Category: Business development

Networking: How to Build a Community Around your Podcast

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Public relations and marketing are key elements in any business startup. Getting the word out and refining your sales pitch is a constant process to pursuit in order for you to become a successful entrepreneur

To understand that in its full terms, it is essential to recognize the right opportunities when they present themselves, and take a deep dive into the art that is:

Networking

As humans, we all need to be part of a group and identify with others in this world; we want to feel like we belong somewhere. Just as YouTubers create their own communities and social circles, and your favorite band has its own fan club, the podcasting community looks to create the same kind of tight bond with their audience. By encouraging your listeners to engage dynamically with your content, you can make them feel part of a group where they feel safe sharing their thoughts, and this is essential when it comes to business development. That’s how networking works.

When it comes to digging out the best strategies and improving your networking skills, I prompt you to get in touch with the people behind the podcasting industry. This move is extremely important (and exciting) for your project; it will provide you with a safe environment to ask specific things in a friendly way and have an honest answer to your questions. There are a lot of Facebook groups and online forums where you can look out for fellow podcasters and learn from their experience. A worthy example is She Podcast, a support group, and community that was created to help female podcasters and that has evolved into a podcast of its own. Building trustworthy, long-term relationships and gaining access to higher profile people will improve your online presence, and most importantly these people will have your back anytime you are searching for answers.

So how can I build a tribe around my podcast?

Growing your own tribe means a new family is being born, your virtual family. If you’re genuine, follow your heart and you act aligned with your core values and ideas, then you probably have a tribe already. Your tribe or community is always there for you: they share the same values you want to convey through your podcast, they take your message seriously, share it through their social networks and discuss it amongst their peers – 80% of Instagram users voluntarily connect with a brand on Instagram.

We all like to be told a story; the more personal and moving the story is, the more people will identify with it. Strong relationships are built on honesty and two-way communication. Touching upon your personal life experience, talking about your emotions and sharing your personal thoughts will allow people to grow confident in you and become attached to your vision. Ultimately, they will feel closer to you and they’ll try to communicate back to you in the form of comments, reviews, letters, and emails. If you take the time to listen to what your fanbase has to say and you respond reciprocally, the bonds between both parties will tighten and it will assure them that anything that comes from you is trustworthy. This is what we call brand loyalty.

Another key element in networking is to build brand awareness around your podcast. Brand awareness or brand recognition consists in the permanence your brand has inside your client’s thoughts. The trick is quite simple: If the first thing that comes to your listener’s mind when talking about a specific theme is your podcast, then you are doing things right. Creating legitimate business credentials (website, logo, social media accounts), having consistency and clarity in your content delivery strategies, and collaborating with brands and influences are amongst the activities that will communicate to your potential customers that you are the real deal.

Building brand partnerships is another strategy for successful networking. By associating yourself with like-minded individuals and companies, you are increasing your potential for growth and exposure. Collaborate with fellow podcasters and be a guest on their show, or alternatively invite them to be a guest in your show. Reach out to potential sponsors and become a brand advocate of your favourite products.

Adding physical events to your schedule will also increase and strengthen your local community. If your podcast is aimed at educational purposes, you can organize masterclasses or workshops and become more acquainted with your local following (whilst also profiting from this activity). If you have audiences located outside of your physical reach, you can perform these events virtually; scheduling webinars or tech talks are great ways some good quality networking.

Now that you have a lot more tools to develop your project online, keep in mind that networking is a common practice in the entrepreneur and business world; It is a great opportunity for you to connect with other business sectors and increase your following, meet your supporters through physical events and generate potential deals with brands and sponsors.

Nodalab is here for you. Whether you are looking for expert advice or new ways to grow your community, our team of dedicated professionals is passionate about excellence and committed to your success. Get in touch and find out how we can help you with your networking journey.

 

Podcasting as a Business Development Tool

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You can find a podcast related to almost every subject of interest, so it’s wise to focus on your target market in order to improve your chances of establishing an audience. You may be wondering about the cause behind the rising popularity of podcasting, and why their community is moving forward as fast as light. Well, we’ll tell you why:

It can become a profitable business.

Most podcasts creators in the world start doing it as a hobby, and those who have a lot of success in it, end up being full-time podcasters. Thanks to the commitment and persistence of these people, the podcast industry is going through a booming period, and people are catching up to this because of a simple detail: you can make a business out of it. It doesn’t matter what are the topics you speak of, as long as you’re passionate about it and have great content delivery strategies in place. You can make a name for yourself talking about almost anything: fashion, society, culture, tech, gaming, education, news, politics, comedy, sports, marketing or business – you name it.

That’s right, you can earn money talking about that topic you love the most whilst connecting with people around the world who share your interest. Podcasts allow you to become an expert in your field,  and lead you to do amazing and quality networking.

Online entrepreneurs and influencers have been exploring new techniques to increase their earnings through podcasting. Whether you monetize with a premium version of your podcast or through the use of advertising and sponsorships, having a podcast that supports your brand’s core values is an amazing online strategy to stand out and boost your reach. You can even appear in other podcasts related to your content, connect with even more people and create a community around you. If you manage to burst into the scene through a podcast, eventually you can turn it into a profitable business.

But why bother doing a podcast if I already have a successful business running?

Online services have emerged in the last few years exclusively dedicated to placing ads inside your show, by the use of dynamic ad insertion. You can even do sponsorships that you mention as the show follows which are more likely to translate in actual purchases from your listeners. Companies are aware of the power of advertising in podcasts: they can benefit from not searching around for potential customers, because they’re already choosing to be there, listening to you. The gains from external advertising will only be substantial if you have a big enough audience, so in many cases choosing to promote your own E-commerce instead is a better decision.

In order to get increased traffic to your website, you need to get your fresh and clean podcast out there and create a blog post that comes along with every episode. Upload your podcast to as many different platforms as possible, and redirect your listeners back to your website by providing freebies and episode resources. Getting your podcast feed into streaming services like iTunes, Spotify, iHeart, TuneIn or Stitcher, is incredibly easy by using podcasts hosts like Libsyn or Spreaker.

To sum it up

Authentic and unique content to podcast users is a gift. Podcast listeners will identify with you because you’re taking time and putting effort to help spread the word and create awareness of certain matters that they can’t find in any other place. They’ll feel closer to you and are more likely to become advocates for your brand.

Searching for an expert has come to an end. If you are looking to promote your work and others in the most efficient way possible, Nodalab can help you launch your own podcast or streamline your podcast series.