Another great get together in NYC. Started off a little badly as we waited a half hour for the film in the theare we were using to end. One of those 4 hour French epics…
Thanks to everyone who patiently waited in the jammed lobby to be let in. Hope the free popcorn helped ease the hassle…
Very lively discussion (set to the faint soundtrack of explostions and gunfire from the adjacent screening of ‘letters from iwo jima..’). One cool idea I heard was to allow listeners to put multiple thumbs up on song to indicate that it was a true favorite. Nice way to get additional ratings without adding a new menu.
Some interesting feedback also about folks appetite for mobile Pandora. New Yorkers commute by subway primarily – so a phone-based service was less attractive as it wouldn’t get coverage. The solution there would have to be something more like ‘time-shifiting’ where you’d have Pandora downloaded onto your device. Tricky licensing issues of course.
There was also a fair bit of discussion about the advertising, and how it was being targeted. We’re trying to deliver the most relevant visual ads to listeners. It’s the best way for us to build a business and I also think (and hope) that it makes the ads feel less intrusive. Someone asked why we don’t charge for the service instead. A show of hands on who would pay I think quickly answered that question!
We could only accommodate a fraction of our NYC audience, so we’re looking forward to planning a couple more in the city.
Heading to Princeton, NJ for a town hall on the following night.