82% respondents unaware of podcasts: The Podcast Pulse report

78% of consumers discovered podcasts less than a year ago, indicating a recent surge in interest

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82% respondents unaware of podcasts: The Podcast Pulse report

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Delhi: The Podcast Pulse, a comprehensive report on podcast consumption in India has been developed by UNPAC Research (OPC) with the support of Ideabrew Studios.

The brand believes that India has surged to become the third-largest market for podcast listeners globally, yet only 12% of Indians are currently engaged, leaving a vast untapped audience waiting to be explored. The Podcast Pulse aims to address this gap by offering insights into consumer preferences, content choices, favored hosts, and preferred platforms.

The methodology behind The Podcast Pulse involved a blend of quantitative and qualitative research techniques. 

Engaging 2,170 individuals across 10 cities in India, including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, and Jaipur, the report gauged awareness and listenership statistics. Additionally, interviews with 1,800 active listeners provided insights into their behavior and preferences.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 82% of respondents were initially unaware of podcasts, highlighting a significant opportunity for awareness-building efforts.

  • 78% of consumers discovered podcasts less than a year ago, indicating a recent surge in interest.

  • Authenticity and vulnerability in podcast conversations are highly valued by listeners, fostering a deeper connection with hosts and content.

The report also explores consumption patterns, including weekday vs. weekend trends, preferred episode lengths, and the rise of regional language content. 

Furthermore, The Podcast Pulse profiled the Aware listener – detailing gender, occupation, age, and level of education – and conducted a deep dive into genre dynamics and explores the nuances between audio and video podcasts.  It charted the four stages of podcast enthusiasts’ journey, from their curious Exploration and Discovery phase to Advocacy as they promote and champion their favorite podcasts.

Sheetal Choksi, Director, UNPAC Research, said, "We believe The Podcast Pulse is a game-changer, providing insights into India’s podcast consumption and offering a roadmap for creators and platforms to navigate the evolving preferences of Indian audiences, empowering industry professionals and stakeholders to unlock its full potential. As a podcaster myself, I experienced firsthand the challenges in accessing comprehensive data about our audience. Beyond some basic data, no one was able to answer questions like who was listening to podcasts, when, why certain genres did well, etc. This realization was the genesis of The Podcast Pulse – an earnest attempt to fill the void and provide actionable insights for the entire industry." 

Aditya Kuber, CEO, Ideabrew Studios, said, “At Ideabrew Studios, we are passionate about fostering innovation in audio storytelling. The Podcast Pulse not only showcases the immense potential of podcasts in India but also underscores the importance of diverse and authentic narratives in shaping the future of audio entertainment. This report will be a definitive look into podcast consumption data for advertising agencies, brands and everyone looking to meaningfully engage with a large audience.


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