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Today was the first full-day RAIN Summit Europe

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 9:35am

[This piece ran earlier today. Look for coverage from RAIN Summit Europe soon!]

Today is the second-annual (and first full-day) RAIN Summit Europe, at the Hotel BLOOM! in Brussels.

As something of a departure from the typical RAIN Summit format, today's agenda features five discussion panels interspersed with an equal number of "feature presentations" by a single speaker (and that doesn't even include RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's address on the global Internet radio industry).

Follow along (or catch up later, if you're not in Europe!) on Twitter via the hashtag #RAINSummit.

The day begins at 9am (that's 2am here at RAIN's Chicago office in the Central time zone) with the "Identifying Online Audio's Sales Proposition" panel, following a quick greeting and introduction. At 10am, the day's first presentation, from SBS Discovery Media's Simon Gooch on his company's Radio Play initiative. As per tradition, we'll close the event with the RAIN Reader Cocktail party at 5pm.

[See the day's full agenda of panels, presentations, and speakers on the RAIN Summit Europe webpage here.]

The event's "presenting sponsors" are a2x by Triton Digital and adswizz.

This month's Brussels Summit event to include special presentation on best uses of social media for radio

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12:10pm

There's (literally) a world of competition online, and RAIN Summit attendees are always looking for strategies to increase their service's share of the online audience. Several of Europe's leading online and broadcast radio experts will take up this very topice at RAIN Summit Europe, May 23 (that's in two weeks!) at Brussels' Hotel Bloom.

The "Growing Your Online Audience" panel will cover topics from simulcasting on-air content, customized online radio, and on-demand streaming.

Radionomy's Alexandre Saboundjian (left) and 7digital's Ben Drury (right) are both CEO of their respective companies, and will take part in the discussion. Calling itself "The Radio Experience," Radionomy provides a tech platform for amateurs and professionals to create their own online radio stations for free (the company even covers music licensing). When a station's audience reaches certain levels, Radionomy then shares advertising revenue with the station creater. Apparently a busy guy, Saboundjian also heads (and founded) MusicMatic (an in-store media company), and Jamendo (which is a platform for royalty-free music).

Ben Drury co-founded 7digital, a UK-based digital media company, which sells music downloads to consumers, but also provides branded products for traditional media companies, consumer brands, and social networking services. Some examples are powering Samsung's Music Hub, and the music store for Songbird. He also founded dotmusic.com, later acquired by Yahoo.

Kjartan Slette (at left, he's head of music at WiMP) and Steve Whilton (director of product at Last.fm, right) are both tasked with crafting a product that ensures audience growth. WiMP is an on-demand music streaming service with a library of 18 million tracks (and growing). Based in Oslo, the service employs local editors in the countries in which it's available (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Poland and in the Netherlands) to help ensure it meets the demands of these different markets.

Last.fm, founded in the UK in 2002, is known for its music recommendation "scrobbling" system that integrates with other services, and for its online radio service and social networking features.

KISS FM and rs2 general manager Christian Schalt (left) is the panel's representative of the broadcast world. He's based in Berlin, from where KISS FM has been broadcasting nationwide as part of the Germany's DAB digital radio system. He's a career broadcaster with experience at Planet Radio in Frankfurt and Energy in Vienna. He was also Program Director for Kronehit, Austria's only national commercial radio station.

"Growing Your Online Audience" will be moderated by VP/Europe for RCS Sound Software, Sven Andræ. Sven's also experienced in broadcast radio, and later joined RCS to launch its Scandinavian division. RCS, of course, is the well-known (and largest) broadcast software company, with products at over 10-thousand stations worldwide. It's known for its music and promo scheduling, digital playout, automation control, and traffic and sales management software (Sven's pictured right).

The RAIN Summit Europe agenda also includes five "feature presentations" (that's not including Kurt Hanson's "State of the Industry"). One will be "The Do's and Don'ts of Social Media Branding," to present tactics for online radio to better encourage discussion among, and connection with, listeners.

Our social media expert making this presentation is Paula Cordeiro of Lisbon. She's the radio ombusdperson for Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), Portugal's public service broadcaster. A visionary of radio's future, she also coordinates the Radio Hub, which is a project for training, research, and radio production at the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (where she lectures on radio and digital media).

This year's RAIN Summit Europe promises to top even last year's inaugural Berlin event. Space is still available for this year's event. All the details, including registration links, are on the RAIN Summit Europe page here.

Panel will look at audience metrics, plus SBS Radio Play presentation, at RAIN Summit Europe

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 12:00pm

EGTA is a non-profit trade association for television and radio sales based in Brussels. So it's appropriate for Matthew Carver, radio coordinator for EGTA, to lead our discussion of audience metrics at RAIN Summit West May 23 in Brussels. Carver will moderate "Every Listener Counts," a panel discussion on the best ways to measure online radio listening.

