Why just write it when you can speak it?
I’ve got a question for all of you coaches and speakers reading this. Are you podcasting yet? If the answer is no, I’ve also got to ask… why not?
As a virtual assistant who’s been around for quite a few years I always endorse blogging and social media as effective methods of marketing; but the fact of the matter is, there are a lot of folks in the world who prefer to listen than read. And that’s where podcasting comes in.
What’s a podcast?
Let’s clear this up in case you’re still new to the concept of Internet marketing, or at least, podcasting.
A podcast is essentially your very own talk show. Podcasts are saved as digital audio files and uploaded to a feed people can subscribe to, and are usually organized into episodes, like a TV series. In many podcasts guests are interviewed, while in others, there’s just one voice. There are several different ways to structure a podcast. Some are broadcast daily, others weekly, while others have no rhyme or reason (not recommended) whatsoever.
Unlike live radio, podcasts are pre-recorded; which is wonderful, because if you goof up or have a technical glitch, no worries. You’ve got the ability to get in there and edit the recordings until they’re just right. (Or you can always hire someone to do that for you.)
So why should you be podcasting? Let’s discuss.
Benefits of podcasting
Your message, served warm! When someone subscribes to your podcast, they will automatically receive any new episodes you release. This means your audible marketing messages are delivered right away to the folks who want to hear them. Just like that, at the moment you release them to the world.
Listeners can enjoy at their leisure. Your listeners can download your podcast to enjoy whenever they wish on their iPod, in their car, on their computer, or on their smart phone.
Achieve expert status. Like your blog posts and articles, podcasting will help you become established as an expert in your field. Podcasting will help with your SEO efforts, and will give you content to post on your blog and share on social media.Like your blog posts and articles, podcasting will help you become established as an expert in your field.Click To Tweet
Podcasting also tends to be less work than YouTube. And, did we mention it’s also an inexpensive to produce your content?
Content requirements for your podcast
Yes, podcasts are audio-based, but you’re going to need some content and other information, too.
Name. First of all, you’re going to need a title and tagline for your “show.” It’s easiest to think of it as just that. Try to come up with something that will be memorable and set you apart from your competition. If you can sneak some of your keywords into the title, excellent! Do some poking around the iTunes store to see what kinds of names people are giving their podcasts.
Title. You’re also going to need a title for yourself if you don’t already have one, and a brief bio. Oh … and a brief summary of what your podcast will actually be about!
Description. A description is always good – that’s how people will know what your Podcast is all about so they’ll know if they want to subscribe. Plus, you may be required to write a description and comprehensive subtitle in order to be listed in certain podcast directories.
Intro/Outro. This is what you say at the beginning and ending of each show, and often includes music. It’s important!
I know this might sound like a lot of work, but like many things, once you set it, you can forget it.
If this sounds complicated, or like it might be a little too much work, a virtual assistance team like ours can help with the content requirements for setting up your podcast, and we can also do the editing and all of the other technical bits related to getting you online.
What questions do you have about podcasting? Let us know in the comment section below and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.