RAIN 10/5: Photos from RAIN Summit Europe

Paul Maloney
October 5, 2012 - 11:35am

We're looking forward to sharing the great content from today's RAIN Summit Europe event in Berlin. In the meantime, we thought you'd enjoy a few glimpses of our event and the meeting room at the Hotel nHow in Berlin. 







Keynote speaker Jonathan Forster, Spotify General Manager Europe & VP Ad Sales, addressed the RAIN Summit Europe crowd.












The Agency Roundtable on Internet radio advertising:  (L to R) Jon Harris, Starcom MediaVest Group; Andreas Hamdorf, pilot; Pierre Cassaing, Havas Media; and moderator Elisa Escobedo, Audioemotion











Above is the "Connected Dashboard" panel, with: (L to R) Wolf Zehrt, DAPD Media; Peter Burgner, BMW Group; Carl Rohling, TuneIn; and Michael Hill, UK Radioplayer










Here's a look at the "Personalized Radio" panel



















Keynote speaker Jonathan Forster





The "Monetizing Digital Audio" panel 

Paul Maloney
October 5, 2012 - 11:35am

Podcast aggregation service Stitcher announced this week the first annual Stitcher Awards, to recognize "the best and brightest of on demand radio and podcasts for 2012."

The company is asking listeners to nominate their favorite content in 20 separate categories. Nominations are open until October 19, after which finalists will be announced. Stitcher will then host a 2012 Stitcher Awards show in San Francisco for the winners.

Nominate your favorites here

Paul Maloney
October 5, 2012 - 11:35am

Stereomood -- the webcaster that creates personalized radio for your moods and activities (see RAIN coverage here  and here -- has relaunched its service.

The totally revised version now offers new functionality and social features. Hypebot reports: "Some of the new features that have been added to the new web platform include artist bios with concert listings (powered by Songkick), social sharing of mood-playlists (through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest), song lyrics, and a redeveloped mood search engine where users are able to search by mood to find the perfect playlist through a dedicated search bar labeled 'I feel...' Also new are editorial boxes across the homepage that include news, blog links, site tips and contests."

Stereomood's team aggregates independent music from over a 150 blogs, then (with the listening community) crafts playlists for various moods and activities (Beach Party, Night Drive, Relax, etc.).

Read more in Hypebot here. Evolver.fm has a quick walkthrough here.

Paul Maloney
October 5, 2012 - 11:35am

Our first European Summit event is today in Berlin at 9am local time (hope you've had some coffee, that's 3am in New York!).

Later this afternoon is the keynote address from Jonathan Forster, who is General Manager Europe & VP Ad Sales for Spotify. Jonathan is responsible for the overall development of Spotify's European business and managing Spotify's workforce across the region.

In the first half of today's event, we'll hear from Prof. Klaus Goldhammer of Goldmedia Strategy Consulting, who will present the findings of his company's study on online radio listening in Germany, "Web Radio Monitor 2012." RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson will also make his "State of the Industry" presentation. Finally, we'll enjoy lunch, and later, the RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

Please follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #RAINSummit (and we invite you to follow our accounts, too: @RAINTwitter and @RAINSummits).

Finally, we'd like to introduce some more of the companies and speakers for today's event:

Xavier Filliol will moderate the "Personalized Radio" panel. Filliol is CEO/co-founder of AdsRadios in France, which focuses on all new areas related to the digitization of radio media: podcasting, live streaming, and on-demand. The panel, which addresses individualized listening options available on various streaming platforms, will include Filliol's countryman Jean-Marc Plueger of Yasound. Yasound "is a new service that lets you create your own radio station in just a few clicks and share it with your friends in real time," and Plueger is also CEO/co-founder.

Two gentlemen from the UK will speak on the "Personalized Radio" panel as well. First, Simon Moran, Last.fm's Managing Director. Last.fm is, of course, the music recommendation service that using the "Audioscrobbler" system to build a profile of each user's tastes by recording details of the songs that play on Internet radio stations, the user's computer, or portable devices. Mixcloud, meanwhile "is joining the dots between radio shows, podcasts and DJ mixes." It's "Cloudcasts" (audio shows stored in the "cloud") are available for on-demand streaming. Mixcloud co-founder Nikhil Shah will join the panel.

Another panel, "Agency Roundtable - Internet Radio Advertising," will discuss the benefits and challenges of streaming audio as an ad medium. To moderate, we're happy to welcome Audioemotion CEO Elisa Escobedo. Audioemotion Media is an ad network fully-specializing in online radio advertising. Joining Elisa is UK-based Jon Harris, who's Activation Director for Starcom MediaVest Group (the Digital and Media subsidiary of Publicis Groupe, the multinational advertising and public relations company).

Today's full agenda is on our RAIN Summit Europe page. Again, please follow us on Twitter at #RAINSummit. Danke viel!