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Filling Up the Glass: The Outlook for Podcast Advertising

Over the last few months, the tone of a few widely circulated articles about podcasting have taken something of an abrupt turn. Unbridled optimism has been replaced by headlines projecting a rocky road ahead for podcasting or even a sense that podcasting’s best days were somehow behind us. It’s time to put the stories and …

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A Partnership that Sounds Profitable for the Podcast Industry

I vividly remember when Bryan Barletta first pitched me his idea for Sounds Profitable. It was August 2020, and I was heading up podcast research at Stitcher, just a couple months before the company was acquired by SiriusXM. Being the height of the pandemic, of course we were on a Zoom call, but I barely …

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Ready to (Third) Party for the Future of Podcasting

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I am very excited to join the Signal Hill Insights team, especially right now. I think there is some vital work to do in support of growing podcasting, and Signal Hill is in a central position to do this. I cannot overstate the importance of independent third-party research in the development of any media platform. …

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The State of Audio Measurement: Notes from the asi International Radio & Audio Conference

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Last week was asi’s annual audio measurement conference, a gathering of mainly research and measurement experts held this year in Nice. I attended not just because of the location (although of course that didn’t hurt!), but also to understand current and future developments in audience measurement in the audio industry, particularly as it relates to …

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If There Was a Marketing Campaign to Promote Podcast Listening, What Would it Say?

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‘Got milk?’ may be the most iconic marketing campaign of all time. For 25 years through 2018, Annie Leibovitz took 180 photos of celebrities from Dennis Rodman to Taylor Swift to Kermit the Frog to Bill Clinton and Robert Dole, all proudly sporting a milk mustache. The campaign stood out for a number of reasons, …

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Does Podcast Advertising Have a Repetition Problem?

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To repeat ads, or not to repeat ads. That is the question that has been making the rounds of the podcast advertising blogosphere the last couple of months. In early July, Pierre Bouvard of Cumulus Media posted a blog citing what was at the time the most recent Podsights Benchmark Report showing that podcast ad …

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Proving the Power of Podcast Advertising – What’s Next?

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We might be biased but you can’t deny, it’s a great time to be doing podcast studies. Podcasts are on a roll. Listeners keep growing. Ad revenues are doubling every two years. Perhaps best of all, there’s still so much to learn. As podcasting stands ever taller on the audio landscape, it keeps changing. Going …

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How Can the Podcast Industry Best Manage the Ad Revenue Boom?

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The neck-snapping growth of podcast ad revenues is good news for podcasters, but it also presents some fundamental challenges as we look ahead. The U.S. ad spend on podcasting has nearly doubled every two years since 2015. From an estimated $69m in 2015 to more than $1b in 2021, the IAB/PwC’s U.S. Podcast Advertising Revenue …

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How to Tell if the Media in your Ad Campaign are Effective

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A couple of weeks ago, Spotify published the results of new research it conducted earlier this year exploring how people engage with different media. It’s an interesting read: the research uses neuromeasurement to get a sense of how the brain responds when we consume different types of content, and the results are written up in …

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