As a RAIN reader, you know that Internet radio is a "disruptive innovation" that is in the process of transforming the radio industry -- not just in the U.S., but around the world. The fact that there's so much that's exciting happening outside of North America right now is why we've organized our first-ever RAIN Summit Europe, in Berlin on Friday, October 5th.
More than two dozen of the top firms in the space, from all over Europe (and a couple from the U.S.), will be represented. Just to name a few:
Havas Media is the umbrella over a group of specialist global networks and agencies that span digital, mobile, events, media services strategy, and international management and social media. Havas operates in 122 territories, employing over 6,700 people. Jean Pierre Cassaing (left), based in France, is head of radio for Havas and will take part in the "Agency Roundtable - Internet Radio Advertising" panel.
Spectrum Medya is Turkey's leading national and local radio stations group, with national radio networks like Super FM, Metro FM, JoyTurk, Joy FM, Radio Mydonose, and Mydonose Turkish Pop. We're thrilled to have Spectrum Medya CEO Ali Abhary (right) join us for the "Measurement Options for Streaming Audio" panel.
Radioplayer is the not-for-profit company, founded by the BBC, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group, Absolute Radio, and RadioCentre, that's behind the single-player aggregation of the UK's radio streams. Michael Hill (left), Radioplayer's Managing Director, will speak on the panel "The Connected Dashboard."
Taking part in the "Personalized Radio" panel is AUPEO! CEO Holger Weiss (right). Based in Germany, AUPEO! Personal Radio offers a free online music service that provides personalized audio streams that compile an individual program for listeners and recommends similar music.
Our keynote speaker represents perhaps the most significant online music concern to come out of Europe, Spotify. Spotify's European GM and VP of Ad Sales Jonathan Forster's (pictured left) company now boasts 15 million active users worldwide, 4 million of whom pay for the service every month. Besides its on-demand streaming product, Spotify Radio is a personalized radio stream listeners create based on artists, songs, or genres, which can be further influenced through "thumbs up/thumbs down" song ratings.
Please take a look at our full roster of industry experts and agenda of panels, all of the most up-to-date information, and registration links on the RAIN Summit Europe page. And please check out where we'll hold the Summit: the very stylish nhow "Berlin" - The Music & Lifestyle Hotel Berlin.
It's our goal to make our inaugural RAIN Summit Europe a valuable and rewarding experience for all our attendees and participants, and your presence there will help us achieve that.