Steve Mulder

Senior Director of Audience Insights

Steve Mulder is Senior Director of Audience Insights at NPR, where he spearheads digital analytics and insights across the organization, ensuring that NPR and public radio stations have a comprehensive understanding of audience across all digital platforms. As part of NPR Digital Services, he launched an Analytics Service for stations that provides tailor-made measurement, reporting, and insights for the public radio system. 

In his previous life, Steve worked with organizations such as Nokia, Fidelity, Samsung, 3M, and TripAdvisor on their digital strategy, user experience, and design. He is a regular speaker at web conferences and the author of The User Is Always Right: A Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas for the Web. 

Ways to Connect

Chartbeat

We're very happy to announce that stations using our Analytics Service now have access to the powerful Chartbeat and Google Analytics Premium at no extra cost.

Chartbeat's real-time dashboard

If you haven't used Chartbeat yet, you're going to love it. Here's what Nathan Bernier at KUTNews.org says about it:

“After spending years working in radio where the only real audience feedback we would get is a ratings book every three months, Chartbeat has given us a fresh insight on how our audience reacts to the news on a story-by-story basis. And it does it in real time.”

Why Mobile Web Matters

Apr 5, 2012
Flickr: Leeks

For many public media stations, mobile means one thing: apps. We all know mobile is important, and many stations have launched successful mobile apps that engage your audience with audio, news, and more.

But here’s the truth: If your app is the only component of your mobile strategy, you’re missing the boat. Mobile-optimized web pages are rapidly becoming the most important way to grow your online audience.

That’s why at NPR Digital Services we are currently working on a prototype of a mobile-optimized site for stations, which we showed off at the iMA conference last month.

During pledge week at stations all across the country, every boy's and girl's fancy turns to one thing: Show me the money. Teams focus on the best ways to drive awareness (and conversion), and we wonder how to best use our web site as part of the package. So we try everything: 300x250 ads, big banners, lightboxes, interstitial pages, and more.

But here's the question: What actually works? Which of these online formats actually drive increased conversion rate and pledge amount? And do the intrusive ad formats negatively affect user engagement -- do they annoy people so much that it discourages them from using the site?

We decided to run a test and find out.

Photo by Leo Reynolds

Web analytics is one of those things that everyone agrees is important, but no one has enough time for.

We all agree that measuring the performance of our station site is valuable, so we can see what's working and where we should be investing in improvements. But let's face it: Looking at raw Google Analytics data is overwhelming, time-consuming, and sometimes not very actionable.

We're here to help with this challenge. We're putting the finishing touches on a new Analytics Service and growing a team that will be dedicated to helping you answer these important questions:

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