AdTonos launches interactive radio ads via Alexa

New interactive radio adverts are starting to appear on Absolute Radio, Kiss Radio and Magic Radio via smart speakers.

The first campaign run by audio advertising platform AdTonos utilising its Yours Truly technology, in partnership with Octave and Omnicom Media Group’s PHD, delivered the ads on behalf of Audi across commercial radio stations for the first time.

To simplify, listeners using Alexa can talk to the speaker after heading one of the new adverts, and ask for more information.

In practice, an ad featuring an interaction trigger is inserted into an ad break, once broadcast, listeners can react to the ad with a simple voice command to engage the voice assistant and complete a desired action before being returned to the live radio station.

The Yours Truly technology was debuted via an ad campaign that Omnicom Media Group’s PHD planned and delivered for Audi and targeted London’s commercial radio stations in a worldwide first — including Absolute Radio, Kiss Radio and Magic Radio. Listeners could easily book test drives for the brand’s latest model through voice-activation on their smart speakers. The campaign also harnessed intelligent geolocation technology to help listeners select their nearest dealership.

Michal Marcinik, AdTonos CEO and Founder commented: “Yours Truly is set to drive unprecedented progression across the audio advertising industry. By allowing advertisers to dynamically insert interactive ads in live radio content, the tool paves the way for instant, two-way communication that will not only increase conversions, but also forge stronger links between advertisers and valuable radio audiences.”

Phil Rowley, Futures Director at Omnicom Media Group said of the campaign delivered for PHD’s client Audi: “The first-of-its-kind campaign we deployed for Audi lays the foundation for audio and voice advertising innovation globally. As the channel continues to grow – with the global voice-based smart speaker market predicted to be worth $30billion by 2024 – we’re keen to continue exploring audio’s strengths as part of fully integrated marketing strategies.”

Charlie Brookes, Director – Revenue at Octave Audio, which executed the Audi campaign, added: “AdTonos has raised the benchmark for audio engagement with the launch of Yours Truly and we’re excited to be working with them as they transform the future of radio ads. The rapid technical integrations via SDKs is testament to how fast the industry can innovate, and the opportunities for broadcasters, brands, and audiences alike are vast.”

AdTonos is a programmatic audio advertising platform that connects advertisers with publishers. The marketplace offers multiple ad placements from well-known pre-rolls, through to mid-rolls and real-time ad replacement for live streaming.