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By one reckoning, podcasting gives $400M “intrinsic added value” to advertisers

Podcast advertising is famously looser than radio and TV advertising. When delivered via a host riff, it is more informal and improvisatory … and longer, giving added value to advertisers. Audioboom’s EVP Thomas Mancusi worked with Magellan AI to calculate a dollar value of podcasting’s generosity to advertisers. Continue Reading

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Podtrac March rankers: Stability is an understatement

Podtrac released its monthly rankers for March: Top Podcasts, and Top Podcast Publishers. Each list has 20 spots, and they measure U.S.-derived statistics among Podcast measurement clients. There is never a great deal of movement in the monthly drumbeat of these high-profile rankers, and the March metrics are remarkably locked-in from the previous month. Click through for highlights and the lists. Continue Reading

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Within ad-supported audio, podcasting has greater “share of ear” than Spotify/Pandora (Edison)

Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights officer at Westwood One, is back at it in the company blog, divulging results of the subscription Share of Ear consumer survey conducted by Edison Research. One of Bouvard’s key points in this latest blog post is the time-spent leadership of podcasting over ad-supported Spotify Free and Pandora. Click through for that infograph, and more. Continue Reading

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Early days for Clubhouse, with distinct user profile. Signal Hill Insights releases Clubhouse study.

You know an app is buzzworthy when research organizations study it. So it is with Clubhouse, the iOS-only, Android-excluding social audio app that has quickly gained high awareness. Toronto-based Signal Hill Insights partnered with social media researcher Digital Hug in a two-phase study of usage of, and sentiment for, Clubhouse. Continue Reading

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NPR rises, iHeartRadio dips in Triton Streaming Metrics (January)

Triton Digital’s Streaming Metrics monthly ranker of measured streaming entities is out for January streaming, and shows iHeartRadio in its newly established leading position, but with a dip over the past two months. NPR, meanwhile, approached 100,000 Average Active Sessions (AAS), Triton’s measurement of average simultaneous streams. Click through for the chart. Continue Reading

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Global recorded music revenues $23B in 2020; majors underperform; “unstoppable rise” of indies (MIDiA Research)

Total revenues for recorded music were $23.1-billion according to MIDiA Research. Indie labels and artists outperformed in the market, as major labels underperformed. Last year artist-direct earnings broke the $1-billion threshold for the first time. Click through for more details and the infographic. Continue Reading

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Eight shows enter Triton Digital Podcast Report ranker; top publishers remain the same

Most podcast rankers illuminate the concentration and stability of success — in other words, they don’t change much. Triton Digital’s every-four-weeks list of ranked 100 shows provides more oxygen, enabling rising shows to breathe in the exposure. In the latest, eight new shows appear, five of them from Kast Media. Continue Reading