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Podcasting Tips

3 Simple Ways Podcasters Can Reach Listeners and Get Them Engaged

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What would your podcast be if your listeners weren’t there? It would just be a one-way conversation, a full-on monologue shared with no one but yourself. There’s almost no point in producing a podcast if there’s no one there to dialogue with.

And so, once you’ve found the right words to say and have used the best tools at your disposal to do so, the next step is to really focus on getting those words to open ears – and get them wanting more.

There are three components to reaching listeners and getting them hooked: distribution, engagement, and getting them loyal. Here’s how to approach each using Spreaker’s professional podcasting tools:

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Brief Encounter: The Ideal Podcast Length

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Short, concise, intriguing: the ideal formula?

With so many podcasts out there for people to choose from, it’s great to keep your audience tuned in and engaged. That means cutting straight to the chase. And it seems that duration really is key: the shorter, the better. Generally, listeners just don’t seem to get through hour-long episodes. In fact, it turns out listeners actually prefer podcasts to be A LOT shorter- and the stats prove this.

But as well as nailing the length, there’s also timing to think about: what’s the ideal day to publish your podcast for peek listening? In time for Saturday? Or towards the start of the week? You would be surprised! It’s all about perfect timing – in the duration of your podcast, as well as the time and frequency of publishing.

Find out what our stats and experiences reveal in this episode of the Spreaker Live Show.

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How to Avoid Podfading

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Preventing Podfade

Podfading is when a podcast slows down and is (eventually) abandoned about seven or eight episodes in. No one ever starts a podcast intending to podfade. It’s always so exciting to start out with lots of ideas about who to interview and how to get it to sound right.

And yet, it’s a cycle we see again and again. While it can happen for a number of reasons, podcasting platforms that have tracked the phenomenon have picked up on a few recurring trends. For example, podcasters often get overwhelmed by all the work required, or simply run out of things to say.

However, there are plenty of ways to avoid it, from seriously streamlining the production process, to finding co-hosts and guests to help pick up the slack.

Get a full explanation of podfading as a phenomenon and find out how to take it on in this episode of the Spreaker Live Show.

Listen to “SLS98: How To Avoid The Podfading Fate” on Spreaker.

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How Music and Sound Effects Make Your Podcast Better

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In this blog post we’ll discuss how including music and sound effects throughout your recordings can create an engaging podcast, and offer a heightened audio experience for your listeners.

When you first start podcasting or are looking to improve, there are a number of things you can do to really make it feel and sound professional; you can focus on your niche, publish episodes regularly, use the right gear, get the right audio-editing software, as well as use music and effects.

Today we’ll focus on the ways different podcasters have used music throughout their content.

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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Podcasters

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Well, January is almost over and now that the holidays have passed we’re all back to our everyday lives. Nevertheless, some of us are still drawing up our New Year’s resolutions, and while we all know it’s fun making to-do lists, it’s really hard to keep them up during the year. But not to worry, Spreaker’s there for you!

Whether you’re a podcasting pro or in the “I should start a podcast”phase, we think there are three important things every podcaster should do:

 

1. Record your audio content for free in a professional way

Focus your mind and imagine: you’re in your comfiest pajamas ever (because who will ever know what you’re wearing?), holding your favorite Star Wars mug, the cat is sleeping in the warmest spot in the house (a.k.a. on the keyboard), headphones and mic are on and… you hit REC and let loose your charming voice to the whole world, like a boss.

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Spreaker Live Show #4: How President Obama May Have Impacted Podcasting

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Marc Meets Obama Podcast

Last week, an amazing thing happened. The President of the United States walked into a garage in Los Angeles to record a podcast with a scruffy comedian named Marc Maron on his WTF show. This event rocked the mass media and political world in a big way and sent a message that radio was not as relevant as podcasting in enabling intimate and personal connections with voters. This WTF episode garnered about a million downloads within 36 hours. This is another tent pole moment on the scale of “Serial” for podcasting and on demand audio.

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Podcasting Tips: Practicing Towards a Golden Voice

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What’s more important? What’s being said, or the voice that’s saying it?

It’s the question that the communications analytics company, Quantified Impressions, is trying to answer. Whether it’s smooth and rich, or nasally and whiny, your voice can affect how you’re seen by your peers, and even whether or not you’ll land that next job. In fact “[t]he sound of a speaker’s voice matters twice as much as the content of the message.”

This may sound like scary news to those of us lacking in golden pipes, but there are ways of working around it. A vocal coach or voice therapy can smooth out any rasp, and affectations such as up-talking or the overuse of fillers (such as “like” or “um”) can be remedied with a little bit of helpful feedback and practice.

Read up on the study here at the Wall Street Journal. It’s a real “ear”-opener, and something to keep in mind next time you’re up at the mic.

 

 

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4 Tips on Making a Great Podcast

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Podcasting is simple, but it’s easy to have some doubts when you’re approaching the microphone. Here are some tips regarding questions you guys have been asking us:

-Pick a good name It doesn’t have to be the snappiest title, but it does have to be memorable, and easily searchable on Google.

-Set up a time limit It all depends on what your objectives are, but 30-50 minutes is a safe bet. It’s long enough to allow the conversation to flow, but if we consider when our listeners are actually tuning in, it’s just about the right time for a commute to work, the typical drive, etc. Once you pick your time range, try your best to commit to it.

-Create a place for your fans to go when you’re not broadcasting Set up a solid network around your podcast where listeners can interact. Like to talk about movies? Get a site up, and include links to other reviews, show times, and more. Set up a Facebook page and Twitter account so fans can follow your updates. It’s what the pros do, and you have the same resources they do.

-Be flexible Don’t be afraid to make changes and develop the podcast as you go. If you need to scrap it and start new, that’s ok too. Sometimes a blank slate is just the thing to get the creative juices going.

So take these tips and go forth broadcasting away!

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3 Basic Podcasting Tips

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If you love podcasting, then I’m sure you agree with us when we say there are just never enough tips to go around. Let’s get back to the basics:

-Be passionate We just can’t say this enough. Of course, why else would you do it in the first place, right? Nothing is more contagious or attractive than hearing enthusiasm in a podcaster’s voice. Plus, podcasting is a commitment you need passion for. Which brings me to my next point…

-Commit to a regular schedule Which is perhaps harder than it sounds but is so important. Your fans will rely on your schedule to know when to tune in. Even if you broadcast only once a month, at least your fans will know when to expect it and will be there. Broadcasting every two days and then disappearing for 6 weeks could just cost you listeners.

-Set up some guidelines You don’t necessarily need to script your show, maybe improvising is what works for you, but if you don’t want to risk losing your rhythm, or worse, dead air, make a list of topics to cover. You can wing it more easily if you have something to talk about, and once the conversation runs dry, switch to a new one.

More tips coming soon!

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