Apple's Site Manager Reporting is broken; and Nielsen offer better targeting
November 8, 2018
Apple has sent many podcasters a note saying: "Site Manager Reporting - we have received reports of steep consumption declines in reporting. We are investigating these figures as they do not match playback data in Podcast Analytics." Site Manager is a product used by a very small group of podcasters that allows them to brand their podcast section within Apple Podcasts. Chances are you're not using this to report on your stats.
Westwood One and Panoply have both joined US research company Nielsen's Auto Cloud. The product allows advertisers to directly reach Americans who are looking to purchase a new car. "Auto marketers can now target car buyers across radio, streaming audio and podcast media using the most recent, detailed and accurate car shopping and purchase data available."
Visual podcast app Entale has opened a new crowdfunding round.
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Sonix has integrated with Zapier to allow automated connections with over a thousand apps, to automate audio and video transcription.
Sonos has let integration with Google Assistant slip until some time next year.
Hellocast is a new tool built specifically for podcasters, to help them better manage their podcast workflow. They're currently running in beta with a number of podcasters, and "are willing to let anyone else in who wants to give it a try".
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