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Nielsen Launches Podcast Ad Effectiveness+ To Measure Digitally Inserted Podcast Ads In Real Time

3 minute read | April 2021

New solution provides advertisers and publishers unparalleled insights to measure and improve the performance of podcast ads

New York, NY – April 29, 2021 –  Today, Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN), announced the launch of Podcast Ad Effectiveness+ (PAE+), a new solution that measures the effectiveness of podcast advertising including brand lift and memorability across podcasting audiences. With this new offering, Nielsen is building on its current podcast ad effectiveness solution to include the ability to measure digitally inserted ads in a live podcasting setting. PAE+ enables advertisers to better maximize their strategy for future campaigns, and publishers to showcase the strength of their podcast environment.

Today podcast content and listenership are on the rise with 1.7 million titles available and 75% of listeners tuning in to more than one podcast a week, according to our recent Podcasting Today report. As more brands and advertisers tap into the growing podcast space, it’s critical to understand not only the podcast audience but how podcast ads resonate with those audiences, especially in a live environment where listeners are highly engaged.

“The growth of podcasting has brought a massive opportunity for advertisers to reach highly engaged, niche audiences. While there’s been strides in capturing metrics like downloads, it’s been a challenge to understand the impact of ads on the platform,” said Arica McKinnon, Vice President, Client Consulting at Nielsen. “PAE+ equips brands and publishers with the insights they need to make smarter decisions about their podcast marketing strategy to maximize the value delivered and ultimately increase sales opportunities.”

Nielsen’s distinct and deliberately designed solution will measure the effectiveness of digitally inserted ads across online and mobile web environments. PAE+ will provide a detailed campaign analysis that evaluates lift across brand funnel and memorability metrics. Additionally, PAE+ has benchmarking capabilities, similar to Nielsen’s robust podcasting norms, which have grown to include more than 400 studies spanning 350+ brands across automotive, CPG, education, financial services, DTC retail and technology industries. Among the benefits: 

PAE+ is part of Nielsen’s robust suite of podcast solutions that enable marketers and publishers to better understand the behaviors of podcast listeners within the podcast marketing workflow, from discovery to optimization. Nielsen’s podcast solutions provide unparalleled insights into the impact that podcast advertising has on consumers.

Learn more about Nielsen’s podcasting solutions, including PAE+.

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a leading global data and analytics company that provides a holistic and objective understanding of the media industry. With offerings spanning audience measurement, audience outcomes and content, Nielsen offers its clients and partners simple solutions to complex questions and optimizes the value of their investments and growth strategies. It is the only company that can offer de-duplicated cross-media audience measurement. Audience is EverythingTM to Nielsen and its clients, and Nielsen is committed to ensuring that every voice counts.

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Tyler Hughes