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The Leading Podcast Research Company In The World

Edison Research data powers many of the most listened-to podcasts in the world, and our industry studies on consumer behavior, demographics, and monetization of podcasting are used by scores of successful companies in the space. Edison’s leadership in podcasting has driven the most influential studies of the medium, including the following:

…and many more. Edison has been continuously researching podcasting since 2005, and our data on podcast consumption is relied upon by thousands of podcasters all over the world. In addition to our regular stand-alone reports on podcasting, we have coved the medium in our Infinite Dial series since 2006, and have also been measuring podcasting’s overall Share of Ear® since 2014. In addition, we have provided private research and consultation services for many of the leaders in the podcasting space, including these companies:

Here’s how we can help you:

NEW: The Podcast Consumer Quarterly Tracking Report

Edison has just announced a first-of-its-kind quarterly tracker of podcast consumers and the networks (and leading shows) they listen to. Learn more about the Podcast Consumer Quarterly Tracking Report here.

Audience Research

Edison can provide your podcast with credible research to provide crucial information on the demographics of your audience. Podcasts reach a highly targeted audience with great efficiency, and an Edison-backed survey of that audience will provide advertisers, agencies, and media buyers with the information they can trust.

Brand Lift Studies

Edison partners with networks, shows, and leading brands to determine the real, measurable impact of podcast advertising campaigns. Our process involves executing methodologically sound pre- and post-campaign surveys, using industry-standard measures of awareness, fit, and lift. In addition, we work with agencies, media buyers, and the brands themselves to incorporate custom metrics and key performance indicators into every study, allowing stakeholders to calibrate and compare the effectiveness of their podcast campaigns with their other media placements. We have conducted Brand Lift studies for a wide variety of brands and categories, from leading retailers to financial services products, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, and more.

Our Brand Lift methodologies are variable according to the exact circumstances of the podcast or network concerned, but generally involve one of these three methods:

  • Pre/Post campaign surveys solicited by in-podcast audio callouts
  • A/B testing by comparing the audience for a given podcast or network with our national panel of podcast listeners
  • “Forced Listening” studies for branded podcasts or shows with niche audiences.

Any and all of these methods are custom and adjusted to the unique nature of each show or network. Edison prides itself on providing actual brand lift metrics for brands and agencies, and not simply “copy testing” data.

Consulting Services

Content providers can leverage Edison’s decade of experience in the medium through an ongoing consulting arrangement.

For more information on these or other Edison podcast services, call (908) 707-4707, or contact Tom Webster.

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The Podcast Consumer 2009

This data presentation was originally delivered as a webinar in conjunction with the Association for Downloadable Media on May 21, 2009. The Podcast Consumer Revealed: 2009 is the fourth iteration of this widely-cited study of the growing audience for audio and video podcasts. Data for this research presentation is derived from the 17th Arbitron/Edison Research […]

The New Media Consumer: 2009

On April 29th, at the Inbound Marketing Summit in San Francisco, Edison VP Tom Webster presented a brief talk on some recent social networking stats taken from the 2009 Edison/Arbitron Internet and Multimedia Research series. The following slides present new survey data on America’s usage of all forms of new media, including online audio/video, podcasting, […]

The Infinite Dial 2009 – Presentation

The Infinite Dial 2009: Radio’s Digital Platforms, the latest study by Edison Research and Arbitron, is the 17th in our series of investigations of the Internet and new media’s impact on radio, revealing significant growth for a variety of technologies. We update the status of radio’s new digital platforms (online radio, satellite radio, HD Radio, […]

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Podcasting in 2010: The Calm Surface Obscures The Roiling Depths

I’m really excited to be presenting a significant session at this year’s Blogworld entitled The Current State of Podcasting. This one’s going to be a little different than what you’ve seen in previous years, where I’ve gone in and done my traditional bucketful of numbers augmented by folksy analogies. We’ve been tracking podcasting at Edison […]

The Infinite Dial 2010: Use of Social Media Explodes

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The Edison/ADM Consumer Attitudes To Podcast Advertising Study

In January, 2010, Edison Research and the Association for Downloadable Media collaborated on a significant survey of consumer attitudes about podcast advertising and sponsorships. Findings of the survey included the following: Other findings of this study included the following: *Nearly 80% of these podcast consumers agreed that “when price and quality is equal,” they “prefer […]