A few years ago A&O&B consulted a top ten market leader whose competition was owned by one of the major consolidated group owners which at the time also owned the biggest concert promotion company in the world.
As a result, our client got no tickets, meet and greets, pre-show mini-concerts, on-sale remotes, artist interview about the concerts coming to town and all other typical radio-concert promotion opportunities.
Yet, this aggressive broadcaster still managed to own the events by buying everything they needed for cash.
The annual budget for doing so was under $30,000, which makes me wonder why some stations do so many things to do damage to their "repetition" image for such a small amount of promotion support, comparatively speaking.
A CASE AGAINST EXTENDED DAYPARTING
big reason, as noted here yesterday, a single could conceivably "lose momentum" in the first two
months or so is because, frankly, it often never was given a real chance
in the first place.
That's what led me to investigate the famed
Double-Edged Sword of Early Airplay: the thrill of getting your record
added but also the agony of knowing it is going to be heavily restricted
to after 7pm or even overnights only for an extended period.
limitations are often so severe that, using reach-and-frequency models
based on the same turnover ratios that radio advertisers rely on, we
were able to determine that many new releases don't have the opportunity
to become familiar enough to be test-worthy before their lifespan ends.
At CRS 2014, Stone Door Media Lab's Jeff Green identified what he termed the "Sweet 16" rated
reporting stations with the lowest turnover, enabling them to establish
familiarity on new singles (and advertised products/services) faster
than others. Such data give these stations a competitive advantage and
also can help their record industry counterparts without punishing late night or overnight listeners. If you'd like to see his presentation graphics, click here.
particularly noteworthy about the perpetuation of the common dayparting
practice is that research from M-Score reliably shows very little
tune-out to newer Country singles regardless of artist. In short,
Country fans like what their favorite stations play them.
And, what is
really learned by playing a song overnights only to a tiny audience
Are those really the listeners PDs/MDs should rely on
for validating their music decisions? It could be argued that air
personalities can make any song familiar simply by talking about it, and
many stations' ratings, especially in smaller markets, are so strong
they really face virtually no risk in playing new music -- certainly no
more than by playing a commercial for a car dealer or mattress store
every few hours or long stopsets two-three times per hour.
when consumers are demanding to hear whatever they want whenever they
want it via numerous music streaming alternatives, it seems to make less
and less sense to daypart newer music for more than a few weeks.
appears to be especially true for serving Country fans, who are so
receptive to it and love their local stations, as documented year after year by A&O&B, as well as by the CMA, Edison and
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