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Networking: How to Grow a Podcast Community pt. II

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In Nodalab’s past blogposts, we have talked about different ways to build a community around your podcast. We know a podcast is a powerful tool to take your networking skills to the next level and strengthen your community. However, it is always better to choose your battles and keep your tribe close to you. So breath deeply and repeat after us: 

Take Your Time

By living in this accelerated and expeditious world, we have forgotten the elementary pieces of what human relationships are about: they take time, and we need to take care of them. If you have a podcast, and you are doing this only to make money or “living the dream” without caring for building any relationships, we invite you to rethink the purpose of your work. We all need other people in order to survive, and, other people can make a huge difference when it comes to expanding the reach of any professional project.

So what is the best way to connect with others through my podcast?

To create, grow and maintain a community around your podcast, you need to be patient and consistent with the content you are sharing. The universe wasn’t created in a day, and unless you are a famous person or a well known global leader, growing a podcast project will take time and effort from you. The more true connections you create with your audience and your podcast community, the less time it will take you to achieve your goals. 

What strategies can I implement to strengthen the audience around my podcast?

In order for your audience to grow, and stick with you anytime, you must show your listener that you care about them as much as they care about you. Some of the strategies you can put on practice to engage with your audience are:

Create and follow a publishing schedule

Creating a calendar with all the necessary tasks for the production and distribution of your podcast will give a concrete structure to your workflow, and will also guide your audience to be aware of when a new episode is ready for them. If you have a weekly podcast and you have been releasing episodes on Tuesdays for a while, it’s probably for the best to keep it that way. Also, it is important to prepare your audience for release day, so be sure to let them know one day before to stay tuned for every new show.  

Another important move is to respond to comments on your social networks and listen to constructive feedback from other podcasters, such as your audience. This shows you have sensitivity and reflect empathy. Despite what some people tell you, leaving reviews is important for podcasters because it is the clearest way to receive honest feedback from their audience. By adding the task “respond comments and feedback from the audience” to your to-do list and making it a habit, you will be building trust with your audience, and they will know they can count on you at all times.

This is a classic strategy from other podcasters to attract their audience. Whether is at the beginning or at the end of your podcast, don’t forget to invite your listeners to subscribe, and leave a review. You can also engage with your audience by asking questions in your show, request topics for the next episodes, or suggest some others and ask for feedback: this is another KPI for you to consider on your content schedule. After all, you are making a show for them, not for you. 

There are multiple ways to engage with your audience and grow your podcast community. We can help you figure out what is the best move for you. If you want to receive our latest giveaway for nodalab, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter below and follow our social media for more podcast tips. 

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Are Clicks Killing You? Welcome to the World of Podcast Automation

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Have you ever thought about the number of clicks it takes you to produce and publish a single podcast episode in a single workday? When we think about the amount of time and energy that is wasted on every repetitive task and how we can do these more efficiently, a word sprouts to mind:

AUTOMATION

We want to share with you the precious idea of working in a smarter way with the help of automation. Long shifts are over, despite what some people tell you.

The word automation may seem new to us, but it is as old as Fordism and World War One. Since the dawn of the First Industrial Revolution, we’ve been building devices and mechanisms to perform processes with minimal human assistance. In our current time and space, the efficiency by which we get our work done has accelerated significantly thanks to the latest technological advancements.

Here is some good news about podcast automation as a couple: there are dozens of tools we can use to optimize workflows and delegate tasks to computers. Thanks to automation, we can run our podcast production like an assembly line and get the job done with minimal effort.

Better planning leads to better results. You can implement multiple strategies to streamline your production workflow and increase your productivity. If you plan carefully, you can reduce the number of clicks it takes you to finish all your tasks.

So why are clicks killing you, or at least making you slower?

Have you ever seen a programmer work on a computer? Then, you must have noticed the power of keyboard shortcuts in any laborious task. It’s amazing to see how quickly you can move around a computer when you avoid using your mouse. And while practice plays a huge role in the development of these skills, learning one keyboard shortcut a day will eventually lead you to walk the path of least resistance. We recommend you to do some research and find out which shortcuts can minimize your effort on producing your podcast.

