Podcast Ads 7 Times As Effective As Television Ads

Apr 24th, 2008 | By | Category: Making Money with Podcasts, Podcasting Research

New data from Podtrac and TNS suggests that podcasts may be a much more powerful advertising platform than television.

The companies studied podcast advertising from February 2006 to March 2008 across multiple product categories and ad types. Unaided awareness for podcast ads was 68%, compared with 21% for streaming video and 10% for television.

““The studies showed a 73% increase in likelihood to use or buy an advertised product,” said Velvet Beard, vice president at Podtrac. “The studies showed that 69% of audience members have a more favorable view of in-show advertisers.”

“Podcasting delivers a level of end-user engagement that is rare in today’s multi-format world,” said Paul Verna, senior analyst at eMarketer.

There are many reasons why podcasts could be more effective than television. People are sick of the barrage of ads on television, so they routinely tune them out. Podcast advertising is typically much less intrusive than television advertising. It also has the potential to be much more targeted and relevant.

Because these stats come from Podtrac, a company with a vested interest in podcast advertising, marketers are likely to want to see these numbers independently reproduced.

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  1. julien says:

    huh. interesting statistic. i can’t help but have a feeling though, that we should be skeptical of stats coming out of podcasting companies… they clearly have a vested interest in making ads on their networks look good.

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