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Know the Size of the Pie

March 10, 2021

For programmers, there are numerous ways to judge success. However, success is limited if the programmer does not know the ultimate potential. The size of the pie is the maximum amount you can get – is that big enough to be successful? Since it’s nearly impossible to get the entire pie, how big of a slice do you need to declare success?

There are several ways to measure this potential. Let’s focus on demographic and format.

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Understanding Nielsen’s Headphone Adjustment

March 2, 2021

Many questions remain regarding how Nielsen’s headphone adjustment impacts individual radio stations. Last fall, we addressed this new modeling procedure, which was introduced with the October 2020 PPM survey (see here and here). While the headphone adjustment undoubtedly lifts PUMMs (market listening levels), it only results in a positive impact for certain stations.

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Don’t Let the Competition Brand You

February 23, 2021

Many consider our new Democratic President to be a moderate. Even his decades on Capitol Hill reflected a moderate position. For this reason, I was surprised when his Republican rival labeled him a socialist who wanted to defund the police. Yes, this was a portion of the Democratic Party, but not the person they selected as their candidate.

While Biden won the popular vote and the Electoral College, many states were much closer than a lot of us expected. All of a sudden, some people who voted for Trump described Biden as a socialist who wanted to defund the police.

Simply put, for a portion of the population, the Republican’s branding of its competitor worked.

So what can we learn about this moment in history that can help us in the radio business?

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How Did Christmas Music Impact the Ratings This Year?

February 9, 2021

If you are an avid follower of ALL ACCESS, you know that The Ratings Experts from RESEARCH DIRECTOR, INC. pen a monthly ratings column. We are fortunate to look under the hood of the data for the top fifteen PPM markets. This affords us a somewhat wide perspective on ratings trends.

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Hot Ad Categories for 2021

February 2, 2021

BIA Advisory Services tracks and predicts advertising revenue on a nationwide and local market basis. They forecast ad expenditure by advertising category. In a recent interview for Forbes.com, Rick Ducey, Managing Director of BIA, outlined how ad expenditure will change in 2021.

This is a critical comparison, because for most reading this, 2020 was a miserable year. COVID caused massive shutdowns in retail, entertainment, travel, and restaurants. Is 2021 going to be a rebound year for advertising expenditure? Much of this depends on your definition of rebound.

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