Pandora Launches Podcast Genome Project To Fix Discovery And Monetization

Pandora is making the podcast listening experience better for people and more monetizable for advertisers. The streaming platform revealed the beta version of its Podcast Genome Project, a discovery algorithm that recommends podcast episodes to listeners, based on their habits and searches. The beta will roll out to 1% of Pandora’s user base Tuesday andContinue reading »

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SiriusXM Makes $3.5 Billion Offer For Pandora

SiriusXM said Monday it has offered to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion, a 13.8% premium on the current stock price. Read the release. If the deal goes through, SiriusXM would be able to distribute its content beyond vehicles and gain both a subscription radio business and an ad-supported streaming business. It would have the opportunityContinue reading »

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Spotify Leaves AdsWizz Platform After Pandora Acquisition

Spotify has terminated its relationship with AdsWizz since Pandora acquired the programmatic audio platform for $145 million in March. Spotify confirmed the news Tuesday, shortly after Pandora’s second quarter earnings call. “We did sunset our partnership with AdsWizz,” said Spotify in an emailed statement to AdExchanger. “That being said, we remain dedicated to offering advertisersContinue reading »

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Verizon Courts Online TV Partners; Pinterest’s Ad Rev Nears $1B

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Race For 5G Verizon is in talks to partner with Google and Apple to provide online television when it releases its first 5G network in select cities later this year. Verizon fell short in developing an online TV service and wrote off itsContinue reading »

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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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Pandora Picks Up The Pace On Programmatic

“The Sell Sider” is a column written for the sell side of the digital media community.  After this exclusive first look for subscribers, the story by AdExchanger’s Alison Weissbrot will be published in full on AdExchanger.com on Wednesday. After purchasing programmatic audio platform AdsWizz in March, Pandora has become a force in the market. In February, Pandora began beta testing a privateContinue reading »

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Uncertainty In EPrivacy; Instagram Tests Payments

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. ePainfully If legitimate interest is disallowed as a provision for targeted advertising by the EU’s ePrivacy law, which expands on GDPR regulations, it could cause a 70% reduction in display ad revenue in Europe and a 33% cut in digital ad budgets, according toContinue reading »

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A New Beginning For In-App Measurement

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Eric Picard, vice president of product management at Pandora. Last week, the IAB Tech Lab released the Open Measurement (OM) Software Development Kit (SDK), a universal SDK to support standardized,Continue 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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