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Spotify launches podcast advertising marketplace, Spotify Audience Network

Continuing its investment in the advertising business, Spotify announced the launch of the Spotify Audience Network in India, as well as in Sweden, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. The audio-first advertising marketplace will bring scaled, audience-based podcast buying to brands in India for the first time, and presents an opportunity for podcast publishers and creators in the markets to effectively monetize their content.

The first publishers in India that will leverage the Network to monetize content through advertisers, include Audio Pitara and Ideabrew Studios.

The Spotify Audience Network launched in the U.S. in 2021 and is now available in more than a dozen global markets across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Over the past 12 months, advertisers participating in the marketplace have grown over 45% while opted-in podcast publishers have increased more than 70%.

“In Q3, our global advertising revenue grew 16% YoY and podcasts played a critical role. Building on the same success and keeping in mind that India is a significant growth market for podcasts, we are unlocking this growing marketplace for local advertisers and publishers. This expansion is the latest in a series of investments Spotify has made to take podcast and audio advertising to the next level by enabling brands to reach these uniquely engaged listeners at scale”, said Arjun Kolady, Head of Sales – India, Spotify.

“We are always looking for new ways to bring in advertising that not only drives greater revenue but also provides personalised and valuable messaging for our listeners. The Spotify Audience Network will be a critical addition to our monetization efforts by bringing us incremental, unique demand that helps ensure more of our impressions are filled by high-quality and brand-safe ads,” said Tapan Gupta, co-founder, Audio Pitara.

“Podcasts are an immersive medium, and so, while we focus on finding innovative avenues to integrate advertising, we also want to ensure that the brand and the messaging is relevant to our audience. The inclusion of the Spotify Audience Network is pivotal to our growth strategy, as it adds distinctive demand”, explains Aditya Kuber, Co-founder & CEO of Ideabrew Studios.

Here’s what it means for advertisers and publishers:

  • Beginning today, advertisers in India will be able to reach podcast listeners at scale across the network. 

  • The audio-first advertising marketplace connects advertisers with listeners using audience-based targeting tools, while they listen to their favourite podcasts from third-party podcast publishers like Audio Pitara and Ideabrew Studios.

  • Through this offering, advertisers across India will be able to target podcast listeners – at scale – both on and off Spotify.

  • For eligible and opted-in podcast creators, it enables them to monetize impressions generated by listeners in the market. 

  • From podcast publishers with a global audience to smaller independent podcasters with a loyal fanbase, opting into the network will give all publishers scaled access to advertisers in-market that are interested in reaching your audience. 

Source: Social Samosa

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