Marketing

  1. FCC Launches PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioners will hold a public inquiry into the commercial use of the PPM technology and "its potential impact on audience ratings of stations that air programming targeted to minority audiences, and consequently, on the financial viabi ...

  2. Brands Take The 'American Idol' Stage

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Each season there is only one American Idol. But the real winners may be the show's loyal sponsors. Almost since its inception, "American Idol" has maintained strong ties with three main benefactors: Coca-Cola, Ford and AT&T (pr ...

  3. PIAS Launches Synch Service

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PIAS Entertainment Group has launched a dedicated synchronization service, PIAS Synch & Brand, which will position its label and artist repertoire to brand and media platform partners. The new service is a division of the Brussels-based compan ...

  4. Analysis: iTunes Price Hike Takes In Extra $43K

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Three weeks after 33 of iTunes' 100 best-selling tracks received price increases, the end result is a win for the labels. Tracks that received the price change from $0.99 to $1.29 have generated more revenue on fewer unit sales than they woul ...

  5. HMV Unveils Reward Card Scheme

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K entertainment retailer HMV will roll out its new customer loyalty card, Pure HMV, this month and it has revealed trial data showing the benefits of the scheme to suppliers. HMV is also targeting former customers of the defunct Woolworths retai ...

  6. HMV Sales Up 11.7% In 2009

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has benefited from the closure of rival Zavvi and the Woolworths retail chain, recording a year-on-year sales volume increase of 11.7% for the 16 weeks ending April 25, 2009. During a conference call, HMV Group chie ...

  7. Record Store Day Boosts Indie Stores' Sales

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The numbers are in and Record Store Day produced a nearly 1% gain -- to 566,000 for the week versus 561,000 from the corresponding week of the prior year -- in U.S. album sales for the indie store sector, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that ...

  8. Study: Online Radio Audience Grows To 42 Million Weekly

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is good news in the radio industry: online radio is gaining in popularity. The number of Americans that tune-in weekly to online radio grew to 42 million, up from 33 million in 2008. Stuck in the 11 to 13% range for the past three years, wee ...

  9. Criticism, Doubts Over iTunes Price Changes

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Though the online world tends to give Steve Jobs and Apple the benefit of the doubt, there has been an incredible amount of second-guessing about iTunes' decision to allow a three-tiered pricing system. A number of tracks - one third of yeste ...

  10. UMLE Parters With The Axis Agency On Brand Alliances

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment, whose labels control the largest share of Latin music sales in the U.S., has made The Axis Agency its preferred partner in seeking brand alliances and licensing content to companies marketing to Hispanics. The ...

  11. Report Underscores Value Of Music In Branding

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new study from Heartbeats International suggests that while almost all respondents agree that music can strengthen a brand, a lack of resources that companies devote to music remains a major problem. In the 31-page report, titled "Sounds Li ...

  12. Report: iTunes Variable Pricing To Launch April 7

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iTunes store is set to implement its variable pricing system, including an increase from 99 cents to $1.29 for popular tracks, on April 7 according to the L.A. Times. The company revealed plans on Jan. 6 to make its catalog DRM-free a ...

  13. U.K. Promoter Predicts Summer Ticketing Strife

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Summer stadium and arena shows by Take That, Madonna, Oasis and U2 are likely to be targeted by fraudulent ticket operations, according to one leading U.K. promoter. Rob Ballantine, director of Manchester-based SJM Concerts, tells Billboard.biz th ...

  14. U.K. Sales Fall In Single Figures

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recorded music sales in the U.K. were down 1.9% in volume and 6.9% in value in 2008, according to figures compiled by the Official Charts Company and published by the Entertainment Retailers' Association. The ERA annual yearbook states that t ...

  15. Urban, Hispanic Radio Adapt To PPM

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radio One regional VP Doug Abernathy watched in horror as his once top-rated Houston stations plummeted after the market converted from diary to PPM currency measurement in June 2007. "After 20 years of dominance, it was a hard pill for us to ...

  16. Beleaguered Radio Industry Faces Rocky Path Ahead

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.S. radio industry is grappling with severe financial challenges as it contends with cratering ad spending and a locked-up credit market. Radio ad revenue growth posted double-digit percentage gains in the late ’90s. But in the middle part of ...

