Audacy Partners With Voicify to Drive Interactive Voice Capabilities Across Its Digital Platform and Simplify Advertising Opportunities for Clients
PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 13, 2021 – Audacy has announced a multiyear partnership with Voicify, the market leader in conversation experience management software that combines voice optimized content management, cross-platform deployment, and voice-specific customer insights.
As part of the partnership, Audacy will leverage Voicify’s services to drive interactive voice capabilities across the Audacy platform and make station-branded skills more easily accessible for listeners via any voice assistant-enabled device. Audacy will also license Voicify’s patented platform – The Voicify Conversation Experience Platform – to create and deliver innovative, interactive voice ads and voice commerce experiences through digital audio content for advertisers. The Voicify Conversation Experience Platform enables marketers to connect with their customers by creating highly engaging and personalized voice experiences that are automatically deployed to a broad array of voice platforms, including smart speakers.
“As we continue to expand and enhance the Audacy direct-to-consumer platform, adding new interactive voice capabilities and enabling voice commerce experiences across a wide range of devices is an important area of future growth, especially in an age where flexibility and speed to market are a must have for our advertising partners,” said J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Audacy. “We are excited to partner with Voicify to provide next generation interactive advertising solutions to our clients to help make their advertising more actionable.”
“We have been working closely with Audacy to support their continued innovation and leadership when it comes to the delivery of highly engaging interactive voice experiences within the audio space,” said Jeff McMahon, Chief Executive Officer, Voicify. “We are excited to expand our relationship and continue to partner with Audacy to create best-in-class interactive experiences for their listeners and compelling interactive ads and voice commerce opportunities for their clients.”
According to Emarketer, one-third of the United States population, or roughly 111.8 million people, are using voice to conduct searches, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) noting 71% of consumers prefer to perform search queries by voice instead of typing. PwC data also finds that 40% of consumers use voice to order or buy something every month. The usage of smart speakers is expected to continue to rise in 2022, as Juniper Research predicts that 55% of households will use smart speakers by 2022, up from 13% of households in 2018.
Voicify’s technology and its robust partner ecosystem enables dynamic conversation capabilities with the voice skills that they create. Audacy and Voicify will kick off their partnership with high profile campaigns for several marquee brands in the months to come.
Audacy, Inc. (NYSE: AUD) is a leading multi-platform audio content and entertainment company with the country’s best collection of local music, news and sports brands, a premium podcast creator, major event producer, and digital innovator. Audacy engages 200 million consumers each month, bringing people together around content that matters to them. Learn more at www.audacyinc.com, Facebook (Audacy Corp) and Twitter (@AudacyCorp).