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Here’s How a Podcast Can Help You Improve Your Marketing Strategy in 2022

Podcasts are the ultimate content resource for your company’s marketing strategy and audiences are rising exponentially!

Whether you’re looking to increase brand awareness or trying to promote a product through new channels, the power of a podcast as an effective communication and brand’s culture resource is becoming more and more trending.

The variety of topics that can be found in this format is almost infinite. 2022 is the best time to ride this wave. Podcast advertising sales grew to a 1 billion USD industry in 2021

However, that number is expected to double by 2023. 

Discover the many ways in which a podcast can humanize your brand and improve your marketing strategy, getting close to those users and listeners that are increasingly demanding higher quality content.

A Powerful Networking Tool

A compelling partnership starts with a good conversation. Many entrepreneurs and influential leaders have good stories to share and podcasts have become the ultimate platform for them. Having a series of guests who bring some new knowledge to the table is a win-win game for everyone

For them, it helps to enhance their identity as authorized voices. For you as a creator, it’s a chance to enter their network in a creative way that, if done right, inspires other speakers to use your show as a medium in which they can promote their business and leave their own mark.

Remember that podcasts not only speak to individuals, but also to organizations

Podcast Listeners Are Highly Committed

The thing about podcasts is that listeners develop a relationship with podcasters as if they were part of the conversation. Did you know that 75% of podcast listeners take action from commercial messages? This means that they’re more likely to follow affiliate links, click on ads, and acquire your service/product

Why? Because it’s capitalizing on the full potential of word-of-mouth marketing, one of the most effective ways to sell.

The Perfect Culture Getaway (Specially For Remote Environments)

The versatility of a platform like this allows you to use it as an internal communication tool, or at least one centered around the members of your organization. A good podcast keeps employees out of isolation and provides an opportunity to be listened, having a chance for all the small victories to be shared and celebrated, even when everyone is working at home.

This kind of culture promotion also helps to build trust between you and your customer by allowing you to present your company as an accessible and transparent organization that has a lot to say and is willing to offer customized solutions.

A podcast is always an invitation to self-reflection, but in a fun and exciting way.

What does it take for a business to create a professional podcast? Visit nodalab.com and let us show you where to start.

Quick Guide to Podcast Collaboration

With this podcast collaboration guide, you’ll be ready to to make that crossover episode that can boost your audience numbers to the top!

Start creating your dream list

Make a list of all the podcasters you would be interested in working with. Consider everyone. From those that have a similar level to yours in terms of size of the audience and the amount of time you have put in, to the celebrities on your list.

It’s crucial to not limit yourself to podcasts that are just like yours. Think outside the box. Make sure there’s a good chance that whoever listens to that podcast is also interested in yours.

You have to think about how to convince each person on your list to collaborate with you and think about the best way to get in touch with them. It can be via email, social media, contact on their website, LinkedIn profile, or their Patreon page.

Make it a win-win situation. Your contributor must understand that you are introducing yourself to help their podcast. If they feel like they get more from the deal than they give you, they are much more likely to say yes.

Main ways to make a collaboration

Guest starring

If you’re going to your contributor’s podcast as a guest, make sure you’re asking the following questions:

  • When will you be launching your podcast?
  • When is the anticipated date?
  • How will you promote the podcast?
  • Do you have any expectation from me to promote my appearance on your podcast? If yes, please share what you expect.

If you’re the one that’s hosting the show, make sure to handle the questions or the script to your guest at least two days before you’re planning to record.

Podcast takeover

It means that you place one of your episodes on the other person’s podcast feed and vice versa. This is the cornerstone of cross-promotion strategies, which is effective and well known among podcasters.

There should be a match with the existing format, style and tone of the collaborator’s show. You don’t want to make the experience confusing for listeners. 

As a host, it’s important to record an introduction talking about why you are sharing the episode and then post it in its entirety.

Pre-recorded segment

It can go right in the middle of your collaborator’s episode. If you have access to dynamic insertion technology, via your podcast hosting platform, it could be a self-contained 30 – 45 second promo inserted as a pre-roll, mid-roll or post-roll.

Word of mouth is one of the biggest drivers for podcast discovery, so make sure that you have a script that highlights the qualities of your podcast and, above all, its purpose.

Ready for a professional crossover episode? Make sure you’re adapting these tools to your workflow!

What does it take for a business to create a professional podcast? Visit nodalab.com and let us show you where to start.

