Apple Categories, and Exclusive Shows - AL425

  • Apple category changes and Blubrry explains what this really means inside Apple:
    These new categories and subcategories will now have their own top 200 shows featured within them, which will give over 13,000 podcasts top 200 exposure in the Apple podcasts directory.

  • Tom Webster’s article on “What will kill podcasting”...some interesting insights as always from the Wise Webby and he starts with what WON’T kill podcasting:
    - No one has a right to an audience. Though your cause be just and your hearts be pure, you don’t get handed an audience. You don’t deserve one. Not one single pair of earballs.

  • And thus, podcasting simply becomes like every other medium known to humankind. No blogger has the right to an audience, either. Wilkie Collins out-Dickensed Charles Dickens and wrote the first detective story before Poe. But we read Dickens and Poe today, not Collins. Dickens had his own magazine. Go figure.
    - The atomic unit of the podcast is not RSS. It’s the show. (Alex Carter pointed out on Twitter that it’s actually the episode, which is fair.)

  • And anyway, it’s never been up to the creators. It’s always up to the audience. If I put my show on Spotify, it may no longer be a podcast by definition. But what do you think the average Spotify listener will call it? We’ve done a pretty good job normalizing what is a pretty wonky technical term: “podcast.” Why screw this up now?
    - Now, where I sort of disagree with Tom
    Put yourself in the shoes of a media buyer. You’ve got a buy from a leading national advertiser, and on the one hand, you’ve got a podcast network offering something risky — host-read content, or something bespoke to the show, at (say) a $25 CPM, or another network offering reach across all their shows, using your existing audio/radio creative, for a $5 CPM. What is the safe bet for your media buying career?

  • Great content is expensive to produce, and great advertising native to that content’s form and delivery is well worth a premium. But if several large players in the space start taking poorly executed, irrelevant ads at ultra-low (for podcasting) CPMs, that’s going to have repercussions on the economic feasibility of great audio content.

    (By the way, revenue reports have been trickling out and Audioboom & Acast report record growth in revenues. What do they use? Those “cheap ads”.

  • Blubrry charging for dynamic advertising:

  • Last week’s Hot Pod:
    One more thing on Stitcher. Before I move off this topic, I wanted to flag something I found interesting: Stitcher appears to be in the process of changing platform vendors for hosting services provided by Midroll, the company’s sales division. Midroll’s preferred platform had been Art19, but it’s now switching to Omny, the Australian hosting platform that Triton Digital acquired in June. Here's some matryoshka doll action for ya: EW Scripps, Stitcher's parent company, acquired Triton Digital last December.

  • “Over the past few months, Stitcher has been testing Triton Digital’s ad serving infrastructure and programmatic exchange in our Stitcher app and through a sample of our owned and operated podcasts," said Diehn in a statement, forwarded yesterday. "Triton’s acquisition of innovative podcast hosting company Omny Studio represents an exciting opportunity to explore the powerful new capabilities this platform integration will unlock for Stitcher and its partners - improved content management, better data and insights, increased monetization opportunities and a growing suite of data-driven advertising solutions. At Stitcher, our goal is always to keep the interests of our partners at the forefront and we look forward to serving them with the introduction of a new set of tools later this year.”

Jay: Don't forget, 2 members of Stitcher/Midroll's team went to Art19. Triton/Omny used by all the big broadcast radio people - Stitcher owned by Scripps. 

  • Nielsen has been looking to get into the podcasting game from an advertising perspective and it looks like they’ve cracked the door with the usual players they’re used to playing with:

  • New people coming into the podcast space are from outside this ecosphere - there are pros & cons to this: Crooked Media taps former Netflix exec Sarah Geismer for creative development post and American Public Media has hired Liliana Kim, formerly the vice president of MTV International Content Strategy & Brand Management, as its new managing director of podcasts.

What are you Currently Listening to?

  • Joel’s Pick: Inside Legion -

  • Jay’s Pick: Rocked Up part of the Mat Men Podcast Network produced by Jason Bryant -