Spotify launches targeted podcast advertising
January 9, 2020 · 4 minutes to read
Spotify has announced Spotify Podcast Ads, a method of targeting advertising for listeners within its exclusive podcasts. The announcement promises that advertisers can target listeners based on age or gender, as well as reach and frequency. Covering the story, The Verge says that premium users will still hear these ads (just as they do with non-Spotify Original podcasts).
- Inevitably, the idea of more targeted advertising has concerned some. Pat Walshe, a privacy campaigner, has posted information on Spotify’s sharing of listener data with third parties, and the company was the subject of an investigation by Swedish Data Protection officers in June, which does not, yet, appear resolved. Another point of view is that advertising for products that are unavailable in a listener’s country or irrelevant to the listener’s needs, are not advertising but just an unwanted, useless, interruption.
- Talking about podcast advertising, try this clip from Family Guy, broadcast last Sunday.
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Jacaranda FM in South Africa is celebrating record download figures, even if awareness of podcasting is quite low in the country, says the company’s podcast host, iono·fm.
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