Harris and Eventbrite, millennials would choose to spend money on experiences versus things and the greater majority had participated in live events in the past year – like concerts, festivals, themed sports, etc.

While millennials, as a target audience, may have been a catalyst to the growth of event/experiential, it is now an important component of many brands’ marketing campaigns – regardless of age groups.  Marketers will spend nearly 21% of their overall budgets on event/experiential in 2018 compared to 19% in 2017, according to a 2018 report by Event Marketer.

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Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Tom Webster, Senior VP for Edison Research

Smart speakers are quickly becoming commonplace in the homes. In fact, a recently released study by Edison Research done in partnership with NPR stated 18% of all Americans 18+ own a smart speaker. These audio playback devices feature voice activated digital tasks and can operate as home automation hubs. Serving as a central information source for users, these devices are most importantly providing easy access to listen to one’s favorite radio station.

Erica Farber is the President & CEO of the RAB and in this edition she speaks with Tom Webster, Senior VP for Edison Research. They discuss some interesting findings from the study covering such topics as ownership and usage data, media behavior interests and activities, and purchasing and advertising attitudes of smart speaker owners.

Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Dan Vallie, President of the National Radio Talent System.

A common concern expressed by broadcasters in all size markets is the need to attract the next generation of broadcasters. An idea that first began at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina was an incubator created for well-rounded and well-educated college talent with a passion, determination and an interest to begin a career in Radio.

In this edition, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Dan Vallie, President of the National Radio Talent System and founder of Vallie, Richards, Donovan Consulting.

With a strong background in radio programming, Dan is the man behind the only program of its kind created to answer the long-discussed issue of a radio talent farm for the industry. Now presented in over eight colleges and universities across the country, these 10-day intensive summer programs bring in broadcast professionals representing all aspects of the radio industry to act as guest professional facility to teach all the sessions to the students accepted in the program. And the best part is 70% of the students that have gone through the program have received their first job in radio or related fields.