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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.

    Politics in Podcast Ads, Spotify Removes Ad Floor, & More

    Politics in Podcast Ads, Spotify Removes Ad Floor, & More

    Here's what you need to know for this week in the business of podcasting: Spotify gets rid of price floors for SPAN, are political ads a good fit for podcast audiences, streaming's 2024 Upfront mirrors podcasting, and advertisers are under-investing in Hispanic audiences. 

    Find links to every article mentioned and the full write-up on Sounds Profitable.

    • 9 min
    1/3 UK Listens to Podcasts, Spotify Tests Transcripts, & More

    1/3 UK Listens to Podcasts, Spotify Tests Transcripts, & More

    Here's what you need to know for today in the business of podcasting: Spotify has debuted a transcript pilot and listen data, RAJAR has Q1 stats for audio consumption in the UK, and Digiday looks at the Q1 revenue of five major publishers.

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

    • 3 min
    Spotify Removing Price Floor, New Hub for Podcast IP, & More

    Spotify Removing Price Floor, New Hub for Podcast IP, & More

    Here's what you need to know for today in the business of podcasting: Spotify is removing price floors for SPAN, Digiday finds marketers are more invested in programmatic than agencies, Brian Morrissey argues audio is the last refuge of autheticity in the AI age, and an online hub provides database of podcasts looking to be optioned by audiovisual adaptations.

    Find links to every article covered and the full write-up here on Sounds Profitable.

    • 4 min
    Podcast Upfront Recap, Audio Announcements, & More

    Podcast Upfront Recap, Audio Announcements, & More

    Here's what you need to know for today in the business of podcasting: Several big outlets covered the new IAB Podcast ad revenue report, Julie McNamara to step down from Head of Spotify Podcast Studios, Horizon Next partners with Claritas' ArtsAI on proprietary cross-platform measurement framework, and Adelaide is expanding their AFP platform to include audio attention measurement and activation capabilities. 

    Find links to every story mentioned and the full write-up here on Sounds Profitable.

    • 3 min
    IAB Podcast Revenue Report, Global Podcasting Grown, & More

    IAB Podcast Revenue Report, Global Podcasting Grown, & More

    Here's what you need to know for this week in the business of podcasting: The IAB debuts 2023 podcast revenue study, the global growth of podcasting, the importance of not ignoring 55+ demographics, and a roundup of podcasting’s Q1 reports. 

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

    • 8 min
    New IAB Podcast Report, Growing Podcasting's 55+ Crowd, & More

    New IAB Podcast Report, Growing Podcasting's 55+ Crowd, & More

    Here's what you need to know for today in the business of podcasting: The IAB has published the new U.S. Podcast Advertising Revenue Study, Tom Webster talks about shfiting podcast advertising to incldue 55+ consumers, Eric Nuzum writes on the importance of making one's audience the foremost concern from the beginning, programmers hope lower ad volumes will earn more viewer time, and what to expect from this year's TV upfronts (according to buyers).

    Find links to every article mentioned as well as the full write-up here on Sounds Profitable.

    • 4 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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