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How the Big Game plays out on Spotify

Don’t have months (and millions) to create a Big Game advertising campaign? No problem. Set up a campaign with our self-serve ad manager, Spotify Ad Studio, to connect with fans of American football in your area and reach your goals with a team of free creative tools and services.

How self-serve advertisers and local businesses can get in the game

Sports and digital audio go together like Sunday football and hot wings. After all, what’s the Big Game without a pre-party playlist or your favorite sports podcast’s post-game recap? On Spotify, we understand all the ways sports fans come together to soundtrack the moment — from kick-off to the final touchdown and beyond.

Here’s what advertisers need to know about how sports fans are streaming on Spotify.

The soundtrack to the season

Spotify Free users stream sports-related playlists for 13M minutes monthly.1

Sports fans=Spotify fans

More than 1 in 3 (40%) of Spotify Free listeners are Sports Fans.2

Fans stream as a team

US Football Fans on Spotify are 35% more likely to stream Spotify via connected speakers.3

During the 2020 Big Game, time spent streaming Spotify via TV grew +51% from the prior 4 Sunday averages.4

[Video] Game on

Among Spotify Free listeners, there is a 69% overlap between gamers and sports fanatics. This gamer/sports fan group skews male (63%) and younger (40% A16-24).5

The long weekend

The Friday pregame

During the 19-20 professional American football season, Friday was the peak day for streaming football-related playlists as fans got fired up for weekend watching.6

The big day

Listeners soundtrack game-day rituals like cooking and getting together with friends. The “cooking” and “party” moments peak in the late afternoon/evening hours on Sundays.7

The Monday postgame

Fans replay the weekend’s wins with recaps from top sports personalities. Streams spike on Mondays for The Bill Simmons Podcast and The Ringer Fantasy Football Show.8

Big Game inspiration for self-serve advertisers

1. Dial up the pre-game hype with podcast ads

Connect with football fans as they huddle up with their favorite podcasts. Spotify’s podcast advertising network allows advertisers to reach listeners based on their demographics, behaviors, and real-time contexts — both on and off Spotify. Learn how moving company Two Men and a Truck drove awareness among local listeners with an audience-based podcast ad campaign built with Ad Studio.

2. Serve up game-day essentials with audio

For QSR and CPG snack brands, the Big Game is the most wonderful time of the year to reach hungry fans. Rise above the noise with audio ads that hook listeners’ attention as they gear up for game day. Need some inspo? Check out how Pizza Hut used immersive audio ads that replicated the roar of a game-day football crowd and delivered the messaging — focused on value and delivery options — via voiceover in the style of a pro sportscaster.

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3. Embrace nostalgic sounds

US Football Fans are 16% more likely to listen to Throwbacks compared to all Spotify listeners. (+15% ‘80s,’ +13% ‘Oldies,’ and +12% ‘90s’).9 Flex your creative muscles (and maybe bust out the synths) to incorporate throwback sounds into your audio campaign. Read our quick-start guide to creating digital audio ads to help you get started.

4. Score stronger results with multiple formats

Consider putting two star players in your next Spotify campaign: audio and video ads. Where audio ads can reach listeners in screenless moments (like while they’re working out, cooking dinner, or driving), video ads are served when the Spotify app is in focus. Together, they can extend the impact of your ads and reach listeners in the right moments. Learn more about how to pick the right ad format based on your campaign goals and creative capabilities.

5. Make contextual targeting part of the game plan

A disruptive ad is the ultimate party foul. Spotify uses contextual audience targeting to pick up on listeners’ real-time context, ensuring the right ad appears at the right moment. Context can supercharge those strategies by informing your ad creative — so you can create more tailored messages that are relevant to the individual.

Want more Big Game inspiration from Spotify? Tune into these sports podcasts and Spotify Greenroom live rooms to get hyped for the big weekend.

  1. Source: Spotify First-Party Data, FY2021 monthly average. Playlist keywords include any 'sports', and sports types: ‘basketball’, ‘baseball’, ‘football’, 'racing', 'volleyball', 'rugby', 'soccer', 'tennis' etc. Global.
  2. Source: Global Web Index, 1H 2021, Adults 16+, US
  3. Source: Spotify First-Party Data 2021, 3PFootball FallsUS
  4. Source: GWI, FY 2020, US Internet users 16-64, Spotify Internal Data, 1/19/21 - 2/19/21, 3PFootball FansUS, based on minutes streamed. Spotify First-Party Data, 2/2/20 vs. 1/4/20-1/25/20 Sunday averages, based on minutes streamed by device type. US Only
  5. Source: GlobalWebIndex. Spotify Free Users. Gamers=those who game on any device. Sports Fanatics=interests in watching or playing sports or in adventure/extreme sports. 2Q19-1Q20. Global.
  6. Source: Spotify First-Party Data, US Football: September 2019-February 2020, streaming by day of week.
    Playlist keywords include “football”, “game day”, “NFL.” US Only. Spotify Internal Data, prior 90 days as of 2/20/21.
  7. Source: Spotify First-Party Data, US Football: September 2019-February 2020, Sundays by hour.
  8. Source: Spotify First-Party Data, US Football: September 2019-February 2020, streaming by day of week. Playlist keywords include “football”, “game day”, “NFL.” US Only. Spotify Internal Data, prior 90 days as of 2/20/21.
  9. Source: Spotify First-Party Data, 1/19/21 - 2/19/21, 3PFootball FansUS, based on minutes streamed.

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