Organizing yourself better to keep track of all your files and save not only time but, loads of money. According to CEO Buddy, some companies spend from 2,000 to 6,000 dollars each year on reordering files and folders, and this doesn’t include the frustration and constant mess that is generated as time passes. Our advice is to have at least 2 folders for each podcast episode, one where you keep your raw files and one where you keep your files ready for publishing. Trust us on this one; having to search around for every file while uploading to every outlet is simply inefficient.

Having templates ready for your media and assets (audio files, images, videos), scripts, episode descriptions, as well as social media and blog posts, is an essential tool in any serious production. This provides you with a sense of order and a strong structure for every episode. It is not necessary to produce every episode from scratch, as this task would be very repetitive and time-consuming. Usually, the podcast structure is similar for every episode, so if you need to change or add details to future episodes, you can always make updates on your current templates.

Finally, the last piece of the puzzle is to use automation for every task that doesn’t require human interaction. Think about every time you move a file or a piece of information from one place to another, only so one member of your team can review and approve it, and then save it on a separate hard drive or cloud storage service of their own. Does this feel like a waste of time, space and energy? Well, unfortunately, it is. Thankfully enough, there is a solution to this problem and it will make your life much easier.

Automation can be achieved through online services that link between your applications and your webpage, such as Zapier, or by a dedicated software to handle operations within your Operating System, such as Automator. You can schedule tasks on your computer, move files and send text messages or emails without blinking an eye. And while setting up every procedure may be time-consuming at first, it doesn’t compare to the relief of knowing that you will save so much energy to focus on the things that truly matter!

Looking for a helping hand? Feel free to reach us at hello@nodalab.com  and receive a FREE consultation to guide you on your path to success. We live and breathe podcasts every day, and would love to provide feedback on your project.

Create a Roadmap for your Podcast Launch

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We know launching a podcast can feel like too much for a small team or an individual. However, we believe that establishing clear communication lanes between members of your work team and developing a structured plan on your way to success is essential and will make things easy peasy. To develop a roadmap according to your project’s needs, we recommend you to set quantifiable goals and objectives that you want to reach through your podcast.

Your roadmap will be the place to start thinking about your goals.

Your roadmap goals should be very specific and achievable, as well as measurable within a time frame. Determine which marketing objectives you would like to achieve and create schemes accordingly.  Some of these goals can be related to Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), such as the size and engagement of your fan base, monthly sales figures, traffic to your website, and others. Your branding will be based around these objectives and will guide you whilst creating your marketing plan.

How can I carry out a roadmap for my podcast?

Now, to make your marketing strategy work, you must define how to reach your market, and positioning inside Search Engines is an elemental key to stand out when it comes to inbound marketing. A Unique Selling Position (USP), is commonly a cause presented by a seller (that would be you) reason, arguing that this seller services are different or better than the competition. You can use the USP to attract the perfect audience when it comes to your website’s podcast if you develop the message the right way.

First things first. To develop a business model, you need to be very clear of how this works: A solid business model is a great tool to understand how your business would work before you start running it, and during its course. Using, for example, a business model canvas to understand your own business model, will strongly help you to discover how to monetize your online business in a faster way, and define your accurate target audience, while identifying the best channels for communication as well as key partnerships.

A couple of questions you must ask yourself during roadmapping stage, are related to marketing and how this huge world works. Building trust by offering value through different services is a great tool to achieve goals. People often call this move an offer ladder. You need to define an offer ladder and proper productization of your services for all of this to work for you and your business.  An offer ladder is also a great way to reach potential customers through freebies while showcasing products that are higher in value.

Roadmaps should help you start, develop, follow and close processes, both in the generation of leads and in the nurturing of them. To change from leads to formal sales, one of your top priorities is that you directly engage with your leads. To complement the sales process we recommend you to use a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM), a very common term used in marketing area and related to the closing and follow up of sales. CRM’s throw relevant situations related to each account or contacts, it helps you manage data through any gadget, and some of them have the possibility of offering reports. With the help of a CRM like Salesforce or Netsuite,  you can do follow up in an easier way, converting leads to legit sales with the correct use of this tool.

Finally, we’ll talk about a very important thing when it comes to roadmap a project: brand strategy, design, and development. When you start planning your brand, you start building it without noticing. Great projects begin with great ideas, and you want to present the right image when it comes to your project, the accurate visuals to complement development, and thanks to this, lead yourself to attract the audience you want to see next to you. Start your brand development process doing a strong investigation to work on the strategy you want to implement and release it to your listeners when it’s ready for the world to see it.

