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Google Home tests out audio advertising

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Voice-activated smart home speaker Google Home has started experimenting with what may or may not be an ad format. Owners of the device started hearing unprompted promotions for Disney’s upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. Although Google then said the mentions weren’t intended as ads, will advertising be coming to these devices? Continue Reading

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PodcastOne/Edison study reveals effectiveness of brand advertising in podcasts

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PodcastOne and Edison Research have shared the results from a series of brand lift studies, which examined the the impact of podcast ads for national consumer and service brands. The data combined three separate studies into five national brands during 2016, including analysis of brand awareness lift achieved by podcast advertising. Continue Reading

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Spotify/GroupM survey evaluates streaming audio advertising

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Spotify and GroupM, which struck an alliance in November, have executed a study (Streaming State of Mind) into streaming media consumption, listener demographics, mobile listening, and ad spend. Part of Spotify’s effort to evangelize streaming audio to advertisers, this deep and expansive survey delivers interesting insights. Continue Reading

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Pandora adds sponsored playback and skips to genre stations

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Pandora is expanding its options for sponsored listening packages in the lead-up to the holiday season. The new choice is related to the audio streamer’s Pandora Plus mid-priced tier of subscription access, which allows listeners to replay songs and have more opportunities to skip tracks. Pandora’s latest ad addition is sponsored playbacks and replays, where non-Plus listeners can get those features for a limited time in exchange for watching a video ad. Continue Reading

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AudioHQ signs exclusive ad deal with Digitally Imported

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AudioHQ has entered a deal to be the exclusive seller of audio advertising inventory for electronic music specialist Digitally Imported. The exclusive partnership is for the United States and will begin in 2017. Digitally Imported joins an AudioHQ client roster that also includes SoundCloud, Slacker, 8tracks, and Triton Digital. Continue Reading