Pandora Introduces Programmatic Audio Advertising with AdsWizz: What to Know

August 8, 2018 Jonathan Katz

Pandora Introduces Programmatic Audio Advertising with AdsWizz: What to Know

With 72 million active monthly listeners and 5.6 million consumers subscribing to their paid streaming, Pandora is one of the largest music streaming services in the U.S.

Last week, Pandora announced they’ve officially integrated the recently acquired AdsWizz into their streaming service to offer programmatic audio advertising.

What is the Pandora and AdsWizz integration?

The Pandora/AdsWizz integration gives advertisers the option to market to Pandora’s audience programmatically. With the AdsWizz integration, advertisers can conveniently purchase Pandora audio ad inventory through AdsWizz software. The bidding process for purchasing ads is completely automated.

Brands can purchase ad space based on consumer profiles, so while they can’t target based on time or location, they can target based on potential consumer interest.

Pandora released a beta version of the AdsWizz integration earlier this year. Brands like Gatorade and Sony were first to try out the new programmatic buying system and stated they saw success in the forms of return on ad spend and increased in-store foot traffic.

What does the Pandora and AdsWizz integration mean for the audio advertising marketplace?

What does the Pandora and AdsWizz integration mean for the audio advertising marketplace?

“Audio is the fastest growing format in digital advertising, and the marketplace is rapidly evolving,” said Pandora CEO Roger Lynch, according to BusinessWire, but the market has been “in desperate need of scale.” And that’s something this integration can help address with a suite of advertising tools fit to grow the entire market, not just Pandora’s platform.

MediaPost reported that the AdsWizz acquisition and integration takes the lead in the U.S. audio programmatic marketplace, though there is competition as Google announced their audio ads through DoubleClick Bid Manager in May.

Interestingly, Spotify immediately dissolved their partnership with AdsWizz after the Pandora acquisition. Spotify will now rely on their self-service ad platform as well as Rubicon Project and AppNexus.

With 72 million listeners and programmatic ad buying, the Pandora and AdsWizz integration presents a powerful programmatic advertising method that may help connect advertisers and their messages with more of the right audiences.

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About the Author

Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz is the Chief Media and Product Officer of Digital Media Solutions, LLC (DMS), an industry leader in the world of customer acquisition and retention that helps clients maximize their digital marketing to beat the competition and accelerate growth. In this role, Jonathan provides technical direction across the company in areas of marketing automation, machine language learning, architectures and software technology. He leads the team that works across the firm’s diverse set of divisions to drive new product innovation and strategic positioning. Jonathan also leads customer acquisition teams across all media channels. Since its inception, DMS has evolved into an award-winning, full-service performance marketing company demonstrating incredible year-over-year growth which has earned recognition on the Inc. 5000 list in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. An experienced serial entrepreneur in mobile and digital marketing, Jonathan’s expertise consists of an extremely proven track record in search, social and programmatic media. With his 20+ year career scaling start-ups and brands across health insurance, government services, automotive, careers, education, consumer finance and politics, Jonathan is now charting a new path via artificial intelligence marketing in performance media that will revolutionize the industry. Jonathan studied computer science at Florida State University and lives in Clearwater Beach, FL.

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