How To Increase Your Reach with Podcasts

Did you know that 45 million Americans download podcasts at least once a month? What are these amazing audio superstars? Podcasts are audio files that are created for Apple products like iPods, iPhones and iPads. They can be downloaded and added to playlists. There are stories, music, news, education, instruction and other types of podcasts.

Podcasts are very convenient to use. They can be played in cars, at the gym, on the airplane. They can be listened to without an internet connection, but you do need an internet connection to download the files. They are similar to MP3 files, except they can be stored in a channel, complete with graphics, regular release dates and more. When someone subscribes to your channel, they get your updates automatically. Podcasts can be free or for sale.

Download the iTunes application on your computer or mobile device. You can search through hundreds of thousands of subjects and see how other people use podcasts to communicate, broadcast, educate and entertain. Podcasts are very popular and not going away anytime soon.

Why you should use podcasts to market.

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1. Podcasts are easy to create. You put together an audio file, add some edits like intros or music and you can upload your file.

2. You can get creative with the types of audio files you can use. You can monologues, interviews, musical presentations, news reports or read your written content for people who prefer to consume audio content. You can even create video content.

3. You can even transcribe your podcasts into written content for people who like to read.

How to use podcasts to market.

In some ways, marketing podcasts is similar to other types of content marketing. Create a great title, share it on your blog, website and social media networks, email it to your list and put it on your business cards.

Some tips to keep and increase your subscribers:

  1. Put planning and care into each broadcast. Create a mission or a vision for your channel and stick to it.
  2. Broadcast about something that you are knowledgeable and passionate about. This will keep the fire going long after the first 50 episodes.
  3. Use positive, empowering language and concepts. Complaining about things will bring you and your audience down.
  4. Thank people for listening, at the beginning and at the end of the podcast.
  5. Mix up the content. If you use interviews, try monologues. Use guest speakers.
  6. Talk to and about your audience. Discuss the emails or suggestions that you get from your audience.
  7. Team up with other broadcasters in the same or complementing industries.

Podcasts offer a lot of value to both consumers and business people. They are great for bloggers, marketers, educators, entertainers and anyone with interesting, dynamic content to share. You do not need an Apple product to download podcasts, which opens up your subscriber base to PC and Android users. If you want to do something great with your marketing, look into Podcasting. Podcasting can open doors not available in other types of Internet marketing.


16 thoughts on “How To Increase Your Reach with Podcasts”

  1. I have never thought of podcast on my marketing strategy but after reading this article it seems that I’ve got no choice but to start using it.

    1. Kostas says:

      I feel the same, I pretty much thought podcasts were over, but maybe I need to rethink my opinions!

  2. weezle says:

    I also have never thought of using podcast but I guess I need to get it and maybe post a review about it on my blog

  3. I. C. Daniel says:

    Interesting article. Would be awesome if I get rid of european accent trying this.

  4. I think podcasting is a very under utilised opportunity for internet marketers as they really help you to connect with your potential customers on a much more personal level.

    Listeners feel you’re speaking to them directly and feel they “know” you, which in turn builds their trust in you and therefore your products which means it’s much easier to convert them into customers; they’re already on-board with you.

  5. faisal says:

    But ain’t the podcast market dropping down?

    1. Dave Jackson says:

      Podcasting is only growing and has grown every single year since its inception. You can start a podcast with a $35 microphone and free software. I’ve helped hundreds of people launch a successful podcasts

  6. Alexander says:

    This is a useful tips and I will surely give it a try

  7. Michaela says:

    What software do you recommend for creating podcasts?

  8. Misha says:

    Hi John,
    Read earlier also about podcasting but using it for pure marketing is a good idea. Great advice…….

  9. Arbaz K says:

    Podcasts are literally growing and all the big bloggers are turning in to starting their own podcasts and reach more audience.
    BTW, what’s the best software that we can use to record the podcasts?

  10. Nice idea. I have surely use this tips.

  11. Stephen says:

    I like podcasts too. Because allow me to be multi-tasking and more productive.

  12. ayyan says:

    Short but really informative article, thanks for sharing.

  13. Yes, that helped a lot. I havn’t yet used podcast for marketing. However, I have read many good reviews about marketing success through podcasts. Can you please provide more information on the technical aspects of creating Podcasts? That will definitely help me to get started. thanks in advance.

  14. Jawbone Up says:

    I love podcast. And been listening since 2006. Able to get very interesting stories and business tips, news from there.

    However, to create my own podcast, it’ll take lots of time and efforts. I’ll rather listen 🙂

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