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Podcasting is for bigger businesses. Podcasting is for famous people. Podcasting is for people who don’t work. Podcasts are for geeks. Just pop “why podcasting is a waste of time" into any search engine, and you’ll find... Oh, wait. You won’t find any of those phrases. That’s because podcasting is a proven method for engaging with your customers. iTunes podcast subscriptions eclipsed the 1 billion mark in 2013, and that number continues to grow. Your potential lead base is finding podcasts on every social media network, iTunes, and podcatchers across the web. Customers are consuming podcasts as part of their morning routine, during their daily commute, while exercising, and while getting ready for bed. You should be making a podcast.
So now you argue that “Well there are already a ton of podcasts out there, why waste my time?” This line of thinking is a fallacy. Tools such as Audiosear.ch and Stitcher are free podcast apps that millions of listeners use to look for new podcasts. Of course, there is the legendary iTunes “New and Noteworthy” section, where fresh podcasts are launched to the stars. Can your podcast become successful? Just like any other venture, you get out what you put in.
1. According to survey data from Edison Research, as of 2016, 21% of Americans age 12 or older say they have listened to a podcast in the past month. We’ll do the math. That’s 67 million listeners.
2. You can share valuable information with your audience, building brand confidence and authority by starting a podcast.
3. International Business Times research shows that Americans listen to 21 million hours of podcasts every day.
4. You fit your audience’s schedule. Not every member of your audience has the time to read your 2000-word blog, but many are willing to listen to the same information while performing other tasks.
5. Podcasts are profitable. Whether you use affiliate marketing, build relationships, or just increase your brand awareness, getting your name out to a potential 67 million people can’t hurt.
6. Podcasting can be inexpensive.
7. Podcasting gives you an outlet to promote your blog.
8. Podcasts are easy to promote and distribute though social media.
9. Likewise, podcasts can increase the number of followers you have on social media
10. Site traffic will increase through show notes and commentary
11. Podcasting is an excellent way to network. Inviting celebrities or known subject matter experts will not only make listeners curious about your podcast but also build a relationship between you and other experts in the field.
12. Listeners begin to build confidence and trust in their host, which in turn gives them more reason to do business with you.
13. Good podcasts show that you are passionate about your business.
14. It is good for SEO. Anyone who listens to your podcast on your site is spending time on your site; session time is tracked by Google Analytics.
15. Podcasting is easy. You know your business, you know how to sell your product. Podcasting lets your audience listen to your knowledge on demand.
Missing out on the podcasting movement would be a mistake. If you’ve ever met a podcast listener, you know that they are fervent fans of their favorite shows, and they are always on the hunt for the next great podcaster. Of course, you will only get out what you put in. Invest your time and money in making a good quality production, and distribute solid, entertaining content, you will absolutely see returns. Podcasting advantages far outweigh the cost.
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