Overview Radio Ink's annual digital conference in Silicon Valley
Each year, Convergence brings together the top minds in the digital world to provide insights to the radio, television, online radio, and audio industries about emerging trends, new business models, and forms of digital income.
A major land grab is occurring for the digital consumer, which is rapidly disrupting longstanding business models. Social media and mobile adoption have changed consumer behavior, and broadcasters can no longer rely on their experience alone, but must embrace how technology is changing their world and that of listeners and advertisers today.
At Convergence we discuss the innovation that matters, who will win and why, and specific actions broadcasters can take to stay ahead and generate digital strategies for income and preserving audiences.
Convergence taps digital media "outsiders" as speakers and panelists, along with a select few from within the industry, to give broadcasters an accurate reflection of what is happening in Silicon Valley, removing the internal insulators that can keep broadcasters in the dark. The event has attracted top executives from major technology and media firms as well as major Internet icons.
Join us for Convergence 2014 and expect to have your mind challenged, your brain stretched and your reality altered. You'll leave with deep competitive advantages.
Convergence Highlights, Day Two
Click below to see video highlights from day two of Radio Ink's Convergence, held March 4-5 in Santa Clara, in California's Silicon Valley.
You know you are very comfortable with where you are in life when you've not only mastered the art of public speaking, but when you can break out into a song to conclude your presentation. Venture Capital legend Tim Draper opened Radio Ink's Convergence with a presentation on viral marketing, how he helped Hotmail explode to success, and how he looks for people and companies that break down big barriers.
Examples he cited included Skype breaking down the telephone, e-Bay breaking down the barriers of trade, and Facebook creating the new neighborhood. He concluded his presentation by singing a song he wrote. You can watch the video of that song here.
Radio Ink named the winners of its annual Convergence Awards for digital and online achievements at Convergence Monday night, and Hubbard Radio outlet WTOP's WTOP.com took the award for Best Radio Station Website (Markets 1-50). Entercom's WKSE/Buffalo was the Website winner for markets 51+. American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest won the award for Best Brand Extension Through Streaming, and Beasley/Miami's SFHSSports.com website (South Florida High School Sports) took honors for Best Use of Social Media. Taking the coveted Luminary Award were Brian Glicklich (pictured at left with Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads and Presslaff Interactive Revenue President Ruth Presslaff) and Kraig Kitchin of Sound Mind LLC.
The awards were sponsored by Presslaff Interactive Revenue.
Each year Radio Ink's Convergence works to bring the very best minds together, to help stretch your mind. This year at Convergence, one of the greatest minds in Silicon Valley will share his thoughts on the future, what all businesses need to be focused on, and how you can thrive in the Internet economy.
No one knows it all better than Tim Draper, a brilliant visionary and the venture capitalist behind many of the top brands you know today. Read more.
The names Leo Laporte and John C Dvorak strike fear into the hearts of tech companies. Their ability to drive consumer adoption with their reviews — or kill a product or service stone dead if they don't like it — gives them huge power and influence in Silicon Valley. And Radio Ink has arranged for a rare appearance of the two men together, for a keynote at Convergence, being held March 4-5 in Santa Clara, California. Read more.