  17. Amazon Starts Game Trades

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com Inc will allow shoppers to trade in used video games for store credit, a move that may challenge a core driver of profitability for No. 1 U.S. game retailer GameStop Corp. GameStop shares fell 13% on Thursday, after Amazon set the trial ...

  18. Remaining Virgin Megastores To Close, VEGNA To Liquidate

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST The planned closures of the Virgin Megastores in Times Square and Union Square in New York City and the Market Street store in San Francisco are the beginning of the final wind-down of the Virgin Entertainment Group North America. Over the next fe ...

  19. Billboard Q&A: Branding Expert Steve Stoute

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Licensing music for advertising campaigns can be a tricky business. Recording artists risk turning off fans if they pair up with the wrong brand or star in a poorly executed campaign. And brand marketers can be vulnerable to the unpredictable beha ...

  20. U.K. Consumers Most Satisfied With Play.com

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online entertainment retailer Play.com has topped the National Consumer Satisfaction Index (NCSI-U.K.), an online customer survey evaluating goods and services purchased in the U.K. With a score of 87 out of 100, Play.com was the overall leader, b ...

  21. U.K. Promoters' Secondary Ticketing Fightback

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Concert Promoters Association (CPA) has entered the secondary ticketing market with a new online service, describing the move as a response to the "lack of imminent decisive government action on ticket touts." It follows ...

  22. U.K. Govt Calls For Ticket Touting Clampdown

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has called on the ticketing and events industry to reduce the number of tickets that end up in the hands of touts. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe launched a consultation to find solutions on how to improve the ticketing market ...

  23. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal: Web Reaction

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger has been the talk of the industry for the last few days, with every media outlet speculating about the effect of the deal on the music industry landscape. Below, a selection of analysis and opinion from around ...

  24. Borders To Shrink Music Shelf Space

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Borders Group is threatening to greatly reduce music and DVD presence in its stores unless it gets significant buying concessions on the schedule with which it must pay for product. But even if vendors make concessions, the chain still plans s ...

  25. Strong Sales For Glastonbury

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Organizers of the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival have reported strong sales, following the introduction of a deposit scheme. Around 137,500 tickets went on sale on Oct. 5, priced £175 ($248.33), but festival-goers were also able to reserve a tic ...

  26. 6 Questions: PepsiCo Chief Marketing Officer Dave Burwick

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST From Ray Charles to the Cool Kids, PepsiCo has long made extensive use of music in its advertising and marketing campaigns. Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Shakira and Justin Timberlake are among the artists who've starred in Pepsi-Cola TV spot ...

  27. Strong RAJAR Result For Radio 2

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. national AC network BBC Radio 2 has achieved a strong quarterly result according to data released by official research body RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd). The station, which has just appointed Bob Shennan as its new controller, re ...

  28. WH Smith Reports 'Challenging' Christmas

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. retail chain WH Smith PLC has revealed total like for like (LFL) sales were down 5 percent over the 20 weeks to Jan. 17, in the wake of Woolworths-owned distributor EUK's collapse before the busy Christmas shopping period (Billboard.biz, ...

  29. French Music Exports Drop

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Export sales of music produced in France dropped 5% in 2007, to 26.1 million units, according to French export office Bureau Export. But with the French physical domestic market dropping 18.5% in 2007, according to research company GfK, export sal ...

  30. R&B Briefs: Funkmaster Flex, MC Mavado, Chrisette Michele

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Funkmaster Flex, a Hot 97 DJ and radio personality, has signed on for a new TV show with Spike TV. The show, "Fast Machines With Funkmaster Flex," will depict Flex fixing up classic and new cars. The 12-episode season begins on April 5 ...

  31. Management Acquires Rough Trade Distribution

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The management of Netherlands-based Rough Trade Distribution B.V., namely Kees van Weijen and Paul Davies, have fully acquired the company. The announcement was made today at music trade conference MIDEM. Formerly a subsidiary of German-based arva ...

  32. Arbitron Settles With N.Y., N.J. AGs

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after attorneys general in New York and New Jersey filed lawsuits against Arbitron charging the radio ratings research company with "deceptively claiming that its Portable People Meter system is valid, fair, and representative of ...

  33. Online Retail Sales Dip

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST If flat is the new up, then the 2008 holiday shopping season was still a disappointment. Consumer online retail spending declined 3 percent this year, according to comScore, which had previously predicted that online shopping would represent a bri ...

