Monday, January 2, 2017

Four Reasons to Podcast With Your Mobile Device

Mobility is the best part about podcasting. Whether you’re attending a conference or enjoying a music concert, there’s an opportunity to capture excellent audio for your listeners.

Anny Solway, a contributor at Business 2 Community, says, “One of the great advantages of podcasting is its flexibility in terms of time and format.”

Mobile podcasting is a fun way to engage your audience into new sounds. It’s a good investment into showing, not just telling, your listeners how you can think outside the box and provide them with exceptional content.

The future of podcasting includes mobile devices. Let the Spreaker community help you. Here are five reasons to record on the go:

1. Participate in Impromptu Interviews

Interviews with special guests offer your podcast the chance to share unique experiences with your listeners. “[They also] will give you an added benefit of making deeper connections with influencers and leaders you’d like to know better,” states Matthew Toren, co-founder of Young Entrepreneur.

When recording with a mobile device, you can seize spontaneous interview opportunities. People who were once unreachable by phone or Skype can now be featured on your next episode without scheduling an appointment.

For example, while attending a conference, you can conduct impromptu recordings with industry leaders, keynote speakers, and celebrities. Plus, you can easily fill your content calendar with short interviews.

2. Engage Your Audience

Mobile devices are useful tools to collect feedback from your listeners. If you have an in-studio audience, mingle with the crowd and record their testimonials during and after the show.

Research shows that podcast listeners are more likely to be social media users. So, encourage them to use their tablets to tweet, like, and comment on your content. Integrate their stories into specific show topics to add more voices to the conversations.

In addition, you can grab your mobile device to find show ideas. Rafael Ruiz from Crusaders Radio says that they have Android tablets and use Feedly to find awesome content from multiple RSS feeds and then tag them into Pocket.

3. Record Without the Setup Hassle

No need to invite people to your studio or set up bulky equipment. With a mobile device and recording app, your broadcasting studio fits in your pocket.

The Spreaker Studio app transforms your device into a fully-equipped audio studio. You can broadcast live or pre-record podcasts while adding tracks and sound effects.

In the palm of your hand, you can easily share your content on social media. If you’re ready for audience interaction, the live chatbox can start an active relationship.

Stop carrying your laptop around with you. Get all the audio you desire with the Spreaker Studio app and your smartphone.

Engage Your Audience Early and Often

Create content that is compelling and timely. Develop content that fits into these three categories:

  • Useful: How will people use your content? Will it help them save time or money? Will it teach them something new?
  • Thought-provoking: Make folks think with an interesting tidbit or pearl of wisdom.
  • Humorous: Laughter is golden. Be funny, but avoid any kind of vulgar humor.

Give a lot of thought to what you want to promote. You need the ability to reach through the social media channels and connect with people. If you can’t do that, it doesn’t matter how awesome your content is–no one will be reading, listening, or caring.

Offer a clear call to action. When creating messages, tell people what you want them to do. Don’t just post a link. Moreover, instruct them to “click on the link.”

Engage creatively. Give away your content, and encourage people to take action. Offer a free download or bonus materials. People like to feel compelled to do something.

Deliver your content on a regular schedule. Just like podcasting, a social media campaign requires a commitment to a schedule and an audience.

To ensure that you’ll meet the commitment, it’s helpful to establish a content calendar. Pre-plan the social media content in advance. This will help you leverage content across media and streamline resources.

3. Engage Your Audience Early & Often

To effectively promote your social media campaign, build anticipation in your audience. Leading up to your campaign, contact your current podcast listeners to enlist their involvement in the campaign.

Send emails or mention the campaign on multiple episodes. Leverage your partnerships, too. Ask your fellow Spreaker podcasters to join the campaign.

Monitor and respond to your audience. Be active and present on your social media profiles. You can even set up alerts on your phone. So, when someone comments on your Facebook post, you can respond quickly.

Social media works with a healthy dialogue. Get potential subscribers learning about your podcast.

4. Evaluate the Impact of the Campaign

Social media is measured in two ways: on-going analytics and campaign-focused metrics. Your analytics are how you track the overall activity on your social media accounts over a period of time. Your campaign-focused metrics help you understand the impact of your targeted marketing initiatives.

