RAIN 7/13: Nominate your webcast now for the 2nd-annual RAIN Net Radio Awards
HELP US RECOGNIZE THE INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS, PROGRESS OF THE NET RADIO INDUSTRYRAIN is accepting nominations now for our second-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards.
The awards celebrate the best of the Internet radio industry in four categories: Best Overall Online Radio Service, Best Streaming Broadcast Station, Best Overall Digital Strategy and Best Single-Stream Webcaster.
Help us make these awards a reflection of the amazing growth in our industry by entering (or encouraging others to enter) right here. The deadline is July 31, so don’t delay!
Pandora last year was recognized as the Best Overall Online Radio Service, while CBS Radio won the Best Overall Digital Strategy award. 1500 AM ESPN/Twin Cities was named Best Streaming Broadcast Station and HardRadio was the Best Single-Stream Webcaster.
The 2011 awards will be presented at RAIN Summit Chicago on September 13 (which will also feature keynote speaker Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora), immediately preceding the RAB/NAB Radio Show (more info here).
More information about the RAIN Internet Radio Awards can be found here. Best of luck to all nominees!
JACOBS MEDIA’S “SUMMER SCHOOL” CONCLAVE SESSION IS TOMORROWTomorrow, Jacobs Media will host its second “Summer School” session at the Conclave in Minneapolis. It precedes RAIN Summit Midwest, which takes place on Saturday.
Jacobs Media’s “Summer School” will include Arbitron SVP/Digital Media and Analytics Paul Krasinski, Minnesota Public Radio’s Managing Online Editor Mike Reszler and enterprising marketer Michael Brandvold. The session’s syllabus includes sessions on social media, teasing, lessons from PPM, the future of apps, and other great content.
(If you are planning to attend Concalve, be sure not to miss RAIN Summit Midwest with keynote speaker Lee Abrams on Saturday! More info and special registration details can be found here.)
MUSIC DISCOVERY SERVICE HITLANTIS RAISES $1.5m, USER BASE UP 40%Music discovery service Hitlantis recently announced it had closed an “over-subscribed angel investment” of $1.5 million. A Series “A” round of $4-7 million is planned for fall.
The service, run by Finnish startup Cognitive Maps, has seen its user base grow by 40% in recent weeks. We wrote about its iPhone app in June (here) and an Android app is due out by the end of summer.
Hitlantis is a music streaming and discovery service with dynamic visuals. Recommended artists are displayed as bubbles on a giant “map” which users can navigate through, much like exploring Google Maps. You can find Hitlantis here.
LIKE TV, MOBILE’S “PRIME TIME” IN THE EARLY EVENING HOURSNew research has found that mobile media’s “prime time” — the time of day when mobile web and phone apps see their peak usage — is between 7 and 9pm, similar to that of television. It’s interesting to note a Nielsen and Yahoo study from winter that indicates 86% of U.S. mobile Internet users watch TV with their mobile devices.
Though the usage peak ends after 9, usage does remain up into later hours. Mobile ad click-through rates also peak between 7pm and midnight. Though the study was conducted by third-party ad server MediaMind, mobile ad network Jumptap and Google both say their data shows much the same peak usage.
So, should webcasters be expecting increased mobile listening after Internet radio’s traditional 9am-5pm workday peak? Or is smartphone and tablet use more naturally “something to do while watching television”? (We’re assuming here that most of these mobile users aren’t actually watching TV on their devices, though some certainly could be.)
Read more in AdAge online here.
LAST.FM LAUNCHES FESTIVAL RECOMMENDATION APPLast.fm has launched a new ‘Festivals’ application for iPhone and Android devices. The app provides users with a personalized “compatiblity score” for each upcoming music festival, based on the user’s musical tastes and the festival’s line-up.
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