Connecting and interacting with people related to your same interests may seem like a slow process. However, a podcast is a great tool to take your network further and build a community around you.
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:
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.
To read the second part of this blogpost, enter: Networking: How to Grow a Podcast Community pt. II