Acast | July 27, 2023
Veritonic, the industry’s comprehensive audio analytics and research platform, partnered with Acast, the world’s largest independent podcast company, to bring new data to market around the commonalities - and divergence - of audio creative on podcast ads served programmatically. In addition to identifying these global overlaps and points of difference, the goal of the research was also to help media buyers identify strong tactics and best practices in programmatic podcast advertising across three key media markets: the US, Australia and New Zealand, and EMEA.
Together, the companies sourced and analyzed podcast ads transacted programmatically with Acast and spanning various industry verticals including: automotive, tourism, retail, healthcare, entertainment, and more. They then identified the common threads and differences in the creative executions by region by examining themes like ad length, number of voiceovers, gender of voiceover, use of sound effects, call to action placements, and more.
“As an industry there is still a lot of myth-busting to do around programmatic ad buying. At Acast, we firmly believe that programmatic advertising should not be a rigid experience for the media buyer, podcast host, and certainly not the listener,” said Elli Dimitroulakos, Global Head of Ad Innovation at Acast. “Podcast advertising is effective because it’s a seamless part of the listening experience and that shouldn’t change based on how a transaction occurs. Programmatic ads can – and should – have creative elements that enhance the listener experience and brand relationship.”
According to the research, across all markets the majority of ads were a minimum of 30 seconds in length. This was most predominant in the US and EMEA regions which resulted in 80% and 73% of the examined ads, respectively. The Australia and New Zealand market trailed slightly behind with 56% of programmatic ads running at least 30 seconds long. The remaining 44% in the market were 15 seconds in length.
All three markets also reflected similarities in the use of single voices for the voiceover content. The US led the way with 86% of programmatic ads in the study using a single voice for the voiceover. EMEA and Australia and New Zealand were most similar with 66% and 68% of programmatic ads using a single voice for the voiceover, respectively.
However, when it came to gender detection in voiceover content, dissimilarities across the markets presented themselves. In the US, half of ads analyzed featured a female voiceover, 47% of ads featured a male voiceover, and the remaining 3% featuring both male and female voiceovers. Looking at ads that ran in Australia and New Zealand, 53% of the creatives featured a female voice over, but just 27% a male voice, and 20% contained both a female and a male voiceover.
In near equal numbers, the three regions all used sound effects in slightly less than the majority of programmatic ads, indicating that this may be a newly emerging trend in the space. According to the study, sound effects including birds chirping, phones ringing, engines revving, and more were used in 40% of programmatic ads from the US, 38% from Australia and New Zealand, and 33% in EMEA.
“Hope is not a strategy; it’s no longer enough for a brand to create an audio asset and simply hope it’ll move the needle,” said Scott Simonelli, CEO of Veritonic. “Having confidence that your marketing efforts and investments will pay off is crucial, especially in today’s economy. With audio reaching more than 214M adults in the U.S. monthly and having a 36% higher impact on memory than video, marketers need to be leveraging creative testing solutions like the Veritonic platform to ensure they are putting their best audio creative forward, regardless of how the ad itself is purchased or served.”
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Since 2014, Acast has been creating the world’s most valuable podcast marketplace, building the technology which connects podcast creators, advertisers and listeners. Its marketplace spans 92,000 podcasts, 2,300 advertisers and 430 million monthly listens. Crucially, those listens are monetized wherever they happen — across any podcasting app or other listening platform. The company operates worldwide and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Acast is listed on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market (ACAST.ST).
Triton Digital, Vtion Digital Analytics | September 06, 2022
Triton Digital®, the global technology and services provider to the digital audio and podcast industry, today released the results of their Podcast Advertising Effectiveness Study commissioned with VTION Digital Analytics, a leading digital consumer behavior intelligence platform. VTION provides Android smartphone based real time behavioural data from a representative panel of consumers, using patented technology. The survey results highlight strong growth of podcast listening in India and the effectiveness of podcast advertising to drive brand and product recall.
According to the study, on average audio content consumers in India listen to podcasts three to four times per week. In metro cities this rate is even greater, with 70% of respondents listening to podcasts weekly and 30% listening daily.
“As a rapidly growing medium in India, podcasts continue to gain significant attention in the Indian market,” said Aditya Summanwar, Director of Market Development, Triton Digital. “Our study further demonstrates a high brand recall in the region and willingness to receive additional advertisements, setting the medium up for a long future of success.”
Additional key findings include:
Podcast Listeners are Willing to Listen to Ads. In fact, of the respondents who have reported ever hearing a podcast ad, 42% had no issues with hearing ads in the middle of podcasts that are free.
Advertisements Often Lead to Purchases. Eighty percent of listeners who have heard of a product are interested in learning more about it, with 29% claiming to have bought the product they heard advertised.
Podcast Ads Grab Attention. Forty percent of listeners state that ads in between podcasts ‘always’ or ‘often’ capture their attention, with 40% of these listeners saying they trust these advertisements.
