2018: The Year Podcasts Grew Up And Programmatic Audio Took Off

Audio remained an exciting area for programmatic advertisers in 2018 as the medium moved further toward automation. The podcast industry began to mature this year as growing audiences garnered attention from radio broadcasters, streaming audio giants and big brands. But a lack of available audience data still hinders programmatic and measurement. Meanwhile, streaming audio andContinue reading »

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Relive 2018 With AdExchanger’s Eight Best Podcast Episodes

Listening to podcasts can be an ideal way to pass the time during the holidays, a pleasant distraction while wrapping presents or giving the dog its fourth daily walk to escape hearing your nephew Brandon wearily explain another meme to the old folks. We’re here for you. Below are eight of our most popular podcastContinue reading »

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Acast Raises $35 Million Series C To Fuel The Voice Revolution

Swedish podcast advertising and distribution platform Acast raised $35 million in a Series C funding round from a group of European investors. The latest round, announced Wednesday, brings the company’s total funding to $67 million. Acast, which operates in eight countries, will use the funds to expand into new and non-English speaking markets and developContinue reading »

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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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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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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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Riding On “Dirty John” Success, Wondery Wants To Advance Podcasting In 2018

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Podcast network Wondery is riding high into 2018. Launched in 2016 by former Fox International Channels CEO Hernan Lopez, with backing from 20th Century Fox, Wondery produced its first breakout original hit last fall. “Dirty John,” a true crime mystery created with the LA Times, has been listened to over 15 million times since itContinue reading »

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Inside iHeartMedia’s Push To Become A Key Destination For Podcasts

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Radio giant iHeartMedia has had a big first year as a producer and distributor of podcasts – and it’s ready to go deeper into on-demand audio in 2018. Since launching a dedicated podcast section in January, podcast listening has grown 60% on the iHeartRadio app. iHeartMedia is the second-largest podcast network ranked by measurement firmContinue reading »

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Apple Analytics Will Bring Better Measurement To Podcasts, But Not Programmatic

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The podcast industry is about to take a bite out of a formerly forbidden fruit when Apple shares its podcast listener data with publishers this fall, and it’s sure to be a hot topic at the IAB’s annual podcast upfront in New York City on Thursday. In June, Apple said it would share aggregated onlineContinue reading »

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