Three brands dominate podcast ad spend; $48M in top-15 (Magellan AI, October)

In Magellan AI’s reckoning of the top podcast advertisers (by spend) in October, we see a lot of repetition from the previous months. Nine of the top 15 in the previous month of September landed on the October list again. BetterHelp was the top advertiser, continuing a long streak of supremacy. Click for more analysis and graphs. Continue Reading

Magellan AI partners with Sounder for post-campaign measurement and verifications in podcast advertising

AI-powered audio intelligence platform Sounder is partnering with podcast intelligence company Magellan AI to provide advertisers with a holistic solution for comprehensive post-campaign measurement and verification. The deal shapes up with Magellan providing campaign performance insights, and Sounder ensuring brand-safe environments. Continue Reading

Podchaser launches new tech for evaluating podcast ad campaigns

For direct response podcast advertisers, “reach doesn’t necessarily equal conversions.” That’s the rationale for a new Podchaser feature called Performance+, voiced by CEO Bradley Davis. The new addition to Podchaser’s tech offerings promises to deliver the strongest results against a client’s advertising objectives. Continue Reading

Acast partners with Comscore division Proximic, anticipating third-party cookie deprecation

We have heard of a coming elimination of third-party cookies for years. The threat remains top-of-mind for many media segments, and global podcast company Acast now announces a cookie-free targeting solution for advertisers. The new capability is called Predictive Audiences, and it’s made possible by an alliance with Comscore technology. Continue Reading

Acast expands self-serve features with advertiser/podcaster campaign planning

Global podcast company Acast, which lately seems intent to remove all middle-layer interference in the advertiser/podcast planning relationship, has brought those two parties closer with an expansion of the company’s self-serve platform. A new collaboration feature saves time in the planning and booking stages, and also make it easier to distribute a marketing budget across multiple podcasts. Continue Reading

What types of podcast listeners are which types of consumers? (Signal Hill / Triton Digital)

We’ve received an interesting slice of research from Signal Hill Insights, connecting types of podcast listeners to their preferences as general consumers. For example, “heavy listeners” are more more likely to eat fast food every eay than listeners who aren’t as deep into podcasting.  Continue Reading

One-billion: Audioboom’s inventory expansion and the AdRip tool

Audioboom makes a news splash today with the announcement that its global podcast network has achieved an advertising inventory of one billion opportunities for advertisers. A technology feature called AdRip, launched over two years ago, is a key enabler of this new metrics. We get to the bottom of how it affects impressions and inventory. Continue Reading

Global double-digit revenue growth for music creators as digital overtakes broadcast (CISAC)

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers has released its Global Collections Report 2023. The densely informative document documents worldwide revenue earned by creators across five media types: Music, Audiovisual, Visual Arts, Drama, and Literature. The focus here is music, where the creative side represents composers and songwriters. Click for key metrics, graphs, and a link to more. Continue Reading

For all its gains, podcasting still in early catch-up (IAB part 2)

Part 2 in our coverage of the IAB’s Podcast Advertising Revenue Study, a mid-cycle supplement to the annual report which comes out each spring. This portion analyzes trends and recommendations related to programmatic ad buying, show-based vs. audience-based campaigns, and the need to develop revenue in video podcasting. Continue Reading

Consumers open to audio ads, and are sensitive to brand suitability (IAS study)

As part of a larger research series, Integral Ad Science (IAS) conducted a survey of 1,158 digital audio listeners in the U.S. to understand how consumers perceive and interact with advertising on digital audio platforms. The survey, called The Sound of Suitability,  was fielded in June. A key focus is “brand suitability” — safe and dangerous advertising choices based on consumer responses to “risky” and “safe” ad types. Click for details, charts, and the download link. Continue Reading