Jeff Vidler

Jeff’s career has kept him at the forefront of the changing audio landscape. He has spent the past 25+ years in research, sharing his passion for audio with North America’s major broadcast companies. More recently, Jeff’s been doing the same with podcast publishers.

Using Brand Lift Studies for Illumination as well as Support

Working on brand lift studies for audio I am often reminded of David Ogilvy’s complaint in Confessions of an Advertising Man that some marketers use research “as a drunk uses a lamppost—for support rather than illumination.” That quote goes back nearly 60 years now to the Mad Men era of advertising, but the point may …

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Brand Lift Studies: Seeing the Full Picture

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As we’ve been working on brand lift studies for radio, podcasts and music streaming lately, I’ve found myself thinking about my trips to art galleries. Sometimes, a gallery visit can be like taking an art history course. You can start by seeing what was valued by an ancient culture through their sculptures or pottery. Then …

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What You Can’t See Can Help You: The Hidden Value of Brand-Building

Cuba

It’s one of those COVID things. Since the pandemic closed all the gyms, my wife and I have been taking morning walks around our neighborhood to stay active and get some fresh air. Most days, we walk past a transit shelter poster frozen in time since January, blaring “Auténtica Cuba.” With COVID putting the brakes …

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How Do You Know if Your Branded Podcast is Working?

Branded podcasts are flipping the script on the publisher/advertiser relationship. They have quickly gained traction—and big budgets—from Content Marketing departments looking for new and deeper ways for brands to engage with their customers.  What’s less clear is how you can tell if your branded podcast is delivering full bang for those bucks. The challenge is …

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Are Podcast Hosts Now Holding All the Cards?

Last year, my wife and I attended a live recording of “My Favorite Murder,” the popular true-crime podcast. In a two-hours-plus show, the first half hour or so featured the two hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, informally bantering back and forth, cracking jokes, going on tangents, and generally chatting like girlfriends grabbing coffee. Their …

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