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Audio from recent RAIN Summit Europe now available for free, on-demand streaming or download

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:40am

Audio from the recent RAIN Summit Europe event is now available on SoundCloud here, with links on this website (look in the right-hand margin of kurthanson.com).

The recent Summit conference, in Brussels May 23, was RAIN Summit's first full-day European event. It featured speakers like Media UK managing director and "radio futurologist" James Cridland (from the UK), Havas Media head of radio Jean Pierre Cassaing (France), 7digital CEO and founder Ben Drury (UK), and Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian (Belgium). Panel discussions explored topics like ad sales, listener measurement, mobile and in-dash listening, and social media.

You can see the RAIN Summit Europe full agenda and speakers list here. Audio from this spring's RAIN Summit West (April 7 in Las Vegas) can be found here.

Look for details of RAIN Summit Orlando (including the keynote speaker), September 17, in RAIN soon!

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.

Fleischer transitions to Radionomy as Premium Content Director, Slacker hires Hayase as Chief Product Officer

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 6:20pm

Radionomy has brought on former TuneIn Director of Content Scott Fleischer (pictured) as Premium Content Director (beginning in June). As he did at TuneIn, Fleisher will create broadcaster- and content provider-partnerships for the service. Belgian-based Radionomy provides a webcasting platform for professional and amateur webcasters. Fleischer's career experience includes a stint with this publication.

(Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian will speak at RAIN Summit Europe tomorrow in Brussels, on the Growing Your Online Audience panel.)

Meanwhile, music streaming service Slacker announced today it has named John Hayase its new Chief Product Officer. Hayase will oversee the development of Slacker’s digital music service across all platforms. Most recently VP/Client Solutions with ElasticPath, his career path includes time at EA and Boeing.

Rara.com and BMW launch "first in-car music streaming service" for Europe

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 1:45pm

Hypebot and MusicWeek report Rara.com has introduced the first in-car music streaming service for multiple European nations, which doesn't require a smartphone, SIM card, or dongle.

The music subscription service is available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands for the BMW 5 series with ConnectedDrive Online Entertainment.

Rara also offers access via the web and mobile device apps. The service boasts 14 million songs and 200+ "curated" streaming music channels.

Thursday at RAIN Summit Europe in Brussels, Media UK managing director James Cridland will moderate the panel discussion "Mainstream Mobile" to discuss views on "best practices" for building listenership on mobile devices and monetizing it. Limited space is still available for the conference, visit the RAIN Summit Europe web page for registration info.

Read more here.

Mediatic Conseil executive director Michel Colin to speak at Thursday's RAIN Summit in Brussels

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 11:50am

Dozens of top radio and online audio executives from across Europe will meet in Brussels this week for the second annual RAIN Summit Europe, at the stylish Hotel BLOOM!

As with other RAIN Summit events such as last month's successful RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas, web radio professionals will gather to discuss all facets of Internet radio and online audio, participating in panel discussions and presentations and advancing the development of the business of online audio across Europe.

Brussels, just a few hours away from almost everyone in Europe (either by plane or train), is an ideal location for the Summit. And even though we're just days out, and the seating that remains is limited (last year's gathering in Berlin sold out), we're not raising prices for last-minute attendees. You can register for the event using either Eventbrite or Amiando.

Topics on the agenda will range from business to technology to programming and include best practices for measurement of online audio, multiplatform content distribution, mobile streaming, sales strategies, and programming for audience growth.

And we're happy to announce a last-minute addition to the day's agenda: Mediatic Conseil’s executive director Michel Colin will make one of the day's "featured presentations." Based in Switzerland, Mediatic Conseils offers training courses on local advertising techniques and on the effective use of local media. 

Other confirmed speakers already include an impressive mix of Internet radio and online audio executives, including:

  • Ali Abhary, CEO, Spectrum Medya, Turkey
  • Jan-Willem Bruggenwirth, Managing Director, 538.nl, The Netherlands
  • Matthew Carver, Radio Coordinator, EGTA, Belgium
  • Ben Drury, Founder/CEO, 7Digital, U.K.
  • Hakan Kostepen, Executive Director, Product Strategy & Innovation, Panasonic, U.S.
  • Jan Poelmann, RMS, Germany
  • Robert Proctor, CEO, Audioboo, U.K.
  • Alain Reyes, Head Manager, NRJ, France
  • Patrick Roger, VP/Global Sales & Marketing, Adswizz, France
  • Jöel Ronez, Director of New Media, RadioFrance, France
  • Christian Schalt, General Manager, rs2 and KISS FM (Berlin), Germany
  • Kjarten Slette, Head of Music, WiMPmusic, Norway
  • Holger Weiss, CEO, Aupeo, Germany
  • Steve Whilton, Director of Product, Last.fm, U.K

The day's entire agenda is now available on the RAIN Summits Europe web page here. We hope to see you in Brussels!

RAIN Brussels event features presentation from NRJ exec, panel appearances from metrics experts

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:20pm

This Thursday RAIN Summits comes to Brussels for the second-annual RAIN Summit Europe event.

There's still limited space available. The RAIN Summit Europe web page has all the information you need: the day's full agenda, the complete list of presenters and panelists, social media links, and links to Amiando and Eventbrite to register. The entire day, including lunch and post-show cocktail party, is still just €99.00.

This year's conference will be equally-split between panel discussions and feature presentations from Europe's Internet radio leaders. The day's final feature presentation will be made by Alain Reyes, COO of NRJ Audio (pictured right).

NRJ Group is the French multimedia ownership group that began with a single Paris radio station and grown to own and license stations in more than 20 countries in and outside Europe. NRJ Audio is the company's new media division and mobile app maker. Reyes will demostrate how the NRJ Group's philosophy on new media plays out on the company's digital platform. 

Two more of Europe's Internet radio experts have recently signed on for the panel on audience measurement, "Every Listener Counts:"

Jean-Luc Halleux (left) is managing director of TouchCast, the Liège, Belgium-based company behind CasterStats. CasterStats delivers real-time and historical audience reporting for Internet radio, television, mobile TV, podcasts, or any streaming media. Late last year U.S. webcaster RadioIO became a CasterStats client, and most recently Swiss TXT, the multimedia center of the Swiss public broadcasting organization, signed on. Halleux is an electronics engineer and owns his own website software company, InternetOfficer SPRL.

Pushkar Kulkarni is UK-based Kantar Media international business development director. Kantar Media specializes in gauging the media image and impact for publishers, advertisers, and PR firms. Halleux and Kulkarni, along with the other panelists (we have more on this panel in RAIN here), will discuss the best ways to measure the online audio audience, and consider standards for measurement, including advertiser concerns.

RAIN Summit Europe is this Thursday at the Hotel Bloom in Brussels.

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