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Stas Tushinskiy: Inside the AI Challenge of Making Interactive Voice Ads Actually Viable

by Stas Tushinskiy

This guest column by Stas Tushinskiy, Instreamatic CEO and co-founder, offers insights on the challenges of interactive voice ads. One is the rather obvious hurdle of making tech understand natural language that’s opaque and unclear. The other might involve some cursing. Continue Reading

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Podtrac achieves IAB V2 podcast measurement certification, with unique specialty solutions

Podtrac has attained certification from the IAB Tech Lab for its podcast measurements, as compliant with the IAB’s V2.0 guidelines and de facto industry standard. The news stands out because of Podtrac’s role in the industry as a prominent ranker of podcast audience metrics for publishers and podcast shows. Today’s announcement also contains two unique certifications of tricky measurement scenarios that Podtrac solved. Continue Reading

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ART19 announces growth of its targeted podcast marketplace, now 200 shows

ART19, the hosting, distribution, ad-serving, and audience measurement podcast company, is announcing today that its targeted podcast marketplace includes over 200 ongoing shows. This announcement is a follow-on from the company’s well publicized recruitment of Lex Friedman and Korri Kolesa from Sticher/Midroll in April. Continue Reading

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Libsyn joins ranks of IAB 2.0-certified podcast companies

Libsyn, which self-identifies as the first-ever, and largest podcast hosting company, is announcing today that it has been granted IAB certification for its podcast analytics. Libsyn has been applying the IAB guidelines since 2017; the certification signals to advertisers that Libsyn’s audience measurements do officially apply the guidelines correctly. Continue Reading

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Townsquare Media Q2 earnings: Revenue gains, spiking stock, and digital initiatives

Townsquare Media’s Q2 earnings call was hosted this morning by CEO Bill Wilson and EVP/CFO Stuart Rosenstein. In it, the radio group reinforced its primary identity as a “premier local and digital marketing solutions company.” As in the Q1 report, Townsquare’s digital initiatives led the company’s business. Continue Reading

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AdsWizz partners with Tapad for smoother digital identity across devices

Tapad, a New York-based global ad tech company specializing in digital identities, is announcing today an agreement with audio ad-tech platform AdsWizz. The deal weds Tapad’s key product — the “Tapad Graph” — into AdsWizz’s programmatic AudioMatic platform. The purpose here is to enable digital audio advertisers to smartly reach consumers across their devices. 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

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Rhapsody offers hi-res audio through MQA partnership

Rhapsody announces a partnership with MQA, an audio technology company which creates high-resolution audio in file sizes small enough to stream, to offer high-quality audio in its white-label “Powered by Napster” business. High-resolution audio now joins a suite of technologies that companies can use to build audio streaming into their consumer-facing businesses. Continue Reading

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Triton Digital integrates with Google Display & Video 360

Triton Digital announced this morning an integration of its programmatic audio platform with Google’s Display & Video 360, a global cross-category campaign planning system. Triton asserts that this integration creates “the industry’s largest transparent marketplace whereby audio inventory can be transacted at scale across the globe.” Continue Reading