Do People Really Ask Alexa to Play Local Radio?

By Matt Bailey Originally published at Integr8 Research Do People Really Ask Alexa to Play Local Radio? This post is the second in a series exploring how changing technology impacts radio listening, music consumption, and radio’s role at introducing listeners to new music. Our previous post revealed that the majority of 15- to 39-year-old radio listeners* no longer own a …

Justin Chase: Power Player

By Justin Chase Originally published at All Access https://www.allaccess.com/power-player/archive/27209/justin-chase In these technologically advanced times, Beasley Media Group realizes that radio can’t afford to be reactive anymore; to succeed you need to be proactive – and not just when it comes to utilizing social media. EVP/Programming Justin Chase and the programming team at its Philadelphia cluster have jumped on the growing …

Alexa Is Listening—So Should Radio, With Many Opportunities.

By Steve Goldstein Originally published at Inside Radio http://www.insideradio.com/alexa-is-listening-so-should-radio-with-many-opportunities/article_2cc6d9ba-acce-11e7-8fcd-8b5faae89a59.html Smart speakers—from Alexa, to Google Home, to a slew of models coming on the market—are giving AM/FM another chance to return and rule in-home listening. Signs for success and growth are everywhere; the industry need only take the bait to be reenergized. The numbers indicating the popularity of the devices speak …

Smart Speakers Can Bring Radio Deep Into On-Demand Revolution.

By Steve Goldstein Originally published at Inside Radio http://www.insideradio.com/smart-speakers-can-bring-radio-deep-into-on-demand-revolution/article_4fa7dc7c-acce-11e7-a931-c3f23726cdce.html Among the most exciting opportunities that the smart speaker revolution brings to radio is the potential to become an on-demand content provider. As technology evolves, radio should be everywhere its audience is and for a growing number that’s smart speakers. One of AM/FM’s strengths is being live; with smart speakers, that …

Trendspotting: Amazon Echo is running away with smart speaker market, has 76% share

BY CLINTON STARK Originally published at Stark Insider http://www.starkinsider.com/2017/09/amazon-echo-running-away-smart-speaker-market-76-share.html Amazon jumped into the voice-enabled digital assistant (aka smart speaker) market early, and now it appears to be reaping major dividends. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) says that in the U.S., the Amazon Echo has an install base of 15 million units. That represents about 76% of …

Amazon Echo Is the King of Home Assistants. Here’s More Proof

By Barb Darrow Originally published at Fortune http://fortune.com/2017/09/18/amazon-sells-15m-echos/ Amazon Echo, the home speaker that doubles as a virtual assistant, dominates its emerging category with an estimated 15 million units sold, according to new research. That represents 75% of the U.S. market for these Internet-connected devices, which people can use with their voices to order take out food, check their bank …

How public radio is using Amazon’s smart speakers

BY Tyler Falk, Assistant Editor Originally published at /Current https://current.org/2017/08/how-public-radio-is-using-amazons-smart-speakers/?wallit_nosession=1 Aaron Read is spooked by his Amazon Echo Dot. “I usually keep it muted because I’m a little creeped out by the idea of Amazon listening to everything,” Read said. But as the director of information technology and engineering for Rhode Island Public Radio, Read is overcoming his qualms to …

Borrell Webinar Tackles Making Mark In Smart Speakers Now.

In its Wednesday webinar “Smart Speakers: The Next Big Revolution,” Borrell Associates shared insight into the impact of the astonishingly fast-growing product. In the two years since the introduction of Amazon’s Echo, the U.S. now sees 11% of the nation (20 million people) owning some brand of smart speaker unit. And the field is only getting bigger. “Smart speakers are …

Smart speakers evangelized for radio in Borrell webinar

By Brad Hill Originally published at Rain News http://rainnews.com/smart-speakers-evangelized-for-radio-in-borrell-webinar/ Borrell Associates put on a free webinar on Wednesday, hosting presenters Fred Jacobs (Jacobs Media) and Steve Goldstein (Amplifi Media) to talk about smart speakers, and their importance to radio (and other media types, secondarily).   Jacobs and Goldstein teamed in April to create SonicAi, a tech support firm targeted to …

Stations Must Rush To Get Their Smart Speaker Name Right.

Originally published at Inside Radio http://www.insideradio.com/stations-must-rush-to-get-their-smart-speaker-name-right/article_2bd1db5c-49ca-11e7-9c84-5fce25b96009.html What’s in a name? When it comes to Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker, a whole lot. On Alexa, the most widely used speaker and currently the only one to support custom audio integrations, getting the name, or invocation, right is key to success—a huge deal for radio stations. If a user recites the correct invocation …