Spotify CPM Rates 2018


“Spotify” is a Swedish entertainment company founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. It specializes in Comparison of on-demand streaming music service music, podcast, and video streaming service that launched on 7 October 2008. It is located in Stockholm, Sweden. With 75 million active users Spotify offers a lot in terms of advertising. If a brand or company selects to advertise on the platform, they can have a choice of audio, video and display ads as well as sponsored sessions, homepage takeovers, mobile interstitial, leaderboards, and branded playlists. Spotify currently has a spend of $25,000 per campaign. It in post, we’ll discuss Spotify CPM rates and its advertising benefits.


Advantages of Spotify Ads: Benefits

Whenever a user signs into their Spotify account they’ll see a sponsored Ad on their homepage banner. According to numbers from Spotify, “75% of digital audio listeners think commercials are fine on a free streaming service; 47% have also said that ads are even less intrusive on a service like Spotify, rather than traditional radio.”



  • Using data provided by Spotify and first-hand information, marketers can inform their buying decisions based on their user’s listening habits.
  • A few Spotify ad formats are more resistant to ad-blockers.
  • Several different ad formats are available to advertisers on Spotify, from sponsored playlists to video takeovers.

Spotify Ad Formats



The different Ad formats are Audio, Video, and Display.

  • Spotify Audio Ads: All these audio ads are generally played during commercial breaks in between the songs.  Audio Advertising has 100 per cent sharing of voice.
  • Video Ads: Video Adverts gives the brand access to a premium experience. Ads are delivered to the logged-in users when they are engaged with Spotify. The unique streaming intelligence of Spotify can be used to identify what the listener is doing in real time; which gives the brand an opportunity to engage with the customers.
  • Spotify banner Ads: Banner Ads on Spotify are pretty much similar to the ones elsewhere.
  • Sponsored Sessions: With Sponsored Sessions, the audience is offered the opportunity to unlock 30 minutes of ad-free listening in exchange for watching the brands video. This makes a symbiotic relationship between the audience and the brand; as it ensures both the listener and the brand are benefiting.
  • Sponsored playlists: A playlist aligning with the liking of the audience is created by the brand in sponsored playlists.

Spotify Ad Targeting Options


Spotify’s streaming intelligence service tells them about their customers. Spotify has successfully been able to get into the mind of its users. This intelligence system helps identify the real people behind their devices; the real mood of the users, their mindsets, tastes, and behaviours. The target audience is reached based on the: age and gender, language, interests and behaviors. People are reached in the right context:

  • Genre- The message is delivered immediately after a user has listened to a specific genre.
  • Platform- Dynamically serve campaigns to users based on their active platform.
  • Location and time of the day- Ads are served to the users based on the locations they are at.

How to Buy Programmatic Ads on Spotify?

Spotify has reported that its “ads drive 60% greater recall than a benchmark of more than 1,600 online campaigns.” Programmatic media buying, marketing and advertising is the algorithmic purchase and sale of advertising space in real time. During this process, software is used to automate the buying, placement, and optimization of media inventory via a bidding system.

Spotify CPM Rates

“Cost per mille” is a marketing term used to describe the price of 1000 advertisement impressions on one webpage. So to put it in simple words “if a website publisher charges $2 CPM, it means that the advertiser must pay $2 for every 1000 impressions of his ad”. The “M” in “COME” denotes 1000 in the Roman numerical system. The purpose of the CPM metric is to compare costs of advertising campaigns within and across different media. A typical advertising campaign might try to reach potential consumers in multiple locations and through various media. Companies can expect CPM ranging from $5 to $30. Spotify CPM rates can be anywhere from $5 and above and depends on the targeting type and ad formats.

Spotify Advertiser and Publisher List

Few of the brands who have taken the opportunity to promote their products in between tunes successfully are:

  • Reebok- Reebok got some of the athletes sponsored by them to pitch in with their favourite workout music. The company is the sponsor of the coolest branded Spotify app yet: Reebok FitList.
  • McDonald’s- The company brings fresh content directly to consumers by sponsoring The Drop, a website where Spotify releases exclusive photos, videos, and playlists from popular artists like Fall Out Boy, the Gaslight Anthem, and Childish Gambino.
  • Jose Cuervo- In 2013, Jose Cuervo had launched a campaign to reach college students in the United Kingdom by asking radio stations from around the country to submit their best playlists.
  • Coca-Cola- One of the first advertisers to use the sponsored session video ads. Coca-Cola had created the Playlists app which allowed people to see which songs were being played in real-time in other countries.
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship- In 2012, UFC used the connection between music and UFC to produce one of the most successful Spotify campaigns ever.

Spotify is one of the best streaming services in the world. It has recently opened up its inventory to Appnexus buyers and is looking to partner with more adtech companies as audio ads are slowly rolling out and becoming an integral part of advertising solution for brands. Hope this article on Spotify CPM rates gives you some idea on the gradual shift to emerging ad formats in the industry and also the future of audio ads/podcasting in general.

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