RAIN Summit West 2012

Watch the keynotes, presentations, panels and more from RAIN's Vegas conference

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 11:35am

RAIN Summit West 2012

We're excited to announce that video coverage of RAIN Summit West 2012 is now available. Nearly every event from the conference can be viewed for free right here.

That includes the following:

  • ESPN SVP Traug Keller's keynote presentation
  • Research presentations from TargetSpot's Eyal Goldwerger and The Media Audit's Phillip Beswick
  • POV presentations from Triton Digital Media's Neal Schore, Borrell Associates' Gordon Borrell and Liquid Compass' Zackary Lewis
  • RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry address
  • Industry attorney David Oxenford's interview with U.S. Copyright Office General Counsel David Carson
  • And the day's panels, including discussions on personalizable radio, measurement, in-car web radio, monetization and more!

RAIN would like to extend thanks to RTTNews, which shot and published video of RAIN Summit West 2012. RTTNews is a leading news and content provider, delivering comprehensive, timely information on a wide variety of topics. You can find more at their website here.

Thanks also to all of RAIN Summit West 2012's sponsors, speakers and attendees. As we wrote earlier, it was our best gathering yet and it would not have been possible without all of you.

BRS Media releases Top 40 ranking of .FM sites, brands

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:15am

dotFM's Top 40 rankerBRS Media Founder and CEO George Bundy announced at RAIN Summit West 2012 earlier this week the launch of ".FM Top 40 Hits" -- a ranking of the top dotFM sites and brands.

Bundy highlighted several sites on the Top 40 ranking at RAIN Summit West, including Chinese music site Douban.fm (#1), music listening service turntable.fm (#29) and music discovery platform ex.fm (#40). CBS Internet radio service Last.fm is ranked #3. The ranking is based on queries to dotFM's 14 Anycast Node Servers.

You can find BRS Media's press release here and the Top 40 ranking here.

Research presented at RAIN Summit West shows Internet radio popular among fastest growing demos

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:15am

The Media Audit's research presented at RAIN Summit West 2012The Media Audit Executive Vice President Phillip Beswick presented "Fast Facts on Internet Radio" at RAIN Summit West 2012 earlier this week. The 10-minute presentation was packed with information, including the fact that around 20% of adults 18+ said they listened to Internet radio in the past week (based on 54,000 surveys). That figure jumps to nearly 40% when looking at just 18-34 year-olds, Beswick revealed.

Moreover, web radio is popular among two of the fastest growing demographics, said Beswick: cellphone-only consumers and Hispanics. Among both groups, around 25% said they listened to web radio in the past 7 days.

The Media Audit's study also found that Internet radio tends to be most popular in mid- to large-sized markets: Charleston, SC is #1 (with 29.3% of adults listening to web radio), then Atlanta, Salt Lake and Boston. Beswick showed that if Internet radio was a single cluster in New York or L.A., it would be the third largest cluster in either market (reaching around 1 in 5 adults). In both cases, the percentage of adults visiting radio station websites trailed web radio usage, explained Beswick.

The Media AuditNot surprisingly, The Media Audit found that Internet radio listeners tend to be in the higher income brackets with a college education. Though Beswick showed that adults spend "more time with radio than any other medium," he also found that web radio reaches around 10% of people who don't listen to AM/FM radio -- "and thus can add reach to a radio campaign." Additionally, web radio users tend to be heavy radio listeners and so Internet radio "can add frequency to a radio buy."

As mentioned earlier, Phillip packed  a lot of information into his 10 minute presentation at RAIN Summit West 2012. And as Tom Taylor of Radio-Info reports, he "was quickly handling out business cards afterwards, to folks who wanted a copy of his Powerpoint."

You can find out more about The Media Audit here. You can find Radio-Info's coverage of the presentation here.

We'll have more coverage of RAIN Summit West's presentations and panels in the days ahead and hope to soon offer video coverage of the event as well. Stay tuned!

Vegas conference jam-packed with insightful discussions, new research, new ideas

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:00am

RAIN Summit West 2012

RAIN Summit West 2012 this past Sunday was a whirlwind of a day, packed to the brim with new research, fascinating discussions and more than a few thought-provoking ideas. It was without a doubt our biggest and best conference yet: hundreds of people attended to hear from more than 50 speakers, 2 keynote presentations, 2 research presentations, 3 POVs (Points of View) and 7 panels.

We'd like to thank all of our speakers and presentators, all of our sponsors and of course everyone who attended!

We'll post videos of the Summit from RTT News as soon as possible and have more coverage of the conference in the days ahead. In the meantime, here's a quick list of some of the coverage of RAIN Summit West:

You can find RAIN Summit West's agenda and speaker list here.

We hope you'll join us in Texas on September 18 for RAIN Summit Dallas, or on October 5 for RAIN Summit Europe in Berlin.

RAIN Summit West 2012: One day, nearly 50 speakers, more than a dozen presentations

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 11:55am

Editor's note: RAIN will return Tuesday, April 17. See you in Vegas!

RAIN Summit West 2012

Our eleventh annual Internet radio conference -- RAIN Summit West -- takes place this Sunday in Las Vegas.

We have limited space left so if you'd like to attend, please register here before it's too late.

The Summit takes place at The LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, a new location for us!). Our conference will take place in Ballroom C.

Quick Links:

We'll get under way at 9:30am on Sunday, April 15 and expect to finish at 5:45pm.

The keynote presentation by ESPN's Traug Keller will take place at 4:30pm, while Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry Address will start at 11:45am (just before lunch).

RTT News will shoot the event and video coverage will be posted soon after the Summit concludes. We'll also have full coverage of the Summit in RAIN next week.

RAIN Summit West 2012 will conclude with our -- believe it or not -- 13th annual RAIN Reader Cocktail Party. It will take place on the LVH's third floor pool deck, by the gazebo. More details will be provided during the Summit.

Safe travels to all and we look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

BRS Media celebrates 15th year of dotFM

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:10am

dotFMBRS Media is celebrating 15 years of offering .FM domain names thruogh the dotFM service. DotFM is used by companies like Turntable.fm, Blip.fm, Jazz.fm, B92.fm, Shuffler.fm and many others.

"In celebration, dotFM will be sponsoring the RAIN Summit West 2012 Conference on April 15, 2012, at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton)," the company writes in its press release. "The NAB Show is of significant historical importance for dotFM, as this was the event the .FM top-level domain was first introduced to the public."

You can find BRS Media's press release here and find out more about RAIN Summit West 2012 here.

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