Audio Research

What Makes Podcasts a Powerful and Unique Medium for News

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One of the most under-reported data points about podcasting is the popularity of news podcasts. Lost amid all the stories about Joe Rogan and true crime podcasts is the fact that a whole lot of people get their news from podcasts. The question is, why? And, more importantly, in today’s news-saturated media environment, what makes …

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Digging the Demos in Triton’s 2022 U.S. Podcast Report

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Recently, Triton Digital released their 2022 U.S. Podcast Report, and it’s chock full of tasty data and overall positive news for podcasting. The top headline is that overall downloads are up 20% over 2021. Moreover, the average listener downloaded 1.1 more hours of content a week, too.  The report also reveals some very strategic demographic …

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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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3 Big Things We Learned from Our Audio Research in 2022

It’s been a crazy and a challenging year for audio. Dampened by recession fears, radio revenues have been slow to return as we emerge from the pandemic. Podcast ad dollars are still growing, yet the need for some podcast companies to scale back their grand ambitions has led to some layoffs. One of the fortunate …

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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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New Listening Data Shows Bright Future for Podcast Growth

Growth of Podcast Listening

Did the pandemic slow down the growth of podcast listening? Or is podcast listening dropping as everyone goes back to everyday life? The answer to both questions is a clear no, based on what we see from early results from The Canadian Podcast Listener 2022. Gains in podcast listening during the pandemic are holding and …

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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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Measuring How Audio Ad Campaigns Resonate with Listeners

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