Catherine "Cat" Seda

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Podcast Ads

You don’t need to publish podcasts to profit from them. Try podcasts ads! In my article this month for Entrepreneur magazine, I share the surprisingly low costs of podcasting advertising and several companies that can help you reach a tuned-in audience.

Cast Your Line
Fishing for some customers? Podcast a line and make a sales catch.

Advertising on audio or video podcasts is a great way to deliver your message to an audience that's tuned in. An ad can appear preroll (before content) or postroll (after content). Or you can opt for a midroll (also called interstitial) ad, which is inserted within the content. Generally speaking, you need an MP3 file for audio and a QuickTime or Windows Media Player file for video.

Podcasting companies such as Kiptronic, Podtrac and RadioTail may give you demographic and geographic targeting options. And you might get to choose particular podcasts, too. Make sure to get post-campaign reports, which often include details like the number of podcast downloads, download origins and post-download activity, such as the number of clicks or purchases.

What's the cost? Expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $70 CPM (cost per thousand impressions, which in this case refers to the cost per thousand podcast downloads). The campaign minimum could start as low as $1,000. However, one podcast company executive we talked to said $10,000 is a recommended test campaign budget.

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