How Much Should Podcasters Spend on Promotion?

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PodMov Daily: Friday, July 17

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How Much Should Podcasters Spend on Promotion?

Dan Misener of Pacific Content often advocates for paid audio promos: “Buying ads in someone else’s podcast to promote your own show can yield excellent bang-for-buck.” However, look further than your budget sheets, Misener says. “Rather than starting with a dollar figure, begin with the end in mind.”

Because paid promos vary wildly in efficacy, “start with a clear understanding of how you want your promos to sound, and what results you want to achieve.” Misener reveals how three elements — differentiated creative, an overlapping target audience, and measurable ROI — forecast a campaign’s impact.

Differentiated creative, meaning tailor-made options, are worth it. “If you’re paying money to promote your podcast on another podcast, avoid buying off the rack,” Misener advises. Demand a high degree of customization.” Well-designed promos have traits in common, so be picky when shopping around.


Discover Pods: Becoming a Better Podcaster

For Discover Pods’ Be a Better Podcaster series, James Griffin dives deep into a standard piece of podcasting advice: consistency. “We know why publishing consistently is so important to our podcasting ends, but how do we go about making sure that the publish button is being hit with some regularity?”

When results are slow to appear, capturing the motivation to truck along is no easy task. “While motivation can be a bit subjective (I mean, it’s hard to put a number on enthusiasm with any specificity),” Griffin says, “You can and should be measuring your consistency.” Listeners already do, and they value those expectations.

“Does putting out something that isn’t completely neat and shiny tarnish your personal brand? It turns out, probably not.” When it comes to keeping a realistic rhythm, the pressure to craft a flawless episode is just an obstacle, Griffin explains. Your audience wants to hear from you, and that's motivation.

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Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.

Here's what else is going on:

  • Under wraps: Podnews points out that Apple’s newly launched show, meant to compete with The Daily, is surprisingly missing a significant public element. “Apple News Today, which the company calls a podcast, is exclusive to Apple Podcasts, and there’s no RSS feed.”
  • Social hour: Virtual and in-person, major and niche, podcasting events are going strong in 2020. Danielle Desir of WOC Podcasters has a helpful list of industry summits, conferences, and webinars planned into next year. Next up is Podthon, happening this weekend.
  • Arms race: A Spotify for Podcasters post gives creators the rundown on its new ‘top podcasts by category’ charts. Climbing the ladder may require herding one’s audience. “The more listeners that hear your podcast on Spotify, the better chance you have of charting.”
  • Lone star: For The Texas Standard, technology culture writer and podcaster Omar Gallaga discusses high-profile mergers like SiriusXM’s $325 million acquisition of Stitcher, and why podcast producers aren’t benefiting from the trend toward consolidated networks.

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