Podcasters Have Had Apple's New Podcast Analytics for Two Months Now. What Have They Learned?

At the tail-end of 2017, Apple finally unveiled a beta version of its Podcast Analytics tool. Any podcasters that published their show on iTunes could view statistics about how listeners consumed their episodes once they downloaded them. What was once keyhole view into the listening habits of podcast audiences suddenly became a wide open window. So, what have we learned from it these last two months?

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What Apple's New Podcast Analytics Tool Tells Us

Apple, still the biggest platform for podcast listening, has promised to improve its technology to provide more information about listener behavior. At the end of 2017, the company released its beta version of the new Podcast Analytics. This provides podcasters with more precise information about their listeners' habits. Let's break down what this technology tells us so far, and what podcasters and sponsors might take away from it.

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What does it mean to be a podcast content leader?

Of the hundreds of thousands of published podcasts, we usually only hear about a few dozen big studio names. Podcasts from private studios like Gimlet Media or public radio stalwarts like This American Life may have millions of listeners, but the is a whole ecosystem of podcasts out there. Podcast content leaders are one such type of podcast. While they might not be on iTunes' Top 10 Charts, they have substantial, often very valuable audiences. In this post, we talk about what podcast content leaders are, why they're valuable, and what podcast sponsors need to know about them.

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What does smart speaker technology mean for the future of podcasting?

Voice-activated speaker technology is becoming ubiquitous in our homes. This new technology category poses an interesting question for podcasters and podcast sponsors: as smart speakers become more dominant, how will podcast technology integrate with the platform? And how will audiences change their listening behavior? We take a look at what we know about voice-activated speaker technology and where we think it's headed.

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When Will Dynamic Ad Insertion Take Over Podcasting?

Dynamic ad insertion has been gaining steam in the podcast industry since early 2016. But what exactly is this technology, and what are the implications of its use in the podcast industry, for publishers and advertisers? We explore what dynamic ad insertion technology is, how much of the industry is using it, and what sponsors need to know about the technology when it comes to their ad campaigns.

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Here's How Fast the Podcast Industry is Growing

Just how fast is the podcast industry growing? One study from 2017 from the IAB attempted to answer this question in more detail than ever before. We identify some of the study's most important findings for companies looking to get into podcast advertising.

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What Did the Podcast Industry Learn in 2017?

2017 was a big year for podcasting, arguably the biggest. New podcasts debuted, new production studios formed, and new advertising companies came online (including Backyard Media!). More importantly, we saw new developments in how the industry produces, markets, distributes, and sponsors podcasts. Here are a few of the most important trends that we at Backyard Media have identified in the industry from this past year.

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Why Podcast Advertising Revenue Will Hit $500 Million in 2020

Projections from data company Bridge Ratings' Podcasting Audit Study show us that podcast advertising has grown immensely since just 2014, and that it continues to beat expectations. We look at what the company's projections for podcast advertising through the next few years look like, and what's driving the numbers.

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Here's Every Type of Podcast Format in 2017

For sponsors new to the podcasting space, the amount of information about the industry can be overwhelming. What kind of podcasts are out there, how is their content structured, and what do they sound like? We take a look at the five most common podcast formats in 2017, and explain what potential podcast sponsors need to know about each of them.

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Why Listeners Respond to Podcast Ads

How effective is podcast advertising when it comes to impacting customer behavior? We look at a study from Edison Research that analyzed how listeners view podcasts as a medium, how they view podcast advertising, and how marketing on podcasts can positively affect buying behavior and other customer actions.

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How Podcast Ads Improve Brand Lift

We take a look at new research into the effect of podcast ads on listeners' brand recall, brand perceptions, and other important metrics, and explain what podcast advertisers should take away for their marketing campaigns.

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Podcast Listeners are Engaged Listeners

We spoke to hosts Briahna Gray and Barry Lam, who run two of Backyard Media's podcast partners, about their experiences with listener engagement and feedback, to better understand how podcast listeners are unique in their media consumption.

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Who are Podcast "Super Listeners"?

Within podcast audiences is a subgroup called "super listeners". A new report identifies the habits of these listeners. We take a look at the four most relevant takeaways from the study that podcast advertisers should know.

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What We Know about Podcast Listeners

We break down the 2017 Infinite Dial, an industry survey about podcast listener demographics and consumption habits. We look at what the latest Infinite Dial tells us about podcast listeners and what we can take away from the data.

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What does a Podcast Ad Campaign Look Like?

We discuss the different forms a podcast ad can take, as well as the length and format of podcast ad campaigns.

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