  34. HMV Plans Reward Card Roll Out

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Market-leading U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has been piloting a reward scheme, with the aim of launching it nationwide in 2009. The "purehmv" card will be differentiated from similar cards with mass merchants, which provide future dis ...

  35. Oldest Woolworths Store Among Closures

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. retailer Woolworths is continuing its closure program, with its oldest store, based in south London, shutting its doors. The Croydon branch of Woolworths, which opened in 1912, is among 163 closures today (Dec. 30). Administrator Deloitte has ...

  36. Woolworths Stores Set To Shut By Early January

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Woolworths could be closed down for good by Jan. 5 at a cost of 27,000 jobs if no one comes forward before that date to buy the collapsed retailer's stores, its administrators said Wednesday. Deloitte, which was appointed to run Woolworths af ...

  37. Retailers Hope For Holiday Cheer After Weak Post-Thanksgiving Sales

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST What used to be a seasonal retail lament may emerge as a fervently desired holiday wish: After weak sales during the Black Friday weekend, music merchants say they are hoping that the holiday selling season will be saved by a "late" Chri ...

  38. Woolworths Slashes Prices

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Entertainment retailers will be keeping a close eye on the impact of a decision by Woolworths' administrators to slash prices by up to 50%. The troubled retailer went into administration -- roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U ...

  39. Retailers: Black Friday Music Sales Down

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST While mainstream media is touting that the Black Friday weekend started the holiday selling season with a bang, music merchandisers certainly didn't have that experience. Music sales were down anywhere from 10% to 30% and hit albums released ...

  40. Australian Live Biz Booms

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australia's live sector has enjoyed boom times of late, according to the annual report issued this week by Live Performance Australia, the national trade association for live entertainment and the performing arts industry. The live business, ...

  41. Phones Lead U.K. Music Device Market

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile phones with MP3 capability are outselling traditional CD players five-to-one and are now the most popular music devices in the U.K., according to figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and compiled by market resea ...

  42. Woolworths Falls On Concern It Won't Sell Stores

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Shares in Woolworths Group PLC plunged 29% Friday (Nov. 21) on rising market concerns the company might not be able to sell its debt-ridden retail business because of a lack of support from investors. Shares in Woolworths, hit hard by a slowdown i ...

  43. Nielsen Tunes Into Radio Measurement

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Seven months after Cumulus invited qualified vendors to submit proposals to conduct a new audience measurement service in 50 small markets, the radio group has confirmed that the Nielsen Co. has been selected to carry out the task. At the same tim ...

  44. F&TV Confab, Day Two: Secrets Behind Trailer Songs

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Film trailers play a crucial role in marketing upcoming releases, but those with the desire to enter the trailer business should be quick thinking and have a high endurance for stress, according to a panel of experts on Day two (Nov. 14) of the Bi ...

  45. Music Dominates German Live Business

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live music in Germany generated revenues of €2.8 billion ($3.54 billion) in 2007, according to the first full survey of the country's live entertainment business since 1995. According to the survey by Nuremberg-based research company GfK, mus ...

  46. RED, Travelocity Partner For Music Series

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Independent distributor RED has partnered with travelocity.com for their "A Night In" (ANI) Music series. The Travelocity brand will be included in most ANI online promotions, print ads and television spots. Promotions in the works for 2 ...

  47. Live Nation Signs Five Year Pact With SMG-Savor/Aramark

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has reached a five year agreement with SMG-Savor, the food service division of Philadelphia-based venue management firm SMG, and multi-service food concessionaire Aramark to provide food and beverage service at 34 of Live Nation's ...

  48. Woolworths Exec Shuffle

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Troubled U.K. retailer Woolworths has appointed former Punch Taverns executive Robert McDonald to the position of group chief financial officer. Effective Nov. 3, he will be replacing Stephen East, who will stay with the company during the transit ...

  49. Play.com Enters Secondary Ticket Market

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online entertainment retailer Play.com has launched a new secondary ticketing service, Play.com Tickets. The Jersey-based company says the service will guarantee all tickets purchased and no payments will be made to the seller until seven days aft ...

  50. Arbitron Touts Spanish-Language Radio Ratings Under PPM

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the latest volley between Arbitron and minority broadcasters over the ratings company's Personal People Meter commercialization — which was moved up two days — Arbitron has released ratings figures that tout the performance of Spanish-lang ...

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