RAIN Summit

RAIN Summit Europe to examine Net radio industry from a global perspective

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 12:05pm

By and large, the traditional broadcast experience was locally-focused, from the advertising base to your listeners and on-air product. Of course, broadcasting exists on a national level as well, if you operate in the network world. But now with the Internet, your audience and client base can truly be worldwide. And because so much is happening outside of North America we want to know about and report, we've organized our first-ever RAIN Summit Europe, in Berlin on Friday, October 5th.

(That tiny figure in the photo is Edison Research VP/Music & Programming Sean Ross, who recently visited the stylish nhow "Berlin" - The Music & Lifestyle Hotel Berlin, where we'll meet.)

More than two dozen of the top firms in the space, from all over Europe (and a couple from the U.S.), will be represented. Here's a sample:

The Association of European Radios (AER) is a Europe-wide trade body which represents the interests of over 4,500 private/commercial radio stations across the EU27 and in Switzerland. Stefan Möller (left, above) is from Finland, and is AER President. He'll speak on the "Targeted Advertising & Listener Registration" panel. That panel will be moderated by Patrick Roger, Paris-based VP/Sales & Marketing for AdsWizz. An audio and video adverstising solutions firm with offices in California and Europe, AdsWizz will also be represented at the Summit by Product Manager Erik Barraud (who works in Brussels) on the "Measurement Options for Streaming Audio" panel. AdsWizz recently announced a partnership with Streamguys here in the U.S. (more here).

Perhaps the biggest non-U.S. streaming music service is France's Deezer. David Deslandes, Deezer Deputy GM, Head of Ad Sales, will share his thoughts on the "Monetizing Digital Audio" panel. Joining him is Caroline Graze (left, below), NRJ International Head of Internet & New Business Intl., based in Hamburg. NRJ is the "Hit Music Only!" multimedia group with a brand extending across Europe and even North America and Japan.

Our keynote speaker represents perhaps the most significant online music concern to come out of Europe, Spotify. Spotify's European GM and VP of Ad Sales Jonathan Forster's (pictured right) company now boasts 15 million active users worldwide, 4 million of whom pay for the service every month. Besides its on-demand streaming product, Spotify Radio is a personalized radio stream listeners create based on artists, songs, or genres, which can be further influenced through "thumbs up/thumbs down" song ratings.

Please take a look at our full roster of industry experts and agenda of panels, all of the most up-to-date information, and registration links on the RAIN Summit Europe page. And please check out where we'll hold the Summit: the very stylish nhow "Berlin" - The Music & Lifestyle Hotel Berlin.

It's our goal to make our inaugural RAIN Summit Europe a valuable and rewarding experience for all our attendees and participants, and your presence there will help us achieve that. 

Top online radio legal experts to explain recent royalty developments at RAIN Summit Dallas

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 12:05pm

At least two members of Congress have recently announced plans to introduce bills concerning the royalties webcasters pay to perform copyright sound recordings. News of the proposed legislation from Congressmen Chaffetz (here) and Nadler (here) bookended a Brookings Institution call for reform of webcast royalty determination (here).

For clarity on the complex topics of royalties and music licensing we'll turn to three of the industry's top legal experts for our "Music Licensing Roundtable" panel at RAIN Summit Dallas. RAIN readers are well familiar with attorney David Oxenford. He's a Washington, D.C.-based partner at Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP, and he's represented the webcasting industry before Congress and in royalty negotiations. He'll lead the discussion with SESAC VP/Industry Relations & Business Communications Greg Riggle (left) and SoundExchange General Counsel Colin Rushing (right). 

RAIN Summit Dallas takes place September 18th -- the day before the start of the RAB NAB Radio Show, and at the same location: the Dallas Hilton Anatole. Please visit the RAIN Summit Dallas page for registration info, agenda, speaker roster, and more.

Immediately following the "Music Licensing Roundtable," knowDigital president Sam Milkman will present updated results of his company's ongoing study of "Successful Streaming Audio Brands." Then shortly after that will be the keynote address (more here) from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment President of National Sales, Marketing & Partnerships Tim Castelli (left). The afternoon also includes RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's "State of the Industry" address, and the presentation of the third-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards.

You can see the full RAIN Summit Dallas agenda, with a complete rundown of panel topics and speakers, here.

The Radio Show is currently offering a special two-for-one discount if you plan to attend both the Radio Show and RAIN Summit Dallas. Just register for the Radio Show (here), and make sure you select the "Radio Show/RAIN Summit Two-for-One Discount" option. See you in Dallas!

(We'd also like to remind you about our inaugural RAIN Summit Europe, coming up October 5th in Berlin. You can find more details on that, and links to register, here.)

AdsWizz, StreamGuys partner for ad-insertion product for streams and podcasts

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 12:50pm

Streaming provider StreamGuys has announced a partnership with ad-serving and audience measurement firm AdsWizz. The companies will provide webcasters "mobile-friendly, multi-platform streaming solutions with targeted, rich media advertising capabilities."

The two companies have developed a system that inserts "pre-roll" and "mid-roll" audio ads into podcasts. The companies will offer include audio and video instream ad-insertion, which can be targeted to listeners of specific gender, other demographic, geographic data. The StreamGuys/AdsWizz solution supports Flash and Icecast streaming for MP3 and HE-AAC audio formats; as well as Flash and iOS for video.

