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IAB announces virtual Podcast Upfront, expands format and presenter list

In a dramatic adjustment to COVID-era realities, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has planned a different sort of Podcast Upfront than in past years. First, it will be online-only. Second, it will transpire over three days rather than one day. Third, there will be more than 20 presenters, instead of 8-10 as in the past. Click through for dates, list of presenters, and other details. Continue Reading

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Brad Smith, CEO Simplecast, joins upcoming RAIN Summit (free registration)

In the wake of SiriusXM’s acquisition of podcast hosting and tech company Simplecast, RAIN is pleased to announce that CEO Brad Smith will speak at the Global Podcast Leadership Summit, a ZOOM event, on July 29. Smith will speak with Anne Frisbie, SVP of Global Supply & Partnerships at ad-tech company AdsWizz, in a session titled The Evolution of Podcast Content: From Creation to Monetization. Continue Reading

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Along with baseball, basketball, and nearly everything else, “Infinite Dial” live is off — webinar still on

In a day when baseball, basketball, hockey, Disney, schools and many other cultural institutions were suspended, yesterday also brought an announcement closer to RAIN home: Edison Research and Triton Digital have canceled the first live-audience presentation of The Infinite Dial, the annual public snapshot of American listening. The webinar is a go; click through for the registration link. Continue Reading

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Podcast Business Summit: Sold out event brought together agency, publisher, and tech experts

The 4th Annual RAIN Podcast Business Summit took over New World Stages in midtown Manhattan yesterday, as a sellout crowd gathered for knowledge and networking around podcasting’s key business topics. The event is the only conference focused exclusively on the business side of podcasting, and is part of RAIN’s global event series. Continue Reading

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Aspiration meets inspiration at Podcast Movement … plus bleeps and feral hogs

Swarms of podcasters populated the Rosen Shingle Creek resort hotel in Orlando, FL this week for two full days of learnings, plus some spillover before and after. As RAIN has attended year after year, we observe the mood becoming more serious and determined as the podcast industry’s challenges become as widely apparent as its opportunities. Continue Reading

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RAIN Summit Fireside Chat transcript: Alexis van de Wyer (AdsWizz) and Simon Thomas (Omnicom Media Group)

In a RAIN Summit and RAIN News first, we are pleased to offer a complete transcript of a Fireside Chat session from the RAIN Digital Audio Advertising Summit in Chicago, June 4. The team at AdsWizz, a Presenting Sponsor and participant in the onstage conversation, created the transcript for RAIN News readers. Continue Reading