Measuring conversions show the number of visitors that actually took action as a result of your social media messages. To track conversions, you will need to turn to third-party services, like Google Analytics. Conversion metrics may include:

  • Registration for content downloads
  • Online sales
  • Email subscriptions
  • Podcast subscriptions

Be sure to link back to your website with each post. This will monitor your site activity, including where visitors are coming from.

Review your analytics report to see what worked and what didn’t. Evaluating the results, lets you know how to do better. Maybe your early morning posts received more engagement, while late-afternoon messages didn’t perform as well. Use that knowledge to adjust your tactics for the next campaign.

How A Social Media Campaign Will Boost Podcast Subscriptions

According to “The Infinite Dial 2015,”a study produced by Edison Research and Triton Digital, researchers found that 49% of the public are familiar with the term podcasting and 33% have listened to podcasts. Moreover, Facebook is the most used social media channel with nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of people using the service.

With podcasting growing in popularity, social media can be used as a catalyst to increase your podcast’s growth. Running a social media campaign is much more than gaining organic reach.

As part of your digital marketing strategy, social media campaigns can yield results beyond the normal constraints. Gains like brand awareness, website traffic, and podcast subscriptions are just a few additional by-products.

A social media campaign doesn’t begin when you send out a tweet. Like Spreaker podcasters understand, trends drive the efforts of the most successful brands. Depending on the scale of your campaign, you should spend days, even weeks just planning.

Ready to start your social media campaign? Learn how with these four steps:

1. Develop Specific Campaign Goals

How you prepare for your social media campaign will determine its success.

“It always starts with [answering the questions]: What are you trying to achieve? And what are your business goals and objectives?” says Kevin Bobowski, vice president of marketing at Offerpop, an engagement marketing platform that manages user generated content.

“The other thing is: Who are you trying to reach? Is it existing customers, is it prospects, or is it people you’ve never heard of?”

Decide on specific goals for your campaign. These goals should relate back to your overarching podcast’s mission and social media goals.

In order for you to track the progress, they need to be measurable goals. Because honestly, if things aren’t going well during the campaign, you want the ability to shift your focus quickly. So, choose your metrics or KPIs and a social media management tool that can help you track the data.

Create a clear timeline for your campaign, a start date and end date, and a schedule for sending each social media message. Similar to your social media strategy, decide where you can get the most bang for your buck.

Identify your target audience. This will help you market messages based on your audience’s demographics and psychographics. Choose the social networks where promotional material will be well-received.

The truth is that is takes a little Skill and Preparation

But if you know what value you can bring to your audience and what you want to say, there really is no limit to what you can achieve. Anyone thinking of starting their own sporting podcast should take a few pointers from the Marlin Family Live show that proudly that their transmission is for the fans, by the fans, to talk about all things Miami Marlins and finally “Join the Marlin Family and let your voice be heard!”

The synopsis is refreshingly honest and simple with a strong community vibe where the listener’s voice is as important as the broadcasters themselves. For me personally this encapsulates the ethos of podcasts and live broadcasts in this age where new media is leading the way.

The only ingredient you really need to get the ball rolling is to have a subject matter that you are passionate about. If you genuinely love what you are doing and are clearly podcasting your passion, your audience will be able to hear this in your voice.

Meanwhile, the Bob Sullivan is the perfect night sports radio program that the host describes as a conversation with athletes, celebrities, and his friends. Once again, this illustrates how the secret to an engaged audience is the communal bond between audiences and podcasters.

Traditional media has long struggled to obtain the level of engagement that is almost taken for granted with podcasting. Although, when was the last time you saw a TV show aimed at well-educated social sharers?
Many podcast listeners are turning away from the dumb down offerings on TV. Modern digital natives are guided by their natural curiosity about the world around them and are armed with an only insatiable appetite for learning.

Whatever your interests are in this life, you will find a friendly voice in front of a microphone that wants to hear your thoughts too. This is just one of the many reasons why a podcasting platform is a perfect home for any sporting show.

Passionate fans are creating niche communities where every listener can voice their thoughts and viewpoints on just about any sport that you can name. Where else can you find a completely undiluted flow of information in its purest sense?

The only remaining questions are why it has taken so long for people to understand the power of this medium and why you have not created your own show yet. So what are you waiting for?