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The pace of change the podcast industry is undergoing is staggering. The implications for podcasters, hosting providers, podcast listening app developers, and advertisers and agencies are enormous. And so is the growth potential. Presented as a companion to the weekly newsletter of the same name, our podcast provides you with direct access to our narrated articles, interviews with industry experts, bleeding-edge research, and can't miss industry news recaps. That Sounds Profitable, right? Assumptions and conventional wisdom will be challenged. Easy answers with no proof of efficacy will be exposed. Because the thinking that got podcast advertising close to a billion dollars annually will need to be drastically overhauled to bring in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars podcast advertising deserves.

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    • 4.3 • 21 Ratings

The pace of change the podcast industry is undergoing is staggering. The implications for podcasters, hosting providers, podcast listening app developers, and advertisers and agencies are enormous. And so is the growth potential. Presented as a companion to the weekly newsletter of the same name, our podcast provides you with direct access to our narrated articles, interviews with industry experts, bleeding-edge research, and can't miss industry news recaps. That Sounds Profitable, right? Assumptions and conventional wisdom will be challenged. Easy answers with no proof of efficacy will be exposed. Because the thinking that got podcast advertising close to a billion dollars annually will need to be drastically overhauled to bring in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars podcast advertising deserves.

    Sports Fans Love Audio, Creator Funding Surges, & More

    Sports Fans Love Audio, Creator Funding Surges, & More

    Here's what you need to know for this week in the business of podcasting: U.S. creator funding surges, advertising space for the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies is sold out, The Sports Audio Report teaser has promising data for podcasting, and Rebecca Lavoie shares tips for reframing podcasting's place in the media ecosystem of a public radio station. 

    Find links to every article mentioned and the full write-up here at Sounds Profitable.com

    • 8 min
    UK Election Advertising, SXM Sports Audio Study, & More

    UK Election Advertising, SXM Sports Audio Study, & More

    Here's what you need to know for today in the business of podcasting: how UK podcasts navigate the country's election cycle, the latest on Sirius XM's upcoming Sports Audio Report, and James Chandler on why advertisers should include podcasting in their media plans this year. 

    Find links to every article mentioned and the full writeup here on Sounds Proftiable.

    • 5 min
    Digital Audio Ads Growing, JAR Audio Pilot Competition, & More

    Digital Audio Ads Growing, JAR Audio Pilot Competition, & More

    Here's what you need to know for today in the business of podcasting: Adam Bowie goes over Ofcom's latest podcast survey, The Information finds US creator funding surges for the first time in two years, NAB panelists say appetite for digital audio advertising is growing, and Lower Street is hosting a Brand Podcast Summit ticket giveaway.

    Find links to every article mentioned and the full writeup here on Sounds Proftiable.

    • 4 min
    IAB Revenue Report, ARN Path to SCA, & More

    IAB Revenue Report, ARN Path to SCA, & More

    Here's what you need to know for today in the business of podcasting: the IAB publishes their 2024 Internet Advertising Revenue Report, Morgan Stanley weighs in on the proposed ARN acquistion of SCA, and Digiday breaks down WTF is the American Privacy Rights Act. 

    Find links to every article mentioned and the full writeup at Sounds Profitable.com

    • 4 min
    IAB's Podcast Upfront, Olympic Ads Selling Fast, & More

    IAB's Podcast Upfront, Olympic Ads Selling Fast, & More

    Here's what you need to know for today in the business of podcasting: what to expect from the 2024 IAB Podcast Upfront, Jordan Harbinger's three lessons to podcast advertisers, Rebecca Lavoie's tips for public radio station podcast success, and NBCUniversal reports they've sold out all digital and linear ad inventory for the 2024 Paris Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. 

    Find links to every article mentioned and the full writeup at Sounds Profitable.com

    • 4 min
    The Roost Acquired by Night, True Crime's Success in Podcasting, & More

    The Roost Acquired by Night, True Crime's Success in Podcasting, & More

    Here's what you need to know for this week in the business of podcasting: CBS's success with 48 Hours and how broadcast-to-podcast works best, this week in podcast acquistions with The Roost and Neon Hum, The Breakfast Club flexes podcastings' journalistic might, Signal Hill Inights tests the power of 'talent-read' ads, and Gen Alpha's getting into sports. 

    Find links to every article mentioned, the full write-up, and subsribe to the newsletter version here on Sounds Profitable. 

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Bradford Swanson ,

Critical information for the podcasting industry

Sounds Profitable’s series of podcasts have been so helpful to me as I’ve tried to keep up-to-speed with the changes across podcasting and media. I’ve relied on their coverage and insights to learn about how the AdTech industry works and evolves, but have also appreciated their in-depth research and analysis of news across the industry. Highly recommended!

~ Violet ~ ,

Jolly Badvertising

They ran some experiments with their feed early on so now I have 4 separate feeds for this in my player. And the main part of their feed is now a whole different show, which is essentially a ripoff of another persons show. So I really struggle with this one. There seem to be some good people involved with this production. And if small creators can get some ad revenue to help cover costs, that’s cool. But so much of Internet advertising is so bad (in every way), podcast advertising is especially challenging, and ad tech tends to mess with the downloading and playback experience. There are so many fake metrics and scams and so much corruption, that the upbeat pro advertising tone of this show seems at least irresponsible if not deliberately deceptive. I’m pretty sure most listeners do everything they can to skip ads. Even the listeners and poll respondents who pretend to enjoy the ads so their favorite creators can get paid. Would be cool if this show dug into how to make podcast ads more listenable. Or more skipable. I would predict they’d find much shorter ads, fewer ad breaks, ads that sonically match the show yet are distinct from it, ads in their own chapter breaks, and non-intrusive whole-season sponsorships would be more pleasant and effective than what we’re getting now. Ads are quickly driving me away from podcasting and helping me create my “never buy” list. This show is telling the industry the opposite. I’d be suspicious of whatever it is this show is selling.

consciousdave ,

Great podcast for those interested in ad tech aka podcasters

Bryan and now Tom, are great researchers; been following them both for a while. Bryan is passionate about the podcast space and how ads fit into it. Tom comes from Edison research and has a heavy research background- very knowledgeable about podcast data. They’re already making a great team and I look forward to continue to track this space with them. They too do a good job of helping indies by giving a lot of free game and webinars etc. Definitely recommend to fellow podcasters that want to monetize and run ads

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