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Amazon acquires ART19, fills out its podcast capabilities

Amazon has acquired ART19 for its Amazon Music distribution platform. ART19 has long been one of the most innovative and future-tech podcast hosting and monetization platforms. The acquisition puts a third leg on Amazon’s podcast stool, joining the Wondery acquisition in December and Amazon Music’s distribution power through Alexa smart speakers. Continue Reading

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ART19 hires David Murray from Stitcher as new CFO

In a new demonstration of ART19’s history of using Stitcher as a fertile executive hunting ground, the podcasting technology and monetization company has hired David Murray as its new CFO. (Click through for a timeline of acquisitions and executives at Stitcher, Midroll, Scripps, ART19, and SiriusXM). Murray will help lead ART19’s expansion from pure SaaS business into a full-fledged media company. Continue Reading

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ART19 Media launches — new content and direct sales division, and a comedy network

Podcast platform ART19 is synchronizing with its IAB Podcast Upfront appearance to announce ART19 Media, a new content creation and direct sales division. This expansion is based on the company’s well established enterprise hosting and technology firm. Coordinated with the launch is Misfit Toys, the company’s new comedy co-op, is being curated by comedian Jimmy Pardo and his longtime co-host and collaborator Matt Belknap. Continue Reading

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ART19, Veritonic case study found podcast ads boosted intent-to-purchase

ART19 and Veritonic teamed up for another dive into the effectiveness of podcast advertising. Their latest case study is for pharmaceutical brand Bayer and used ART19’s SmartAudiences technology for targeting. The assessment found that Bayer’s listener-targeted podcast ads drove intent to purchase, favorability, and other key metrics. Continue Reading

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ART19/Veritonic study targets (and hypertargets) podcast audiences

Podcast technology company ART19 sent out a notice today describing results of a podcast audience ad targeting study, conducted by audio intelligence company Veritonic. the purpose was to test effectiveness, as defined by recall, relevancy, and intent/likelihood to purchase. The upshot is that targeting did increase recall and effectiveness, and the lift increased with more precise targeting.  Continue Reading