Posts tagged podcast sponsors
Who Buys the Most Podcast Ads in 2018?

Building on our blog post about the Interactive Advertising Bureau's 2018 survey of podcast advertising revenue, we're going to look at one section of the study that has gotten less attention: which industries sponsor podcasts the most. We'll also take a look at which types of podcasts are getting the most advertising dollars, so that prospective podcast advertisers know the trends in podcast advertising and what options there are for their next advertising campaign.

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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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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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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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What's happening in this podcast ad I'm hearing?

Today we're talking about podcast ads. We've talked about them a lot, but what does a great podcast ad actually sound like? What should sponsors expect their ads will sound like, and how can they help out podcast hosts by providing good ad scripts? The best way to start to answer these questions is by listening to actual podcast ads. So, today we're looking at some recent examples of ads that we've run on episodes of our Backyard Media podcast partners.

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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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