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Navigating the programmatic audio ecosystem


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Programmatic audio advertising offers scalable, targeted engagement in a brand-safe, data-driven environment writes Bianca Stanescu, Director of Product Marketing at AdsWizz

Audio advertising is buzzing with excitement and sparking conversations like never before. Just look at the numbers: an impressive two-thirds of media buyers in Europe want to invest more in digital audio within the next 12 months, according to a 2023 report by the IAB. This remarkable surge in buying interest is global and is only expected to grow and match the rise in audio content consumption.

According to Edison Research, people spend about 4 hours of their day listening to music, podcasts, or talk. Unlike its visual counterparts, audio content is incredibly powerful at capturing people’s attention. Audio commands attention like no other environment through the uniqueness of the human voice, the artful manipulation of pacing, and the imaginative possibilities it unlocks. 

So, let's uncover opportunities that can forge captivating connections with audiences – in an automated, scalable way.

Understand Streaming vs. Podcast Environments

Unlike digital audio (or video, for that matter), streaming doesn't quite apply to podcasts, typically listened to via progressive downloads. Podcasts appear to be streamed, but the file is actually being downloaded while the user is tuning in. Leveraging appropriate technology, advertisers can buy podcast inventory programmatically at scale, get insights into download metrics, and even explore contextual signals for targeting in a brand-safe environment.   

Foster Diversity and Inclusion 

Before buying audio or podcast ads programmatically, it's crucial to understand the target audience, their preferences, the platforms they use for consuming audio content, and their communities. Digital audio’s growth is driven by the podcast boom, and the rise of niche podcasts caters to diverse interests, creating communities and fostering a sense of connection. Diversifying ad spend and aligning brands with creators that resonate with the audience is critical to promoting an inclusive audio landscape through authentic storytelling.

Choosing the right DSP

A Demand-Side Platform (DSP) can offer access to a wide range of audio inventory, advanced targeting options, reporting tools, and optimization capabilities. DSPs that are purpose-built for audio advertising can also provide innovative ad formats that deliver rich experiences and engage listeners, as well as audio-specific insights such as listen-through rates (LTR), audio impressions, or interaction rates. By leveraging the right technology, brands can equip themselves with the tools that help them select the most relevant inventory and targeting criteria for their campaigns.  

Embracing Data-Driven Strategies

The role of data in creating targeted campaigns is critical. Using data to clearly define campaign objectives, whether it's brand awareness, driving website traffic, or increasing conversions, can maximize campaign effectiveness. Brands can leverage a wide range of targeting options to reach their desired audience segments and regularly monitor key performance metrics. DSP platforms can help consolidate all critical advertising touchpoints to accurately attribute and show the impact of specific ads in driving customer interactions – for both streaming and podcasting.

Leveraging Emerging Technologies and Trends

Artificial intelligence advancements have already improved efficiency and lowered the barrier to entry into the world of audio advertising. Diverse brands are exploring cost-effective AI solutions such as Synthetic Voices to create attention-grabbing and persuasive voiceovers in seconds. AI technology also powers contextual targeting for podcasts as an additional layer of protection. It enables brands to customize what topics they want to avoid, ensuring the content is both safe and aligned with their values.

Programmatic audio offers endless opportunities to personalize creatives and enhance engagement. For example, dynamic creative strategies can help deliver personalized and relevant audio ads based on listener data such as location, weather, or time of day.

Prioritizing Transparency and Brand Safety

Transparency is increasingly becoming a requirement for digital advertising, and buyers’ appetites point in the same direction. To stay on top of market trends and unlock more revenue, brands can leverage the tools that offer them clear visibility into ad placements and performance.

By targeting inventory sold through ads.txt (Authorized Digital Sellers) and app-ads.txt (Authorized Sellers for Apps) channels and buying transparently from premium, authorized supply sources, buyers can confidently invest in the audio environment and prove their return on investment.

Together with the IAB, the industry has been gearing up to simplify the process of buying and selling inventory programmatically, standardizing the way both streaming and podcast publishers provide and pass their data signals predictably through an established set of parameters.

Staying Updated on Industry Trends and Regulations

As new privacy regulations and consumer concerns render traditional identifiers unreliable, brands need to continuously optimize their strategies based on industry developments to stay ahead of the competition. Leveraging privacy-friendly solutions based on contextual signals and first-party data, buyers will become less reliant on legacy identifiers and continue to drive successful advertising campaigns across digital audio platforms.

Harmonizing the Future of Audio

Programmatic audio advertising is bound to revolutionize the way brands connect with their audiences for meaningful engagement and resonance. With emerging technology trends, privacy changes, and AI advancements shaping the industry, the role of education and collaboration between industry players becomes paramount. By working together to advance the industry, we can unlock the full potential of this unique, captivating ecosystem and create a lasting impact.

By Bianca Stanescu, Director of Product Marketing


AdsWizz, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the technology engine powering the monetization of audio content worldwide. A pioneer in the space, AdsWizz provides publishers and independent content creators with the tools they need to scale their audio business, while offering marketers innovation at scale, allowing them to connect with audiences globally. From radio, streaming, and podcasts to dynamic ad insertion, advanced programmatic, contextual targeting, and first-to-market audio ad formats, only AdsWizz seamlessly connects an entire ecosystem of audio buyers and sellers with the click of a button. To learn more about AdsWizz, visit


Posted on: Monday 4 March 2024