Strategic content – growing podcast adoption with science and purpose

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What would happen if we were more strategic and precise, and more purposefully designed and aimed podcast content?

Could we hit greater and mass adoption? Is it time to take a page from advertising with science and psychology, and be more intentional? MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez explores this topic. Plus, a rundown of the latest headlines on podcasting and on-demand with Podnews.

Why podcasters must train the new generation of listeners

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New, strategic types of programming can pave the way for a new generation to adopt podcasting, and condition current non-listeners to adopt podcasting…

MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez shares a perspective on how the podcast industry can capture more of the 83% of Americans who have not yet adopted podcasts as a part of their lifestyles. Plus the latest headlines on podcasting and on-demand from Podnews.

Search, Adoption, and Moving the Needle in Podcasting – with Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson, Podcast Consultant with The School of Podcasting, and an inductee into the Podcasting Hall of Fame, submitted a question to the website for “The Word From Mouth”. So we invited him on the show to discuss it.

MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez has a far-reaching conversation with Dave, who has been podcasting since 2005, about the state and future of discovery mechanisms in podcasting, the challenges of growing adoption into podcasting, the need for viral podcast content, and what it will take to make podcasts a household habit across the country. And James Cridland shares the latest headlines in podcasting from Podnews.

Dave Jackson has been a corporate trainer for more than 20+ years. He currently runs the School of Podcasting (www.schoolofpdocasting.com), has written the books “Get your band out of the basement and keep them out of the asylum”​ and “More Podcast Money (morepodcastmoney.com). He works to flatten the learning curve of podcasting and recommend the right equipment cost efficiently. He also does one on one podcast consulting at www.schoolofpodcasting.com. Dave is a featured/keynote speaker at events, and served as the Director of Podcasting for the New Media Expo. He is also a member of the tech support staff at Libsyn.com.

Special thanks to Dave Jackson for joining the show on short notice and for his technical contribution.

How can podcasting conquer the other 83%?

Podcasting is growing, professionalizing, and gaining interest — but what will it take to move beyond the 17% of US podcast listeners? Do we choose broad listenership, or squabble over an increasingly competitive space with thin margins?

  • A collective sigh after Podcast Movement and Voice Summit –  a growing adoption, professionalism
  • New products and tools entering the marketplace that change the way we think about stats and reports
  • More use of IAB Standards
  • At least $200M invested in podcasting in last year
  • Yet only 17% of US is listening
  •  Significant growth, professionalism – yet why is huge untapped market untapped
  • How to grow and expand?
  • Change in content types, adjusting to listening habits
  • Market  for podcast players is fractured
  • If Google Podcast App is in Top Ten apps but only .5% of the marketplace, what can that tell us?
  • Massive competition for the same people as listeners?
  • Do listeners have too many choices, causing paralysis?
  • Too many players?
  • So many barriers to entry accumulating because of competition
  • should be deeper than 17% – mobile is available, content is free, most content speaks to broad audience
  • Need deeper penetration across the country, user types
  • Having trouble reaching ears of people
  • Incredible amount of adoption, growth, professionalization, content is fresh, endless opportunities in ways people an adopt podcasts into lives
  • Going back to storytelling and spoken word
  • Our strategic choices as an industry impact ability to conquer and grow
  • Broad listenership, or squabble over increasingly competitive space with thin margins?

MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez shares thoughts and insights on the future of growth within the podcast industry.

Plus: the latest headlines in podcasting and on-demand from Podnews.

The problem of continuing friction for new podcast listeners

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Thoughts on adoption rates of podcast players and reducing friction for new podcast listeners, an interview with podcast veteran, consultant and Head of Content for podtopod Mathew Passy, and headlines from top news on podcasting and on-demand from Podnews…

  • The adoption rate of podcast payers and how people think about them
  • Most players are so difficult to search with
  • Google’s podcast player will likely capture people who aren’t as adopted to podcasting
  • “Search and response” people are not the same as superfans
  • Radio show Car Talk was a favorite and nothing has captured Sanchez since the same way
  • Transitional listeners – testing podcasts, just came over from radio, new to podcasting – it is a different experience
  • Most players are encapsulated in apps, not a lot of ways to listen without investment of time or money in adopting
  • Adding a player often feels like a purchase
  • New listeners may not be sure how this is different than other mediums
  • The cult-like nature of podcast industry feels exclusive in a way that pushes away people who are new to podcasting
  • The problem with newcomers not realizing there is a native podcast app on the iPhone
  • The importance of the podcast industry thinking about what we’re describing, and — is it just radio on demand?
  • The level of intimacy matters – radio being a push mechanism and a podcast being a pull mechanism
  • How do we get people to enjoy light experiences before they fully adopt to create less friction?
  • The podcasting industry is in a bubble that hasn’t hit fully mainstream despite the large numbers
  • Entire segments of the population still need to adopt podcasting and be trained

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