Why Should Everyone Start a Podcast

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We know by now that just like a blog, a podcast is a modern-day workhorse for online marketing and content generation. We are now diving into a new era of information as audio streaming is now eclipsing video streaming. Content may be king, but podcasting is the new prince.

Just as Alexa and Google Home are becoming standard devices in our households, and things are becoming more and more automated, podcasting has hit the mainstream and is ready to become the next thing. In this blog post, we’ll tell you why podcasting has gone way beyond a fad and will become a necessity for brands and individuals in the future.

The Podcasting Boom Continues

According to Tech Crunch, as podcasting grows, the listener base is diversifying more than ever, and new podcast listeners will have a profound impact on the future of podcasting. Industry leaders and international markets are now looking at podcasting as an enormous opportunity to grow, more channels are opening so people all around the world get to listen to their favorite show on their mobile devices. Now you know, podcasting isn’t going ANYWHERE! On the contrary, if you weren’t convinced to make a podcast in 2019, this is the year to take action.

A cure for writer’s block

Podcasting may be the pillar in your 2020 content strategy and it can be a very powerful tool to produce a LOT of high-quality content. Why? Because it is easy to produce and easy to digest. Think about it, how many times have you seated in front of a blank page trying to write a blog post and found yourself out of ideas or a correct way to start your speech? A podcast can be a savior for writer’s block in the sense that talking is much easier than writing. For most people, talking takes less effort and flows easier than writing, and it is one of the reasons why voice search will become more prevalent than typed search in the future. Podcasting can be as easy as coming up with a topic and hitting the record button, flowing as the conversation evolves.

Easy to digest

The other reason why podcasting is becoming so ubiquitous it’s because it is easy to digest. We can listen to a podcast while driving, shopping, walking around, and even working. But even more impressive is that podcasting is slowly taking over radio and music streaming. Why? Because podcasts are a form of on-demand content that provides valuable information about any topic that you can think of. Unsurprisingly, the internet of things has led people to become more curious about personal development, networking, improving the world, growing their business, and conscious consumerism. If your personal brand or your business is in any way related to any of these topics, a podcast is a surefire way to get the message out there.

The pillar in your content strategy

You can create 30+ pieces of content out of a single podcast recording, and it can help you establish pillar content in your marketing strategy. Podcasting is usually a long-form piece of content that can be distributed as a short-form piece of micro-content across all of your channels. If you record the video while recording the audio, even better! Because now you can take advantage of all the video platforms like YouTube and Instagram. If you don’t believe us, check out Gary Vee’s content model and see how he works out all of his magic.

How hard is it to produce and launch a podcast?

Easy! There are tons of roadmapping templates, blog posts, guides, and how-to recipes to launch a podcast out there, but the easiest way to start a podcast is to start recording with your phone. Now, I know that this sounds crazy and you may think that the audio quality may be horrible, but even if it is, you can get an idea of how starting a podcast feels like. Just as starting a channel on YouTube or a Vlog may seem like a daunting task, the only thing you need to start recording video is again… your phone! Start recording and the ideas will start flowing!

Once that you get past the initial fear of how your voice sounds (Yikes!), you can now start thinking about how to make your podcast better so that people will actually want to listen to it.  

If you have any questions on how to get your podcast produced, marketed and published, the team at Nodalab is happy to help. Send us an email at hello@nodalab.com today and we’ll gladly help you figure out why you should start a podcast in 2020 (and how to actually get it done).

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 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?

Shortcuts

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.

Templates

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

Create a roadmap

We know, launching a podcast can feel like too much for a small team or for a single person. However, establishing clear communication lanes with your team members and developing a structured plan will make things easy peasy. To create 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.

Create a marketing strategy

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.

Offer value

A couple of questions you must ask yourself while you create a roadmap 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.

Create a kick-ass image

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 will 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 create a roadmap 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

Networking: How to Build a Community Around your Podcast

Public relations and marketing are key in any business startup. Getting the word out about yopur new project and refining your sales pitch is a must if you want to become a sucessful entreprenuer. In this post we’ll tell you how to build a community around your podcast.

Don’t fear! Recognize the right opportunities when they present themselves, and take a deep dive into the art of networking.

Networking: Build a safe space

As humans, we all need to be part of a group and we like to feel like we belong somewhere. Just as YouTubers create their own communities , bands have fan clubs, podcasts can create tight bonds with their audience aswell. Encourage your listeners to engage with your content and make them feel part of a group where they feel safe sharing their thoughts.  This is essential when it comes to business development. That’s how networking works.