“We are grateful to be commissioned by Triton Digital to study the state of podcast listening in India and measure the effectiveness of podcast advertising in the region,” said Manoj Dawane, Chief Executive Officer, VTION Digital Analytics. “Podcasts are clearly becoming a popular medium in India. It is great to see listeners respond positively to podcast advertisements as well.”
“We are grateful to be commissioned by Triton Digital to study the state of podcast listening in India and measure the effectiveness of podcast advertising in the region,” said Manoj Dawane, Chief Executive Officer, VTION Digital Analytics.
The report surveyed 354 VTION panelists who defined themselves as podcast listeners between August 1 and August 7, 2022. Triton Digital will be sharing these results at Radiodays Asia, September 6 and 7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
To download the full report, please visit: https://info.tritondigital.com/podcast-advertising-effectiveness-survey
About Triton Digital
Triton Digital® is the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry. Operating in more than 80 countries, Triton provides innovative technology that enables broadcasters, podcasters, and online music services to build their audience, maximize their revenue, and streamline their day-to-day operations. In addition, Triton powers the global online audio industry with Webcast Metrics®, the leading online audio measurement service and Podcast Metrics, one of the first IAB certified podcast measurement services in the industry. With unparalleled integrity, excellence, teamwork, and accountability, Triton remains committed to connecting audio, audience, and advertisers to continuously fuel the growth of the global online industry. For more information, visit www.TritonDigital.com.
About Vtion Digital Analytics
VTION’s data-driven culture, strong technology leadership and scalable architecture has made the company a strong player within the fast-growing SaaS based digital analytics/digital advertising sector. With a 40,000+ strong consumer panel, statistically representing over 224 million Android smartphone users in 17 states of India, VTION platform generates more than 20 million unique events every day and is used by marquee brands for sharper segmentation and efficient campaign activation.
VTION’s app measures usage, content consumption, ads exposed on social media & online video and selected ecommerce clickstreams of panelists on all digital platforms in the Android ecosystem. With more than 200,000 downloads of their app from the Google Play Store so far, VTION is on a strong path to become an intelligent MarTech company in the cookie-less world of tomorrow. VTION has a patented tech framework that captures events from a smart device and sends out to a back end for analysis in real time. The USP of VTION lies in the fact that it is privacy-safe, has complete opt-in from the consumer; the behavioural data provided is significantly accurate and is completely scalable across geographies and Android devices. For more information visit: www.vtion.in
Backtracks, Inc. | September 15, 2021
Backtracks, the technology infrastructure platform for end-to-end podcast management, advertising and data analytics, announces the release of Backtracks Traffic Surge technology. The AI-based insights for podcast and audio publishers notifies content creators when new or back catalog content is surging in popularity outside of what is expected performance for that particular content. Through these content data trends, publishers are able to analyze and repeat their most viral content.
“Backtracks’ goal is to provide a superior experience for both publishers and audiences,” said Jonathan Gill, CEO of Backtracks. “The use of AI and ML for data analysis, predictive modeling, and self-learning systems ensures that computers can help humans create better podcasts and content. Backtracks Traffic Surge informs creators of what’s working and detecting patterns in the data at a scale and speed that humans cannot. Better data, better content, and a better experience are at the core of Backtracks.”
Backtracks Traffic Surge technology allows publishers to pinpoint highly trafficked podcast episodes and segments, identifying high interest content that will allow for repeated success. Backtracks Traffic Surge technology picks up outsized levels of engagement and notifies publishers of data trends. The alerts and data are tailored to individual publisher’s content, creating a seamless process for creators to be able to break down trends within each series and episode and help publish more content that drives a high volume of traffic. Backtracks Traffic Surge is a notable step in the continued use of AI and ML in Backtracks’ podcast and advertising analytics technology.
2021 has been a year of innovation and milestones in the product landscape for the Backtracks platform to deliver unprecedented value to podcast publishers and advertisers. The company has made advancements in technologies like Backtracks Podcast Analytics, Backtracks SDKs, Backtracks Player, interactive audio and head-nod detection. Most recently, Backtracks announced its IAB podcast measurement certification for podcast analytics and advertising metrics and a collaboration with Google Cloud to allow publishers and advertisers to view their podcast advertising and analytics data within Google Data Studio. Backtracks continues to invest heavily in further development of existing and new product offerings and its infrastructure platform, to help podcasters and audio partners around the world measure, monetize, and advertise in audio and podcasting.
Backtracks is the leading technology infrastructure platform for end-to-end podcast management, advertising and data analytics. Through a product suite of turnkey tools and data analytics solutions, the company provides the technology for publishers, brands and advertisers to gain greater insights for engaging, reaching and understanding their target audiences while delivering a superior listening experience to their listeners. Founded in 2016 by engineers Jonathan Gill and Kevin Wright, Backtracks is on a mission to modernize the podcast medium by providing podcasters and advertisers with the tools to measure, discover and monetize their content and data. The company empowers thousands of podcasts and audio partners, including Wondery, McKinsey & Company, Stratfor, Samsung, Mediahuis, OECD, The Memphis Grizzlies, and NASA.