John Laurenti and Steve Morse
May 25, 2007, 8:34 am
Filed under: Boston, media, Music, New Music, Podcasts, radio, Song of the Week, WBOS

Okay, if you live in Boston, you are lucky enough to listen to John Laurenti’s show every afternoon on WBOS, and even better, catch Sound Check on the weekends and John’s chats with Steve Morse, the Boston Globe’s resident music expert, on Thursday afternoons.

I am indebted to John and Steve for the inspiration of many of my selections for Song of the Week on this blog, and more importantly for the vast knowledge of the new music scene which they impart. This is great new music, with background and information that you’ll actually appreciate from the DJ’s…check out their show.

If you don’t live in Boston, you can catch WBOS streaming at WBOS.com or better yet the (somewhat consistently) podcasted episodes of John and Steve’s new music coverage WBOS Podcast

Podcast of the Week, May 24th
May 24, 2007, 8:02 am
Filed under: Alternative, Indie Music, Internet, Music, Podcast of the Week, podcasting, Podcasts

One of my favorite podcasts, and now really a fantastic franchise; Insomnia Radio has the best indie music delivered in a series of geographically focused episodes. Originally focused on major metropolitan areas in the US, Insomnia Radio has gone global with episodes from around the world.

This is a great introduction to the indie music scene in major (and minor) centers of creativity. Check out the latest episodes here: Insomnia Radio at Podcast.com
Insomnia Radio

Podcast.com and Motorola
May 16, 2007, 8:53 am
Filed under: cellular, media, mobile, Motorola, podcasting, Podcasts, Symbian, Technology and Gadgets

Big news this week at Podcast.com!
Yesterday Podcast.com and Motorola announced that they are partnering to bring podcasts to high end Motorola phones including the new Motorola MotoRizr Z8, Motorola’s first new Symbian phone with incredible video and audio capabilities.
Motorola LogoPodcast.com Logo

The announcements are here: Motorola’s Press Release on the Z8 and Media partners including Podcast.com

and here: Podcast.com’s Press Release
The MotoRizr Z8 “Media Monster”

Podcast of the Week, May 1st
May 1, 2007, 8:49 pm
Filed under: Alternative, Indie Music, media, Music, Pete Cogle, Podcast of the Week, Podcasts

A new feature starting this week: Podcast of the Week, with a focus on podcasts that present, recommend, review or promote artists, music, or particular musical genres.

This week the Podcast of the Week is Pete Cogle’s PC Podcast. PC Podcast is a veteran podcast that Pete has been producing twice a week since January 2006. The podcast is entirely podsafe music, almost entirely indie, and the range of music is extremely wide with artists from many styles and many countries. Not the sort of stuff for those who never venture outside of Top 40 formula bands, but if you are into world music and discovering indie artists, you should check out PC Podcast.

YouTube for Corporate Marketing
November 9, 2006, 2:37 pm
Filed under: Marketing, media, podcasting, Podcasts, PR, Videocasts

Now the world is YouTube crazy, and there is nothing that YouTube can’t do for you, but does it really make sense as a corporate marketing platform? They’ve got lots of eyeballs, but there’s lots of chaos too. A recent search for a viral marketing piece on YouTube turned up half a dozen renditions of the video…great for increasing exposure on the site, but half the copies were of poor quality, and the ratings and stats for each instance were all over the map…. These are problems that can be solved with good search and management software, which YouTube will no doubt launch someday soon… Big Brother will help see to that. However, the problem that can’t be solved is the lack of control; control of the setting, control of the neighborhood you’re in, control of the look and feel of your piece as determined by the player or players utilized, control of the inevitable hostile entity. Social media doesn’t have to mean a surrender of how organizations interact with their constituents, it means the constituents are part of the conversation.

“Odeo-deo” — Morris Day and the Time
October 27, 2006, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Odeo, podcasting, Podcasts, venture capital

So Evan Williams bought Odeo back from the investors, reputedly for 50 cents on the dollar. He suggests on his blog that this was because ” I just wanted to create a company that would be as much fun and as fulfilling as possible. Fun in work to me means a lot of freedom, and ton of creativity, working with people I respect and like, and pursuing ideas that are just crazy enough to work.” He goes on to say, “I don’t want to have to worry about getting buy-in from executives or a board, raising money, worrying about investor’s perceptions, or cashing out.”

Nice spin. If this is really about taking the long view, why is Ev worried about the mistakes “which hindered that quick success”?

If you have an good idea, and a good business model, success is a function of execution. If your idea isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, or, as in the case of Odeo , your company “hasn’t yet settled on a business model” (gigaom.com), it doesn’t matter who your investors are. If you’ve got a good idea, and a good business model, being held accountable for execution is the best thing that can happen to you.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Ev is right in his hypothesis that every social media service has a life cycle and the continued success of a company will depend on an evolution of the services offered, but you have to finish what you start in order for any of the services to be successful.

Walking away from an idea because you don’t instantly dominate a market and get acquired by Google, doesn’t sound like freedom to me. It sounds like corporate ADD.

IR/PR Professionals and new media
October 13, 2006, 1:28 pm
Filed under: media, podcasting, Podcasts, TV, Videocasts

Had the opportunity to join a panel moderated by Dana Gardner of Interarbor Solutions on the topic of RSS, and new media for an audience comprised primarily of PR and IR professionals. It is still surprising how much disparity there is between the PR professionals who have embraced new media and the laggards. Sure, I get the cultural issues of a profession that is built around language and people skills colliding with technology. And, yes, I understand that there is resistance in some circles to adopt technologies that seem to hand control of information flow over to the consumer,….but your not going to stop the transition. The traditional media outlets are losing viewers or subscribers at alarming rates, and consumers are becoming more technically savvy by the day. The technology is also becoming more approachable by the day, so blogs, RSS feeds and news readers are becoming more mainstream tools instead of serious information consumers….

Do communications professionals still need to use other vehicles to reach less tech savvy audiences? Of course, absolutely, but when 31% of the internet connected audience is using RSS, there’s an enormous opportunity missed if you can’t master the technology to get your message out through this new information channel. When every iPod toting business woman, can listen to their news and entertainment in a podcast or portable movie, you have just lost a meaningful vehicle if you can’t get on board.

One audience member commented “…but my audience wants to read a couple of paragraphs in a press release…” (rather than get their information through a podcast). If you’re sure that’s the only way that your audience wants to get its information, stay the course….

Many, many communications professionals have continued to evolve and have become new media mavens, but the disparity from earliest adopted to stubbornest luddite is remarkable.