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Carr on Challenge of Ad Supported Podcasts

The day after Randall Stroll calls ad-supported podcasts “terra incognita” for the Sunday national edition’s Digital Domain column, New York Times reporter David Carr, who specializes in covering the print media business, points out the real challenge of putting ads in podcasts:


“People who take the time to download programming are not going to be interested in a lot of advertising. And if they do get it, they can easily skip it by hitting fast forward.”


While I don’t agree that the time spent downloading podcasts makes listeners ad resistant. But I fast forward through ads and programs IDs in podcasts I subscribe to.

Carr goes on to say that podcasting “offers little opportunity in the way of a real actual business.”

With this statement I strongly disagree. My public realtions firm is currently podcasting for two different clients, and for both accounts, the initiatives are working to procure qualified leads automatically, on an ongoing basis.

Not only are these programs profitable for my agency, they have become essential components of both of these firms’ marketing communications efforts. Here they are:

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