I have a fear that podcasters are taking the “build it and they will come” approach. One’s attitude could quickly become cavalier once their newest episode is uploaded. Sit back, put your feet up, and wait for people to come find it, right? Wrong.
So, you’re thinking about starting a company podcast but you haven’t got round to doing it yet, we give you three reasons why this form of audio content might be just what your business’s content strategy needs in 2018.
In this digital age, podcasts make marketing sense, less people are reading and more people own mobile devices, meaning you need to adapt your content strategy to cater to these changes and when done right, this easily shareable content will allow your business’s message to reach far and wide.
“Video killed the radio star,” sang The Buggles in 1979. For almost 40 years they were so right that some people might have thought that they were soothsayers.
Recently, something’s changed and the radio stars — or the podcast stars, to be precise — are finally having their revenge! Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular, and some of them are so well-followed that even companies are using this medium as a way to conquer new audiences and drive the product they’re selling.
Babbel, the world’s leading language learning app, started an Italian podcast called 4 Verticale in February 2016. The two hosts, Stefano and Giulia, are storytellers who share their experiences with listeners: living abroad, being expats, making fools of themselves in foreign languages, and also sharing Venetian words that are used all over the world and Italian vintage insults. It’s all about being interesting, funny and engaging their audience.
As a small business, it can be impossible to find your unique voice in the marketplace and successfully reach your audience. Consumers’ lives are saturated by advertising on a daily basis, so just how can you create brand personality and make your business heard? One answer is podcasts. Podcasts are increasingly being integrated into brands’ content marketing strategies and rightly so; it is advertising which requires minimal equipment, little money and offers businesses the opportunity to create an intimate rapport with their customer.
If you need further convincing as to why podcasts are the future of B2C advertising, here are three more reasons as to why they might be just what your business needs to get on the road to establishing a relationship of trust between brand and consumer:
3 Essential Steps to Get Your Podcast Looking Great
They say a picture tells a thousand words. Podcasters pride themselves on their ability to paint a compelling and detailed image of a topic with their voices. Podcasts are a powerful canvas for spoken word. But choosing images for your podcast does not pose a dilemma of visual vs. audio. On the contrary, a picture exemplifies the richness of your content and those thousands of words. Here’s how to start embracing image use in your podcast.
Think about it: when you hear a good story or conversation, it sticks with you much longer than a Facebook post you glanced at does. This is because we engage with audio in a different way than we do with written content.
As Emma Rodero, a professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, told The Atlantic,
“Audio is one of the most intimate forms of media because you are constantly building your own images of the story in your mind and you’re creating your own production. And that of course, is something that you can never get with visual media.”
Audio content involves the audience in the narrative; it entices them to imagine the people, places, and situations they’re listening to. This can help your brand create a deep and meaningful connection with potential customers.
Here are five reasons why you should start podcast for your brand: