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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:45 pm 
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Hi,

We are looking for helpful suggestions to boost our number of listeners. Please share specific things that have worked for you.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:11 pm 
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There are many things one can do to increase your stations visibility. My own stations are pretty narrow in their focus but the potential audience is large enough to have a big impact.

1. Website - First thing I did was to create a website for my station. It doesn't have to be a top notch professional one, but it needs to look pleasing and convey what you are providing with your station. I recommend using an easy website service like Wix.com or Weebly.com. Both have a free option but consider the small investment in their premium offerings so you can have your own website domain. This will make your website and station more professional. These website creators also help get your site in search engines due to their ease of setting options for SEO.

2. Social Media - Find out what your potential listeners use. Don't just assume they use the big players, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Some still use them but you need to make your station visible to the ones your audience uses.

3. Directory Listings - You can list your station in a multitude of listings. However, there some that I feel are important :
Tunein.com - Don't wait for your station to be submitted by Radionomy. Tunein is an absolute.
Nobex.com - Listing your station here will automatically allow you to submit your station in their Partners programs to have mobile apps for your station for free.
They support Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone for Icecast streams (this is what Radionomy uses for our stations).
Yes Radionomy will submit your station to Nobex once you reach the 130 hours/day, but you need to get the 130 hour mark. Take control yourself.
Radio Tuna - Apple users have used Radio Tuna for years.
radio.net - Rebranded from rad.io just recently. They have redesigned everything about them. Their mobile app brings in a decent amount of listeners.
Streema - Also just did a redesign and is far improved. Mobile app is new and draws listeners.
Windows Media - Old and rarely updated. Submission rules are a pain. Still you will get listeners from here.

4. Go to a site such as Fiverr.com and get some Jingles/promos/bumpers/DJ drops made for your station. It is amazing how much this helps your station.

5. Old fashioned word-of-mouth. Tell your friends and have them tell their friends, and so on, and so on, and so on.

6. Do a live show on your station and promote, promote, promote. Yes I know that Live broadcasting on Radionomy has been suspect lately.
But promoting your new mobile apps to your listeners works wonders to get them to listen.

7. Content! Content! Content! Make sure your station's content is unique and ever changing. You need to have a reason for people to want to listen to your station.
If they can get it from Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or some other common place they will have no reason to listen to your station.
Also, stale content does not keep listeners. You need to change things up to keep them coming back.

There are other things you can do, but these five things have been the most successful method to get a new stream off the ground for me. I am sure others here have some great suggestions for promoting a new station. Good luck!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:42 pm 
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Cheezenub wrote:
There are many things one can do to increase your stations visibility. My own stations are pretty narrow in their focus but the potential audience is large enough to have a big impact.

1. Website - First thing I did was to create a website for my station. It doesn't have to be a top notch professional one, but it needs to look pleasing and convey what you are providing with your station. I recommend using an easy website service like Wix.com or Weebly.com. Both have a free option but consider the small investment in their premium offerings so you can have your own website domain. This will make your website and station more professional. These website creators also help get your site in search engines due to their ease of setting options for SEO.

2. Social Media - Find out what your potential listeners use. Don't just assume they use the big players, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Some still use them but you need to make your station visible to the ones your audience uses.

3. Directory Listings - You can list your station in a multitude of listings. However, there some that I feel are important :
Tunein.com - Don't wait for your station to be submitted by Radionomy. Tunein is an absolute.
Nobex.com - Listing your station here will automatically allow you to submit your station in their Partners programs to have mobile apps for your station for free.
They support Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone for Icecast streams (this is what Radionomy uses for our stations).
Yes Radionomy will submit your station to Nobex once you reach the 130 hours/day, but you need to get the 130 hour mark. Take control yourself.
Radio Tuna - Apple users have used Radio Tuna for years.
radio.net - Rebranded from rad.io just recently. They have redesigned everything about them. Their mobile app brings in a decent amount of listeners.
Streema - Also just did a redesign and is far improved. Mobile app is new and draws listeners.
Windows Media - Old and rarely updated. Submission rules are a pain. Still you will get listeners from here.

4. Go to a site such as Fiverr.com and get some Jingles/promos/bumpers/DJ drops made for your station. It is amazing how much this helps your station.

5. Old fashioned word-of-mouth. Tell your friends and have them tell their friends, and so on, and so on, and so on.

6. Do a live show on your station and promote, promote, promote. Yes I know that Live broadcasting on Radionomy has been suspect lately.
But promoting your new mobile apps to your listeners works wonders to get them to listen.

