10 Tips to Grow Podcast Downloads and Engagement

Top Ten Tips

Tips to grow podcast downloads, audience engagement, and thought leadership, from Marc Raco, Head of Content and Programming for MouthMedia Network…

  • Is there a secret recipe?
  • Partner with others
  • Interview guests with followers
  • Stay lean
  • Build in enjoyable rituals
  • Use multiple social media channels
  • Link to prior content
  • Integrate photos
  • Cross-promote
  • Hold live events
  • Invite guest hosts

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Also, podcasters Lisa Schoonover (Reaching Hearts Changing Lives) and Neil Guilarte (All Things Post podcast) share their individual stories and approach to content, reaching audience, and making impact – all recorded at the 2018 Podfest Multimedia Expo.

Plus, the latest podcast and on-demand headlines from Podnews. MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser.

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.

Podcasting Variety – Continued!

PODCAST VARIETY

Three more podcasts illustrating the great variety of content and approaches in podcasting…

Debbie Pace of The Show up Show (everything you need to emerge as a powerful and healthy leader in your life, business and relationships), Fabiana Lowe of The Short Gal Show (standing tall to challenges), and Richard Liebespach of the Self-Protection Essentials podcast (How to stay safe from people who would physically harm you) share their individual stories and approach to content, reaching audience, and making impact – all recorded at the 2018 Podfest Multimedia Expo.

Plus, the latest podcast and on-demand headlines from Podnews. MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser.

More Variety in Podcasting

podcasting variety

Three podcasts that illustrate the great variety of content and approaches in podcasting…

Tommy Savoia of The Cube Command Podcast (video gaming podcast made for players by players), Stuart Fensterheim of The Couples Expert (advice on having a loving and enriching relationship), and James Thomas of Four Seas One Family (adjusting to life overseas as an expat or immigrant), share their individual stories and approach to content, reaching audience, and making impact – all recorded at the 2018 Podfest Multimedia Expo.

Plus, the latest podcast and on-demand headlines from Podnews. MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser.

Variety in Podcasting

VARIETY PODCASTING

Three podcasts that illustrate the great variety of content and approaches in podcasting…

Rick Savoia of The Tech Jobcast (hints, tips and the latest tech job listings), Steve Adams of  Mighty Blue on The Appalachian Trail (a  journey on the way to thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail), and Philip Taylor of Money & Media Podcast (content marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, and exciting people making waves in personal finance and investing media), share their individual stories and approach to content and reaching audience–all recorded at the 2018 Podfest Multimedia Expo

Plus, the latest podcast and on-demand headlines from Podnews. MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser.

Podcasts, Platforms, and Copyrights

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Copyrights and ownership for podcasts, the necessity for platforms to treat podcast content and RSS feeds as copyrighted content even if available to pull, and honoring the work the podcaster is doing with the standards and guidelines put forth. Plus, an interview with Gordon Firemark of  “Entertainment Law Update”, along with the latest podcast and in-demand headlines from Podnews. MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Example of Castbox reportedly removing links, republishing modified podcast feeds
  • Whats responsibility of platform carrying RSS feeds and right of podcasters to feeds
  • Podcasts protected by copyright law, period
  • The second you record or “fix” content, you have a copyright ownership, you do not have to register it, although that offer additional rights to register
  • Joint copyright ownership of everyone contributing
  • Differentiating trademarks from copyrights
  • Making copyrights available via feeds, but have different definition of what use permissions are
  • Changing ways show are presented and way show notes operate, and removing copyright notice – could this constitute intentional modification of a feed and therefore copyright violation?
  • Necessary to make sure you have permissions, especially if modifying RSS feed, as feed and audio are protected by copyright law
  • Implications to ability to generate revenue, track data and statistics accurately
  • Rights to consume, commercialize content requires direct consent for players
  • Creating collaboration instead of a kind of “land grab”

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In this episode:

  • An interview recorded at the 2018 Podfest Multimedia Expo withGordon Firemark of “Entertainment Law Update” podcast
  • The latest podcast and on-demand news from Podnews
  • MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez on copyright ownership for podcasts, the necessity for platforms to treat podcasts content and RSS feeds as copyrighted content even if available to pull, and honoring the work the podcaster is doing with the standards and guidelines put forth.

