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Podcast consumption on the rise, and that’s good news for digital advertising

June 6, 2016 | By Research Team—DCN

One in three podcast listeners expect to increase their podcast consumption over the next six months, following a similar increase in their behavior in the past six months. The results were revealed as part of comScore’s first study dedicated to podcasting, commissioned by audio on-demand network Wondery.

Significantly, among all forms of advertising on mobile devices, podcasts create the highest improvement in perception. And among all forms of digital advertising, podcast ads are considered the least intrusive.

Key findings include:

  1. Over two-thirds of online Americans aged 18-49 are aware of podcasting and nearly one in five listen to podcasts at least once a month.
  2. Incidence of podcast listening is highest among males aged 18-34, at 30%, who spend an average of more than 11 hours per month listening.
  3. About half of podcast consumption is done via mobile devices.
  4. Podcast listeners like the educational and entertainment value of the experience, and report an increase in positive emotions after listening to an episode.
  5. Two-thirds of podcast listeners say they have engaged in various research and/or purchase related behaviors as a result of advertising exposure from podcasts.
  6. More than half of non-podcast listeners say they would be interested in listening if they knew where and how to find podcast episodes.

The study was commissioned between March and April of 2016 among over 2,000 respondents in the US aged 18-49. Full results are available upon request at wondery.com/contact-us.


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