Like Carver, panelist Erik Barraud is based in Brussels. He's product manager for AdsWizz, which offers the AudioMetrix audience measurement software suite. AdsWizz also provides online audio and video ad solutions.

Triton Digital offers its clients its own audience measurement and ad sales solutions. Also on the panel will be Triton's top source for insight on tallying online listening, U.S.-based Robert Favre, who is CCO/GM of data and measurement. Robert served as SVP of technology for Ando Media, the audience metrics and ad-delivery provider, now owned by Triton.

Rounding out the panel will be Frederic Antelme, director of brands, content, and digital for radio group Top Radio Vermarktung in Berlin. Antelme manages brand strategy for the Kiss FM, RS2, and Berliner Rundfunk brands, overseeing corporate identity, ad campaigns, website development, social media strategies, and mobile apps. He was formerly a director at the German subsidiary of webcaster GOOM Radio.

RAIN Summit Europe will also feature a presentation from SBS Discovery Media executive Simon Gooch, on its Radio Play platform.

SBS Discovery Media was just formed this month, when Discovery Communications (the U.S. company that began as, and still owns, The Discovery Channel) acquired SBS Nordic, a major Scandinavian commercial broadcaster. Radio Play is the platform that aggregates SBS Radio's live streams with on-demand content from across the company, and offers listeners the ability to create their own stations based on SBS's music library. Gooch is the Nordic manager of Radio Play.

We have all the information you need for RAIN Summit Europe, including links to register for the conference and the day's full agenda, on our RAIN Summit Europe page.

May 23rd European Summit event features 5 special presentations, 5 panel discussions

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:35am

RAIN Summits yesterday released the full agenda for next month's RAIN Summit Europe in Brussels.

RAIN Summits produces the Internet radio and online audio industry's premiere educational and networking events. The May 23rd (at the Hotel BLOOM!) follows last year's successful inaugural European Summit in Berlin, and the recent RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas.

The Summit begins with the first of five panel discussions, "Identifying Online Audio's Sales Proposition." The panel will focus on sales for ad-supported Internet radio, and will be moderated by Nicolas Moulard (whose company, Actuonda, is an online audio sales network based in Madrid). Moulard will speak with executives from Adswizz, Havas Media, RMS, Spotify, and Lagardere Active CR.

Following that, Simon Gooch of the newly-created SBS Discovery Media (it includes 20 television networks plus a leading radio portfolio and digital brands across Scandanavia) will deliver a short presentation of his company's "Radio Play" commercial online radio project.

The Summit includes five other presentations in its schedule. Media UK (an aggregator of the United Kingdom's online media) managing director and "radio futurologist" James Cridland's featured presentation will be called "The Future of Radio: Mobile, and Personalised?" Cridland will present research and case studies from around the world of broadcasters' multi-platform distribution solutions.

Cridland will also moderate the day's final panel, "Mainstream Mobile," to examine best practices for delivering radio on mobile devices. He'll speak with experts representing companies like Aupeo, Audioboo, Panasonic, NRG, and Spoiled Milk.

"In Europe today, Internet radio is an extremely vibrant and fast-growing media segment, with many of the top AM/FM broadcasters actively participating in the category along with a number of innovative entrepreneurs," said Kurt Hanson, publisher of this newsletter. Hanson is the Summit's keynote speaker.

"This agenda features an excellent complement of speakers from across Europe for a full day of panels, presentations and networking that endeavors to advance the business prospects for online audio," said Jennifer Lane, president of RAIN Summits.

The day's entire agenda is now available on the RAIN Summits Europe web page here.

RAIN Summit Europe comes to Brussels May 23 for full-day Net radio industry gathering

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 12:10pm

RAIN Summits, which hosts the Internet radio industry's premiere educational and networking events (in conjunction with this publication), announced it will host the second annual RAIN Summit Europe on May 23 in Brussels, Belgium.

Europe's Internet radio professionals are invited to the Hotel Bloom! for the full-day event. Already confirmed to appear are David Deslandes of Deezer (France), Kjartan Slette of WiMP (Norway), Media UK's James Cridland (UK), and Simon Gooch of SBS Radio/Radio Play (Sweden).

RAIN Summit Europe will engage Europe's web radio leaders on topics including audience measurement, multi-platform distribution (especially mobile/in-dash), ad sales, and audience growth. Last year's RAIN Summit Europe, at the nHow Hotel in Berlin, featured more than three dozen speakers and attracted over 200 attendees.

RAIN Summits is still adding speakers and panelists. You can get the latest details, and a link to register, on the RAIN Summit Europe page here.

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