iPad Monopoly

Don’t skip past HP’s exit from the tablet business so fast.

It leaves Apple with no number two competitor and a clear path to monopoly over arguably the most important consumer device of the past 100 years.

1.  Why the powerful movie monopoly Netflix is in trouble now.  And not for the reason most people think.

2.  Steve Jobs is now in a position to have his way with record labels.  Here’s what he wants.

3.  Music is in trouble – again.  This time Apple is only one reason.

4.  Coming soon – the Apple pipeline.  Read about it.

5.  Content providers are losing control over this very important aspect of their business as Apple gets stronger. 

Sales stats mean nothing when it comes to the wild popularity of iPads

What is important is the strategic positioning of Apple over many content providers as we reveal in this article.

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Jersey Shore

I take a few weeks every summer to pull together a year’s worth of observations about changing media usage, developing consumer habits to beware of and new opportunities ahead.

This is my report to you …

1.  Radio in the lives of consumers – the prospects.

2.  The smartphone – why it is a bigger problem to content providers than originally thought.  And how traditional media companies can effectively respond to this challenge.

3.  The pervasive Internet and why it is killing broadcasting not helping it.  Yet radio stations continue to direct its audience to the Internet. 

4.  Some of the most hated media companies (not radio groups) and why.  Know them and don’t be like them.

5.  Live performing is about to hit the wall.  When Bon Jovi outdraws a current star like Lady Gaga, the concert business has a problem.  The solution they won’t want to hear.

6.  Newspapers – comeback or no comeback?

7.  The thing that is killing network TV.  You think it is reality shows?  Guess again.

I love bringing you useful observations and solutions in an increasingly digital world.

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Simulcasting on FM For All the Wrong Reasons

Now CBS is blowing up WYSP, Philadelphia to simulcast its AM sports brand currently residing on WIP.

Again, under attack from a competitor.

More simulcasting is on the way to a market near you and this is about the danger ahead of migrating AM brands to FM.

That’s right – danger!

1.  The one legitimate reason for simulcasting an AM format on FM.  There are not two reasons.

2.  The real reason you’ll be hearing about more simulcasting in the coming months.  And it has nothing to do with Randy Michaels.

3.  The challenges of simulcasting AM radio on FM in the digital age.

4.  My prediction on how this strategic move will play out.

5.  The only real insurance policy – better than simulcasting – that can protect a long held AM radio brand.  Do this and you’re cooperating with the inevitable instead of fighting it.

Simulcasting is not what it seems and if you’re competing against an owner who thinks they’re protecting their AM brand by moving it to FM, this article will be worth reading.

Better yet – why wait for a competitor.  Act now.

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5 Ways Radio Can Beat the Economy

Let’s move on.

The economy is down for the next two years according to actions at the Fed and radio is in the doldrums.

How about 5 blueprints for revenue in tough economic times.  Apple can do it.  Why not radio?

1.  The fastest way to get an additional stream of revenue coming into your station – and the best.  If you don’t grab the next 4 ideas, then at least start with this one.

2.  A new aged way radio stations can actually hitchhike on Steve Jobs’ success.  For the first time, a means for you to become the Apple of local content.  All you need to start is right here.

3.  Four times during the next year – even in spite of the economy – do this project that will eek out extra money from sponsors who will not want to be left out.

4.  There is an opportunity in digital that few, if any, stations are opting to take.  I’ll describe it for you so you can beat them to it.

5.  Do what 3M does.  That’s right.  The next source of revenue even in this recession is right under your nose.  This will help you find it.

Everyday I try to put intelligence reports together that make your investment worthwhile.

Today, there is also an immediate monetary payoff if you start your subscription with this article.

Then, go get ‘em!

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Radio’s Best CEO

You know who the worst radio CEO is.

But who is the best?

We have a few good ones, but I’ve got one outstanding radio exec that I will name.

But first …

1.  The 5 critical skills that make a manager great – a radio CEO.

2.  What a radio CEO should not be -- I’ll bet you’ve never seen a list like this before.

3.  Four top performing radio groups succeed because of their chief execs – here’s who they are.

4.  PLUS …  The Best Radio CEO.  Who he is.  Why he is.  And why he rarely gets the credit he deserves.  Bet you can’t guess.

This is a piece that will make you feel proud and motivated to possess all the skill sets that are necessary to succeed in the digital age.

Every day in this space we write intelligence reports for broadcast, new media and music people who want to get a leg up on the times, technology and competition.

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