Experts Share 5 Tips to Create a Podcast for Your Small Business
Podcasts are the big thing right now. Everyone has one—from NPR to Office Ladies—and they’re creating new content for millions of listeners. But does your business need one?
Business.org asked business owners around the world if it’s possible to make a podcast on a budget and which tools or software other business owners should know about. After receiving over 90 responses and speaking to a podcast creator and producer, we found that everyone had different ideas and tips to pass on.
We’ve compiled them together and created a handy guide with five steps. Here’s what you need to know before launching a podcast for your business.
1. Find a subject and make sure it works for audio
One thing we learned from speaking with business professionals was that it can be super easy to start a podcast. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for your business. Unfortunately, many businesses jump on the bandwagon when they see others doing it. With only so many hours in the day, listeners will prioritize their podcast listening.
So, what does that mean for your business? Well, if you want to start a podcast, that’s great! But it’s not just about audio quality, equipment, or getting it on Spotify. There has to be a point to your podcast. It has to be educating the listeners or providing a service that builds off of your brand.
2. Network, network, network
David Jimenez has recorded 100 episodes of the Tastemasters podcast in Utah, which he co-hosts and co-created two years ago while a bartender at a local brewery. He started the podcast with a friend, Wyatt, to bridge the education gap of craft beer: “If knowledge increases, behavior changes,” he told Business.org in a recent interview. (More from David below.)
One of the things David emphasized when talking with Business.org was the benefit of networking. From finding guests to promotion, networking is the key to growing your podcast.
3. Work with a producer
The first episode of David Jimenez’s Tastemasters was recorded in a room covered with blankets and pillows to create soundproofing. Later, a friend who owns a studio reached out and offered to help.
“He became the first sponsor and he helped make the podcast sound good,” Jimenez told Business.org. Jimenez recorded each episode and sent it over to his friend at the studio for editing.
Working with a producer is a sentiment that Kelly Walker echoes as well. Walker has worked in public radio for over 35 years, hosted and produced the Sundilla Radio Hour, and worked with college students on creating their own podcasts at the Geneva Sound Factory. (Full disclosure: Kelly and I have worked together for the past six years, including when he helped me start my first podcast.)
“One of the things you should be looking for in a producer, beyond basic skills, is someone who can help you manage expectations,” Walker said in an interview with Business.org. “Hiring a producer is often a way to find somebody who can manage expectations and tell you what will and won’t work.”
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4. Get it uploaded and approved
David Jimenez spent three months planning and figuring out how to launch the Tastemasters podcast. “Equipment was the biggest concern,” he said, “and then the hosting platform. You have to upload the podcast to a database and that database has to be approved by Apple, Spotify . . . everyone has to get approval.”
But getting it uploaded and out there is how people hear it. Over 56 million people listen to podcasts on Spotify and Apple—and those numbers are growing!1 This proves people listen to podcasts daily as part of their routine.
“One thing that audio has that is unique is that audio makes the time where you do other things more valuable,” Kelly Walker from Geneva Sound Factory told Business.org. “You can listen to radio or podcasts in a car or while your attention is divided—there are not a lot of instances where you can’t just have something in your ears.”
5. If you build it, the audience will come
That old adage from the 1989 film Field of Dreams is actually true! If you stick with a release schedule and have your guests help with some organic social marketing, the audience will come to you. It may take time, but consistency is key.
Nowadays, David Jimenez takes the equipment with him to guests, and they record Tastemasters on location. Partnerships are a big part of the podcast—from sponsors to guest cohosts, Tastemakers works because of the passion and relationships David has built in the last two years.
“The podcast isn’t about me—it’s about my guests, my friends,” David told Business.org. “In reality, it’s never been about me. I want to learn, and I want to share that with people.”
Starting a podcast for your small business is a great way to increase brand awareness and education. But before starting, you need to determine what a podcast will achieve for your business and if audio is the best route for your goal.
After hearing from over 90 global business owners and chatting with a podcast creator and producer, Business.org found that having passion and a producer in your back pocket are key. Everything else is up to you. . . . You just have to press record.
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- TechCrunch, “Spotify Podcast Listeners to Top Apple’s for the First Time in 2021, Forecast Claims,” March 2, 2021. Accessed October 25, 2021.
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