The Podcasting Ad Opportunity Is Increasing – And So Are Its Growing Pains

The podcast industry is growing, and audio giants want a piece of it. Twenty-six percent of Americans listen to podcasts every month. These people are young and well-educated and have higher-than average household incomes, according to Edison Research. They’re also loyal and engaged, on average consuming seven podcasts per week. Ad dollars are following. TheContinue reading »

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Spotify’s Programmatic Business Grew 94% This Year

In its first earnings report as a public company on Wednesday, Spotify said its programmatic revenue was up 94% year over year. It didn’t give a figure, however. “We’re seeing super fast growth of programmatic,” Spotify CFO Barry McCarthy said on the call. “That’s coming principally from developed markets, with the US far and awayContinue reading »

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Jelli Brings On A New CRO To Lead The Company’s Direct-To-Brand Push

Jelli said Wednesday that Rich Knopke will join the programmatic radio company as chief revenue officer. A 20-year digital media veteran, Knopke was previously CRO at video supply-side platform Genesis Media and SVP of sales at USA Today. He was also national VP of sales at Tremor Video (now Telaria) during the company’s IPO. KnopkeContinue reading »

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BBC Launches First-Ever Audio Ads On Podcasts

The BBC is testing audio ads for the first time in its 96-year history. The British broadcasting giant is partnering with podcast platform Acast to monetize inventory outside of the UK in a deal announced Tuesday. The ads will only run on podcasts accessed by international audiences. Because the BBC operates as a public serviceContinue reading »

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The Three Issues Keeping Brands From Going All-In On Podcast Advertising

The lack of a standard measurement protocol has been an issue for the podcast industry for years. When podcasts are streamed, only the owner of a podcast player app knows how long a person listened to an episode, where they skipped and stopped in that episode or whether they heard an ad. That makes itContinue reading »

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In Buying AdsWizz, Pandora Becomes A Programmatic Power Player

Pandora has been vocal about its need to increase its ad tech capabilities since CEO Roger Lynch took the helm in November. With Wednesday’s acquisition of programmatic audio platform AdsWizz for $145 million, Pandora has gone from a programmatic newcomer to one that could control the market. “We’ve invested in proprietary ad tech for aContinue reading »

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Spotify’s F-1 Shows Programmatic Makes Up 18% of Ad Revenue

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Spotify filed its F-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, forgoing a traditional IPO for a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Read the filing. The direct listing means Spotify can directly post its shares on the stock exchange rather than going through the traditional process of hiring a bankContinue reading »

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Jelli Pushes The Frontiers On Programmatic Radio

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Jelli is taking the old-school medium of broadcast radio into the 21st century. The programmatic radio platform launched in 2014 to automate and target traditional radio buys. Now, it has a demand-side platform as well as ad servers installed at 2,300 radio stations across the country. It also powers radio’s two major programmatic exchanges: ExpresswayContinue reading »

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Pandora Finally Launches Programmatic Audio

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Call it fashionably late: Pandora has finally showed up to the programmatic audio party. The digital audio platform said Tuesday buyers can now purchase its audio inventory programmatically through a private marketplace (PMP) via The Trade Desk, MediaMath and AdsWizz’s AudioMatic DSP. Pandora is testing the PMP in a pilot program with five to 10Continue reading »

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Spotify Will Turn Up The Volume On Programmatic And Podcasting In 2018

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Spotify was an early mover in programmatic audio, and it’s taking that momentum into 2018. “Marketers are moving so much money to programmatic. We’ve seen that channel explode,” said Brian Benedik, global head of ads monetization at Spotify. “We’ve seen brands [come to Spotify] that have never invested in audio because we’ve made it programmatic-enabled.”Continue reading »

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