Read more in the press release here.

AdsWizz VP/Sales & Marketing Patrick Roger will moderate the "Targeted Advertising & Listener Registration" panel at RAIN Summit Europe in Berlin, October 5th. AdsWizz Product Manager Erik Barraud will speak on the Measurement Options for Streaming Audio panel as well.

Espinosa: SoundCloud a valuable tool for spoken word content, not just music

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 12:50pm

Manolo EspinosaWeb service SoundCloud is aiming to be the "YouTube of audio" and for most users who have come across the service, that means music. But SoundCloud Head of Audio Manolo Espinosa (and RAIN Summit Dallas panelist, more here) sees potential in spoken word content too.

For example, there's opportunities for journalists. And not just radio folks used to dealing in audio content. Espinosa points to Supreme Court coverage as being primarily audio and "encourages journalists to use SoundCloud like they use Twitter, to broadcast stray thoughts or to include interview clips or other sound content left on the cutting-room floor."

Beyond SoundCloud's usefulness for broadcasters and other journalists, Espinosa hopes to convince "audiences that sharing and preserving sound is as worthy an endeavor for everyday people as it is for musicians, podcasters and radio stations," writes Fast Company (here).

Manolo Espinosa will join us for RAIN Summit Dallas in September, speaking on the "Social Radio" panel alongside Triton Digital's Jim Kerr and Jelli's Mike Doughterty. You can find out more about the Summit and register to attend here.

RAIN Summit Dallas expert panelists to examine "Social Radio" and "Monetizing Mobile"

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 1:00pm

Don't get stuck standing in the back (or worse, out in the hallway!). We want you in comfortably seated in a chair at the Dallas Hilton Anatole September 18th for RAIN Summit Dallas. To ensure this, of course, secure your spot now (in all seriousness, our September events in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. all became SRO affairs).

Please visit the RAIN Summit Dallas page for registration info, links and more.

Each September we partner with the RAB NAB Radio Show and produce a half-day educational and networking event (modeled after our annual April RAIN Summit West). One of the most eagerly-anticipated topics we'll cover is the "social" applications for Internet radio: song sharing, music recommendations, listening rooms, and more. The "Social Radio" panel will be moderated by Triton Digital VP/Business Strategy, Applications & Services Division Jim Kerr. Manolo Espinosa (right), who is SoundCloud's Head of Audio (SoundCloud is a social audio platform where users create audio and share it) and Jelli founder and CEO Mike Dougherty (Jelli is a service for broadcasters which allows listeners to instantly affect what they're hearing using Internet social tools) will contribute, as will Clear Channel Media + Entertainment's iHeartRadio Network SVP Owen Grover and Myxer founder Myk Willis.

To engage the important topic of Monetizing Mobile listening, we're happy to welcome Spotify's Midwest Regional VP Brian Berner (left). Leading the conversation about this ever-growing audience segment (and how to profit from it) is Inside Radio Senior Editor Paul Heine. We also welcome Pandora's Kim Luegers, CBS Local's Neil Salvage, Kevin Straley from TuneIn, and Cox Media Group's Jeffrey Ulrich. 

The afternoon culminates with the keynote address (more here) from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment President of National Sales, Marketing & Partnerships Tim Castelli (right), RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's "State of the Industry" address, and the presentation of the third-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards.

You can see the full RAIN Summit Dallas agenda, with a complete rundown of panel topics and speakers, here.

The Radio Show is currently offering a special two-for-one discount if you plan to attend both the Radio Show and RAIN Summit Dallas. Just register for the Radio Show (here), and make sure you select the "Radio Show/RAIN Summit Two-for-One Discount" option. See you in Dallas!

(We'd also like to remind you about our inaugural RAIN Summit Europe, coming up October 5th in Berlin. You can find more details on that, and links to register, here.)

Cridland details benefits, drawbacks, and rough costs of UK's radio platforms

Monday, August 20, 2012 - 1:10pm

To tie in to our RAIN Summit Europe event coming up October 5th in Berlin, we'd like to point out this very handy guide to radio listening in the UK prepared by Media UK Managing Director and "radio futurologist" James Cridland.

Radio listeners in the United Kingdom have local AM and FM stations just as in the United States. But even their Internet radio options can be different (as services like Pandora don't have the necessary licenses to stream there, and sources like the BBC often wall off their content to U.S. listeners).

Instead of satellite services dedicated to radio (like SiriusXM), radio delivered via television platforms seems to be the UK solution. There are the Sky and Freesat channels on digital satellite TV, Freeview radio channels on digital terrestrial TV, and digital radio delivered via cable television (such as on Virgin Media). Of course, U.S. cable- and satellite-television customers in the often get radio sources like Music Choice and SiriusXM along with their video channels.

You likely know that broadcast digital radio -- HD Radio here in the U.S. -- is on a different platform there. There's DAB Digital Radio (which actually began in 1990), but also a newer technology that's available in Europe outside the UK: DAB+ (which uses improved audio compression and error correction technology).

Cridland runs down each of these platforms in detail, and includes links to lists of stations on each. Read more here. We hope you'll be able to join us for RAIN Summit Europe on October 5th in Berlin. All you need to know is here.

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