A gambling company is one of US podcasting's top advertisers
November 25, 2019 · 3.7 minutes to read
Magellan report that DraftKings, a US gambling company, is now in the country’s top 15 podcast advertisers list. The top is Geico, an insurance broker; Spotify is at #9.
Libsyn’s changes to become a “Spotify passthrough” destination - so Spotify appears in their standard stats - has had the effect of instructing Spotify to download every single episode all over again, the company says, causing a spike in download numbers. “Don’t panic!”, they add. Spotify stats are available for users paying $20 or more per month.
AccuRadio, a humanly-programmed online music service, has released data which they claim demonstrates that human curation is better than algorithms.
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In France, media research company Médiamétrie will start measuring podcasts on January 1. Like radio measurement in some countries, the company will use a small electronic gadget known as a “portable people meter”; podcasts will need to be watermarked with an audio code; and panelists will need to plug both their headphones and their phone into the meter for it to register. (That won’t work with Bluetooth). The company admits it has yet to approach independent podcast producers, preferring to talk to its current clients in radio and television. It has also worked on its own download guidelines to rival the American IAB’s.
Jake Brennan (“Disgraceland”) and Brady Sadler have launched Double Elvis Productions, with four music-focused podcasts for iHeartMedia. The company has Podfund as an investor. The first podcast will be Dear Young Rocker, a podcast which will start with some remastered episodes from her initial podcast, and a further ten new episodes from the story.
Podblade has launched a $20 podcast editing package: “a low-cost editing solution that allows podcasters of all sizes to outsource their post-production without spending an arm and a leg”. The flat $20 fee per episode also includes social media content, said Apple Crider, a co-founder of the company.
Sonos has spent $37.5m buying a voice assistant: a French company called “Snips” which claims to perform more tasks on the device rather than use cloud computing. One of the co-founders of Snips, Rand Hindi, is leaving the company as part of the deal, which is reported as being a low valuation.
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Presumably in a bid to increase page impressions from furious podcasters, The Spectator’s Matt Labash has posted The Pod Delusion, highlighting why he “hates all podcasts”.
Podcasting websites are getting excited that Emily Ochsenschlager, former director of podcasts at National Geographic, has apparently joined Apple Podcasts. “What if Apple produced their own podcasts?” they ask. But in March, our Editor wondered how Apple could revitalise Apple Podcasts - not by just producing exclusive content; but by selling it instead. Is this the master plan?
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