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Simplicity Won On D-Day

D-Day – Operation Overlord, if you prefer – was obviously one of the hugest days in world history…right? Without it, I’m guessing that your humble bloghost wouldn’t be writing this to you. A big operation? Howzabout 150,000+ allied troops, 50,000 vehicles, 11,000 aircraft, and 5,000 ships & landing craft. Other than that, it wasn’t the least bit complicated.

Here’s how Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, the guy who was in charge of the ground troops in the Normandy Invasion laid out his plans: on a single piece of paper.

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The More You Open Up, The More You Connect

While commenting music’s powerful ability to take us back in time, the author uses the even greater power of personal vulnerability to walk us through a few intense moments in his life, thus making us feel our own version of what he feels. (I got emotional telling my wife about the post because it took me back to a certain time in my own life, one where I was at a professional pivot point and had to decide to walk away from a gig I loved in order to grow.)

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20/20 Vision For 2019: It’s All About Survival Of The Fervent

Welcome to the new year! Oh, and since we’re less than 365 days away from a year of lame 20/20 references, I thought you and I should get the pun party started early while taking a look at where we’re at in The Jetsons Future. TV is currently in bigger trouble than radio, and everyone can learn from what they’re doing about it.

Y’see, the good folks at Turner have dropped some serious bank on a sponsored content piece and a related website explaining their vision for the future present. How spot on is their vision? I love this quote from their We Make Fans website: “Viewers tune out, fans tune in.” Let’s take a deeper dive with some specific thoughts from Turnerstan? Here are their quotes with my interpretations in italics:

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Even In Showbiz, “It” Isn’t Everything

It’s funny how timing works. I’ve spent a lot of time lately discussing the “it” factor in a few different places, and just yesterday, up popped Steve Reynolds’ excellent thoughts on the subject on the Jacobs Media blog. I want to talk to you about it (and “it”) because there are a few key lessons here: (1) if you have “it,” your boundaries are limitless, but (2) if you don’t do the things a great talent does to succeed, boundaries will start popping up incredibly fast, and (3) even if you don’t have “it,” if you do some other stuff really well, you can go very, very far as a performing talent in any part of showbiz.

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Cynicism & Down Vests

Who better than the least fashionable human being you know to connect the dots between distrust of the media and clothing, specifically down vests?

Don’t think I can do it? And here I thought you trusted me.

Anyway, here’s where I prove you wrong, so read on…but in case you’re too lazy to do so, here’s the takeaway: Cynics are everywhere. Great ideas are not. Don’t let the cynics hold you back.

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Messaging Gone Bad & The Curious Case Of Antonio Villaraigosa

This isn’t a story about politics; it’s a story about advertising. In particular, it’s about how you get your message out in 2018.

Something’s clearly fishy in Messagingland, and if a political candidate with a massive war chest, tons of structural advantages, and a clearly definable target audience couldn’t cut through the marketplace clutter enough to avoid a curbstomping, it’s probably time for you to take a long look at your messaging efforts.

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Memo To Radio: Your Mortal Enemy Is Now Your BFF

Cliché alert: radio’s been…please, stop me before I use the d-word…disrupted. (And if you think I’m now filled with self-loathing for using the word-that-should-have-jumped-the-shark-five-years-ago, you’re probably right.) That said, I’d like to propose an extremely radical, but necessary, notion: terrestrial radio needs to completely rethink the idea of “competition.” (And yes, the same goes for the rest of the entertainment-industrial complex.)

For us radio folk, that notion is anathema to our very being. After all, you don’t get into the radio content biz unless you love intense competition. We’ve all got stories about “radio wars” we love to relive.

A couple of my war stories are after the jump, but here’s your spoiler alert: The radio station you used to consider your “direct competitor” is now your best ally.

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Radio Needs To Go Over The Top

A quote from the founder of the Local Online Advertising Conference set me off, and here it is: “[R]adio’s competitors are more interested in podcasting and smart speakers than the radio industry itself. That’s because those in the print and TV industries view the digital space quite differently than radio. Theirs is a ‘multiplatform’ strategy, meaning they’ll seize upon any new platform as a distribution method for their content. This extends to things like OTT video programming. How many radio stations do you know have an OTT program or even know what it is?”

Let’s talk about what OTT should mean for radio.

If you’re turning a profit with the content you produce, you’re sharing a ton of that profit with the distribution channels – y’know, the broadcast and cable networks – who are airing your content. Said differently: if you’re the NFL, and you can distribute all your content – including the actual games – to consumers directly, why would you share any of the revenue earned by that content with ESPN, a broadcast network, or anyone else? (And if you’re a popular syndicated radio host, you’re sharing a ton of your revenue with local radio in exchange for access to their distribution channels, which you call transmitters.)

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