Next Big Thing In Advertising: Spotify

As the fight for business success in the digital age is getting hotter, advertisers are searching for new ways to reach out to customers. With such a big audience in hand, advertising on Spotify sounds appealing to marketers, as they can run targeted campaigns for as little as $250.

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Spotify has already changed the way people consume music, video and other audio content. Sweden-based company is steadily holding its leading position in the music streaming market with 158 million users, while Apple Music is in second place with 72 million registered users. The most popular streaming service is offering users premium and free ad-supported streaming plans. Currently, almost half of the users are using the free plan.

What type of advertising Spotify is offering?

Through the Ad Studio, which Spotify introduced back in 2018, businesses can run different advertisement content in the app for free plan users. Music streaming app offers four different advertising types:

Classic Spotify ad is the campaign of 30-second audio ad played in-between songs, with a business image alongside.

Video Takeover ad allows the user to watch the brand’s 30-second long video in exchange for 30 minutes of ad-free listening.

Display ads are banners displayed at the bottom of the desktop/web player. This type of ad is also shown when the user re-opens the Spotify app after some time.

Direct sponsored ads on most popular playlists, featuring the advertisement once the playlist started and finished.

A 30-second ad on Spotify, that is displayed in-between songs and Freemium users cannot skip it.
A 30-second ad on Spotify, that is displayed in-between songs and Freemium users cannot skip it.

An effective advertising strategy

Spotify shared a report presenting a critical insight: users are paying more attention to ads they hear on Spotify than anywhere else. As the suitable context ads are played between their music, podcasts or video content, users engage with the advertising content. In addition, an independent NCSolutions study showcased that Spotify audio ads are 25% more effective than traditional advertising product mix and drive higher conversion rates. However, high conversion rates are not the only thing that makes Spotify an effective advertising product:

Cost-effectiveness. Spotify ad studio charges a $250 minimum campaign budget, streaming the advertisement for 25 000 free plan listeners.

Ability to reach a broad audience. Spotify is operating in 92 countries which gives an extensive reach to different listeners. On average, an individual listens to Spotify for around 148 minutes. It is estimated that 64% of audiences around 15-38 years of age listen to Spotify while working, studying or training. This means that it is hoping over the multitasking barrier and reach the audience when they are the most concentrated.

Spotify is an advertising trend that is not populated yet, and advertisers do not have stiff competition in the app compared to advertising on Facebook or Google. The targeting allows marketers to run the campaign to the audience, which will find the advertisement relevant.

If the user has upgraded to Premium Spotify plan, the ads are not displayed.
If the user has upgraded to Premium Spotify plan, the ads are not displayed.

Bottom line

Running advertisements on Spotify is drastically different from traditional digital advertising methods. It’s one of the few platforms that primarily present the ability to run audio ads, engaging with the audience through sounds.

Brands need to connect personally with customers and present the advertisement content to encourage consumers to engage with the brand. And Spotify seems like a perfect platform to do so. Pepsi is an excellent example of how effective advertising on Spotify is. The soft drink beverage company launched an audio ad about their zero-sugar drink PepsiMax, which resulted in a 155% lift in brand recall after the campaign, and 34% of the listeners decided that PepsiMax is the #1 no-sugar cola drink in the market.

As the consumer’s behavior is constantly changing and the advertising landscape is getting crowded, finding a suitable advertising medium for the brand to run the marketing campaigns is essential. The giant, audio-focused user base makes Spotify a valuable advertising industry player.