With new service, DMW seeks to help stations boost mobile giving

A new service from DMW Direct Fundraising aims to help pubmedia stations reach members and donors through cellphones and tablets, using software for creating mobile-friendly pledge forms.
According to DMW, the new service will be more effective than the text-to-give format many stations have experimented with because it doesn’t rely on cellphone carriers to collect money and allows for larger donations. It also offers more opportunities for individualized communications. Mobile giving can be an important revenue stream, but stations should view it as more than just dollars and cents, said DMW President Debbie Merlino. “It’s really important to not just think of this as another channel for revenue only,” she said. “It really needs to be about engagement.

Forthcoming NPR mobile app could advance public radio’s quest for digital audience

Public radio executives who have long bemoaned the field’s collective inability to pursue innovation have a new opportunity to alter that dynamic as they evaluate a new digital-service strategy crafted and advanced by NPR. The plan, centered on mobile digital service, was described in detail by NPR content chief Kinsey Wilson during last month’s Public Media Summit in Washington, D.C. In an hourlong session, he described the overarching strategy and briefly discussed an audio application developed to advance it. The mobile app, introduced by Wilson as the “Infinite Player,” expands on a desktop-based app that NPR released under the same name in 2011. The mobile version is slated for full release this spring. This strategy and the app that supports it will be major topics of discussion during regional station consultations that NPR began convening this week.

Mobile use accelerating among public radio listeners in PRTS5

Public radio listeners increasingly like music and news to go, according to findings of the fifth annual Public Radio Technology Survey (PRTS5), which shows the growing adoption of mobile devices among a sampling of listeners and donors.

PRX Remix app comes to mobile devices

Public Radio Exchange is porting its popular PRX Remix program stream to yet another platform as an app for iPhones and Android devices.