Shock! I had a little bit of a trip detour, so I’m again for a two-day stint earlier than taking off once more Thursday. The TL;DR of my journey is that Sweden is nice — let’s all transfer there and take our 4 weeks of summer season trip and eat princess cake.

It’s a gradual week within the podcast world, however Jake has kindly helped me compile some information (simply kidding, he did like 75 p.c of it).

Additionally, I will probably be at Podcast Motion subsequent week! Give me a shout should you’ll be there, too.

Report: the variety of Latino month-to-month podcast listeners has decreased

After rising considerably in 2021, the variety of Latino Individuals that hearken to podcasts has stalled, in keeping with a brand new report from Edison Analysis and Libsyn. Nevertheless, the findings additionally demonstrated a considerable demand for Spanish-language content material.

In 2021, Edison and Libsyn reported that 36 p.c of Latinos within the US hearken to podcasts month-to-month, a large 44 p.c enhance from the 12 months prior. This 12 months, that determine went all the way down to 34 p.c. Gabriel Soto, senior director of analysis at Edison, mentioned this possible represents a normalization following the pandemic bump somewhat than proof of a sustained decline. Edison reported a lower in podcast listening total in the beginning of the 12 months, which normalized when researchers checked again in final month. It’s attainable that this dip, too, is non permanent as post-pandemic habits evolve.

A vibrant spot, although, is that 59 p.c of these surveyed mentioned they’ve listened to a podcast earlier than, up three factors since 2021. It’s not as excessive as final 12 months’s six-point enhance, but it surely’s not nothing!

Higher promotion of Spanish-language content material may assist develop listening amongst Latinos. One-third of respondents mentioned they’ve listened to a Spanish-language podcast. Elsie Escobar, group supervisor at Libsyn and co-founder of She Podcasts, mentioned that it isn’t all the time simple for US listeners to seek out podcasts in Spanish and that podcast platforms may observe Netflix’s mannequin of selling content material in numerous languages. And it’s not restricted to the exhibits themselves — a majority of survey individuals mentioned they like having advertisements in each English and Spanish.

The survey additionally requested respondents which Latino music artists they’d most need to host a podcast. Shakira snagged the primary spot, with 44 p.c approval, with Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez shut behind. Manifest it, individuals!

Now, over to Jake (thanks, Jake!!).

Libsyn beefs up its promoting attain with one other acquisition

Libsyn’s been on a shopping for spree, and now the corporate is making strikes to broaden its attain in Europe. The corporate introduced this morning that it’s reached a deal to accumulate the podcast promoting and internet hosting agency Julep Media, which Libsyn says is “Germany’s largest unbiased platform for podcast promoting.” Julep will probably be mixed with AdvertiseCast and assist the service broaden all through Europe. A value for the deal wasn’t introduced. Julep’s management staff will keep on board for no less than three years, and its CEO, Steffen Hopf, will take an expanded function in supporting AdvertiseCast’s worldwide progress.

I’m much less within the particulars of this particular deal, although, than I’m within the broad strokes of what it factors towards. Libsyn has been scooping up firm after firm in an effort to construct a large presence in podcast promoting. The corporate purchased AdvertiseCast in March 2021. That buy — of a platform that gives self-serve advert shopping for — appears to have been the bedrock for a lot of what got here subsequent. Libsyn scooped up components of Podgo, which related advertisers and podcasters in November 2021; then, it purchased Podcast Advert Reps, an advert gross sales firm, in February 2022. Each have been folded into AdvertiseCast. The variety of podcasts on AdvertiseCast’s community has doubled for the reason that unique acquisition, so clearly one thing’s working.

QCode goes unscripted

QCode is increasing from high-touch, star-studded exhibits to unscripted discuss collection. The manufacturing firm introduced on Monday that it’s kicking off that effort with three collection: a “comedic true crime podcast,” a relationship recommendation present, and an improv present. The corporate can be bringing some already established present collection to its community, together with a science collection about animal assaults and a popular culture present.

It is a fairly huge shift for QCode and appears to sign a unique method to constructing IP. It’ll additionally pose a brand new problem to getting individuals tuned into its collection — these exhibits don’t star huge names, whereas QCode’s scripted fiction consists of actors like Brian Cox, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Gina Rodriguez. One QCode present has Matthew McConaughey taking part in a canine! After all we’re going to hear!

Spotify turns remark sections into podcast sections

Spotify is testing a singular new method to consumer feedback: report them. As noticed by TechCrunch, the app has added the flexibility to reply to playlists contained in the app with a recording, which will probably be posted as a podcast. You possibly can even edit the clip and add music on prime of it.

I’m not satisfied it will make for essentially the most coherent remark part, however I do love the chances right here. I can think about how this is able to be nice for podcasts, permitting hosts to get listeners’ feedback on an episode and perhaps even work them right into a later present. I’m simply speculating for now, although. The characteristic appears to be extraordinarily restricted in scope at this level, and there’s no assure Spotify will roll it out extra extensively, not to mention broaden what it’s capable of do. For now, the characteristic is obtainable in Vietnam, and Spotify known as it a “restricted check.”

That’s all for immediately! See you all subsequent week forward of Podcast Motion (which is in Dallas in August!! I would really like a phrase with whoever made that alternative).

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