Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Host-Read Ads Stand Out


 

Host-read ads are superior to voice talent ads in podcast advertising. My podcast, Host-Read Ads, was created about a year ago to educate brands about this.

Even Spotify admits that host-read ads outperform other ads due to the audience's emotional connection and trust in the host. As podcast advertising gained popularity, host-read ads became advertisers' preferred format. However, voice talent podcast ads (read by actors and producers) have become increasingly popular with agencies.

Here are three reasons why you need to prioritize networks that offer host-read ads over voice talent ads:

1. The audience prefers to hear the ad read from the host, not from someone else. Listeners will pay closer attention to a host-read ad.

2. A host-read ad is more effective in creating an emotional connection with the audience because they trust the host with content, so they will trust the host with an ad read.

3. A longer interstitial host-read ad allows hosts to tell an engaging story about the brand, including testimonials, features and benefits, and a compelling reason why a listener would want to consider the brand. This drive conversions.

Brands may want to scale with voice talent ads due to their lower cost; however, they differ from host-read ads in response and pricing.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Podcast Ad Copy Must Have a Compelling CTA


According to Google, there are over 5 million podcasts with over 70 million episodes between them as of 2023. Spotify alone has around 5 million podcast titles on its platform. This is a HUGE amount, considering our podcast network holds 18 of the 20 years podcasting has been around. Let this sink in: millions of podcasts are out there, so why would a brand use an archaic Call-To-Action to attract attention?


When it comes to your brand's CTA, you must consider this:

1. Is your brand in a crowded space? Brands need to be aware of their competition and decide whether to take on established clientele OR go after new business. It is essential to think about your strategy and identify who you want to target before looking for podcast networks to advertise with. Brands must determine who they want to reach - industry, job title, company size, etc.

2. What sets your product/service apart from competitors? Focus on case studies, the features, and the benefits of why your product/service can be trusted - will it save time, money, clients, and more? If you think your brand is the best, you must deliver this to podcast audiences.

3. Give podcast audiences time to test your product/service OR offer a discount. Examples: 30-day free trial, 10% off an annual purchase, 3 months free with a yearly purchase, 30% off your first order, and 10% off after that, etc. Be sure your CTA is compelling AND something you can live with for a long time, or be explicit on how long the sale will last. Always air on the side of generosity. It will pay off tenfold when purchasers recall your brand.

Brands need to identify their target client and what they want to say to them before buying podcast ads.

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