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Spotify launches podcast ad marketplace in 5 countries




By Reuters | Updated: 16 November 2023

STOCKHOLM, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Music streaming company Spotify (SPOT.N) on Thursday said it will launch its advertising marketplace for podcasts in five new markets, including Sweden and India.

The Spotify Audience Network, first launched in 2021, is available in nine countries such as Germany and the United States for podcast publishers and creators to monetize their content.

After investing over a billion dollars to build up its podcast business with 5 million titles and 100 million podcast listeners, Spotify is focusing on boosting advertisement revenue from the format.

“We often hear from our customers that they have been reticent to invest in podcasts because of the lack of audience targeting and challenges reaching podcast listeners at scale,” Brian Berner, global head of advertising sales at Spotify, said.

“The Spotify Audience Network addresses these two challenges head on.”

In the latest third quarter, the company’s advertising revenue was up 16% from an year earlier and podcast advertising revenue grew in a double-digit range.

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