When it comes to build a community around your podcast, it’s definitely a good idea 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 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.

Take the first step: Creating Brand Loyalty

Growing your own tribe means giving birth to your virtual family. If you’re genuine, follow your heart and act aligned with your core values and ideas, then you probably have a tribe already. Your tribe shares the same values you want to convey through your podcast, they take you seriously and share your content on social media. Did you know that 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. Talk about your life experience, your emotions and your thoughts, this will allow people to grow confident in you and become attached to your vision. Remember, people connect with humans who’s experiences are relatable!

Ultimately, they will feel closer to you and they’ll try to communicate back to you through comments, reviews, letters, and emails. If you take the time to listen to what your fanbase has to say and you respond, the bonds between will tighten making you trustworthy. This is what we call brand loyalty.

Insist on Brand Awareness

Another key element in networking is to build brand awareness around your podcast. Brand awareness is 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  business credentials (website, logo, social media accounts), having consistency and clarity in your content, and collaborating with brands and influencers will communicate to your potential customers that you are the real deal. Plus, it’ll help you build a community around your podcast.

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 invite them to be a guest in yours. Reach out to potential sponsors and become a brand advocate of your favourite products.

Give an EXTRA!

Adding physical events to your schedule will also help you build a community around your podcast and strengthen your bonds with your audience. If your podcast is educational, organize masterclasses or workshops and become acquainted with your local following. If you have audiences located farther away host virtual events. Webinars or ted 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 business world. It is a great opportunity to connect with other 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 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, but it’s also a very rewarding and insightful experience. Today there are more listeners than ever before! The power of audio has been rediscovered and everyday more platforms and companies accomodate, monetize and advertise podcasts. If you are ready to want to commit to this project, we are here to guide you throught the whole process. In this post you will find the step-by-step on how to launch your own podcast series sucessfully.

Roadmapping: Building an action plan

During the pre-production stage of your podcast, we recommend creating a roadmap. 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. Don’t be afraid to mix and match ideas while your concept stays clear and simple.

There are hundreds of podcast being born every day, so you need to find the niche market that resonates with your concept. If you are struggling to create a concept for your podcast ask yourself this key question:

  • What is my objective?
    • Fun/ hobbie
    • Create leads for my bussiness
    • Pisition myself as an expert in my field
    • Advocacy/ spread an important message

Once you are clear in your main objective, ask yourself if there’s an audience waiting for someone like you to spread your ideas. Here is a list of  questions that might help you move forward:

  • What kind of podcast do you wish existed?
  • Is there an underserved sector in the market?
  • What are you an expert on?
  • Which topic could benefit from a long audio format?

Your podcast is like your newborn baby: Choosing a name for it!

Your new born podcast needs an original and 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. Keep it simple but memorable, no long phrases or made up acronyms.

A good tip is to search for keywords that are related to your topic 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. Yes, names may seem hard to choose but bear in mind that it’s not all about creativity, it’s also about clarity and convinience. Choose wisely!

Shape it: Choose how to format your show

Now let’s move to the shape of your show. How is it going to sound like? The possibilities for the structure are endless. To launch your own podcast series successfully, you need to be realistic 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.

If you are runing on a low production budget or you have little time and no fancy equipment you might want to start simple and build up from there. Bear in mind that a narrative podcast will probably be more time consuming in the editing process than a simple monologue or an interview.

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 30 to 60 seconds, the music intro and the first phrases would transport you into another world? Well, the same thing has to be done with your podcast.

In the first few minutes 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.

But how long is long?

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 are all common practice. This is your opportunity to promote yourself and ask your listeners to subscribe to your show, donate on Patreon, or leave a review on their favorite platform. 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 get the right equipment and recording software or cloud recording service.  Editing and mixing your own audio can be a challenging and tedious endeavor. We strongly recommend you to hire a podcast producer, that way you’ll have the best quality in audio and in all of the production process that comes along with podcasting.

Now that your podcast is completed you need to get it out there. To launch your own podcast series successfully you need to know a thing or two about hosting. But don’t worry, it’s actually very simple.

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.

Lastley…

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!

Streamline your Podcast Series

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Publishing your own podcast series can be exciting: you’re sharing your ideas with people not only locally, but also globally. It takes time and a lot of organization to reach your listeners’ ears effectively. There are many ways to boost the productivity of your project and is not as hard as it looks. The key to crafting a powerful podcast is reduced to one word:

Streamline

If you are serious about your show, and you are aware of its potential benefits as an inbound marketing strategy and a business development tool, treat it like any other business venture you approach. If you don’t have a creative team to help you manage your production workflow, it will be a daunting task to do on your own. We use hundreds of processes every time we execute a project in our business, and in the podcasting world, there is not much of a difference.

