Podcasters: Want More Downloads and More Influence?
By Scott Lorenz
Podcasts are more popular today than ever before. Whether you are a guest on a podcast or interview authors and experts, you need to promote the show to expand your audience. You can have the greatest podcast with the best guests but if nobody knows about it, nobody will hear them. Do you know the difference between success and failure? PROMOTION! Here are some tips to attract a bigger audience.
Ensure Good Sound Quality
Sound quality is key to the success of any podcast. After all, nobody will listen to your episodes if they’re full of crackles, echos, and distractions. Listeners will bail out in seconds if the sound quality is bad. Joe Rogan, creator of the “Joe Rogan Experience” and the most popular podcaster in the U.S. swears by the SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone. Personally, I use a YETI on a scissor arm. In addition to investing in a quality microphone, make sure you record your podcast in a quiet room with sound proofing and eliminate all background noise as much as you can. Find more of my tips here.
Once you’ve edited out the dead air, the ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ you’ll need to distribute it to all of the leading listening apps. Don’t make the mistake of only sticking to one. Instead, ensure it’s available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio. The more places you distribute it, the more listeners you’re likely to capture.
Take Advantage of Social Media
Social media can do wonders for your podcast. You can share your episodes or content about them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms. According to Chris Cordani, a podcast and broadcast consultant, “Try to interview guests with a large LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media following. It’s important to get the word out and a guest with a large audience can help immensely. Be sure to include a sample of a show on a link so people can immediately see if they’d like it.” Remember to build partnerships with fellow podcasters and share each other’s content on social media channels as well.
Build a Mailing List
If you build a mailing list of subscribers, you can connect to your audience on a regular basis. Tim Ferriss of the Tim Ferriss Show does this and sends out an exclusive email every Friday with the five coolest things he’s found or explored that week. Check it out here!
Create a Podcast Landing Page
Go the extra mile and create a landing page for your podcast. Not only will it get people excited, it may also generate a list of email addresses that you can use for marketing purposes. Joe Rogan’s landing page features a link that takes visitors directly to Spotify so that they can easily listen to “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
Optimize for SEO
It’s important to optimize your podcast with keywords that will allow search engines and people to find you. There are a number of keyword research tools to help you do so like Google Keyword Planner, Keyword Surfer, and the Ahrefs Keyword Generator. You can also look at competitor podcasts and see which keywords they’re using.
Host Contests and Giveaways
There’s no denying everyone loves free stuff. That’s why it may be well worth it to host a content or giveaway on your podcast where you ask your listeners to share your podcast or leave a review about it. Then, you can hold a raffle and give away something valuable. Tim Ferriss launched the “The Tim Ferriss Tools of Titans Giveaway,” where he gave away books, he recommends plus everyday products he uses.
Be a Guest on Another Podcast
If you have the time and desire, make a guest appearance on another podcast. This way you can develop relationships with their listeners and expand your audience without a great deal of effort. Joe Rogan has been a guest on a number of podcasts such as The Tim Dillon Show, Timcast IRL, and Literally with Rob Lowe.
Get Reviews for Your Podcast
According to Chris Cordani “Once your podcast gets 25-55 reviews on Apple, algorithms take over and your podcast can be organically boosted to others. Cordani says the best way to get more reviews is to first attract listeners and then politely ask them to leave a review about your podcast. “Don’t be bashful,” says Cordani, “Ask for the review 3 times during the podcast.”
Create Audiograms and Share on Social Media
“Audiograms are short, animated audio clips that can be artistically created through such apps like Headliner or Descript,” says Tara Kachaturoff, author of Podcast Host Essentials: 30 Ways to Promote Your Podcast for Free. Essentially these apps allow you to create an image and then associate a segment of audio with it. “What’s so awesome is that you can see an animated audio wave superimposed over the image when you play the audio,” says Kachaturoff.
Tools to Help You Out
There are a number of tools that can steer you toward podcast success including:
- Podcast Magazine: You can subscribe to PodMag and enjoy access to personal interviews with leading podcasters, details on the top products, and information on the latest happenings in the industry. The founder and publisher are Steve Olsher, the foremost leader in podcasting in the USA.
- Auphonic: With Auphonic, you can automatically master your audio files, add ID3 tags, and send them to your podcast host in one simple step.
- Music Radio Creative: Music Radio Creative is a great resource for professional introductions, intros, outros, jingles, and more.
- Power-Up Podcasting: Created by Pat Flynn, Power-Up Podcasting is a robust step-by-step podcast training course designed to help you create and launch your podcast successfully.
- Podcasters’ Paradise: This online community can give you the chance to connect with and learn from fellow podcasters.
The Bottom Line: Your podcast won’t promote itself. If you want more downloads and more influence, then implement these ideas!
Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.
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