GVR Report cover Podcast Advertising Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Podcast Advertising Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Ad Type (Pre-roll Ads, Host-read Ads, Supplied Ads), By Campaign Type, By Content Genre (New & Politics, Society & Culture), By Industry, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-114-6
  • Number of Report Pages: 140
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030 
  • Industry: Technology

Report Overview

The global podcast advertising market size was valued at USD 10.90 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.4% from 2023 to 2030. The market is attributed to the surge in the adoption of influencer marketing strategies within the podcasting industry. Brands are collaborating with popular podcast hosts and creators to endorse their products or services, leveraging the host's credibility and strong relationship with their audience. This form of advertising comes across as authentic and trustworthy, generating higher engagement and brand loyalty levels, thereby driving the market growth over the forecast period.

U.S. Podcast Advertising Market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

Furthermore, personalized ads have become a prevalent trend in podcast advertising. With advancements in data analytics and user profiling, advertisers can now deliver tailored messages to listeners based on their preferences, interests, and demographics. This level of personalization enhances the ad's relevance and increases the likelihood of converting listeners into customers, leading to improved return on investment (ROI) for advertisers.

The increasing usage of programmatic ad buying and selling is an emerging trend in podcast advertising. This automated approach allows advertisers to target specific audiences with personalized ads at a scale, streamlining the ad placement process for increased efficiency and effectiveness. In July 2023, Veritonic, Inc., and Acast joined forces to conduct extensive research on programmatic podcast advertising. This collaboration highlights the industry's focus on exploring and understanding the potential of programmatic ad strategies in the podcasting space.

Contextual advertising is gaining traction as a rising trend in podcast advertising. By utilizing natural language processing and machine learning technologies, advertisers can understand the content of podcast episodes. This enables them to place ads that align perfectly with the topics and themes discussed, creating a seamless and contextually relevant ad experience for listeners. As the popularity of contextual advertising grows, advertisers are leveraging this approach to optimize their podcast advertising campaigns and achieve higher levels of engagement and ad effectiveness.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the podcast advertising market. With people spending more time at home, streaming services and podcasts witnessed a surge in popularity. Advertisers recognized this trend and capitalized on the opportunity by integrating podcast advertising and exploring product placements within streaming content, leveraging these platforms to connect with captive audiences and drive brand awareness and engagement.

Ad Type Insights

Host-read ads segment accounted for the largest market share of over 60% in 2022 and is estimated to continue dominating the podcast advertising market over the forecast period. The podcast host reads these ads themselves, creating a more authentic and personal connection with the audience. This approach tends to resonate better with listeners and can lead to higher engagement and conversion rates for advertisers. For instance, the pricing of podcast ads are measured by number of impressions and downloads received in the first 30 days and the CPM (cost per mile) rate. The average rate of host-read ads for 30-second spots ranges between USD 21-24 CPM and for 60-second spots ranges between USD 25-28 CPM.

Pre-roll ads segment is anticipated to register significant growth in the market by registering a CAGR of around 15% during forecast period from 2023 to 2030. Pre-roll ads are short advertisements that play at the beginning of a podcast episode before the main content starts. They are typically 15 to 30 seconds long and serves as an introduction to the episode. Podcasts often have niche audiences with specific interests, making them an attractive platform for advertisers looking to reach a particular target demographic. The pre-roll ads are mostly non-skippable, bumper, and skippable. These kinds of ads give an incredible opportunity to reach their targeted audience. For example, the Gorden Ramsey pre-roll ad to be played before a cooking video or Margaret Atwood ad to play before video about writing and reading. This, in turn, is expected to drive the segment market growth over the forecast period.

Campaign Type Insights

The direct response ad segment accounted for the largest market share of over 66% in 2022 and is estimated to continue dominating the market over the forecast period. Direct response marketing delivers numerous benefits as they are quick in generating return on investment and generating huge volume of leads. The segment is driven by the type of campaign they provide an upper hand in which help advertiser to form a stronger relationship with prospects and potential customers by establishing direct lines of communication. The referral program is one of the best examples of a direct response ad campaign type, 83% of people trust this kind of word-of-mouth marketing, referral program has a better reach which gives it high tendency of getting consumers. It also fulfills the potential needs of customers, thereby driving the market growth.

Branded content segment is anticipated to register significant growth in the market by acquiring a CAGR of around 20% during the forecast period from 2023 to 2030. Branded content uses multimedia formats such as audio, and video of high quality. The features enable tropical conversations which provide an emotionally resonant experience than text or static images. In this brand collaborated with bloggers, influencers, or podcasters to create content that subtly incorporates the brand’s messaging or products. For instance, in May 2023 iHeartMedia launched a branded podcast studio which helps them to double down the production, sales and marketing of custom podcasts created for another brand.

