What are host-read Sponsorships?
Sponsorships are longer, editorialized commercial messages delivered by the podcasters themselves. Brands and advertisers can work with podcast creators ranging from household names to niche influencers, to deliver native, creative, and authentic reads.
They're typically 60 seconds to a couple of minutes in length.
Sponsorships sound like an organic part of a podcast, where the podcaster puts your messaging brief into their own words and style so it resonates and engages their listeners. They are typically recorded by the host of the show and seamlessly fit into the episodes.
Why Should I Choose Host-Read Sponsorships
The host-read sponsorship approach adds a personal touch and creates a more authentic connection between the podcast host and the audience. Listeners tend to trust the host's recommendations and perceive them as genuine endorsements, which can increase the effectiveness of the sponsorship.
Host-read sponsorships often include storytelling or conversational elements, making them more engaging and entertaining for the listeners. The host can share personal experiences or relevant stories related to the sponsored product or service, capturing the audience's attention and holding their interest.
Increased brand awareness
Regular listeners tend to develop a relationship with the podcast host, and their positive association with the host can extend to the sponsor—what's often called a "halo effect". Host-read sponsorships can help create brand awareness and build a positive brand image through the host's influence and rapport with the audience.
Flexibility and customization
Host-read sponsorships offer flexibility in terms of content and format. Advertisers can work with podcast hosts to tailor the sponsorship messages to fit the style and tone of the show, making the ad feel more natural and less intrusive.
Overall, host-read sponsorships are so popular in podcast advertising because they leverage the host's credibility, engagement, and relationship with the audience to deliver effective advertising messages. By integrating the sponsorships into the podcast content, they create a more organic and impactful advertising experience.