Start first by optimizing your workflow and gathering a team around you, to assist in the production and promotion of your podcast series. Workflow optimization can make your life a lot easier and it will allow you to achieve better results with your podcast. This is achieved through a streamlined system that integrates every aspect of your production schedule while remaining affordable and easy-to-comprehend for all of your team members.

So how do you produce a podcast like a pro?

Project management platforms are a great way to segment the work that has to be done each time you produce a podcast. Through Monday or Teamwork, you can create recurring assignments, improve communication and track your team’s progress, all in one place. This is a great way to organize your team, and make sure that every task is completed on schedule.

When it comes to storage, a podcast can take a lot of data and resources from your computer or hard drive, but now you can store safely everything you do to produce your podcast in the cloud.

Cloud servers can manage your audio files, store your documents and make all your data accessible through any device. File hosting services like Dropbox and Google Drive are not only huge data servers, but they allow you to collaborate seamlessly with people around the world. That’s right, you can have a global friendly team with a graphic designer in one country, your copywriter in other continent and still have a shared and safe workplace inside the cloud.

Blogspot: Streamline your podcast series

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Speaking of copywriters, now that you have entered the world of the podcast industry, you probably found out how much it can help to work with someone who can manage words, narrative, and semantics better. Such a person will help you write and share the original content you want to express through your podcast. Whether your podcast is a co-show, conversational, educational, a solo-cast or an interview, the best way to streamline your program’s content is to have it written down. This will definitely put a strong structure on your project and will guide you to define your style, your niche, and hook the audience you want to have in your life.

Design is another essential element keep in mind in your project’s content. Now, we know we’re talking about an audio program, but when we see things happening is when we fall in love. You will want your podcast content to make sense and to complement it with solid web design and graphic design. Publishing a podcast with an artwork and a website that play with the show’s aesthetics is a beautiful way to improve your brand’s credibility.

The other topic related to podcast production is a complex one: audio. Yes, there are multiple cloud recording services like Zencastr or Zoom out there, but audio production takes more than just recording.  Recording audio at home can be messy, noises everywhere (even your computer’s fan can sneak into your podcast and you won’t like it). If you add expertise in editing and mixing to your team, to provide clean and razor-sharp audio, we assure you more people will want to listen to you.

If you’re looking to streamline your podcast series and improve on your content delivery strategies, Nodalab can give it all to you: audio post-production, artwork design, publishing services, show notes, and much more. Schedule your free interview with us and discover what quality in podcasting is all about.

How to grow your business with podcasting

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You can find a podcast related to almost every subject of interest, but why? Easy. You can grow your business with podcasting, boost your passion project or enhance any kind of community. Focus on your target market in order to improve your chances of establishing an audience.

Podcasting popularity is on the rise, and its community is moving forward as fast as light. Here we’ll tell you how to grow your business with podcasting:

Podcasting is booming!

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.

Can I actually make money?

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.

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 mentioning products or services as the show follows. These organic shoutouts are more likely to translate into 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. You are already speaking to their target audience. Bear in mind 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.

Get your content out in the world!

In order to get increased traffic to your website, you need to get your fresh and clean podcast out there.  Write show notes and create a blog post that comes along with every episode. Plus, it is always a good idea to get social media for your podcast to better engage with your growing audience. Instagram, Twitter, or even Clubhouse have been very helpful for a lot of successful shows. 

Accessibility is key to your growth. If people can’t find you they won’t be hitting the play button. Upload your podcast to as many different platforms as possible, and redirect your listeners back to your website. You can do this by  providing freebies and episode resources. It may sound tricky, but getting your podcast feed into streaming services like iTunes, Spotify, iHeart, TuneIn or Stitcher, is incredibly easy using podcasts hosts like Libsyn or Spreaker. These services act as a middle man between you and your listeners helping directories know when you’ve released a new show. 

Be consistent and you’ll see it bloom

Before you can skyrocket into success and grow your business with your podcast, you have to be consistent and patient. Podfade is a common phenomen in the industry and one you want to avoid. Start with doable goals and build from there. 

Authentic and unique content is a gift to the audience. Podcast listeners will identify with you because you’re taking time and putting effort. Plus, you are probably spreading  the word and creating 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.