The Midroll Is One Year Old!

Yes, The Midroll celebrated its first birthday on Friday! Kicking off with the Earwolf shows, The Midroll now represents over a hundred great podcasts, matching them with great advertisers. I started working for The Midroll last week. I’m particularly excited to join at this moment because of the great work the company has been able to achieve in the last year. I first learned about The Mid Roll last year by listening to The Wolf…

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Podcast Ads: The Host Makes Them Work

We want podcast ads to work. Podcasters want podcast ads to work. And the advertisers themselves definitely want the ads to work. The good news is, we know that podcast ads can work. The first thing that podcast advertisers have learned, again and again, is that live host reads work best. The “host” part of that phrase is easy: The people who host a podcast should be the ones lending their voice to the ad.…

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Case Study: Podcasts Create Sales Opportunities for Igloo Software

We’re fortunate to work with Igloo Software, a company that offers an intranet that you (and your coworkers, and your boss, and everyone else at your job) will actually like. Igloo got involved with podcast advertising early, and they’ve seen tremendous success with the medium. Here’s a quote from Marko Savic, Igloo Software’s Creative Director: “Out of all of Igloo Software’s opportunities last year, 7% came from podcast sponsorships. But the remarkable thing is that…

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Shane Dawson to Join Another Tube

Congratulations to host Shane Dawson and producer Lauren Schnipper of Shane and Friends! According to Deadline Hollywood, the pair is going into development with NBC. Currently titled Losin’ It, the show is a single-cam workplace comedy set in a weight-loss center. Youtube celeb and independent podcasting behemoth Dawson inspired the story with his own weight loss and real-life experience in a similar work environment; he’ll star while Schnipper lends her producing prowess. We can’t wait…

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Making it easy can be hard

The best thing about the web apps that we all use—Facebook, Amazon, Google Maps and the like—it that their simplicity allows us to ignore all the spinning gears that make them work and just interact with them in a way that’s completely intuitive. One of the biggest challenges with our platform continues to be removing the training wheels that currently exist in the ad-buying process so that advertisers can purchase the ad spots they want,…

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