Why the future of podcasting must (and will) be different

Omny Studio

Omny StudioA discussion with Sharon Taylor of Omny Studio, a podcast host in the enterprise space, on how the future of podcasting depends on changing the conversation.  Plus, an interview with Joe Shortridge of “222 Paranormal Podcast”, and headlines from top news on podcasting and on-demand from Podnews…

In this episode:

  • Sharon Taylor of Omny Studio podcast host on playing in the enterprise spaceOmny Studio
  • The state of the podcast and audio industry – how today is both the best and worst time to be in audio
  • So many flocking to the space—and the rush of content not of the highest quality, and how there will be a filtering out of content that will rise to the top
  • Audio vs. podcasting as terminology
  • The conversations we’re having about podcast as a medium – logical extrapolation looking ahead and what it means for the future
  • The value of evergreen content or advertising and how it cannot jive with programmatic advertising
  • The implausibility of a enjoying a rapid explosive growth of listenership while preserving high end demographics
  • Why expansion means average numbers will go down
  • Looking long term – so we don’t end up in Catch-22 like the fashion industry
  • The need to not undercut the value of proammatic advertising while promoting evergreen, and get caught in hypocracy
  • New audiences can listen in new ways, and the diversity of nation will show up in listenership
  • Paths to monetization will change
  • Perspectives of change

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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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Acquisitions, consolidation, and subscriptions in the podcast marketplace

MONEY

Monetization models in podcasting, why a $40M investment was made in a subscription service, why public radio stations banded together to buy an open platform, an interview with Hilda Labrada Gore of the Wise Traditions podcast on how she crossed the 1 Million download milestone, and headlines from top news on podcasting and on-demand from Podnews…

  • Consolidation in the podcast marketplace
  • How Pocket Casts and Luminary Media are heading in opposite directions
  • Luminary Media’s walled garden subscription approach
  • Can a paywall protected podcast player succeed?
  • How paywalls might be working in kids and comedy podcasts, going for rich and deep experience play
  • Why advertising may not be the future of monetization for podcasts
  • Advertisers counted on evergreen presence, but with programmatic advertising that ends up being taken away
  • Mixcloud receives $11.5M, and what that means
  • Accuracy in subscription-based platforms, splitting revenue stream up proportionally, how these are complex issues
  • Major players skewing revenue results for smaller artists improperly diluted
  • A lot of new money in the space, people seeing money on the wall, people throwing money at things that seem familiar
  • Gimlet becoming more of a media company
  • “Alex Inc.” TV show cancelled, how it is a commentary on actors vs. concept, seeing meta conversations about podcasting so not necessary play with wider audience, why the space may not be mature enough to have self reverential content
  • Can anyone make a subscription model work for a $40M investment?
  • How the cost of acquisition will climb

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Why podcasts will prosper by building communities, not just audiences

Why data matters big-time for podcasters serious about competing in fast-moving environment, why quality and engagement will be crucial, and why the fact that podcasting is having a big moment — and new big players with deep pockets are on scene  — both require podcasters to pay attention to the network effect of having a tribe. Plus an interview with William Hung (of “American Idol” fame) on his new podcast “From Fear to Courage”, and headlines from podcasting and on-demand from Podnews…

  • The shift where rich content in podcasting is having a moment, and audience size is swelling, with attention driving toward long form audio
  • Brands, influencers, and journalists are taking notice
  • Podcasting is now similar to the wave of early blogging which became simply a part of business
  • How fragmentation is dangerous with content
  • The quality of product is foremost important, and producers can no longer get away with subpar content if serious about competing
  • The way content quality expectations are changing
  • Why data does indeed crucially matter for podcasting to prosper
  • Live events and other interactions allow a profiling of audiences insights into who is paying attention and what they care about
  • Quality and engagement will rule and resonate
  • How community can grow podcasting independent of digital presence
  • The network effect of having a tribe
  • How helping people motivates them to be there for you and support and engage with a podcast
  • People who care about you and want you to succeed because you wanted them to succeed first, they will always be there for you
  • The seed of community is wanting to help someone be better
  • The value of not charging ticket prices for events, but instead inviting people who will want to participate
  • New players with big pockets and high quality content requires us to up the game

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