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Unlocking the potential of audio advertising through publisher partnerships

By Marsha Fischer



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May 30, 2024 | 5 min read

Digital audio has captivated a rapidly growing audience through streaming services and podcasts. By forming impactful partnerships with publishers, advertisers can achieve a prosperous future for all stakeholders, says AdsWizz's Marsha Fischer (VP, strategic partnerships).

Audio advertising is rapidly evolving, driven by technological advancements and a growing listener base. By understanding the perspective of audio publishers, advertisers can forge potent partnerships that build bridges to wider audiences, enhance the listening experience, and create a prosperous future for all stakeholders.

The continued growth of audio advertising

Audio advertising has expanded significantly to accommodate a substantial digital audio listener base. According to The Infinite Dial 2024 report, 76% of US residents aged 12 and older listened to online audio in the past month, rising to an astonishing 90% among those aged 12 to 34 and 85% of those aged 35 to 54.

Moreover, according to Statista, digital audio advertising spending in the United States soared to $7bn in 2023, reflecting a robust 19% year-on-year increase. This surge from $5.9bn the previous year highlights this dynamic expansion and advertisers' increasing confidence in this medium.

Strategic revenue optimization

Publishers are embracing tech that makes their inventory actionable for advanced targeting. By leveraging targeting parameters such as demographics, geographic location, weather, device type, and contextual audiences, they enable advertisers to connect with the right people at the right moment.

A high-quality digital audio marketplace simplifies advertisers’ access to quality inventory and enhances revenue optimization for publishers. A marketplace like the AdsWizz Audio Marketplace aggregates ad inventory from top publishers, streamlining direct and programmatic sales of digital inventory. This democratizes access, enabling publishers of all sizes to compete for revenue opportunities and leverage the demand for digital audio advertising.

For advertisers, plugging into an audio marketplace offers scale and quality inventory, helping them reach multiple publishers, expand their audience, and manage frequency across reputable sources. Advertisers benefit from premium inventory with precise targeting and optimized ad placements, providing effective engagement and high ROI. Additionally, high-quality safeguards within a marketplace can guarantee that advertisers' ads reach genuine human customers, free from Invalid Traffic (IVT), through partnerships with cybersecurity companies like HUMAN Security.

Ensuring brand safety

Brand safety is crucial for advertisers and publishers in audio. As brands, publishers need to guarantee that the ads on their platforms coalesce with their values to prevent negative audience perceptions, potential losses, and associations with harmful or objectionable content.

Today, publishers can securely and efficiently implement robust brand safety and ad quality measures that leverage cutting-edge tech to protect content integrity and listener trust. These measures confirm all advertisements meet high ethical standards and are free from offensive material, creating a safe and reliable advertising space where they can confidently place and accept ads from programmatic channels without fear of negative associations.

Balancing brand safety with creativity and quality

Quality and brand safety are not mutually exclusive. The audio advertising industry is blending technology and creativity like never before for brands to craft meaningful experiences through storytelling and dynamic engagement. These advancements boost precise, personalized advertising that builds stronger connections with listeners. Contextual targeting technologies improve listener engagement and maintain high brand safety standards, assuring ads are relevant and non-intrusive.

With the right technology and strategy, advertisers can create emotionally resonant advertising experiences while safeguarding online users' privacy. For example, Mood Targeting lets brands connect with audiences by aligning ads with the music's emotional tone. By strategically positioning ads within songs that reflect a similar emotional state, brands can craft more relevant messages, creating a more emotionally resonant advertising experience and thereby increasing the potential for conversions.

This approach enhances brand engagement and respects listener privacy through the use of contextual cues, matching the ad's content with the listeners' current mood. It allows publishers to package and sell their inventory based on the emotional associations of their music.

The listener experience

The listener experience is the heartbeat of audio, and advertising should meld with its intimate nature. Advertisers deploy campaigns that resonate with audiences, collaborating closely with publishers to deploy impactful and authentic messages. Successful campaigns materialize at the crossroads of technology and creativity, where advanced audio adtech tools streamline operations and uncover deeper insights into listener preferences. This synchronization creates authentic, audience-focused messages that showcase the true power of audio—capturing the essence of content and facilitating profoundly resonant advertising.

Automated host-read ads merge the personalized touch of host endorsements with advanced targeting, creating a seamless and engaging ad environment that resonates with audiences while augmenting the auditory experience. As a powerful medium, podcasts foster deep trust in host recommendations, making them ideal for advertisers to enhance brand recall and drive sales. By integrating these ads with programmatic techniques, advertisers can target the right listeners, maximizing relevance and engagement. This data-driven strategy boosts campaigns to reach more receptive ears, amplifying the impact of host-read narratives.

For publishers, automated host-read ads simplify ad creation and sales, saving time and effort. This method combines the trust and engagement of host-read ads with the precision of programmatic advertising, resulting in higher ROI and demand. Publishers can guarantee impressions, secure inventory, and deliver relevant ads through advanced targeting. Real-time reporting capabilities provide insights, optimize performance, and maximize revenue.

The road ahead

The integration of audio advertising technology, industry collaboration, and creativity offers significant advantages for both advertisers and publishers. This synergy not only facilitates the achievement of shared objectives but also enables advertisers to build stronger connections with listeners. Ultimately, aligning with audio publishers paves the way for a vibrant and prosperous future for the entire industry.

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