Podcast promotion is the key to podcast growth!
A lot of work goes into your podcast before publishing your first episode. Once you have published your first episode, we have no doubt that you will want to tell people about it. After all, podcasting is about making connections with people. Here are some basic tips for helping you to promote your podcast and grow your audience.
Tell family and friends. These are people most likely to share your interests or at least have an interest in what you’re doing. So let them know and encourage them to spread the word.
Submit your podcast to iTunes and other podcasting directories. iTunes is the largest directory for podcasts and it has an audience of 60 million people who search out digital content. Being listed there will increase the chances of someone finding your show.
Get Others Talking! Positive reviews about your podcast go a long way. We recommend you routinely ask your audience in every episode to leave a review on your listing on iTunes. Each review helps push your podcast further up in iTunes ranking. In addition, when someone blogs about your podcast, the web traffic to your site also gets a positive uptick. It’s a win-win!
Social Media. Twitter, Facebook, Linked in, Tumblr, Instagram, Google Plus and other social media are great places to get the word out about your podcast. Many of them also have communities for podcast producers and are wealth of information. Some tips:
- Start a Twitter account or create a Facebook and G+ page, etc. in the name of your podcast.
- Invite your friends to follow and share your posts.
- Post interesting tidbits about each show when you publish and at least once a week.
- Post other helpful insights about the theme or genre of your show.
- Like, follow, share and make comments on other pages in your genre.
Join a community of podcasters. Many podcast producers are fans of the medium and might just be possible audience members. They can also help you spread the word. We’re very proud of our Blubrry podcast community as the kind of place where you can make connections. If you produce a video podcast also consider submitting to the Miro Guide, which specializes in video podcasts.
Go to places on the Web where your topics are important. Let’s say you create a travel podcast. Head to a popular travel forum and join the conversation. Don’t just show up and announce your show and not participate in the forum. Be helpful. Consider putting your show information in your signature line and make mention of special episodes and such.
Other podcasts. Unlike TV or radio shows that are on at certain time, podcasts are non-real-time and can be consumed on demand (which is our strong point). This means that other podcasters in your niche are great people to help promote your podcast. Most listeners / viewers do not just listen to one podcast in their area of interest, they listen to several. Why not yours? Make a short promo for your show and send it to other podcasters to promote. Podcast producers in general like promoting other good shows. Be sure to offer to promote other podasters’ shows. Also, being a guest on someone’s show and having guests on your show, who also produce a podcast are good ways to get your name out there. If you have a popular podcaster in your niche on your show, he or she will promote the fact they are on your show on their show. This will bring you in front of their audience.
YouTube (and other video sharing sites). Having a YouTube channel for your podcast can be a great way for people to find you in your niche. It doesn’t have to be a video podcast, but produce some videos from time to time talking about your subject. Make sure you have a link to your podcast website in the first line of the description. YouTube is the second largest search engine.
Business cards. This may seem old fashioned, but it can work wonders. Whenever you go out, have a few business cards handy with a link to your podcast website and a little about your show. When you are talking to someone about podcasting and your podcast, give them a card. This is a way they will remember how to find your show. Podcast listening is still not as easy as radio or TV. Giving someone all the info in person will help them in finding your podcast and might just start them on podcast listening / viewing other shows. This will grow podcasting one person at a time.
Conferences and events Going to conferences, seminars and industry events in your niche can be a powerful way to spread the word about your show. (Don’t forget the business cards!) If you produce a show about cars, what a better place to promote than a car show? Maybe print up flyers if they have an info table. Talk to people in the halls. Some of the best networking can be “in between” times at these kind of events.
One word of warning about promotion. DON’T BE SPAMMY!! – Over doing any of the above will annoy people. A mention once in a while is good. Hammering it every day several times will lose followers and friends.