Before you launch your podcast, so much of your time and energy will be spent getting the sound and feel just right. Choosing the right format. Researching the best publishing frequency and day of the week.
You’re doing all the podcast things you’re supposed to do in order to make a really great podcast. Soon the time will come to press publish, and you need a plan to promote the podcast.
Here are 5 simple ways to ask your listeners to support your podcast.
Ask listeners to sign up for your newsletter.
That being said, your newsletter needs to be subscriber-worthy. What are you doing with your newsletter beyond promoting your current episode? How are you engaging the reader? Is signing up worth their time? How easy do you make it to sign up?
If you already have a newsletter with subscribers, congratulations. You now can implement one of the most effective marketing tools a podcaster can have.
Building an email list from scratch? Here are some ideas to consider…
- Choose A Trustworthy and easy-to-use Email Marketing Platform.
- Give People Incentives to Sign Up.
- Create Pop-Ups For Your Website.
- Leverage Your Social Media Accounts.
- Emphasize how easy it is to sign up for your newsletter
- Keep stating your call to action over time
- Put the link everywhere
It will build over time: You’ll see some fans subscribe immediately, but you’ll continue seeing substantial growth even 3-6 months after you launch. The key is consistently including your call to action and experimenting with what gets listeners excited to sign up.
Ask them to write reviews or comments about your podcast.
This could take the form of:
- Leaving a review of your podcast on iTunes
- Leaving comments on your podcast Facebook page
- Encouraging comments on your podcast website blog post that features your podcast episodes
- Setting up a Google My Business page for your podcast
- Ask for feedback on a Google Voice phone number
Ask listeners to share your podcast on social media by specifically tagging their friends.
Not only does this share the podcast, tagging friends can encourage the listener to comment to the tagged friend WHY they should listen to the episode. Feedback for you, and social media loves shares.
Ask listeners how the podcast (or a specific episode) has helped them.
There are basically 6 things you need to do in a podcast.
- or a combination of any of these
If you’re not doing one of those 7 things, you’re boring. And there won’t be any incentive for your listener to WANT to talk about your podcast.
Ask them to follow you on social media.
Same rules apply about the why’s of following you as I just addressed with newsletters. Make your posts engaging, interesting, inviting, and share-worthy. It can’t be just about your latest episode publishing.
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Brett Johnson is the owner and lead consultant at Circle270Media Podcast Consultants. With over 35+ years of experience in Marketing, Content Creation, Audio Production/Recording and Broadcasting, the podcast consultants at Circle270Media strategically bring these strengths together for their business Podcast clients.
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