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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World-renowned brands, agencies, publishers, and platforms rely on Veritonic’s comprehensive audio research and analytics platform to research, test, and measure the ROI of their audio assets and campaigns pre-market, in-market, and post-campaign. The resulting insight enables clients to gain confidence in their audio investment, mitigate risk through optimization, and increase their return as they engage consumers with compelling audio experiences. For more information, visit https://www.veritonic.com.
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).
Programmatic Advertising, Advertiser Platforms
PR Newswire | July 04, 2023
Pixalate, the market-leading fraud protection, privacy, and compliance analytics platform for Connected TV (CTV) and Mobile Advertising, today launched the inaugural Top Developer Rankings for CTV across Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The report ranks the world's Connected TV (CTV) app developers, bringing transparency to the programmatic advertising ecosystem.
Pixalate's Top Developer Rankings build on the Publisher Trust Index, which provides ratings for individual CTV apps that support programmatic advertising. These rankings are based on multiple factors, including invalid traffic (IVT), popularity, ad density, and engagement scores.
Often in programmatic advertising, buyers and sellers partner with app developers rather than individual apps. The new Top Developer Rankings provides an aggregated analysis of a developer's portfolio of apps, aiding ad tech companies in their advertising inventory partner evaluations.
Top 5 CTV App Developers in April 2023 (Roku, North America):
AT&T Services Inc.
A Parent Media Co. Inc.
Download the full April 2023 Top CTV App Developer Rankings for Roku here. The full report contains the top Roku app developers across North America, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM as well as regional trends.
Top 5 CTV App Developers in April 2023 (Amazon Fire TV, North America):
Download the full April 2023 Top CTV App Developer Rankings for Amazon Fire TV here. The full report contains the top Roku app developers across North America, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM as well as regional trends.
Pixalate is the market-leading fraud protection, privacy, and compliance analytics platform for Connected TV (CTV) and Mobile Advertising. We work 24/7 to guard your reputation and grow your media value. Pixalate offers the only system of coordinated solutions across display, app, video, and CTV for better detection and elimination of ad fraud. Pixalate is an MRC-accredited service for the detection and filtration of sophisticated invalid traffic (SIVT) across desktop and mobile web, mobile in-app, and CTV advertising. www.pixalate.com
Ad Networks, Ad Tech and Martech
Business Wire | July 19, 2023
AdAdapted, an advertising technology solution that gets brands onto shopping lists and into carts, today announced that TPN, a creative commerce agency specializing in CPG and shopper marketing, has selected the adtech solution provider to drive conversions for its CPG clients in the food and household cleaning categories.
TPN, which works with consumer goods brands such as Hershey, Sara Lee and Espolon Tequila, chose AdAdapted to improve how its clients reach consumers during the pre-shop planning phase. The AdAdapted platform delivers uniquely targeted ads and shoppable content on shopping apps and digital touchpoints that drive products onto consumer shopping lists and into carts. AdAdapted’s AI-powered platform targets shoppers based on previous purchase history, retargeted keywords found on shopping lists and additional data points.
Through AdAdapted’s technology, TPN clients can effectively reach and engage shoppers with personalized and targeted ads. AdAdapted uses over a petabyte of individual and aggregated list-building data to precisely target shoppers based on their specific needs and preferences. AdAdapted ensures that brands deliver personalized advertising messages at the right moment in the customer journey.
TPN validates campaign outcomes through third-party solutions and AdAdapted supports this with results that consistently outperform industry benchmarks. AdAdapted's patented technology includes its innovative Add-It™ solution that streamlines the consumer journey by shortening the path to conversion. The frictionless shoppable ads generate a near 2% click-through rate for brands, which is 11 times higher than the industry standard.
"Consumers are fickle today,” said Molly McFarland, co-founder and CRO, AdAdapted, “We are excited to collaborate with TPN and its CPG clients to deliver relevant and timely content directly to consumers to grow engagement and sales. We help brands achieve their marketing objectives and deliver a superior shopping experience by retargeting keywords found on shopping lists and providing a frictionless path to conversion."
AdAdapted enables shoppers to add products directly from ads and shoppable content by seamlessly integrating with retailer-owned carts and shopping lists, reducing click-friction, and enhancing the overall shopping experience.
“Working with AdAdapted gives our clients direct access to meaningful pre-shop engagement that drives additional revenue and profit,” said Joe Scartz, chief digital officer, TPN. “In the age of omnichannel, reaching consumers before they shop with personalized, unique content that builds brand awareness and, ultimately, online shopping cart conversions is paramount. The technology perfectly aligns with the goals of our clients and comes with measurable results to match.”
As the two companies continue to grow their partnership, AdAdapted and TPN will look to expand beyond the food and household cleaning categories to discover new ways for brands to connect with shoppers during the pre-shop phase.
AdAdapted is an advertising technology solution that increases purchase intent of shoppers by reaching the right consumers at the right time to get brands onto shopping lists and into carts. The company’s offerings for CPG brands, agencies and retailers range from managed-service to self-service and SaaS solutions, shopping list to eCommerce, video to display. With more than 110 million U.S. shoppers using mobile devices for their grocery lists, AdAdapted has built a distinct audience and ad offering that uses intent-based targeting, providing the easiest, most efficient way to reach active verified shoppers — exactly when they decide what to buy.
TPN is the creative commerce agency that exists to Make the Buy Happen for some of the most iconic retailer, technology and CPG brands in the world. We specialize in all things commerce — leveraging the agency's core practice areas of Digital Commerce, Brand, Retailer and Shopper — to create connected experiences that drive sales and build brand commitment. TPN is a part of Omnicom. The agency has nine offices across the U.S. and in the U.K. and is celebrating more than three decades of delivering creativity and results.