As more and more people create podcasts, there’s a lot of competition for people’s ears. But, there’s a reason so many public radio producers are finding success in the podcasting space - we know how to tell a good story! 

Platforms like NPR One also help provide clues and recommendations for how you can hook your potential podcast audience.

As we work to enhance the local station presence on NPR One, we’re revisiting audio branding. In particular, how audio branding could be improved throughout the NPR One experience to help you introduce your station and your service to your listeners.

Station Hellos

This post is part of an ongoing series about new tools in NPR One. If you've missed any of our recent posts, catch-up on the latest updates: Making NPR One more localLaying the foundation: your Station Page in NPR One, Seeing and hearing your top podcasts more often.

“Differentiating between all our shows vs. true podcasts is very promising. We look forward to seeing how users react to determine how and how often we curate” 
– Emily Alfin Johnson, VPR 

Our goal with the explore tool and for NPR One more generally, is to encourage listeners to sample shows so that we can determine what they like, and deliver more often. These positive listening experiences lead to more frequent returns and longer sessions.

"As a smaller station, I appreciate prominent station branding so listeners can get to know us better” – Rachel Hubbard, KOSU

Your Station Page should do just that: allow listeners to get familiar with your station, or dive deeper into your brand and content.  

It starts with your logo, display name and tagline. As listeners scroll down the page, they can quickly access a your top content or live stream of your station on NPR.org.  

Making NPR One more local

Jan 12, 2017

As we've discussed in this forum and at the Super-Regional meeting in November, a key aspiration of the NPR-Member station compact is to create a stronger digital network. This goal is built around the strategic imperative that NPR and stations can forge a more coherent audience experience, deepen engagement, gather richer data and drive revenue by working together to build, feed and promote a common set of digital platforms and services.  
 

In an average week, 2.4 million people listen to public radio via NPR stations' live digital streams. Even though that number had been growing steadily over the years, it plateaued in 2014-2015, making us all wonder whether big growth in digital listening was only going to be about podcasts from now on.

When we first announced the launch of Marketing Forms three years ago, we worked with our Member stations to identify two key areas for improving our customized software: donation recurring payment data and pledge drive reporting.

Now that stations have over a year’s worth of live experience working the product, it’s time to evaluate the progress we’ve made and what future development would be most effective.

2016 in Review:

Since we last spoke about the HTTPS transition across the NPR network, we’ve been hard at work preparing NPR systems for this migration, as well as working to outline and ease this transition for all of our Member stations.

Before you get to work for your next pledge drive, make sure you're reviewing all the latest Marketing Forms updates for better reporting and measurement. 

Here's a peek into the features in Marketing Forms designed to help you make your next pledge drive your best yet:

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