So now you know there is a clear path you need to walk to get into the right roadmapping for a podcast. Create attractive strategies for your potential customers (leads), work the relationship you have with them, to last but not least, close deals and convert those potential leads to your clients.

Here in Nodalab, we can help you produce and launch your podcast series in a successful way to the right audience, it could really improve your income and increase your listeners.

 

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.

To read the second part of this blogpost, enter: Networking: How to Grow a Podcast Community pt. II

 

How to Launch your Own Podcast Series Successfully

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Creating a podcast takes a lot of time and effort. If you are completely sure that you want to commit to this project, constantly promote it and treat with love and respect, you will need organization. During the pre-production stage of your podcast, we recommend creating a roadmap.

Roadmapping

Choose the topic you want to talk about on your podcast, the one that you genuinely love. Visualize how your podcast would be like if it already existed, and do not forget to look for references of projects similar to yours. If you ever feel stuck in the creative process, look for inspiration, and make it unique by adding your own personal touch.

There are hundreds of podcast being born every day, so you need to find the niche market that resonates with your concept. Ask yourself if there’s an audience waiting for someone like you to spread your ideas.

Your podcast is and will be like your newborn baby:

It needs an original, unique name (be sure no one else has the same name as your baby does). Choose a title that sounds appealing and illustrates what the show is all about for potential listeners. We recommend you to search for keywords that are related to the topic you’ll be talking about and identify which keywords can help your position in search engines. Make sure you can register a domain with your chosen title, create accounts for social media, etc.

Now let’s move to the shape of your baby, the color of its eyes, the clothes you want it to wear. The possibilities for the structure are endless, so be wise and choose the format that best fits your narrative and your resources. There are several formats to produce a podcast:

There are those that have a single host going through a script. Then there are the interview podcasts, where the host interviews a different person each episode; there are also fiction and non-fiction podcasts, as well as newscasts, which are uploaded every few days or once a week.

So how do I start my podcast? Where do I begin?

Start with a good introduction. Do you remember your favorite radio or TV show? Remember how in between 30 and 60 seconds, it would transport you to another dimension with its music intro, welcoming you to they’re own universe? Well, the same thing has to be done with your podcast. In a very brief time, you can let your audience know what your podcast is about, and get them excited about what’s coming next. Some podcasters use a musical intro, and some don’t. It depends on the topic you are going to talk about, and the mood you want to establish with your audience. Producing a custom jingle, or selecting the right track from a music library will help your audience identify with your show.

Regarding the length of your podcast, some blogs will tell what the average duration of a podcast should be, but it really doesn’t matter as long as the content is engaging throughout and it feels right – it all depends on the nature of the content and the structure of your podcast.

Last but not least, you’ll need to create an ending to your show: closing thoughts, thanking your audience, having a sneak peek of your next episode, and outro music (which can be the same music as the intro) are all common practice. This is your opportunity to promote yourself and persuade your listeners to subscribe to your show, make a donation through Patreon, or leave a review on their favorite podcast app. Including show notes and episode resources are great ways to back up the information you’re sharing and redirecting your listeners back into your website.

What about sound quality and podcast hosting?

Since podcasting is an audio medium, sound quality is crucial to produce and launch a successful product. Yes, you will need to buy and gather the right equipment and recording software or cloud recording service, but editing and mixing your own audio can be a challenging and tedious endeavor. We strongly recommend you to hire a podcast producer, to have the best quality not only in audio but in all of the production process that comes along with podcasting.

Now that your podcast is completed you need to get it out there. Choosing a podcast hosting service really depends on your needs as a podcaster, and most of these servers will make your show available on platforms like Spotify, Apple, and Google podcasts. These services will host your audio files, manage your RSS feed, and even provide insights and listening statistics. You can also host your podcast from within your own WordPress website with plugins like Powerpress, which make publishing your episodes as easy as creating a blog post.

If you’re looking for a podcast expert to help you not only produce but launch successfully your podcast series, Nodalab is the place you’ve been seeking for. We provide world-class audio production, around the clock publishing, and much more!