Posts tagged podcast listener behavior
Did Video Really Kill the Radio Star? YouTubers Breaking onto the Podcast Scene

YouTube isn’t a place for cat videos anymore, and hasn’t been for a long, long time. But it’s not only a place for teenagers to talk about their lives into a camera in their bedroom anymore either. In 2018, we have to accept giant media companies have overtaken YouTube - companies like Buzzfeed, CollegeHumor, Vimeo, and Vox. In an age where the independent vlogger struggles to compete with large corporations, YouTubers have to get creative about crafting their brand. One way that they’ve done this is by expanding to the world of podcasts. So what does the transition of YouTubers from video to podcasts mean for sponsors and the industry as a whole?

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Here's Why Your Podcast Ad Should Sound Different From Your Other Ads

Are you a marketer for a company looking to make its first foray into podcast advertising? Great! You couldn't have picked a better time to get into the medium. Podcasts are growing, and podcast audiences are super valuable. Backyard Media is here to help you get started. Today we'll talk about a few things new podcast sponsors should consider when making their first podcast ads.

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Americans' Audio Listening is Still a Zero-Sum Game

Last week, we covered some new data from Edison Research about how new podcast listeners are rapidly adopting podcasts. Today we'll look at another of the company's studies that shows how Americans' audio listening has and hasn't changed. This survey followed thousands of Americans and tracked their listening habits to see what they're listening to, where, and on what platform. This wealth of data has a lot to tell us, and it shows how the rise of podcasts is affecting listeners' consumption of other audio sources.

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Podcasting Has a Discovery Problem. How Can We Fix It?

Podcasts, while growing at historic rates for the past few years, still have issues with discovery. That is, people want to listen to more podcasts, but finding new podcasts is still not as intuitive as finding a video online or discovering new music. When you speak with podcast listeners, they often mention the same shows from Apple Podcasts' Top 100 Charts - Serial, Missing Richard Simmons, Reply All, This American Life. Why is it so hard to find the great podcast content we know is out there? What technologies are companies developing that might solve this problem? And what benefits are to there to be had, for both podcasters and advertisers, in solving this problem?

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The Podcast Boom in Canada

Podcasting has experienced a huge surge of interest in the past three to four years. We've talked about that here, here and here. But much of the coverage of this podcasting boom has been about the United States. As we've seen in the industry research, podcasting is not only taking off in the US. Today, we'll look at two studies that give us a clue as to how podcasts are doing in Canada.

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How Big Could Podcast Audiences Get?

The growth in the number of podcast listeners has been steady since 2014, the year that podcasting really took off. That growth begs the question about what the ceiling is for podcast audience sizes. If this growth continues along the same trend line, how big of a market can advertisers expect, and will the combination of a comparable audience size relative to other digital media and podcasting's "halo effect" for advertisers make podcasts the most powerful digital marketing out there?

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How is Car Dashboard Technology Affecting Podcast Consumption?

A few weeks ago, we saw new data from Edison Research in the form of their annual report on digital media consumption, called The Infinite Dial. This report is the Holy Grail for podcasters and podcast advertisers: it tells us who's listening to podcasts, how much, and how they're doing it. You can read more about that report in our blog post here. Today, we're going to tackle one interesting point that came up in that report: is the preponderance of new technology in car dashboards impacting people's podcast listening? Let's take a look.

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What Do We Know About Podcast Listeners in 2018?

Last week saw a big event for some of us in the podcast industry. March 8th, 2018 was the official release of The Infinite Dial 2018. Conducted by Edison Research, it's the longest-running study of digital media consumption and of listener behavior. The Infinite Dial has a considerable portion of podcast-specific data, so let's take a look at it now. We spoke about last year's Infinite Dial in our post "What we know about podcast listeners", so let's update that data and see what trends we can draw from it.

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Why People Listen to Podcasts Instead of Consuming Other Digital Media

Podcasts are big, but they haven't always been that way. What has driven this rapid adoption of podcasts by tech professionals, Millennials, and now the wider adult population? And what do listeners think podcasts offer them that other digital media don't? We take a look at four reasons why listeners choose to consume podcasts instead of other media.

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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 a keyhole-sized 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 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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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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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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