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The Asian podcasting revolution: What future prospects look like in the space

The Asian podcasting revolution: What future prospects look like in the space

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Two years ago, the potential of podcasting in Asia was under scrutiny. Now, as we begin 2024, Asia's podcasting landscape stands as a testament to exceptional growth, brimming with talent, immense advertiser interest, an enthusiastic listener base, and cutting-edge technology that defines the industry's current pulse.

Advertiser Interest and Market Growth

Recent insights from an Acast Study reveal a seismic shift in the mindset of global marketers, especially in Singapore. The anticipated surge in podcast ad spend over the next five years signifies a growing recognition of this medium's immense value within both established and emerging markets.

Not surprisingly, podcasts remain an under-advertised format, holding untapped potential over streaming music and radio in aspects like brand safety, precise targeting, extensive reach, and engagement with affluent audiences.

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Listener Impact and Content Evolution

In tandem, listener responses echo this sentiment. Podcasts have become integral to daily routines, with 93% of Singaporeans embracing them as part of their everyday lives. The tangible impact of this listening on brands is undeniable, with 74% of respondents acknowledging podcast advertising's positive influence on brand perception, eclipsing other media channels in terms of influence.

Regional Surges and Brand Success Stories

Beyond Singapore, the Philippines presents as an underdeveloped market whereby Acast is dominant, showcased through impactful partnerships such as PumaPodcast and Glenfiddich, which set the benchmarks for brand success stories.

Meanwhile, Indonesia in particular is experiencing its own podcasting surge, seeing the highest growth in listener rates in 2023.

“Indonesian audiences have a growing interest in grassroots local issues and have a language barrier to consuming global content, so they prefer local content. The tradition of listening to the radio has been passed down through generations. Since podcasts are an audio-based medium, the existing comfort with this format may make it easier for Indonesians to transition from radio to podcasts,” said Raden Dion, chief creative officer of Kukila Network in Indonesia.

Hong Kong is another market experiencing a surge, but in a distinct manner. Advertisers are embracing innovation and rapid progression. Advertisers, notably brands such as Anker, are swiftly embracing podcast advertising due to its substantial traction and impact.

Catalysts for Social Discourse

Podcasts are not merely entertainment; they've evolved into platforms for social discussions, bridging the gap between leaders and the public. Notably, podcasts played a pivotal role in shaping perspectives during Singapore's 2023 presidential election, where candidates actively engaged audiences on popular shows such as The Daily Ketchup and The Financial Coconut, showcasing the medium's influential capacity.

The Asian podcasting revolution has not only defied initial skepticism but has emerged as a powerhouse of growth, innovation, and cultural influence. The surge in advertiser interest and market growth, coupled with the profound impact on listeners and the evolution of content, underscores the pivotal role podcasts play in shaping the region's media landscape.

This article is written by Timi Siytangco, key account director, Asia. 

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