Acast doubles revenue year-on-year; Spotify solicits Spanish shows
July 19, 2019 · 3.1 minutes to read
Acast release their financial results for last year. Revenue doubled for the Swedish podcast company, and it grew to having 110 employees. The company claims 1.3bn listens over the year.
- Meanwhile, Netflix shares have plunged after they said they have 130,000 fewer US customers.
Matty Staudt, iHeartMedia’s VP of Podcast Programming, is leaving the company to become President of Jam Street Media, a new LA based podcast company focused on podcasts for brands, talent coaching, and consulting for businesses entering the podcast space. He’ll be working with Jessica Navarro, who joins Jam Street Media from Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas. He’ll continue hosting iHM’s Access Podcast.
Sarah Geismer is announced as Head of Creative Development & Production at Crooked Media. Geismer, formerly of Netflix, will lead development for all of Crooked Media’s active and upcoming podcast, television, and film projects.
70 Million is back for Season 2 — 70 million adults in the United States have a criminal record. How did we get here and what do we do now? The open-source podcast goes deeper this season into how people, neighborhoods, counties, and cities are breaking cycles of incarceration by trying bold solutions--starting with the local jail. Find episodes, toolkits, and other resources at 70MillionPod.com, and hear us on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic or wherever you listen. (70 Million is produced by Lantigua Williams & Co. and funded by the Safety and Justice Challenge at the MacArthur Foundation.)
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Tweaks for apps and services include podcast app Breaker, which is adding integration with Bullet to produce shareable audio clips for social media; the Pocket Casts app is advertising in WNYC Studios podcasts (thanks, Kristofor!); podcast host Spreaker’s trim and crop tool has been improved; remote recording service Squadcast suggests that it will soon be supported on iOS and iPadOS; and Dropbox now has integrations with transcription services.
We linked to a New York Times article a few days ago, which promised we’d “reached peak podcast”. How did the article go down? Not well. Try this critique from Air-nandez for starters; and thank you Larry Gifford for adding: “It’s the podcast equivalent of the time I had a clever name for a restaurant and an Easy Bake Oven, and quit after 6 days because I didn’t earn a Michelin star.”
Spotify is keen for more Spanish-language podcasts. Mia Nygren, director of Spotify for Latin America, has published a short video, the ABC of making podcasts on Spotify, on Forbes México. She also said that there are now 250,000 podcasts on Spotify.
Copenhagen-based Omnipod is (another) social media platform for podcasting, the company says. You can sign up on their rather bare-bones website.
Tips and advice: 10 agency pros share their best podcast advertising tips (Forbes); Optimizing your website for podcast discoverability (RadioPublic); How to find and keep podcast sponsors (The Podcast Host); 16 ways to promote your podcast (PodReacher)
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|First Draft has reached its 200th episode. Hosted by author Sarah Enni, it promises “a quality hang with young adult and middle grade authors”. The 200th episode is a compilation of some of the best and most pointed questions. (Libsyn)|
|iHeartMedia partners with Pride Media to co-produce a slate of LGBTQ+ podcasts. The Outcast is the first: a weekly podcast exploring queer and queer-adjacent topics (iHeartMedia)|
|Brian McCullough, the host of Techmeme Ride Home, celebrates daily podcasts like his, saying that daily podcasts become part of peoples’ routines. We’d, cough, agree.|
|Blubrry has launched Podcast Insider. The first episode has an interview with Brandon Dawson from The Distiller Podcast.|
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