Google rolls out audio ads to DoubleClick Bid Manager

Google rolls out audio ads to DoubleClick Bid Manager

Audio ads are now available via DoubleClick Bid Manager (DBM) meaning advertisers can now purchase spots on Google Play Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, and TuneIn, with Pandora coming soon, via the platform. The new audio advertising offering comes at a time of growing buyer demand, according to Google, with the company citing research claiming that over […]

Spotify blows up cars and matches people with songs in latest campaign

Spotify blows up cars and matches people with songs in latest campaign

 Spotify’s latest consumer marketing campaign, ‘Love What You Love,’ finds the streaming audio company blowing up cars, creating horror movie trailers and helping match people with the right songs in what it states is its biggest marketing campaign to date. As Spotify doubles down on its commitment to the ‘freemium’ model and to creating […]

Bloomsbury signs Spotify content partnership

Bloomsbury signs Spotify content partnership

Bloomsbury Publishing has signed an innovative content partnership to bring its 33 1/3 series of short books about popular music onto Spotify’s streaming service. Each book in the dedicated series, now 130 titles strong, revolves around a single album and has grown to command a cult following amongst musicians and fans alike through coverage of […]

Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ unveils Google smart-speaker adventure

Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ unveils Google smart-speaker adventure

Netflix is promoting its “Lost in Space” reboot with a new interactive audio adventure on Google’s smart speakers: The “Lost in Space” audio game encourages participants to help key characters of the show after their spaceship crash-lands on an unknown planet. The audio adventure, which lasts between 5 and 6 minutes, features a branched narrative […]

Google AI can pick out voices in a crowd

Google AI can pick out voices in a crowd

Humans are usually good at isolating a single voice in a crowd, but computers? Not so much — just ask anyone trying to talk to a smart speaker at a house party. Google may have a surprisingly straightforward solution, however. Its researchers have developed a deep learning system that can pick out specific voices by […]

Pandora to acquire digital audio ad tech firm AdsWizz for $145m

Pandora to acquire digital audio ad tech firm AdsWizz for $145m

Pandora is set to acquire digital audio ad technology company AdsWizz for $145m in an effort to bolster its advertising revenues. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. Pandora agreed to pay $145m in a combination of cash and stock, […]

Two-thirds of advertisers plan ads for voice-activated devices this year, according to MTM

Two-thirds of advertisers plan ads for voice-activated devices this year, according to MTM

Armed with the ability to target ads to voice-activated devices, more than two-thirds (68%) of advertisers plan to create ads specifically for these gadgets in the coming year. A survey of 232 UK media agency and brand-side executives by MTM has found that 79% of advertisers and agencies believe reaching audiences through voice-activated devices in […]

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