7. Content! Content! Content! Make sure your station's content is unique and ever changing. You need to have a reason for people to want to listen to your station.
If they can get it from Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or some other common place they will have no reason to listen to your station.
Also, stale content does not keep listeners. You need to change things up to keep them coming back.

There are other things you can do, but these five things have been the most successful method to get a new stream off the ground for me. I am sure others here have some great suggestions for promoting a new station. Good luck!


Awesome. Thank you very much.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:13 pm 
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[quote="Cheezenub"6. Do a live show on your station and promote, promote, promote. Yes I know that Live broadcasting on Radionomy has been suspect lately. [/quote]

I really want to do this now, but I thought I would wait for the online 'go live' feature that was planned and probably abandoned ;)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:24 pm 
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A couple things that you must realize about the so-called "go live" feature that has been mentioned.

There will always be a delay in what you do on your computer and what gets broadcast on your station. If you have ever done a live broadcast on any other internet stream you will know there is a 15-30 sec delay. Because if this delay and trying to run a live stream from a server "somewhere on the internet" it will incur two possible problem points. First is the delay from your computer to the server receiving your audio stream (15-30 secs.) and the delay from that server to the actual broadcast server (not really known, but it could add more delay). And Second, it now adds another connection to your broadcast that can fail. Most people will have 10-30+ "hops" to a given internet location. Any one of those hops can fail or cause a problem. Add in the internal connections that Radionomy will have to accomplish my combining your voice stream from your computer, your music library on their servers that I suspect many think they will pull content from. And add in the advertising server to keep this service available.

Three major break points plus the internet itself. Sounds like a technical problem waiting to be screwed up. I would love to have this type of a setup work, but I am not optimistic on this platform. Heck, Radionomy has a problem just getting a live stream to work for a given station. And to keep the advertising server(s) working with streams. :D It could be a long and bumpy wait.

I'm not counting on the ability for now. But if Radionomy pulls it off with a stable environment, I'm in.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:48 pm 
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Radio 1: http://www.radionomy.com/fr/radio/luvufm
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Great suggestions above.

Another good tip is to make sure it's possible to play your radio station directly on your website on a mobile. Since, IOS does not support flash, the player needs to support HTML5. On an iPhone, when the listener clicks the stream link it will play in new window but it's kind of boring. In another thread there is a rumour that Radionomy is working on a player that will work with HTML5 & Flash but I have not seen any definite dates when it will be available.

In the interim, I recommend using a more user friendly player for IOS devices. If you search for JQuery or Player you will find the there many developers with various players. The simplest I found is from muses.org and they have many different skins available. I have added more info on this blog page http://www.wapjam.com

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:06 am 
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I don't even worry about a mobile version of my website at this time. I am redesigning it as I speak and the landing page will not have any players until I find a decent looking (non-generic) HTML5 player I like. I will just have links to a mobile page that will have buttons to download my Nobex apps for whichever station visitors want to listen to.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:24 pm 
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Cheezenub wrote:
A couple things that you must realize about the so-called "go live" feature that has been mentioned.

There will always be a delay in what you do on your computer and what gets broadcast on your station. If you have ever done a live broadcast on any other internet stream you will know there is a 15-30 sec delay. Because if this delay and trying to run a live stream from a server "somewhere on the internet" it will incur two possible problem points. First is the delay from your computer to the server receiving your audio stream (15-30 secs.) and the delay from that server to the actual broadcast server (not really known, but it could add more delay). And Second, it now adds another connection to your broadcast that can fail. Most people will have 10-30+ "hops" to a given internet location. Any one of those hops can fail or cause a problem. Add in the internal connections that Radionomy will have to accomplish my combining your voice stream from your computer, your music library on their servers that I suspect many think they will pull content from. And add in the advertising server to keep this service available.

Three major break points plus the internet itself. Sounds like a technical problem waiting to be screwed up. I would love to have this type of a setup work, but I am not optimistic on this platform. Heck, Radionomy has a problem just getting a live stream to work for a given station. And to keep the advertising server(s) working with streams. :D It could be a long and bumpy wait.

I'm not counting on the ability for now. But if Radionomy pulls it off with a stable environment, I'm in.



Thanks for the insight, I would never have thought of this but you're absolutely correct! Just have to wait

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:55 pm 
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For creating a website try 000Webhost.com it may not look great but us kids at ISFM.co.za use it and it works great! Try it out!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:59 pm 
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Radio 1: http://www.radionomy.com/en/radio/mastersofthrash/index
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Here are a few more sites for listing your station:

http://www.radioline.co

http://www.radiodeck.com

http://www.surfmusic.de

http://istreamradio.net

http://www.yourmuze.fm

http://www.live-radio.net/info.shtml

http://www.streamfinder.com


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