Industry Insights

BFSI segment accounted for the largest market share of over 17% in 2022 and is estimated to continue dominating the market over the forecast period. Podcasts provided an avenue for BFSI companies to target a more affluent and financially savvy audience, who may be interested in financial news, investment advice, and insurance-related content. The BFSI industry could position itself as a thought leader and offer educational content through podcasts, building trust and credibility among potential customers. Podcasts allowed BFSI companies to focus on specific financial topics and products, catering to audiences interested in those areas. For example, Spotify uses Ad Studio which helps them to do precise targeting and free audio creation services to reach the podcast's existing listeners.

The retail segment is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR of over 16% from 2023 to 2030. Podcasts often develop strong connections with their listeners and when they endorse products or services, it can create a sense of trust and authenticity. Retailers are increasingly using podcast sponsorships and advertisements to promote their products and services, taking advantage of the engaged and targeted audience that podcast offers. The retail podcasts always cover the latest information regarding data, automation, branding, and other retail information. It also covers some of the top events and conventions in retail such as Retail Week Live, and Shoptalk Europe.

Content Genre Insights

The news & politics segment accounted for the largest market share of over 27% in 2022 and is estimated to continue dominating the podcast advertising industry over the forecast period. This trend is attributed to the growing demand for informative and engaging content, with audiences increasingly turning to podcasts for in-depth analysis and discussions on current events and political matters. The convenience of on-the-go consumption and the personalized nature of podcast content have contributed to the rise in popularity of news and politics podcasts, making them an attractive platform for advertisers to reach a captive and receptive audience.

Global Podcast Advertising Market share and size, 2022

The sports segment is anticipated to register significant growth in the market by acquiring a CAGR of around 16.6% during the forecast period from 2023 to 2030. Sports podcasts attracted a resolute and enthusiastic audience, making them an appealing choice for advertisers seeking to reach sports enthusiasts and fans. Sports podcasts allowed advertisers to target specific sports niches and demographics, tailoring their messages to relevant audiences. Podcast hosts often have genuine passion for sports, which lends authenticity to the content and the advertising messages they deliver.

Regional Insights

The North America regional market accounted for the largest revenue share of over 35% in 2022 and is expected to continue dominating the market for podcast advertising from 2023 to 2030. In 2022, the U.S. had the highest revenue share of over 89% in the regional market. This dominance can be attributed to the region's rapid adoption of modern technology as well as a mature audience base. Furthermore, the Canadian market is expanding in audience size and engagement. Publishers are concentrating on improving their ad services, while companies are implementing the audio-on-demand podcast strategy within their platforms.

Podcast Advertising Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

The podcast advertising market in the Middle East and Africa is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 17% during the forecast period, fueled by rising mobile and internet adoption. The growing availability of digital content is driving increased podcast consumption. Advertisers are capitalizing on this trend by tailoring content to local preferences, creating a more engaging experience for listeners. The convenience of on-the-go listening and strategic partnerships between content platforms and advertisers are further catalyzing the growth of podcast advertising in the region.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at the significant CAGR of over 15% over the forecast period. The proliferation of digital devices, combined with podcast content's rising accessibility and popularity, has fueled the regional market growth. The region’s population has used podcast streaming for being timely update with new substances, these patterns vary for every region, age group, and gender. For instance, in June 2023, Cipla limited with the help of Schbang unveiled a flagship campaign #BerokZindagi. This new chapter is a part of its efforts to raise awareness on inhalers as a safe and effective mode of treatment for people with asthma.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market for podcast advertising is fragmented, with numerous market players, such as audiovisual groups providing creative content and solo publishers creating native podcasts over several regional markets. The participants in this study are focused on launching new products in order to extend their product portfolio. For instance, in June 2023, Acast introduced host-read sponsorships on its self-serve podcast advertising platform, enabling advertisers worldwide to easily book campaigns where podcast hosts personally deliver the sponsor's message throughout the Acast marketplace. Additionally, the increasing need to engage diverse global audiences has led to a rising demand for content delivered in multiple languages. Some key players that dominated the global podcasting advertising market include:

  • AdvertiseCast, LLC

  • Amazon.com, Inc.

  • Acast

  • Audacy, Inc.

  • Liberated Syndication

  • Podbean

  • SoundCloud Limited

  • Spotify AB

  • Stitcher Media LLC

  • SXM Media

Podcast Advertising Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 14.91 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 38.28 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 14.4% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Ad type, campaign type, content genre, industry, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; South Africa; UAE

Key companies profiled

Amazon.com, Inc.; Acast; Spotify AB; Stitcher Media LLC; SXM Media; AdvertiseCast, LLC; Podbean; Audacy, Inc.; SoundCloud Limited; ART19 LLC; Liberated Syndication

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Global Podcast Advertising Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global podcast advertising market report based on ad type, campaign type, content genre, industry, and region:

  • Ad Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Pre-Rolls Ads

    • Host-Read Ads

    • Supplied Ads

  • Campaign Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Brand Awareness Ad

    • Direct Response Ad

    • Branded Content

  • Content Genre Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • News and Politics

    • Society & Culture

    • Comedy

    • Sports

    • Others

  • Industry Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • BFSI

    • Media & Entertainment

    • Retail

    • IT & Telecommunication

    • Healthcare

    • Automotive

    • Travel and Tourism

    • Food & Beverages

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • UAE

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