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How Pandora Creates Value for Audience, Artists and Advertisers

Pandora is certainly one of the most listened to Internet radio services in the US and possibly beyond. Their interactive service enables listeners to build channels around their preferences, share music and listen on many mobile devices. With millions of registered listeners, they have a  lot of data about those listeners – age, gender and location, as well as what types of music and artists they prefer.

The data Pandora has on listening preferences is of course valuable stuff to advertisers, and Pandora has been doing a pretty good job of selling unique music sponsorships to key advertisers. Last year Pandora worked with The Dave Matthews Band to debut his new album “Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King”. They streamed the album for a week before it actually was released, built a special landing page for the debut, and sent a message to every registered Pandora user who had either signed up for a Dave Matthews channel, or had given a DM song the Pandora “thumbs up”.

According to Reuters, the promotion resulted in more than half a million streams, with 8,000 linking through to buy the album on iTunes. Pandora gets the revenue share from all those downloads. They sold the sponsorship to Brita for an undisclosed amount.

Later in the year Pandora offered John Mayer fans a couple of video interviews, along with a customized playlist of his favorite songs. AT&T bought a sponsorship of the promotion which netted 81 million impressions. Since then, Pandora has launched or pitched a bunch of other similar offerings from prelaunch listening opps, to video interviews and/or artists’ custom music lists – for big name artists like Jack Johnson, Jewel, Miley Cyrus, Switchfoot, Miranda Lambert, the Walkmen, Mason Jennings and Rogue Wave.

Relevant, rare offerings for listeners; valuable, targeted marketing opportunities for artists. Sounds like a great strategy for engaging advertisers and building revenue…

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Can’t Get to SXSW? Then Stream It..

In the category of cool and trendy, a couple of stations are offering SXSW channels featuring music by all the artists performing at the massive music and social networking event in Austin Texas this week. These are great ways for stations to expand their relationships with listeners by giving them more cool stuff they want to hear.

AccuRadio’s Future Perfect Radio is offering a “radio burrito” packed with artists performing at SXSW 2010. Slacker is hosting a channel with a similar theme, programmed by FILTER, an online magazine about “good music”.

Meanwhile NPR Music is streaming several live performances at the event, including opening night performances from Spoon, Broken Bells, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Walkmen, and Visqueen. The concert will be emanating from Stubb’s Bar-B-Que. They’re also featuring a second live broadcast – this time featuring “prominent up and comers”.

NPR will make both shows available through live webcasts and live streaming via its iPhone app as well as broadcasts on its’ member stations. They are also offering a free 11-song NPR Music Sampler of SXSW bands available for download via Itunes or here.

NPR’s GM of Digital Media Kinsey Wilson is set to present a keynote speech at the upcoming RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas on April 12th. The event is a daylong conference on Internet radio related topics featuring many top pros in the industry.

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